When you think self-care, you may think a spa day filled with a 60 minute massage and champagne or a long gym session with lifting weights and cardio. Self Care is not as invasive as you think it is, even small tiny changes can start a ripple effect of positivity in your life. They key is to doing things for yourself, and for nobody else! Failing to practice self-care can lead to headaches, stomach pains, difficulty sleeping and even focusing at work. Self Care is vital to include in your daily routine, no matter how little it plays a big role in your overall physical and emotional well-being.
Self-Care is something that you have to choose to do, no one can make you love yourself. It’s not only a change in behavior, but a change in your mental health. When you prioritize yourself, amazing things can happen. Here is a list of some underrated self-care activities that anyone can do!
Revisit and Edit The Accounts Your Follow on Social Media
The content you ingest every single day directly affects how you feel. Sometimes we are not in control of how our friends, family, co-workers/bosses, and people we interact with engage with us, but you do control what shows up on your social media feeds. Remove people who no longer provide value to you, this can be ex-friends, celebrities, exes, anyone! You control what you are exposed to and who you follow on social media, make sure its what you want to be seeing.
Clean Your Space
There’s this new trend on TikTok showing “depression rooms,” which are wildly messy bedrooms and living spaces. I had one of these on high school, and even college. Just clothes everywhere and no will power to clean even though you so desperate want to have a clean space. It’s crazy how as you grow you learn about why certain behaviors were present in your life… Take 5-10 minutes a devote time to making your living space orderly. Being proud of where you exist is a vital piece to the puzzle, and is a great way to practice self-care. This could be totally re-organizing a room or simply just shifting around furniture.
Get Your Nails Done
The 20 minutes of sitting down, and getting a brief pampering make you feel like a queen.
Phone a Friend
Chat with a friend and catch up with someone you love. Even if you think it’s been way too long, having a conversation with someone you love can help you disconnect from what if holding you back and reconnect with things that excite you. Friends are also amazing shoulders to lean on in good and bad moments. You never know, you may call a friend to share some good news, but they need a good vent sessions. The self-care can work both ways!
Listen to a Motivational Podcast
The best thing about podcasts is that you can listen to them at any time. Throwing a motivational podcast on, or one that teaches you a new skill, while driving from work to home or going to/from errands can kill 2 birds with one stone. Even if it is only 5 or 10 minutes, you are still choosing to better yourself in that time! 5 to 10 minutes every day can add up to substantial time.
Reflect On Your Day in a Journal
Reflecting on your day – what you did, how you felt, who you engaged with, who you wish you had the chance to engage with, what’s left to be done, what it all makes you feel like now… These are all things that can help you prioritize your time in the future and can help you devote time in the places that would be best for your own mental health. It’s difficult to learn how to make lifestyle adjustments if we don’t take the time to sit down and reflect on our emotions.
Practice Mindful Breathing
Take a few breaths to reconnect with yourself and release what no longer serves you.
The power of nature and being outside is very underrated. Existing in the fresh air and taking in all the energy around you can help make a hectic stressful day into a light and enjoyable one. Taking time to walk around, or walk, or bike, or skate (see how many options there are?) is keeping you active and giving time back to yourself. Prioritizing yourself can be through activities or by just spending some alone time in different settings.