It’s no secret that self-care is super important, but often times I think the only vision people have of self-care is laying in a bath or going for a massage. While those things are both wonderful and at times very necessary, there are many other ways to take care of yourself that don’t include turning your home into a spa or actually spending the money to go to one. Here are a few things that I do for self-care, as well as some things that I hope to incorporate into my self-care regimen as well.
1. Go For A Walk
Where I live the weather is still very nice (actually quite hot), so after a long day, and usually after a workout, I will take myself on a long walk. To some, this may sound like a waste of time, but for me, this makes all the difference. You never really know what getting some fresh air can do for you until you try it yourself. Also, it’s a great opportunity to collect your thoughts and reflect on the day among many other things. I find that after my walks I feel a bit more re-charged and ready to tackle what is left of my day.
2. Spend Some Time In The Sun
This tip, as well as the one before, can go hand-in-hand, but even if you can’t get out for a walk, getting a little sun, whether it be through a window or actually outside can really be beneficial. I find that I am extremely affected by sunlight. Working and living in rooms that have a fair amount of natural light is really important to me because it plays a big role in my mood. If I don’t see the sun or felt its rays touch my skin during the day, chances are I’m not the happiest person around. So just giving yourself 10-15 minutes in the sun or near a window (with SPF of course) can be a big self-care tip that you’re missing out on.
I feel like a lot of people roll their eyes at the word “journal” because we’ve all heard it before. Journaling is helpful, and I think we all know that, but I don’t want you to get hung up on what journaling should look like. You don’t have to have a designated notebook or even commit to doing it every day. Journaling can be jotting down a few things in the notes app on your phone, or on a sticky note in your office. It doesn’t have to be a full-fledged story, essay, or memoir. It could be bullet points, fragmented sentence, barely legible writing, and bad grammar. I think of journaling as a brain dump. Just get the thoughts running around in your head onto paper and that is that.
4. Choose Your Company Wisely
Now, you don’t have the luxury of doing this every day, because some locations and people you have to be around are mandatory (i.e. work). Hopefully, you enjoy what you do and the people you work with, but if you don’t, on the few days that you do get the chance to choose who you can be around, make sure those people are ones that truly add value to your life. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Good vibes only,” or “Good vibe tribe.” They are often popular Pinterest posts or graphic tee slogans, but they have a point. Positivity, as well as negativity, are contagious. So give yourself a fighting chance at having a good day and caring for yourself by surrounding yourself with people who radiate good vibes.
5. Take Yourself On A Date
I am notorious for doing things like this. It first started because I didn’t want to wait for other people to do the things I wanted to do, but it slowly turned into a great self-care ritual. Often times you can catch me at a theatre on a random weekday with the whole cinema to myself, or at a local arts and crafts shop (pottery, painting, etc.). Some may think it’s lonely, but as an introvert who gets my energy by being alone, it’s wonderful. When it’s all said and done, it’s just 1-2 hours I take for myself and then I rejoin everyone else for group activities and outings.
I hope this blog post gave you a few new self-care tips or reminded you of ones that you haven’t done in a while. Self-care is so important! You can’t pour from an empty cup. So while you put others first don’t neglect yourself.
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