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Therapeutic Remedies for a Healthier You!

April 15, 2012

How often do you make time to do something special for yourself? As I was walking out of Rescue Massage in Redondo Beach, I thought about the importance of self-care remedies and how they can have so many benefits for the mind, body and soul. Many of us view getting a massage or a manicure as a special treat and only allow time for such indulgences once or twice a year. But the benefits of self-care treatments help to create a healthier and happier you.

We all know that life keeps us busy and that chronic stress can be damaging to our health. Certainly eating a healthy diet and exercising is important in living a quality life and prioritizing time for self-care is also one way we can manage the day to day stress in our lives. The results you feel from therapeutic treatments will allow you to feel more relaxed physically and mentally and this is beneficial for your overall well-being.

Therapeutic treatments do not have to leave your wallet empty. Here are just a few of the self-care remedies I have shared with my clients:

  • Treat your self to a pedicure and manicure. A small but simple indulgence. I often visit either Coco Nail & Spa or Bay City Nail & Spa. Both of these nail salons are located in Redondo Beach.

  • Nurturing yourself with sleep is one of the most therapeutic remedies for your mind, body and soul. Quality sleep is good for your physical health and your mental health. Getting optimum sleep will help you feel your best, think your best and be your best.

  • Getting a massage regularly can be a great preventative nurturing remedy. Regular massage sessions keep you healthy mentally and physically while providing relaxation.

  • Sitting in a steam room can be wonderful for sore muscles and provide an overall relaxing spa experience. A warm bubble bath can have a similar effect.

  • You may find yoga stretches or Pilate movements help bring you back to alignment. Tracy Coe, owner of Body & Mind Coe-Dynamics, Manhattan Beach, CA has wonderful Pilates classes and team of instructors.

  • Going for a walk in the park and admiring the beauty of nature and just being outdoors does wonders for the body, mind and soul. Take in all the beauty, indulge the senses and breathe in the surrounding smells. Enjoy a night on your deck under the stars can bring a very nurturing peaceful feeling within.

  • Nurture yourself and the path you are on by writing down your goals and dreams and what steps you need to take to get there. You could choose a place in nature to ponder these thoughts. This alone time can help you slip into a quiet meditative state and focus on what is working in your life, what isn’t and what new changes you might consider.

 Many of the above stress relieving treatments above allow us to enjoy looking good on the outside which helps us feel better emotionally. Therapeutic treatments are a wonderful solution to feeling good inside and out. Listen to what your body needs – sleep? Food? Exercise? Give it that.

 Balance in life can be a challenge and something to continuously work at. Committing to making time for you and nurturing yourself regularly can bring more balance and fulfillment into your life. What are some of the simple self-care remedies that you have found to be most beneficial?

© 2011 Nancy Hovde. Read more Inspiration Uber Empowerment Books.

Sunshine: A Natural Mood Booster

September 1, 2011

How often have you found yourself catching a glimpse of sunshine and felt ten times better? Basking in the sunshine for just 10-15 minutes a day can have a positive effect on the mind, body and soul.

Sunshine is a natural mood booster and tends to raise my energy level. The warm light feels good on my skin, and I feel relaxed yet energized. Even when I have been feeling under the weather with a seasonal cold, I have found that some time in the sunlight helps to strengthen my immune system.

I often find complete contentment just sitting in the sun. Contentment is an emotional state when we are not bored but also not highly interested in anything other than where we are right now. While goals are important, feeling content with your life, who you are and what you have are just as important. That isn’t to say you should stop trying to improve—that would mean that we have stopped growing. No matter how happy we are in life, we should continue to improve; however, contentment is necessary as well.

Summer can offer the perfect time to unwind and appreciate all you’ve worked for and achieved so far this year. Making soaking up the sun a daily priority isn’t too difficult on most days in the South Bay. Soaking up our natural mood booster can be a simple abundance of pleasure nearly every day—and just a few minutes are necessary for the highly beneficial effects.

To find some sun-induced contentment try the following:

  • Bathing in the sun on Redondo Beach and feeling the warm light on your skin, as well as lounging with your eyes closed
  • Watching the sunset and feeling the cool night ocean breeze
  • Taking a drive up the coast while listening to your favorite music or enjoying quality conversation with a companion
  • Walking through the Farmers Market on a Sunday in Palos Verdes and feeling the warmth of the sun while enjoying the scent of fresh-cut flowers, tasting fresh strawberries and looking at the colorful produce
  • Enjoying a hobby outdoors, whether it is gardening or home improvement projects

Writing in a park while enjoying the sunlight streaming through the trees can also provide a peaceful state of mind. Write down all your blessings. Focusing on all the things that are going right in your life and not only on what is wrong can help you feel content.

While some exposure to sunlight can be enjoyable, too much can be dangerous. Be “sun wise” and take precaution if you plan to spend more than 10-15 minutes in the sun.

Inspiration and Empowerment can be explored more deeply in my Uber Empowerment Books.

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