Simple but Effective Ways to Practice SELF CARE
Updated: Mar 11, 2020
Our society has screwed up tremendously when it comes to putting the right things as top priority. One of those things being SELF CARE. Self Care doesn't have to be just about buying yourself luxurious items or going on expensive trips.... sometimes, the littlest things mean the most.
1. Make time for YOU
Just like you schedule or at least try to schedule the chores and errands you have to do for the day, schedule out of every day some time to do things that relieve your stress or anxiety. Try new things till you find something that works for you!
2.Play with a pet
It doesn't matter whether you are a dog, cat or even a hamster person! Grab a furry friend and have fun! Pets love getting love and attention just like any other human being. Volunteer at an animal shelter. I volunteer at my local animal shelter in my spare time and it is the best decision I have ever made.
3. Watch your favorite show
Watch a show that makes you feel good, or a show that takes your mind off the real world for that hour or so.
4. Eat your favorite food!
Good for you if you genuinely love eating healthy 24/7, but I know for me, I love my sugar and sweets! Don't be afraid to treat yourself!!
5. Take a Nap
Power Naps are lifesavers. Whether it is a fifteen minute or an hour nap, take that time to relax your brain and body!
6. Do a daily diary entry
Every night before you go to bed, write how your day was. Writing out your feelings is one of the healthiest ways to cope with negative things. Even if it is painful to write about, pour it all out on the paper. Trust me, you will feel so much better afterwards. This is a diary for YOU and ONLY YOU, unless you choose to have someone else read it.
7. Do something that makes you HAPPY.
As long as it doesn't hurt anybody, do whatever makes you smile! Sing, dance, act, make funny videos, ride a bike... ANYTHING!
8.Call/Facetime a Friend
Even if it is for a few minutes, talking to friends can make you laugh and/or smile no matter how you're feeling! A pep talk is always healthy every now and then.
Even if it is just for five minutes in an office chair, you can meditate ANYWHERE. It is a great tool to use to help manage daily stress and anxiety. Research different types of meditation that may be appropriate for you and don't be afraid to experiment!