I’ve made it to Day 16 of the Blog-tember Challenge. **pats myself on the back** Today’s prompt is about one of my favorite topics: self-care practices. Self care involves more than bathing and practicing good hygiene. Self care involves regularly doing activities that help create a positive attitude and good energy. Taking time out for yourself is essential to maintaining self-worth and self-love. Practicing self-care also helps prevent burnout, reduce stress or even worse, a nervous breakdown. I’ve suffered from burnout and depression before, so self-care is very important to me. Here’s the 15 ways I practice self-care and you can too:
Friday, Sept. 16: How do you de-stress/take care of yourself?
1. Exercise 2-3 times per week
Exercise boots a person’s self-esteem and increases energy levels. There are MANY times when I don’t feel like working out, but I push myself to do it and I always feel great afterwards. Working out also increase endorphins and who couldn’t use a little more happiness?
2. Positive thinking
Negative energy alters our mood and our ability to function fully. Energy is contagious, so surround yourself with positive thoughts and positive people. Amazing things happen when you distance yourself from the negativity.
3. Alone time
A little alone time is good for the soul. Not only do you get to do something that you want to do, but this time also allows you to be productive, creative or just clear your mind and emotionally recharge.
I didn’t appreciate naps as a child, but as an adult I love them. Sometimes a good nap is all I need to revive my energy. Other times, I will go to bed early to give my mind a break and wake up feeling refreshed and less stressed.
Writing is therapeutic for the soul. Sometimes I don’t feel like talking to anyone, so I grab my journal and just get all my thoughts, fears and emotions out on paper.
6. Bubble bath/hot shower
After a long day, a bubble bath is great to just sit in and relax. I also love to take hot showers. I swear I am cut off from the world when I’m in the shower. No cares in the world, no stresses, just me and my shower.
Sometimes you just need to release those emotions and have a good cry.
Who doesn’t love a good massage? Massages relax you and just put you in a mellow, no-cares-in-the-world mood.
9. Unplug for an hour a day
I’m really trying to put this into practice more and more. I will leave my phone in my room while cooking and listen to music. Or put my phone on DND for a little while and read or study. It’s good to just unplug from the world for a little bit.
10. Listen to soul-touching music
Music, melodies, and lyrics can speak to your soul. Music can be used for uplifting your mood
11. Private Dance party
Dancing increases your endorphins which means it will make you feel good and happier. Although, you will RARELY catch me dancing in public, when I’m home alone, I love to have my own private dance parties. Especially when I’m cooking.
12. Naps/Power Naps
Naps can refresh you and give you that little bit of rest you need to make it through the day. I am #teamNaps ALL the way. I didn’t appreciate them when I was 5, but I definitely appreciate them now. If only I could talk my job into creating a nap room…
13. Read a good book
I like reading the bible or snuggling up with a good novel. Reading scriptures helps put my mind at ease or give me hope and novels totally distract me because I get caught up in the story I’m reading.
Baking is therapeutic (to me anyways). Plus when your baked good are done, you have something yummy to eat.
15. Create Art/Coloring/Paint
Creating artwork has been known to reduce stress levels. Create something. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece. Maybe you want to scribble on a paper or splash paint everywhere. Do something that inspires you or lets you release crazy energy.
Do you have practice self-care? If so, what activities do you do to maintain good energy?