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Self-Care is not selfish, and your ketones will love you for it

In this crazy, fast-paced world we live in, it's super important to make self-care a priority. Don't worry, it's not selfish or indulgent—quite the opposite! Taking small moments in your day to breathe and destress can have incredible benefits for your mind, body, and soul. Not only does it help dial down your stress hormones (like cortisol) and bring down your blood sugars, but it also gives your ketones a chance to soar. That means you'll have more energy, sharper thinking, and an overall sense of calm to tackle your day. So, let's look at some practical self-care sessions that fit right into your day, whether you're working from home, in an office, or enjoying the great outdoors.

First, let’s understand the science:

When you make time for self-care, amazing things happen inside your body. One amazing effect is that your cortisol levels—the stress hormone—start to relax and that's a very good thing! High cortisol levels mean higher blood sugar levels, which nobody wants when you live a ketogenic lifestyle. So, by giving yourself some relaxation time, your cortisol levels go down, bringing you a sense of calm and balance and keeping those blood sugar levels in check.

But wait, there's more 😉 Self-care can also boost your ketone levels. Ketones are like super fuel for your body, and they kick in when you burn fat for energy. When you take time for self-care, your body goes into relaxation mode, and that's when your ketone production goes into overdrive. So, higher ketone levels mean more energy, sharper thinking, and an all-around happier you. What’s not to love about that?

Practical Self-Care Time-Out Sessions:

Now, let's dive into some fun self-care activities you can squeeze into your busy schedule:

Take Deep Breath Breaks

This is such a simple yet powerful anti-stress hack. Close your eyes, take a deep breath in through your nose, hold it for a sec, and then let it out slowly through your mouth. Do this a few times whenever you need a breather. What’s great is that it works anywhere—home, office, or even outdoors. After a stressful moment, take the time to readjust your mental space, it makes the ensuing moments calmer and you have a clearer mind to deal with difficult events.

Go for a Mindful Stroll

When you have a break, step outside and take a mindful walk. Notice the world around you—the ground beneath your feet, the sounds, and the scents. It's a mini escape from work stress that reconnects you with the present moment. If you can, take off your shoes and connect with the earth beneath you. Earthing and grounding has benefits such as feeling less tired; reducing chronic pain; elevating your mood and reducing inflammation.

Nature Retreats

Nature is a magical healer. Find a nearby park or green space and steal a moment to immerse yourself in its beauty. Whether you sit under a tree, stroll along a trail, or try some outdoor yoga, spending time in nature rejuvenates your spirit.

Get Creative

Let your creative side run wild! Take breaks to indulge in activities you love, like drawing, painting, writing, or playing a musical instrument. Get crafting or enjoying a hobby that helps you lose yourself in the process and let go of stress while nurturing your inner artist.

Digital Detox Delight

In this digital world, we're bombarded with constant distractions. Take mini breaks to disconnect from screens. Put your phone on silent, step away from the computer, and do something screen-free, like reading a book, doing yoga, or sipping tea in peace. I have a, no-blue-light-devices-after-7:30pm rule in our house. My sleep is way more disturbed if I ignore this rule and I am mentally kicking myself for binge watching something on Netflix when I lie wide eyed at night. I am a work in progress…

Forget the idea that self-care is an indulgence for time rich, selfish people because it's quite the opposite! By taking time for yourself and practicing self-care, you'll be able to show up fully in your life and be there for others too. So, don't forget to squeeze in those moments to destress and recharge. Your body, mind, and soul will thank you for it. You deserve all the goodness that self-care brings, so go ahead and embrace it!