The idea and practice of self-care has been blossoming lately. At least for the past two years I’ve heard more and more about it. And if you think about it, there are a multitude of reasons why each of us deserves a little ‘me’ time.
Whether it’s stressors at work, home or the world — there’s nothing wrong with taking a little time for yourself to make sure that you’re A-OK. You might be thinking, “Well isn’t that a bit selfish?” Why, yes it is! Caring for yourself is selfish, but not in a negative way. Seriously, how can you be of the ability to help someone else if you’re not centered? So it’s not selfish in the vain of, “Oh forget about the world, I’m doing me.” No, it’s more so “I need to regroup and find my zone.”
You might be ready to call me hippy dippy in this moment, and that’s cool. But guess who’s not over here stressed out all the time? Aha!
I decided to poll my Facebook tribe and see what others are doing to keep themselves in tune and centered. Hope you enjoy and make use of one of these suggestions:
Exercise: This came up a lot, and it makes sense. Exercise releases endorphins, which in turn raises your spirits and mood. Don’t believe me? Do your Googles. It’s a scientific fact. Plus, it’s a great way to stay fit and improve your overall health. So a win-win in my book. This can range from yoga, walking and even some whole body training.
Find your person: Venting can be a healthy way to release what’s on your mind. But don’t let that be the only reason that you communicate with your person (they need self-care too!). Use this time to kick back and relax and enjoy the company of someone who means a lot to you. This can be a longtime friend, trusted peer, family member or significant other. Whoever it is, just make sure you feel safe enough to be you, completely.
Dance, Dance, Dance! There’s no better way to relieve stress than turning the volume high on your favorite music and busting your primo moves! In the car, through headphones at work or at home, dance like no one is watching.
Netflix and chill: No really, turn on Netflix or your cable, or put in a DVD, grab your favorite snacks and have a mini movie marathon. I suggest some gut-busting comedies or light-hearted romance films to lighten your mood. And if all else fails, cartoons are great for this!
Learn something new: I’ve been into webinars lately and also podcasts that introduce me to a new way of organizing and streamlining my life. Plus, learning something new helps to expand your brain, as well as makes you feel like you’re doing something constructive with your time.
Go off the grid: Social media is fun. It can be informative and a useful resource … at times. But it can also become overwhelming. Usually once a year or every other year, I take a social media sabbatical. Usually for a month at a time, but you can determine how long of a break you’d need. If the notifications and barrage of information is becoming too much, consider unplugging for a bit.
Take a Mental Health Day: These should be standard in any and all benefits packages along with sick days and vacation time. Honestly, it is a great way to regroup and just take some time to yourself. If your workplace doesn’t have such a policy, then just sacrifice a sick day or some vacation time. You’ll thank me later.
Be one with nature: This can go hand in hand with exercise, which can be done outside. But even if it’s not for exercise, go outside. Breathe the fresh air, get some Vitamin D, feel the sun rays. You’d be surprised what a boost this is to your psyche.
Discover new places: Traveling has long been a love of mine. And a great way to cross off a couple things on this list. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be expensive. Hop in your car and drive either direction for a couple of hours and you could discover a new place you haven’t been before.
Find something to read: This can be a magazine. This can be a book. This can even be an audiobook that you listen to. But find a subject that you like OR even challenge yourself by either reading or listening to an audiobook of a new genre you haven’t tried before. You’ll be all the better for it.
And last but not least … when all else fails and you can’t think of anything else to do — go to sleep. Sleep is the most natural and daily habit your body has of resetting itself. It’s basically the GOAT of self-care practices. So if you’re just bogged down with things coming at you, take a nap and recharge. Or start going to bed earlier in the evening. Not only will you wake up more refreshed, but it has long been proven that a good night’s sleep can bring you much clarity of any and all issues you might be dealing with.