ideas for self care to promote a balanced and purposeful life
Self care can be a vague term, and take different forms from person to person. One reigning truth: self care is deeper than indulgence– it’s taking care of our minds, bodies, and souls by engaging in practices that nurture. It’s a broad concept encompassing lifestyle, nutrition, hygiene, and social habits, but they all point to one result: a more vibrant, connected, and happy life. Self care is at the core of everything Picnik does. We’re passionate about creating products that uphold the tenants of self care: equal parts health, indulgence, and purpose. Our creamers are deliciously rich, but also formulated with premium ingredients with powerful functions, like MCT oil for satiating energy and a brain boost, or adaptogens for mood-balancing calm.
Part of self care is being deliberate about the foods and ingredients that you consume. Do you know your average coffee creamer has hydrogenated vegetable oil, corn syrup solids, and excess sugars? These highly processed ingredients can make you feel, well... blegh. Picnik Creamer can help support your brain, muscle growth, healthy hair and skin, elevated focus, and balanced moods. Sounds like self care to us!
If you're hungry for more, we've rounded up some quick ideas for self care to help you feel grounded and centered everyday.
do just one thing.
When you get up in the morning, complete just one thing before settling in to the day. A made bed, the rumble of the dryer, or the whir of the dishwasher can be a reminder you've had one small victory. Like an avalanche that just needs a little nudge, motivation can be fostered by small accomplishments, like finally matching that mountain of socks you've been ignoring. Pro-tip: There are no rules on when to be “productive”. You can shower and make your bed at 3 PM, and still be successful. All you need to do is start.
start your morning… at night.
Mornings are so, so important. They can be the blueprint for the rest of the day, and inform how focused, relaxed, and settled you feel into the afternoon and evening. Get into the habit of preparing for mornings the night before. Are the dishes done? Is the recycling backed up? Take the time to set yourself up for a tidy and refreshed morning. Trust us, it’s worth it!
elevate your morning routine.
Wake up and smell the coffee. Or tea, or oatmeal. Maybe today you can grind your own coffee beans fresh, or whisk up fresh matcha. Maybe your oatmeal deserves a little extra squeeze of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon. We’re all about small indulgences that make life feel a little more special, and Picnik Creamer makes it easy. Whether you’re looking for the richest plant-based creamer for your morning latte, or need a boost from adaptogens and amino acids in your cup of tea, we’ve got you covered. Take it step further by frothing your creamer into dreamy clouds of luxurious foam, and be your own barista.
Who’s that person you’ve been telling yourself you’re going to call? Have you been pushing back that promised catch-up with a good friend? Human contact and the maintenance of relationships are so important to our sense of connection. If you’re a calendar person, try scheduling time to reach out and connect with friends and family. Treat it as you would an important, un-missable business meeting.
While screens are an important tool in our lives that allow us to do many things (see: work, play, connect) it’s also essential to engage in activities that require a range of sensations. This can be building something, cooking a meal, playing a board game with a friend, or reading a book (in print, of course). Equally important is tailoring these experiences to things you are personally passionate about. So while you may think it would be very cool and smart to read all of Don Quixote, maybe you’re far more interested in a magazine about your favorite hobby.
And yes- we mean just create. Create badly! Draw stick figures. Make bad poetry. Creation as purely expression is a great way to look inward, discover yourself, and promote new neural pathways. Our personal favorite craft tools right now: modeling clay and our imagination. 🤓
move your body.
You’re apt to find this on every health-tip list ever written, and for good reason. It’s science! When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins.These little feel-good chemicals interact with receptors in your brain and boost your mood, reduce stress, and calm anxiety. AKA: it’s almost impossible to feel bad after a workout. Try Picnik Keto Creamer for a post-workout latte, whey protein included, to help build muscle.
You know what else releases endorphins? Read next to find out!
belt it out.
What’s that one song you know every word to? Your go-to at karaoke night. Put it on, turn it up, and belt it out. We won’t judge! A 2017 study measured the amount of cortisol, the stress hormone, in participants’ saliva before and after they sang. Researchers found the cortisol was lower after belting out a tune– indicating singers were more relaxed. On a less clinical basis, frequent shower-singers can attest that your own personal concert is a great way to lift the spirits.
Self-talk is your internal dialogue- that little voice in your head that provides a running storyline of your daily life. More often than not, we have a little devil on shoulder, confirming our fears and negative beliefs. Being mindful about your self-talk is important for two reasons: 1. It’s frequently self deprecating and 2. It’s frequently false. While it may take practice to control, start by closely monitoring your self-talk, and replace negativity with positivity and gratitude. Positivity is like a muscle. It grows stronger and more readily available the more we use it.
more *small* ideas for self care to get you started.
- Light a candle
- Open the windows and let the fresh air in.
- Make a glass of special water: with ice, or basil, or slices of fruit.
- Plant something- or, just water your plants.
- Bike or walk somewhere new.
- Put on SPF.
- Complete one stretch.
- Go shopping. Pick out a gift for a friend. No occasion needed.
- Make a nice cup of coffee or tea- with Picnik Creamer for added energy + focus.
- Look at books in a library or bookstore.
- Put on a relaxing song.
- Donate 3 things you know you don’t need anymore.
- Research a fun event to attend this week.
- Put on noise-cancelling headphones.
- Take a mental health day. (Just do it!)
- Write a list of things you’ve accomplished (not to-dos)
- Change your sheets.