As a Naturopathic doctor, I treat the patient as a whole person, meaning I put just as much attention on their mind as I do on their body. All of my treatment plans contain a self-care component because it is just so essential to overall health and well being.
This is especially important for the hardworking, stressed, girl on the go. Us women are so amazing at mutli-tasking, which is why I think we are able to be so successful at what we do! The only downfall is that it often leaves us run down, and a lot of us overlook the importance of relaxing and recharging our minds and our bodies.
Carving out consistent time for self-care is not only important for your health and wellness, it’s also an important aspect of being successful. By managing your stress and taking care of yourself, you are improving your immunity, increasing your energy, and keeping your hormones balanced. This leaves you with more balanced moods, focus, and energy to devote to the things you work so hard on!
Many of the busy, career-driven women I treat, don’t have time for time-consuming or difficult practices, so I love sharing quick, and effective options that they can easily incorporate into their busy schedules.
The key here is to keep it consistent, even if it’s just a 10-minute practice. The self-care ritual I’m sharing today is one of my favorites because aside from being amazingly relaxing, it has some great benefits for your body.
The practice is taking Epsom salt baths. These baths are becoming more and more popular, as they should be because they’re great! I have been taking Epsom salt baths regularly for years now.
They help me relax, and they have really helped prevent symptoms like migraines, and neck and back tension which usually comes hand in hand with hectic schedules and stress.
What and Why?
So what are Epsom salts and why are they good for you? Epsom salts are made of Magnesium sulfate. This form of Magnesium can easily be absorbed into your body through the skin.
Magnesium helps to relax the smooth muscles found in your lungs and blood vessels, which is why it has such a calming effect. It helps to open up your airways and blood vessels, lowering your blood pressure and allowing you to breathe more deeply.
Magnesium also works on the skeletal muscles to literally melt away your tension, so it’s great for relieving muscle cramps, joint pain, and overall soreness or tightness.
If you’re a girl who has trouble falling asleep because your mind is racing with all the things you have to do the next day, you can take your bath right before bed to help you calm down and unwind.
To get maximum benefits from your bath, add 1-2 cups of Epsom salts (depending on your tension, stress, and pain levels that day) to warm bath water, and let the salts dissolve for about 5 minutes.
Then, hop in, relax, and soak for at least 15 minutes to feel the most benefits. Close your eyes, take some deep breathes, and feel your stress and tension melt away!
Don’t Have a Tub?
If you don’t have a bathtub, you can also do a foot soak with Epsom salt. While sticking your feet in a bucket of water doesn’t seem all that relaxing, it allows you to get a lot of the same benefits. It’s also great for foot pain after a long day or night in heels!
My favorite brand for Epsom salt is Dr. Teal’s. I use the Soothe and Sleep with lavender to help me relax after a long day. If I have a bad tension headache or am experiencing a lot of neck and back pain I go for the Relax and Relief with eucalyptus and spearmint which is more geared towards relieving muscle tension.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and that it convinced you to incorporate Epsom salts and regular self-care practices into your weekly routine.
As a busy woman with my own business, who also works with and treats mostly busy women, I understand how difficult it can be to make time for yourself. Just think of how many mind-body benefits you are getting from only 20 minutes a few times a week. That’s only 1 hour of your week! Your mind and body deserve it!
Post by Nikka from Naturo Nikka.