Practicing self-care is vital to your well-being so that you avoid feeling stressed. Are you ready for some “Me time”?
1. Be mindful while eating
Do you find yourself multi-tasking while having your meals? Easy to do especially when you live alone and there’s no one around to tell you to sit and enjoy your meal. Next time you make a healthy meal for yourself, allow some time to simply enjoy the moment and indulge in a delicious meal without any distractions. No cell phone. You, your meal and your good thoughts. Maybe think about your goals or what you are grateful for.
2. Check off accomplishments
You know what’s great about to do lists? Not only do they help us stay organized and on track but they remind us that we have conquered the day! At the end of the day, check off all the things you have accomplished and give yourself a hug with a big smile on your face.
3. Create a hygge
Hygge is a Danish word that can be best described as enjoying life’s simple pleasures. The premise of hygge decor is to create a Zen like serene space that is free of clutter. Does your bedroom speak calm? By creating a space that feels warm and inviting, you can always count on an inviting retreat for those tough days.
4. Feed your mind
Self- help books are a great way to feel happy. Not only are you feeding your mind but by making the best version of yourself you draw more positive people in your life.
5. Get your endorphins
When you exercise your brain releases endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin and dopamine. These chemicals work together to make you feel good. Find an exercise that you actually love. If the thought of going to the gym makes you cringe why not go for a walk around the park, go dancing with friends, tennis, the driving range, a kick boxing class or ride a bike.
6. Ditch technology
I know this might be hard or impossible for some of you but take a break from social media. It's vital for our creative mind.
7. Get out of your comfort zone
Have you ever thought about creating something but thought you wouldn’t be good at it? Well, this is the time to get out of your comfort zone and create something that you’ve been thinking about for a while now. Whether it’s making macarons, planting herbs or starting a bullet journal getting artistic allows us to feel mindful and productive.
8. Make a self-care kit
Making a self-care kit doesn’t have to be expensive. Go to the dollar store and find a pretty basket and then fill it with some of the things that make you feel oh so special. Some ideas could include; gluten free cookies, green tea, a mug, a book, cozy socks, or a silk eye mask. Place your self-care kit basket in your Zen corner and when you need an extra dose of TLC just grab whatever you are in the mood for.
Research shows that incorporating self-care into one’s daily routine reduces stress, decreases the chance depression, increases productivity, and elevates our mood. Do your best to incorporate a daily dose of self-love until it becomes a habit. As you can see from our list it doesn’t have to be over the top. By making the best version of ourselves we are able to handle work, relationships, and challenges that come our way.