Whenever I neglect to practice personal care, it has an effect on my anxiety and general mood. We all know that stress is not the easiest to manage and can often be easier said than done. How many of us have started one thing that we’ve gotten motivated to do for ourselves, but have not stayed committed to the journey? Felt defeated. Discouraged. How often is your mood affected by your health? It’s time to change your self-care habits! You can manage stress, you can become stress-free. I’ve found that with regular practice with these six self-care activities has helped to improve how often I tend to personal care, how much I enjoy practicing self-care during each of these acts, and keeps me motivated to do meet my goals.
It’s almost like I’ve discovered a hidden message all within my mind, body, and soul, and I’m finally finding the courage to crack the codes. Yes, I’ve mentioned before that I am a full-time working wife and mother of one. Of course my life is hectic! Most often, there’s too much on my plate (even though I’m passionate about EVERY thing on my plate). What am I doing? I’m sitting at a table trying to finish all of my food, but truth is, I’ve been overwhelmed and full a long time ago. Whenever I get like this (and I’m sure I’m not the only person that does this), I have to remember to get up and go relax. To lower my risks of burn out, anxiety, and depression, I try to engage in things that I enjoy to rekindle the balance in my life.
It may sound cliche to those who don’t believe in a higher being, but for me, it has been an essential tool in retraining my mind to think positively and helping to restore my faith. After I’ve prayed, the amount of weight that feels as if it has been lifted is quite freeing. God takes it over from there and I remember to give him the praise!
You’ve definitely heard me discussing meditation and some of it’s benefits on previous blog posts and might have even seen me discussing it on any of my social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). This really does help to clear my mind to focus clearer– with deep breaths in and out.
Download the Oak Meditation App in the Apple Store to start your first meditation practice for free. I use this app to help me calm the mind and clear my thoughts. It’s great for beginners.
Routine massage is something to indulge in for self-care. I don’t make a habit of doing this every week (it’s not exactly cheap), but it’s worth it to do it every 4-6 weeks. I was a non-believer of massages until I actually started to get them as often as I do. If you’ve never had one before, I implore you try it out. PRO TIP: if the area that you’re experiencing your pain is within your reach, try self-massage as well.
Now listen. I don’t exercise every day, which is something I’m working on adding to my growing list of self-care practices. Since I am not exercising every day, my muscles are always tight. As a substitution for now, I do stretch every day and/or every other day. I do a combination of upper and lower body stretch exercises to release tightness. PRO TIP: Deep breaths while stretching help to break up tension tremendously.
Suggestion: Try yoga as an alternative to going to the gym to lift weights or walking on the treadmill.
Writing is therapeutic to thoughtful expression. Sometimes, the words we speak don’t come out the way I’d like for them to. I can write them better than I can speak them. Keep a journal when you are having good/bad days, when you come up with creative ideas, or maybe if you just need to vent. You don’t have to be a blogger to do this.
One of the freest forms of expression and what I’d consider my “musical therapy”. Escaping my thoughts to listen to my favorite tunes is probably one of my most favorite things to do on this list. I find myself a good playlist or a favorite album that I enjoy, and just vibe out. It helps to forget about the things that have me overwhelmed temporarily, so much so that the feeling of being overwhelmed becomes obsolete.
What are some of your self-care practices? How often do you practice self- care? What practices would you recommend for others?