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8 Ways to Practice Self Care this Fall

by Cascade Ice on October 21, 2022

As we enter into season with the shortest and darkest days, many people start to neglect themselves more than they would during the long, sunny summer months. Which makes it so important to practice self-care. While it’s always an ongoing process, the following tips can help you work toward being a more calm, resilient, and happier person overall. These “me time” rituals are backed by science and can give you a great roadmap to follow when times get tough. 


Meditating doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated. In fact, it shouldn’t be at all! As little as 5 minutes of practicing mindfulness each day will help your concentration, patience, and give you inner calm. Just grab a spot in a quiet room and try one of the many guided meditations available wherever you listen to podcasts.


When life gets stressful, one of the biggest things we tend to unknowingly neglect is our breathing. As infants, it was second nature for us to take deep breaths from the abdomen, but as we get older, breathing becomes shallower. This makes it even more important to practice deep breathing. This can be done anytime, anywhere, and studies have shown that it can give you instant clarity and stress relief. Start by breathing in your nose for 4 seconds, holding for 2 seconds, and slowly exhaling through your mouth for 7 seconds. Do this 8 times.


The next time you feel frazzled, or your mind is racing, step outside for a walk. Self-reported well-being among those who walk is higher than those who don’t. If you can’t get outside, practice yoga or a simple stretching routine indoors. Simply getting your blood flowing is the goal, and if you can do it daily for 30 minutes, you’ll feel less stressed and more focused. 


Let’s face it, it’s scientifically proven that if your body is well-hydrated, it simply works better. All your organs function better, including your brain! So, drink your water and have it near you at all times, focusing on taking small sips throughout the day (instead of chugging large amounts). If regular water bores you, try our Cascade Ice USDA Organic Sparkling Water for some flavor!


They aren’t just for babies! If your body is telling you that it needs sleep – listen! Allow yourself to take a breather mid-day, even if it’s just a short, 20-minute power nap. You’ll be surprised at how well it charges your batteries – both physically and mentally. 

Digital Detox

These days, our phones are jeopardizing our time and energy. While there certainly can be benefits, it’s essential to tune out for a bit and give yourself some boundaries. Studies have even linked social media use and depression. Stepping away for a few days can help improve personal connections (pick up the phone and call a friend!), and help you feel better about yourself overall. 


Our interpersonal relationships with family and friends can quite literally save us from depression and anxiety. Therefore, allotting time with those you love is an essential part of any self-care routine. Plus, it gives us something to look forward to, which is another proven way to improve stress relief and stave off depression. 


Protecting your peace of mind, energy and time is an essential part of self-care. Creating boundaries like saying no, establishing contact rules with coworkers, and stepping away from social media can help you heal and recharge your mind. Make yourself a priority! 

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