I sat down to write a new blog post, but before I could even begin writing, I started reflecting on my past week. I skipped out on posting a blog post last week because I was drowning in work and feeling so overwhelmed that couldn't bring myself to create anything. Thus the theme of this blog post brewed in my mind!
I always have a difficult time having "me time." I'm a type-A, enneagram 3 personality (if you don't know what this is, you should go listen to my podcast episode where my co-host, Afiyat, and I spoke about it! Find it here), and with that, I'm someone who always likes to keep busy and work on my next project. Consequently, I have a hard time stepping away from doing work and just chilling, and I know I'm not the only one!
So, I decided to compile a list of the easiest, most simple acts of self care that anyone can do to feel some serenity and relaxation in our busy lives.
1. Disconnect To Reconnect
Take some time to put the phone down and the computer away and just be. Focus on yourself and allow yourself to look within to analyze your emotions. Sometimes when you're so "go go go," it's difficult to see that you may be close to burning at any second! So step away from the virtual world and all the responsibilities and anxieties that come with it, and continue with another act of self care!
2. Spend The Evening Reading
Tied to the previous point, if you're trying to stay away from any type of technology, but don't know what to do? Read a book and get lost in a different reality! I've been trying really hard to read before bed and so far I've been getting through my 2021 reading list and feeling amazing when I try to sleep and wake up in the morning. It's great to ease and switch off your mind.
3. Cook Your Favourite Meal
Self care doesn't always mean sitting down and trying to do "nothing." Cooking can be very relaxing and therapeutic, especially if you're making your favourite meal! This will also allow you to put focus in another, more relaxing task and reap the reward right after. Don't be afraid to treat yourself - make that big plate of pasta and forget about eating healthy for just a moment, I promise you won't regret it!
I'm 100% that person that likes to randomly switch up my room and clean out my closet at least once a week. Decluttering a room, a drawer, or even making your bed can help symbolize decluttering your mind and put you more at ease, especially if you're constantly thinking about work or school! You can take 10 minutes out of your day just to clean and I guarantee, you'll feel better after!
5. Chat With Loved Ones
Sometimes you just need to vent, have a mindless conversation, or deeply connect with someone without even knowing it. I know that when I facetime my girls after a long day, I feel so much better without even realizing that I was stressed beforehand! Make the time to connect with the ones you love because socializing with them is guaranteed to make you feel great.
6. At-Home Spa
3 simple words that have a huge impact on physical and mental wellness. Soak in a bath, slather on a face mask, play some calming music, meditate - there are so many things you can do to recreate your very own at-home spa experience! The key is to do things that you know will let you relax. I tried a bath for the first time in 9 years last month, and let me tell you, I was so restless, but I forced myself to stay in there for at LEAST 20 minutes and I did feel calmer afterward!
I've always dabbled with journaling. As a kid, I had several diaries which I would write 5 entries, then forget about, but I think people don't understand the flexibility you have with this act. Journaling doesn't have to mean writing your thoughts and emotions down every day. You can write your to-do lists down to make them visual and out of your mind; write your goals, your manifestations, what you're thankful for, or anything else you want. The whole point is to clear your mind, think positively, and prioritize your mental wellness.
Let's all take the time to breathe and take a step back from our crazy lives. We need to prioritize focusing on ourselves and doing several acts of self care to reset, re-energize, and reflect!
What's your favourite thing to do to practice self care?
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