elf-care; everyone keeps talking about it, but is anyone actually practicing it? When you say no to those busy weekend plans, or another bar night with your buddies, say yes to something that will actually better your self and calm the stress you've felt all week. There's no one way to practice self-care, but here are some various, easy self-care rituals you can start practicing as soon as you want.
Take A Walk
Nothing too strenuous, just a nice stroll around a park or your neighborhood. Being outside and going for a walk can improve your mood and it’s good exercise. A little bit of sun and fresh air can really make a difference and reduce some of that stress you’ve been having during the work week.
Plus, for all you creatives, going for a walk outside just 30 minutes a day can improve your creativity if you’re feeling stuck or aren’t getting any new ideas.
Do Some Cleaning
This may sound stressful at first or seem like a chore, but cleaning out parts of your house or apartment can have significant mental health benefits. Studies have shown that there is a connection between a clean house and a healthy life.
Whether that’s cleaning out your garage or your closet, even the smallest bit of tidying up can help you feel better. Don’t let it overwhelm you; turn on your favorite music, open a bottle of wine, put on our comfy clothes and make tidying up something enjoyable.
Journal Your Thoughts or Emotions
I find this one to be incredibly helpful. Grab a pen and a journal and write down some of your thoughts from the week. This can be calming and cathartic. It’s good to reflect on little victories, lessons learned and things that made you smile this week.
Therapists even recommend using journaling to help lower stress levels and anxiety. You can even allow yourself to get creative; write a short story or a poem.
Draw A Picture
Get creative! Paint a picture, use some crayons, buy a big canvas and try finger painting! Live out your kindergarten dreams. Don’t set expectations either, just use whatever colors you want and let your mind wander while you draw whatever you want.
You don’t have to be an artist. Don’t cancel this one out just because you think you can’t draw; art should be fun and freeing. They even have adult coloring books that give you everything you need so you can relax and create something new.
Go Cloud Watching
I never did this as a kid, but as an adult, I find it quite relaxing. Just laying on my back in the shade, watching the clouds move is very calming.
It’s a little harder trying to figure out what the clouds look like, but it’s still fun and calming to just watch them float across the sky. Give it a try, it’s the simple self-care treat that can make you smile.