Whether improving your self-care efforts are part of your New Year’s Resolutions, or you’re only beginning to recognize the importance of “me” time, acupuncture is worthy of incorporating in to your self-care routines. After all, if you don’t take care of yourself, who will?
Self-care is more than just taking time out for yourself. It involves recognizing your needs, both met and unmet, and taking care of them – both mentally and physically. Whether you’re looking to improve a physical ailment, your overall health, mental health or appearance, acupuncture is a fantastic, affordable, and non-invasive practice to incorporate into your efforts.
In an article on Acupuncture Together, it explains that acupuncture can be used as both reactive and preventive treatment, and that, “Some self-care is preventive (eating a balanced diet; regular exercise; getting enough sleep) and some is responsive (getting extra rest when you’re sick).
It’s also important to change your thinking of self-care, and challenge any negativity that may come with it. Instead of thinking that making yourself a priority is selfish or unnecessary, an article from Still Point Acupuncture elaborates, “self-care may be the most generous, responsible and compassionate choice we can make. It allows us to not only take care of ourselves, but also ensures that we have the physical and emotional resources to share our talents and gifts with others. It allows us to be physically and emotionally present for the people in our lives.”
The article goes on to suggest the following ways to practice positive self-care, in addition to acupuncture services:
- Get a massage
- Take time to meditate
- Stay hydrated
- Make getting to bed on time a priority
- Speak kindly to yourself
- Do something that brings you joy
- Love your body with healthy food
- Have lunch with friends