With the everyday hustle and bustle of life, it’s easy to neglect yourself. After spending extra hours in the office, your nights end up looking like a whirlwind of activity from cooking to wrangling children into bed by bedtime. And after all that, your bed and Netflix look more and more attractive.
While it is extremely important to get those tasks done on a daily basis, it is even more important to make time for some self-care. Now you’re probably thinking, I don’t have the time to spend days at the spa or going on regular shopping sprees, but self-care is more than just an outing. Here are some self-care ideas to add to your daily to-do list:
Write about it
No matter how bad your day has been, there will always be something that makes you feel grateful. So whether it is the fact that you are still breathing or you won the lottery, grab a journal and write down five positive things in your life each day. When you write down positive things in your life, it puts more emphasis on the things you are grateful for instead of the stressors in your life. Focus on the good.
A positive morning
Start every day with something positive. Whether you read inspirational quotes, stories or you indulge in your favorite coffee drink, try to start each morning with something that makes you feel good. You can do this while sipping your morning coffee and not have to add any extra time to your already busy morning.
If you want a quick positivity boost, do something for someone else. Volunteer once a month or help a friend or loved one out with a project they can’t do alone. Sharing your talents and giving back to the community is good for your soul.
Go on a technology detox
In most situations, you can’t imagine turning your cellphone off and taking a break from social media, but sometimes one way to make the craziness of the world stop turning is to take a break from the center of it. As much as you love social media, it can play a real role in your mood. Don’t be afraid to take a break, even if it is just for one hour.
Just say no
To all of the overachievers out there, it is okay to say no when someone asks to make plans with you. We often find ourselves wanting to do more than we are actually capable of doing. So while you don’t have to give a solid no, don’t be afraid to ask for that night out for a later date.
Playtime with pets
Pets have this furry covered way of soothing the soul. When you spend time petting and playing with your pets, you’ll easily forget the stresses of the day. If you don’t have a pet, visit your local rescue for all the playtime you can handle.
Have a self-date
It may sound a little weird, but you should always date yourself. Spend an hour alone doing something that feeds your soul. Maybe it is taking the time to read that new book you’ve been dying to start or relaxing in a bubble bath with a glass of wine. Do something that is for you and only you.
Turn on your favorite song, and dance like no one is watching. Not only is music good for your soul, but dancing can put a little bounce in your step. Never deny yourself a mini dance party.
Take a road trip
There are likely some beautiful places within a short drive of you. Do some research for local sites to see and plan a short day trip over the weekend. So when the weather is nice, load up the car with your family or some close friends and hit the road.
Get in the right mindset
Download a meditation app on your phone and start your mornings with some peaceful relaxation before hitting the stress-filled traffic on your way to work. Better yet, get to work a little early and listen to your meditation app before heading into the office. You’ll be a lot calmer, and it will be easier to start tackling your day.
A little goes a long way
Self-care is vital to your well-being. It doesn’t have to be an all-day affair to be considered self-care. Just do a little something every day of the week, and you’ll quickly feel that stress fog lift. Make sure you add self-care to your to-do list daily and make it a priority in your life.
Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager