Have you ever worried yourself sick about anything that is out of your control? There is no point into doing so, but I’ll be the first here to admit that I have! How about having a bit of anxiety at work? Ive done that too. Let’s face it, we all get stressed at times. But, we all also have to learn to take time out for ourselves -mind, body and soul – or else some days will get a bit overwhelming! I wanted to share with you some quick and easy ways that you could get started doing so today. I actually do everything on this list myself from time to time, and I have to tell ya, they really do make a difference. Check out my list below.
Breathe & Take a walk (in the park).
I absolutely love to take walks, especially in the park during the fall with the changing of all the foliage colors and the falling of the leaves. I just enjoy to hear leaves crunch under my feet! This is extremely stress relieving for me and I’m sure being out in the open, getting fresh air and a change of scenery would have the same positive effect on almost anyone else. Make sure you take slow, deep breathes while doing so! Walking does wonders on clearing your mind and is good for your health too!
Treat yourself to a massage.
I almost feel like everyone should get a professional massage at least once in their lives (if not once a week, haha). In fact, massages relax me so much that it is actually hard for me to at some times stay awake throughout the whole session! This is pampering 101, whether it be in the privacy of your own home or with a masseuse, treat yourself to one! It at times will make a world of difference in how you feel, physically and mentally!
Be a blessing to someone else.
Nothing feels better than to know you’ve made a difference to someone else. Start small and do something you know that you can handle. There are plenty of places where you can volunteer your time – homeless kitchens, hospitals, churches, retirement homes, animal shelters and more. Putting a smile on someone else’s face will ultimately put one on yours as well.
Get some of your stress out by dancing!! It’s fun to do, even when you feel like your not a good dancer. If that’s what your afraid of, then take some lessons 🙂 Let down your guard, and enjoy yourself with some good music and perhaps a partner – or two! This is also a good form of exercise.
Avoid social media.
Social media can really burn people out. There is a lot of negativity on the internet and at times people can get addicted especially to Facebook, snap-chat, Instagram and twitter and all the drama going on on them. Take a weekend to focus on visiting a loved one instead of texting, going to a movie theater instead of watching the TV at home. Get out of the house and do more in person! Whatever you leave behind will be online for you to read whenever you return.
Buy yourself something nice.
Are you still wearing jeans from 15 years ago, or haven’t bought a new pair of sneakers in 3 or 4 years? If you can afford it, buy yourself something new. Whether it be a notebook, some lip-gloss, a blender or watch, or perhaps even a plane ticket – get something useful that is going to make you feel better about yourself.
Visit your doctor.
Put your health first in your life. Eat better, sleep better, drink plenty of water and keep all of your doctors appointments! Recommended screenings at the proper ages are very important for a better you! Also, make sure that you make note of any changes to your body and take your concerns to a doctor as soon as possible when they come up.
What self care tips would you add to this list? I’m sure I could go on and on but these seven listed are some of my favorite things to do! Let me know what you like to do for self care in the comments below 🙂
(Please note, I am not a physician, and so if you are really having a problem controlling your anxiety and/or stress then I suggest that you speak to a medical professional about it. They would be more happy to help you and listen to your situation. Talk to someone! Good luck to you!)