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We all have those crazy, rough days, so it’s understandable that it can be overwhelming and can take a toll on your body. Plus, balancing work, relationships, and health is just added stress. There are times where you just need to step away from the chaos and have some time to yourself.
Self-care is anything that helps maintain your physical, mental, and emotional health. It’s important for us to set aside time for ourselves to recharge and take care of our mental well-being. If we don’t, then we’ll just burn out.
There are endless ways to practice self-care. If you don’t know how or where to start, here are a few things you can try to unwind the mind, body, and soul:
#1: Paint your heart out
This happens to be my personal favorite. It’s so therapeutic for me whenever I feel stressed or want to let out my creative ideas. And for those who say, “But I suck at painting.” Umm, honey said who?
The good thing about painting is that you don’t have to learn how to paint like Van Gogh to know how to paint. Plus there is no right or wrong way to do it. It’s all about letting your creative juices flow and enjoying the process along the way.
#2: Do a DIY
Pinterest is where it’s at when it comes to DIYs. There is chock-full of ideas on anything for any creative mind who like hands-on crafts.
#3: Turn off your phone
This one is tough. We are consumed by our phones on the daily. It’s basically like an extra limb attached to our bodies. You’re probably reading this on your phone right now lol.
There’s nothing wrong with social media but it can become highly addicting and we’d end up wasting so much time on it, it can drain us mentally. Turn your phone off for a couple of hours and watch how much happier and stress-free you’ll be.
#4: Take a walk
Walks are beneficial to the mind and body. It helps release the tension we hold in our bodies, declutter the mind, and reduce stress while also getting that bit of exercise in. So hitting two birds with one stone.
Another added bonus: getting your dose of Vitamin D, according to studies has been proven to increase serotonin, which controls your mood, THUS making you happier. Ok, I’m nerding out lol onto the next!
#5: Do a face mask
This is another one of my personal favorites. I’ve recently learned the importance of having a good skincare routine down and it has become a ritual for me day and night. I don’t know how I managed to survive college without moisturizing lol.
Use face masks or sheet masks that best suit your skin’s need, sit back and relax for 20 minutes. Try this once a week, your skin will thank you.
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Also, check out my blog posts on face masks.
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#6: Take a warm bath
Drop-in a nice bath bomb or some lavender essential oils into your bath to unwind after a long day. I’m more of a shower person but I hear baths make you into a brand new person. It changes you.
Try Lush; they’re known for their amazing-smelling bath bombs. I went there recently for the first time. It’s magical.
A cluttered space = a cluttered mind. Try getting rid of things you no longer use or rearrange furniture for a new look. Avoid thinking negative thoughts and focus on decluttering to benefit you and your lifestyle.
#8: Write in a journal
Journaling can be a way to express your thoughts and feelings. Try writing things that you are grateful for and things you can improve on. It’s also nice to look back at stuff you wrote about and how far you’ve grown.
#9: Find a quiet place
I like being to myself a lot of times and being in a place where I can be with my thoughts and enjoy the moment, is very relaxing. Take an hour or so to yourself or sit outside and take in the fresh air while you read a book or listen to your favorite music.
#10: Treat yoself
Every once in awhile, it’s ok to splurge on something you had your eye on for a while. If it’s a little getaway trip, save up some money and go out with a group of friends. Have a good time. Let loose.
Again, there so endless ways to practice self-care, so find something that you enjoy doing that helps you relax and rejuvenate. But remember to always take some time every week to have to yourself.
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What other self-care ideas do you guys recommend? Let me know. 🙂
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Until next time,