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  • Writer's pictureCorey Richason, LMT

My Easy Top 10 Self-Care Techniques

Updated: May 6




In today's fast-paced world, taking a moment to pause and engage in self-care is more than a luxury—it's a necessity. As someone deeply interested in simple, easy ways to nurture both mind and body, I've come to understand the profound, benefits that self-care can offer (not to mention LOVING how I feel). From boosting mental health to enhancing physical well-being, self-care is a holistic approach that supports our overall quality of life. Here's why it's essential, how often you should indulge in self-care practices, and easy ways to start your self-care journey today.



Why Self-Care Matters

Self-care is not just about pampering yourself (though that's a delightful aspect of it); it's about acknowledging your individual needs and taking steps to meet them. Our bodies and minds are not designed to go full force 24/7. We need rest and down time. What I've learned is that I not only require more than I thought, but also the importance and impact of being 100% present during my recharge periods. This practice can significantly reduce stress, decrease the likelihood of mental and physical illness, increase self-esteem, and improve concentration and efficiency. Essentially, self-care helps us recharge our batteries, so we're better equipped to handle the challenges life throws our way.



How Often Should You Practice Self-Care?

Self-care isn't a one-size-fits-all prescription; it's highly individual. You can choose what you do, and how often you do it to suit your particular needs! However, integrating small self-care practices daily is ideal for maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Think of it as routine maintenance for your well-being. Whether it's a five-minute meditation session, a short walk, or a weekly deep-tissue massage, the key is consistency. Listen to your body and mind—they will guide you on how often you need to engage in self-care activities.


Easy Ways to Start Self-Care Today


1. Mindful Breathing: Take a few minutes each day to focus solely on your breath. This simple practice can center your thoughts and reduce stress. If you need help I HIGHLY recommend the Balance App.


2. Nature Walks: Spending time in nature can improve your mood, lower blood pressure, and enhance mental well-being. Even a brief walk in your neighborhood can lift you up.


3. Hydration: Drinking enough water is a fundamental aspect of self-care. It's essential for your body's basic functions and can significantly affect your energy levels and cognitive function.


4. Gratitude Journaling: Start or end your day by listing three things you're grateful for. This practice fosters awareness and can shift your perspective from negative to positive.


5. Digital Detox: Set aside some time each week to disconnect from electronic devices. This break can help reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality.


6. Self-Massage: Using techniques like foam rolling or even a simple hand or foot massage can release muscle tension and promote relaxation. It also always feels amazing (but you already know that).


7. Creative Expression: Engage in activities that feed your creativity, such as drawing, writing, refurbishing, gardening or building. These acts can be incredibly therapeutic and a fun way to express yourself.


8. Nourishing Foods: Incorporate more whole foods into your diet. Eating foods that nourish your body can improve your energy levels and overall health.


9. Sleep Hygiene: Prioritize good sleep habits by creating a bedtime routine that encourages restful sleep. This might include reading, dimming the lights, or practicing relaxation exercises.


10. Laugh: Never underestimate the power of laughter. Watch a funny movie, joke with a friend, or attend a comedy show to lighten your mood and reduce stress.



Self-care is an ongoing journey that evolves with you. It will adapt and change, be longer and shorter depending on what you need during that time. By incorporating these simple practices into your daily routine, you can significantly enhance your well-being, both physically and mentally. Remember, the most important aspect of self-care is doing what feels right for you.


Start small, be consistent, and watch how these acts of self-kindness can transform your life.




Corey Richason, LMT, with 23 years of experience, operates a solo practice in Surprise, Arizona. Graduating from Phoenix Therapeutic Massage College in 2001, Corey combines modalities for effective pain relief and improved range of motion, catering to professional athletes and weekend warriors alike. Inspired by overcoming a burn injury in the Army, Corey emphasizes natural healing through movement and touch. The diverse approach includes Thai massage, deep tissue, sports massage, IASTM, cupping, ensuring personalized experiences. Actively pursuing continuing education and professional memberships showcase Corey's commitment to staying updated with the latest practices.



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