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Taking care of you is very important, mentally, physically, emotionally, and sexually. Staying on track of self-care can be difficult but I am going to share with you some apps, hacks, tips, and tricks to make your self-care routine a lot easier!
Track your flow, ladies.
There are many ways and apps to track your cycle but my personal favorite is Flo. In this app, you can track everything! Your period, ovulation, sex, vaginal discharge, medications, moods, weight, water, sleep, symptoms, test results, physical, activity, and notes. I have been using this app for two years now and I am so in love with it. It is 100 percent free and it even changes into a pregnancy tracker, which is very helpful for expecting moms.
Track your food intake.
Overeating can be a big problem for a lot of people, including myself. For well over a year, I was eating whatever without a care but my body suffered for it. To help prevent this, tracking your food intake will keep you aware of what you are eating. You can do this with a notebook, the notes on your phone, or an app. My personal favorite app for this is My Fitness Pal and it is free to download and gives you everything you really need without subscribing to the premium. I have been going back to My Fitness Pal since I was in High School. It tracks your calorie intake, your workouts, and how many calories you burned in your workout, your water intake, your weight, and so much more!
I know not everyone is a fan of working out; trust me, I get it. But as you get older, your body doesn’t shed weight off as easy as it did at 15. Not to mention, staying in shape is very important. Your workout does not need to involve a gym at all. I personally hate the gym. I feel very uncomfortable working out around other people. You can do at-home workouts that you find on Pinterest, on apps, or even just go for daily walks, jogs, or runs. A great free app for workouts is Better Me. You do, however, have to pay for a membership but you can choose to pay $37.99 once and you get a custom workout plan and meal plan. Personally, I don’t use the meal plan but that’s because I can be a picky eater at times.
I cannot stress this enough! I know people who drink pop over water all of the time but it’s so bad for you. If you want to take care of yourself, then water is a must! I know some people don’t like the taste of water and to that I say, if I can get a 2-year-old to drink it, you can too. It’s all about the tricks. You can add ice and lemon which helps a lot. Warm water can be very gross so having ice to keep your water cold and lemon (or whatever fruit you rather) for some flavor will help you chug your bottle (or cup) of water down painlessly. If you are a juice fan, you can mix a small amount of juice with your water to add flavor as well.
Showers are essential. Not only are they refreshing but they can help fight colds too. Everybody has learned the basics of showering—wash your hair and body then get out, but if you take a little bit more time, you can come out feeling like a whole new person. First, the temperature should be just a little over room temperature to open your pores. Always start at the top, then work your way to the bottom, and only wash your hair no more than every two days. Invest in a face wash, a lufa, and leave your toothbrush in the shower. I love brushing my teeth in the shower because it is a lot less messy and you get everything done at once. Also, ladies, if you plan to use Summers Eve on your vagina, be sure to only ever use it on the outside because the inside cleans itself and the soap could potentially give you a yeast infection.
Keeping your living space clean is very important, not only for the condition of your home but also your health. Clutter and dirt can have a deep impact on your mental health and physical. You are more likely to get sick if you live in a dirty environment rather than someone who keeps their environment clean. This doesn’t mean you need to use hand sanitizer every minute and scrub your house down daily. Just keeping up with simple chores is good enough. Some daily chores would be things like; dishes, vacuuming, laundry, keeping the floor clear of clutter, and garbage. On Pinterest, you can find chore lists that can help you keep track of what needs to be cleaned and when.
Obviously, you don’t need to go out every day but getting some fresh air as much as you can is very helpful. It can help you sleep better and feel better. If you are like me and live where it’s cold most of the time, opening your windows can do the trick. It won’t be the same as going outside for a walk but it will still give you some fresh air and air out your house.
Cut out the junk.
Stop eating chips, pop, candy, chocolate, and desserts every day. Believe me, as a stoner I know it can be difficult especially when those munchies set in, but all of it is just junk food that will make you feel slow, sick, and slug-like. This doesn’t mean you have to cut them out completely. Treating yourself every now and again isn’t terrible, but daily use is not a good thing.
Stress is something everyone experiences, maybe not daily like others but we all get stressed. Finding a healthy habit to turn to that relaxes you from your stress is very important. You could take a hot bath, nap, go for a walk, listen to music, go for a bus ride to write poetry, sing, run, dance, have rough sex, whatever! If it relaxes you, do it. If you let your stress build constantly, it will come out, and it won’t be pretty. So learning to manage your stress with some relaxation will really help you in the long run.
A To-Do List
Keeping track of everything you just read and everything you do in a day can be hard if you are trying to do everything by memory. Having a list on paper or in your phone will help you achieve everything you want to do during the day. You can put everything in order with time limits, you can set time reminders, you can write it on your hand to look at it if you need to, but having something to look at with everything you need to get done will save you on those busy days and keep your stress level down.
I hope you enjoyed your read and please be sure to follow @thehypepipe on Instagram and Twitter for some amazing cannabis posts! Or you can follow my personal accounts @Escape2theWilds. Stay stoned, my friends!