Life has its overwhelming periods for everyone. When my life gets out of the ordinary these are some activities I do to take care of myself :
- Detach from social media every once in a while. You’d be amazed at how quickly your mood changes when you’re engaged with the people around you, and when you take time to focus on yourself; versus seeing what everyone is up to and feeling the need to post on Instagram, Snapchat, etc.
- Read. Personally, I love going into a bookstore, picking a few novels I find intriguing, and reading them in the store for a couple hours. The best books are the one’s that ignite your passion, motivate you, and fascinate your mind.
- Journal everyday. Even if it’s just for five minutes- journal! I’ve noticed when I write about what happened in my day, what I’m thinking about, and explore my feelings I feel relieved.
- Clean personal space. Whether it be your bathroom or bedroom or both, it’s gratifying when everything is tidied up and organized.
- Go for a run. Run hard. Run as far away from your problems as possible! The key is to physically get up and go for a run. When I’m done running, I’m ready to turn around and take on my responsibilities. It’s a reminder that even if my problems disappeared and I was able to get away from them, I find it cowardly not to face them. So I jog for a bit and then come running back to knock ’em out!
- Try new activities. After going on a social media hiatus I decided to take a self-defense class. I try to do new things to remind myself there’s so much I have yet to learn.
- Create outfits. I love good and unique styles. Sometimes I rummage through my closet and decorate my wardrobe. Afterwards, I feel prepared for upcoming days and I feel less anxious every morning debating on what I should wear.
- Write in a planner. It helps keep track of priorities. It’s also such a simple way to plan for yourself. Not to forget how much you are taking care of yourself by writing what you have to do for you.
- Throw your own concert. When no one is home, I like to blast music, dance, and purely enjoy being myself.
- Lay in bed and watch an inspiring movie.
- Go on a swing at the park. Nothing like reminiscing childhood and being carefree.
- Get a massage.
- Look up at the sky at night.
- Say five things and five people you’re grateful for before bedtime.
- Go for a bike ride.
- Drink more water and eat more fruits.
- Pay attention to your breathing.
- Listen to soothing music or soothing sounds before you go to sleep. Ocean waves, piano keys, the rainforest, etc. One of my favorite musicians is Hans Zimmer. My favorite album by him was his soundtrack for the movie, The Holiday.
- Message someone you care about that you love and appreciate them. Be generous and kind. Try to say and do one nice thing for someone each day. But wait! Isn’t this supposed to be a list of ideas on caring for yourself? It’s actually super rewarding lightening up someone else’s day and in turn, it brightens up your own knowing you made a positive impact by making a simple act.
- Take a nap.
- Find a therapist or find a support group.
- Be mindful. What are you good at and what do you need to improve on? Etc.
- Focus on your goals and what you want in life. Figure out the steps you have to take to achieve your desires. Prepare!
- Make a daily routine for yourself – from morning to night. Every detail counts! That includes brushing your teeth and flossing.
- Download Headspace.
- Remember that it’s important to take care of yourself and that you are worth it. Look in the mirror each morning and find five things externally AND internally that you love about you.
Every once in awhile or daily, I perform these activities in my life and I always notice how relaxed I am afterwards. It’s important to nurture yourself especially when life gets chaotic. So take YOUR step back and rejuvenate.
I hope this helps.
Artwork by : Laura Krusemark