7 DIY Self-Care Tips
With busy days and hectic schedules, sometimes we spend the whole day taking care of our children, spouses and coworkers and forget to tend to ourselves. Although that to-do list may be ever-growing, finding some time during the day for yourself can significantly improve your mood and well-being.
With World Kindness Day coming up, you might already be thinking about ways to show your family and friends that you love them. But don't forget to set aside some time for yourself!
One of the most important areas of self care is mental health. If you start implementing healthy practices for your mind, you will start to feel more connected to yourself and the world around you. Here are our favorite ways to treat yourself this World Kindness Day:
1. Slow Down
One of the best ways to improve your mental health is to stop and appreciate the little things. Once you get into a routine, it's easy to forget to be grateful for life's simple joys: enjoying a cup of coffee on the porch, taking in the sunset with a loved one, watching your child try something new. Take a moment to stop and reflect, and pay more attention to things that you usually do on autopilot.
These days, we have a 24/7 connection to phones and electronic devices. Sure, these can all be useful — but screens are proven to have a negative impact on our sleep and mental performance. Not to mention the sself-confidenceissues that accompany social media. Do yourself a favor and try to unplug for at least a few hours each day.
Whether you have a few minutes or an entire afternoon free, meditation can reduce stress and anxiety and promote emotional health. Finding a quiet place to relax can help you become more aware of your thoughts, feelings and create a sense of calmness, even during the busiest of days.
While it's important to take care of yourself mentally, taking care of your body is just as important and can provide similar peace of mind.
It doesn't matter if you go for a run or dance to your favorite song. Exercise is essential for your well-being and should become part of your routine if it isn't already. Even just an hour of activity each day — like walking your dog or biking to the supermarket — is proven to have a positive impact on your overall well being.
5. Eat Healthy
Everyone's "favorite" self-care tip. We all know we should be doing it, but sometimes it's hard to put down those french fries and soda. One way to improve your eating habits is to slowly start incorporating healthier options into your meals. Making one small change to your diet for the week can make your transition to healthier eating much easier.
6. Get Some Sun
Each day, aim to get at least 15 minutes of sun. Vitamin D not only boosts your tan but also your mood. Give your body some extra warmth by finding a few minutes to be outside each day. Consider taking the long way to work or going for an afternoon coffee run to get your daily dose of sunshine.
7. Treat Yourself
You work hard and deserve to be celebrated!
Once a month, treat yourself to something that makes you truly happy: indulge in a modest splurge. It can be as simple as a piece of cake and a bubble bath or as special as a full-day at the spa or a weekend getaway. After the craziness of each day, don't forget to find time to love yourself and show yourself a little kindness. After all, you've earned it.