Hey Guys! Something a little different from me today, I’ve got the lovely Merry here who’s kindly written a guest post for you all about 6 Self-Care activities for helping destress. I hope you all enjoy the read.
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Do you have favourite self-care activities?
I’ve been getting stress lately – family problems, financial issues, lack of sleep, and lost motivation. Do any of you feel the same?
I did everything I could to relieve the stress – reading a book, watching a movie, walking my dog – guess what? They didn’t help at all!
All the stress relief activities won’t help if I’m not taking care of myself. Yoga or meditation won’t do you any good if you aren’t getting enough sleep. I bet when I try to meditate, I might doze off because my body needs to sleep. We need to take care of our basic needs first if we want our stress relief activities to be effective.
Unfortunately, many people still view self-care as something ‘luxury’ rather than a priority. Thus, they’re left feeling overwhelmed or tired to handle life’s challenges.
Here are 5 self-care activities for every aspect in your life that is not luxury.
When you feel stressed, try to focus yourself on the sensations around you – smells, sounds, touch, sights, and tastes. Try one of these sensory self-care activities:
- Snuggle under a cozy blanket
- Cuddle with your pet
- Burn a scented candle (my favorite would be coffee scented candle)
- Stare up at the sky
- Use an essential oil diffuser – you could even add in something like this pineapple express terpene for an even more enhanced experience
- Take a hot shower or a warm bath
- Listening to running water
- Listening to the night sound
When you’re having a bad day, engaging in a pleasurable activity is a great way to take care of yourself. Try these ideas:
- Walk your dogs (I always do it every evening)
- Watch a movie – whether going to the cinema or just from your computer
- Visit your favorite places (mine would be coffee shop or beaches)
- Take yourself out to eat
- Do a craft project
Mental self-care includes doing activities that keep your mind sharp, like learning about topics that fascinates you, reading books or watching movies that inspire your mind.
You can give yourself a mental boost by doing tasks you’ve been avoiding. Here are a few mental self-care activities that help you stay mentally healthy:
- Organize your pantry or wardrobe
- Clean out a junk drawer
- Make a list of your favorites (foods, places, outfits, etc)
- Drive to a new place
- Immerse yourself in a crossword puzzle
- Find a new activity
- Practicing self-compassion and acceptance
- Using tablets are a form of mediation
Dealing with our emotions isn’t an easy task – it can be challenging! We often label our emotions as “good” or “bad”, but this isn’t helpful at all. Emotional self-care may include activities that make you acknowledge your feelings on a regular basis.
When coping with emotional self-care, consider these activities:
- Cry when you need to
- Laugh when you can
- Accept your feelings – it’s okay. I’ve been doing this for a while and it helps!
- Write down your feelings
Keep in mind that there’s a strong connection between your body and your mind. You can ward off the stress by engaging your body – it also can bypass a lot of unhelpful mental chatter. When you’re caring for your body, you’ll think and feel better too.
Physical self-care can be in the form of how you’re fueling your body, how much sleep you’re getting, or how well you’re caring for your body. You will get distracted when you’re doing one of the following physical self-care activities:
- Go for a walk or run
- Go for a bike ride
- Take a nap
- Don’t skip sleep to get things done (I can relate)
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Socialization is key to self-care. This isn’t about your social platforms – instead connecting with others, your family or friends is an important part of self-care. But, often, it’s easy to neglect your relationship when life gets busy.
Everyone has slightly different social needs. So, here some of examples that can create an optimal social life:
- Have a lunch/coffee date with a good friend
- Calling a friend on the phone
- Joining a volunteer group
- Participating in a book club
Self-care isn’t a one-size-fits-all strategy. Everyone has different self-care activities that might work for helping distressing.
Keep in mind. You’re not alone. We’re not alone. There are many individuals going through similar experiences and difficulties as we do.
When you find out that you’re neglecting a certain aspect of your life, create a self-care plan for change. Instead of tackling everything all at once, identify one small step you can start to take for yourself better. Then schedule time to focus on your needs.
Even when you’re busy with life, when you feel like you don’t have time, make self-care a priority. Simply caring for all aspects of yourself can lessen isolation and lead to a calm mind then you will be able to operate more effectively and efficiently.
Merry Sari is a blogger and content creator who shares blogging tips and lifestyle hacks on her blog, Monodreame. You will find her informative contents to help bloggers build and grow their blogs and life. Find more about her on Twitter and Instagram.
Thank you Merry for taking the time to write this amazing self-care post, I hope you have all found it both informative and hopefully some useful tips to use for yourself.