It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We tend to forget about taking care of ourselves and focus instead on work, school, or relationships. This can cause unwanted stress, however, and over 19 million Americans suffer from anxiety and could benefit from taking some time for self-care.
Self-care doesn’t have to be reserved for special occasions. You can use self-care techniques anywhere and any time to keep yourself from being stressed:
- Go For a Walk
When you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious, one of the best things you can do is go outside and get some fresh air. Couple this with a nice walk and you will also get the benefit of exercise as well. When working out, you create endorphins that will help lift your mood and relax your body.
If possible, take at least a thirty-minute brisk walk, this should be enough time to clear your head, feel the sun on your face, and get your heart rate pumping. It’s important to prioritize this time and can be difficult to fit your schedule, so even if it’s just for ten minutes around the block, it will be worth it for your daily self-care.
- Meditation Is one of the Best Self-Care Techniques
Meditation is a great way to center yourself and clear your head. You can even practice this self-care at work by taking a few minutes to sit comfortably, hands in your lap and feet on the ground. Close your eyes and picture yourself in a location that makes you feel calm and happy, then slowly take deep breaths in and out.
If you at home and are able to, lie down in a comfortable position and use a guided meditation app that will help with your breathing and give you positive affirmations leaving you feeling rested and calm.
Meditating before bed is also great because it allows your mind and body to relax creating the perfect atmosphere for getting a good night sleep. There is nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night from anxiety, and not getting enough sleep doesn’t help either. Most people feel best after a solid eight hours of sleep which will set you up for a better day tomorrow.
- Watch Your Favorite Show
At the end of a stressful day, sometimes the best thing you can do is curl up under a blanket on the couch and watch your favorite tv show or movie. The comfort of the show will help relieve your stress and give yourself some much-needed downtime.
This is also a good time to practice some of the breathing techniques you use while meditating. Inhale and exhale slowly for roughly five seconds each, and you will feel your heart rate slowing and your body relaxing.
- Do Some Crafts
Crafting is the perfect way to take your mind off your troubles and focus on something else. When you are being creative, whether it’s painting, sewing, restoring furniture, etc., you are focusing on the work and not the world around you.
By doing something that you enjoy you will relax and submerge yourself into the task allowing yourself much needed downtime from the demands of your daily life. It’s also inspiring watching something you enjoy coming to life and will inspire new and fresh ideas and give you a new zest for your daily life.
Sometimes the best thing you can do when you are feeling overwhelmed is to write down your thoughts and feelings. Keeping all these locked inside your head can create more anxiety because they are all swirling around in there making it difficult to focus and relax.
Journaling is a great way to get it all out and can feel like such a weight lifted off your shoulders. It’s also a good self-care technique so that you can identify what is causing the stress, and reflect back on triggers that may be happening day to day.
Speaking to a therapist is also important when the emotions get to be too much. When writing in a journal it helps you keep track of things that you may want to discuss between visits so you can make great use of your appointments together.
- Take Time to Yourself
It’s important to make yourself a priority from time to time and do something that is special to you. This will help break up the monotony of your daily grind and give yourself the boost you might have been needing. This doesn’t mean you have to schedule a weeklong vacation, it can be a simple afternoon or day off to yourself.
Some of the things you can do are plan some time with your friends, schedule a mobile massage to pamper yourself, take a nice hot bubble bath with some scented candles, or read a good book.
- Clean Your Living Space
Sometimes when life gets to be crazy and hectic, we don’t have the time to clean our house or apartment. Believe it or not, having a cluttered landing space can also feed into your anxiety. After a long stressful day, a cluttered home can make you feel like the walls are closing in on you and will keep you feeling anxious.
Take some time and go through your space room by room and do a deep clean. You will feel better after having tidied up and removed some of the clutter that has been bothering you, even if you hadn’t realized it. It’s a nice feeling to come home after a long day to a fresh and clean living space.
Try These Self-Care Tips Today!
These self-care techniques are easy enough to do daily, either when you are at work or at home. If you are feeling stressed out, take a minute and think about what you can do right now to relieve some of your anxiety, whether it’s deep breathing at work, or going home and taking a nice hot bubble bath.
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