With it being National Self Care Month, I wanted to bring to you 5 easy self-care ideas and why I think they are beneficial.
1. Epson Salt/Essential Oil Bath
This is the typical self-care photo you will see on the internet. It's okay to have that. It means it works. I personally love the lavender scent as it is super calming which helps right before bed. I usually soak for about 15 minutes to help relax me. I even have found some super relaxing "bath time" music on Spotify. My playlist can include: Relax & Unwind, Bath Spa Relaxing Music Zone, and Piano in the Background.
2. Read a book
This can be any type of book, just read one you can get into. Whether that be self-help, romance, murder mystery, sci-fi, business, memoir, historical fiction, whatever. Just find a comfy place and start to read. Right now I am reading "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed. And if it wasn't for my tired eyes, I would not put it down.
If you do decide to read on a tablet or a screen rather than hard copy, make sure you are taking into consideration that the light from the technology can keep you up later. It can trick your brain into thinking that it's still the day. However, you can try these glasses called Pixel Eyewear and it helps you get better sleep and less eye strain.
3. Start a "grateful for" list
This may not seem like self-care, but when you start to do some reflection on what you are grateful for it definitely helps you feel better. Write down each morning (or night) 3 things you are grateful for. This could include literally anything. From your house to your shoes, to your job, even for your alarms! You can write why you are if you want, but it's not required. You can always repeat too. I typically write that I am grateful for my dogs cuddle time with me each and every morning.
Sometimes you just need to move your body or relax your mind. Yoga always helps when I can tell my body just needs to move, but also a stretch. I always feel really good after a yoga session. My body feels like it can move in ways I never thought I could and it's helping me with physical balance, strength, and flexibility.
Meditating will help your mind be at ease. If you are anything like me, I had no idea where to start out when it came to meditating. I would also just find my mind wondering every few seconds onto something else (i.e. my to do list, errands, chores, what Susie said at work today, etc.). I downloaded this app called Headspace and that has helped so much. I got to choose how often and how long each meditation session was. You are given a video tutorial at the beginning to help you get the most out of your meditation session and set you up for success. Then, you will have a guided meditation for your set amount of time. There is a free trial section, but the parts you pay for are worth it too.
5. Take a technology detox
This one is probably going to be the most challenging. I go everywhere with my phone as I am sure many of you do too. I am not saying it has to be days, weeks or months, but even just for a few hours. Once I started using my Moment app, I was noticing how much I was on my phone and it literally disgusted me. How could I waste so much time in my life on my phone? Time is so precious and I can't get any of that back. This app not only shows you how much time you are on your phone but how many times you even pick it up to look at your home/lock screen and even which apps you use the most. So if you are listening to podcasts 50% of the time, at least you know you aren't mindlessly scrolling more. Just take even a few hours out of your day. Don't check it during your lunch break. Don't bring it to the bathroom with you (don't judge, I know you all do it, especially at work). Forget it at home for a day. For those who decide to do a day or longer, I am proud and envious of you.