(Caroline Duncan, MD, MindBodyGreen)
If you’re like me, you don’t want to spin your wheels on rituals that aren’t backed by science. I’ve done the research and found five self-care techniques that are worth your time and attention:
- Exploring your spiritual side.
Incorporating spirituality into your daily life decreases your stress levels. Experts at Mayo Clinic assert that nurturing a spiritual life can increase your quality of life at the level of your health.
So check in with yourself daily and assess your life and your reality from a spiritual perspective, whatever that means to you.
- Stopping to smell the roses.
Literally. Taking the time to appreciate your physical surroundings can give you perspective and help you live in the present moment.
Taking a minute to appreciate the nature around you and use your senses can promote and maintain a healthy nervous system.
- Essential oils.
Using essential oils is a great way to tap into our central nervous system via smell, and there are so many varieties and types.
One great aromatherapy option is bergamot [aka bergamot orange], which has been shown to increase feelings of positivity after just 15 minutes of exposure.
A recent study showed that lavender essential oil acts on our central nervous system via two different neurochemical pathways.
Lavender essential oil was shown to chemically modulate serotonin transporters in the brain tissue of adult male rats in recent research.
Sometimes at the end of a long workday, you feel like you’ve been run over by a semi.
Good news, though, a recent study showed that simple stretches decreased fatigue and pain and increased focus in a population of surgeons.
Doing targeted stretching micro breaks during your procedures is a scientifically supported self-care ritual. Read the full story at mindbodygreen.com. Also of interest: This ONE Thing Reduces Heart Disease, Anxiety, Sleepless Nights