Self-care is vitally important not just for stress relief but also for overall mental health. It can do everything from help after a bad day to improve your self-confidence. It also doesn’t take a lot to take proper care of yourself. Here are some different ways to practice self-care every day.
A really excellent way to start practising self-care every day is to keep a journal. This is something you can easily keep with you no matter where you are, whether you put it in your purse or briefcase, or you have a digital journal on your computer. It is good to have something to write in even when your laptop is out of charge, so a journal and pen is highly recommended. With journaling, you are able to write in it whenever you feel stressed or just to talk about your day. It can be very cathartic for you.
HAVE ALONE TIME EVERY DAY
Make sure you have at least a few minutes each day all to yourself. This can be a 30-minute walk that you go on after dinner, a fun 15-minute dance party all alone in your room before bed, or just a 5 minutes in the morning before everyone else gets up while you enjoy your cup of coffee. It can seem so simple and minimal, but these little stretches of time where you are alone and just doing something for yourself can make all the difference.
GET MORE EXERCISE
Sometimes helping your physical health is also important, so don’t forget about exercise. This will make you feel better about yourself and raise your self-confidence, which also helps your mental state. Plus, exercise is really good for helping to relieve your stress and the endorphins you get from it can be tremendous for improving your move.
You don’t need to go to the gym for an hour every day either. Something as simple as an afternoon walk or doing weight lifting in the morning before your shower is perfect. You can also take advantage of other activities that also include exercise, like taking your dogs for long walks or taking the kids hiking over the weekend so everybody is exercising more.
If you want to pay more attention to yourself and practise self-care, it helps to start by working on your morning routine.
If you are just hopping out of bed, grabbing breakfast, and running out the door, you are probably already stressed by the time you get into your car.
A healthier option is to start a better morning routine with these tips.
READ A FEW PAGES IN A BOOK
If you can set your alarm for an earlier time, it gives you the chance to catch up on your reading.
Find a book that is inspirational and helps motivate you for the day. Read just a few pages or a whole chapter, depending on how much free time you have. This can be while you are having your morning coffee, or when your muffins are in the oven. Take advantage of these quiet moments and become absorbed in your favourite book.
HAVE QUIET TIME WITH A CUP OF HERBAL TEA OR ORGANIC COFFEE
Whether you drink coffee or tea in the morning, you can make this part of your self-care ritual. Try to have your first cup of coffee in the morning all alone and in silence. You can read a paper, write in your journal, or sit on your patio and listen to the birds chirping as the sun comes up.
This is another great reason to wake up a little earlier than everyone else in your household. You will be amazed b how much better you feel with just a few minutes to yourself.
UNPLUG YOUR DEVICES (I KNOW)
When you are trying to start a new morning routine for self-care purposes, you should unplug all devices. Don’t try to enjoy a few minutes to yourself by using your cell phone or checking email.
Checking social media too much can also be more stressful. You should turn all electronics off during your self-care time in the morning and not turn it on until you absolutely need it.
The morning is also the ideal time to meditate and repeat mantras. Mantras are sayings or words that help to centre your focus and make it easier to meditate. You can also try breathing exercises or traditional meditation. If you want to take a walk in the morning, that can also help you to meditate.
If you are looking to improve your self-care, there are quite a few activities you can participate in. While the list of options is endless, here are some recommended activities to get you started with proper self-care.
TRY SENSORY ACTIVITIES
When you are working on self-care for stress relief, one thing to note is that sensory activities can have a really beneficial effect. You should try to find activities that use different senses, like touch, smell, taste, or sight.
EXERCISE ON A REGULAR BASIS
Exercising regularly is good for your body and your mind, and can do wonders for stress. If you have a lot of mental stress, you can improve your mood and feel happier by releasing endorphins.
You can choose a type of workout that helps you take better care of your physical and mental health, whether you relax during yoga, have fun while dancing, or get some quiet time by going for a walk or hike. Think of exercises you enjoy doing, but that will also give you that time alone that you really need.
DO CREATIVE ACTIVITIES
Another way to practice self-care is to find creative activities that are artistic or a hobby that you enjoy. If you used to love drawing or painting, why not try it now? Just because you’re older and have other responsibilities, doesn’t mean you have to let go of your favourite things to do.
Bring a sketchbook with you to work and draw something during your lunch break. Or you can get adult colouring books and some coloured pencils and bring them anywhere, like the train or the bus.
You can also try different types of crafts you enjoy doing, like making wreaths for the family as holiday gifts or doing some healthy baking.
Try to find ways to release your inner creative energy, no matter what that entails. You will feel better by doing something you love, plus you get some quality time that helps to relieve stress at the same time. This is really hard to beat.
One of the top recommendations for practising self-care on a routine basis is to start a journal. This is so helpful, easy to do, and won’t cost you a lot of money. It is convenient and can be brought with you everywhere, so even in the middle of a busy workday, you can grab the journal and write in it for a few minutes.
YOU CAN EXPRESS YOURSELF IN A HEALTHY WAY
First of all, when you are dealing with a lot of stress, it can make it hard to focus on anything. However, you may not want to express yourself in a frustrated or angry way, especially with your friends and loved ones.
In order to practice self-care with journaling but also express yourself, you should have a journal that is kept private and confidential. Whenever you need to unload your thoughts or feelings, you can do it with the journal.
IT HELPS TO FIND THE ROOTS OF YOUR ISSUES
Also, consider what is causing you stress or anxiety. Do you know why you have so much emotional stress? Are you sure you know the reason behind your frequent panic attacks? If you don’t, a journal can be very helpful. As you write in the daily entries, try to include information about your mood and how you’re feeling.
JOURNALING PROVIES A GOOD DISTRACTION
In some cases, your stress causes you to constantly think about what is stressing you out, which can be very overwhelming. If you just want something to take your mind off it, journaling is a great option. While you are writing in your journal, you aren’t thinking about anything else but what you are journaling about. It is a really good distraction from the different issues you are dealing with that lead to your stress.
IT HELPS TO FIND YOUR NEXT ACTIONS
Perhaps you are stressed because you’re not sure about the direction of your life, from what college to go to, what career path to choose, or whether or not you should break up with your boyfriend or girlfriend or end a marriage that is no longer serving you. Journaling can help you express yourself and find the next path your life should take.
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