Some days you just need to stop everything you should be doing and take care of yourself. Whether you’re overwhelmed with work, school, or whatever it may be. Your own physical and mental health should always come first!
When I need to take some time out for myself I do some (or all) of these things:
- Hydrate: Many times you don’t realize you are dehydrated, but it’s one of the most important factors in our mood and energy. If you’re feeling down, drink a glass of ice cold water to refresh and relax.
- Read: Curl up in bed with one of your favorites books! It takes your mind off of everything else in your life and allows you to wind down if you’re feeling stressed or worried.
- Meditate/Yoga: Practicing mindfulness will help you relax and turn your focus inward. Plus, yoga can get your blood flowing. Search YouTube for video tutorials to guide you through breathing exercises and poses.
- Face Mask: Smearing goop all over my face always makes me feel better! Its cleansing and refreshing, and really makes me feel like I’m taking care of my body. This mud mask from Shea Moisture is what I’m loving right now!
- Light a candle: Filling your room with a pleasing scent can calm you down and reduce stress. Plus, the flickering light creates a lovely ambiance. I am obsessed with Bath and Body Works/White Barn candles. Their scents are always so strong and they burn for so long!
- Color: Adult coloring books are all the rage these days, and for good reason! With all kinds of intricate designs to fill in, coloring books can keep your mind busy for hours. And you’ll have a beautiful product at the end. Sometimes just having a tangible result of my work makes me feel better.
- Unplug: Turn off your phone, your laptop, your TV. Stop tweeting, snapchatting, and yes, even texting. You’re constantly overloading your senses with all the notifications and scrolling. Take a break, and just relax for a few minutes. Try one of the other activities to occupy your time!
- Get outside: A little fresh air can do wonders for your mood. Sit outside to read, write, or meditate. Or take a walk around the neighborhood or a park.