Have you been doing self-care?
You may be thinking…
“With everything going on personally and, in the world, right now, who has time for self-care?”
Many studies are showing positive impacts on mental health when doing self-care. Knowing your limits and taking time to pause not only helps you but helps you to be there for others when needed.
My TOP 3 favorite self-care activities:
- Playing with my dog.
- There is such a sense of calm when I play with my puppy. I get endless amounts of slobbery kisses on my face. It is a wonderful connection time and brings me back to the present moment.
- Getting my body moving.
- Whether it is through exercise or dancing, moving the body gets the energy moving around, and my brain is stimulated. It also helps me sleep better at night.
- Reading a book.
- I’m a bit of a book hoarder. I love reading and have piles of books ready for me to dive into. Getting time to get emersed in other worlds and to break away from any stress is a joy for me.
Other self-care ideas include:
- Walking in the park
- Painting a picture
- Tending to your garden
- Talking with friends
- Getting a massage
- Taking a bath
And if today feels like you can’t do anything but stare out the window, that’s ok too.
It doesn’t have to be an hour-long activity. If pressed for time, 5 minutes of deep breathing will do.