Most of the time when we think about the word “relaxing“, we imagine laying on our bed eating our favourite food and binge watching a show.
Although that is comforting and a good way to hit the “pause” button on our lives, we need to instead hit the “pause” button to actually take care of ourselves.
Unfortunately, self care becomes the last thing on our list when we have a million and one other things to do.
Our lives are so chaotic that we don’t do the little things that are truly necessary in our personal life. But, we need to learn to prioritize taking care of ourselves – even in the most simple ways!
So, let’s crack down on 18 ways to do self care!
These are things that will keep your body, mind, and soul healthy. Some of them are fast and seem so simple but have profound effects. For others, you will need to find ways to implement these actions in your life.
Have an open mind and a willingness to put yourself first for a change!
Mental Self Care Tips / On Avoiding Stress:
1) Don’t Be afraid to say no
If you don’t want to do something, say no! Don’t put yourself through something that is a burden or makes you uncomfortable.
Saying no is powerful because it lets you take charge of your life and avoids those negative feelings of being forced to do something. It’s completely okay to say no – people just need to learn to respect that!
2) Spend five minutes each day to just close your eyes and breathe
Like a mini meditation session! Detach yourself from your phone, your work, and your obligations for just a few minutes. Reflect on yourself and take a break that will recharge you for a change.
3) Practice journaling once a week
To some people, this is difficult to do because it requires you to sit down, reflect, and write. But it’s easy and simple.
Some journal prompts are: how you feel, what makes you smile, your favorite thing about the day, what makes you feel beautiful, what is scaring you, what you want to work on and more.
This will allow you to release your negative emotions and invest in the positive ones. Hello, clearer mind!
4) ASK for help
I know how hard this can be! I used to be scared to ask for help in fear of being annoying, asking too much, and feeling like I could solve it myself. But, sometimes you need help and it’s completely okay! You can avoid feeling stressed by asking a friend for guidance.
For Your Soul:
5) Check in with your emotions
Life is so hectic that we rarely just reflect on our emotions. Or, if we do, it is done quickly and then thrown aside.
Checking in with your emotions means understanding why you feel the way you feel so you can help yourself grow. This is so important when it comes to taking care of yourself.
6) Listen to music
Put on your headphones and listen to your favourite song! Studies have shown that listening to music can help your mood and fend off depression. Maybe it will even lead to dance party…
7) Take a long bath and put on a face-mask
Ah, there is nothing better than this! Try out some new products and treat yourself to a nice and relaxing bath and a high quality face-mask. It will make you feel good and (bonus!) the facemask will help your skin!
8) Treat yourself like you are your best friend
Avoid negative thoughts about yourself by treating yourself as your best friend. If you wouldn’t judge or point out the flaws in your BFF, then don’t do it to yourself!
For the body:
9) Take a walk
Getting exercise does not have to mean lifting weights at the gym! Go for a nice walk outside and get your legs moving. Plus, spending time in nature and breathing in natural air is important.
10) Go to bed earlier
11) Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up
This helps rehydrate your body, fires up your metabolism by 24% (wow!), and helps flush out toxins! Check out this water bottle that you’ll be sure to love as well!
12) Take the time to cook a meal you enjoy
When you have the chance, go into your kitchen and toss up a meal that will make you feel good inside and out.
Emotional Self Care Tips / On Being Happy:
13) Be selfish
Put yourself first sometimes! It will help you get the most out of your relationships and your happiness. Ultimately, this is just a must for loving ourselves, taking care of ourselves, and nurturing ourselves.
14) Spend time with the people you love
Do it! Surround yourself with people who make you happy and bring out the best in you.
15) Bake something sweet
Make those chocolate chip cookies, blueberry muffins, or the cake you were craving! Better yet, make them with your loved ones!
16) Work on something that inspires you
Toss aside your homework for a couple minutes and do what you are passionate about. Your passions can be anything: finance, sports, gardening, painting, photography and more. Tuning in to your passions will help you have a more positive perspective on life.
17) Get a massage
This one does not need any explaining! But, getting a massage is the perfect way to relax and calm your body down. It also helps to relieve some of those tight knots in your neck.
18) Redecorate your room
Have some fun and change up your environment by decorating your room. There’s nothing like a refreshed and organized space to put you in a good mood.
I hope everyone has discovered something that they can do to take care of themselves in a fun and beneficial way.
We should all learn to prioritize self care instead of focusing on completing the other parts of your life that ultimately toss personal care aside!
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