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Life is stressful, chaotic and at times, downright overwhelming. Early mornings, late nights and busy weekends tend to bare down on me both emotionally and physically. After a few weeks, I’m running on a deficit of comfort, health and happiness. The only fix is to do some self-care. In a perfect world, it would be like a balanced transaction. Every stressful task is followed up by a relaxing and mindful activity. Usually I forget to practice self-care, but this year, I’m going to prioritize focusing on my overall well-being. Read on to see how I’m going to accomplish my 2016 resolution.
1. Jot It Down
When it comes time to stop and focus on relaxation, sometimes it’s hard to clear your mind of the day’s tasks that have yet to be completed. My new way of evading those pesky lingering thoughts is to use self-care worksheets from the Self-Care Journal by Rachel Abellar. Not only are these pages helpful as a way to concentrate and improve your focus, but they are equally as wonderful to have as resource to look back on.
2. Treat the Senses
After anything particular nerve-wracking, I have found it best to emphasize my time on activities that are geared to my senses. So to capitalize on these benefits, I am going to devote chunks of my day to enjoying the small things around taste, touch, scent, sound or sight. So whether it is listening to music, drinking a healthy smoothie, lighting candles, playing with my dogs or watching a favorite movie, I know that it’s a sure thing that will put a smile on my face.
We all have a hard time stepping away from the computer and winding down. Another way to combat all the incurred stressful over-thinking is to use distraction. Completely changing gears to a mundane and repetitive task like coloring in a coloring book, cycling around the park, doodling, and solving a puzzle are all great ways to distract you from your other responsibilities. The key here, for me, is to set a timer so that you can get the maximum amount of enjoyment with the least amount of drawbacks.
4. Guided Meditation
Nothing quite relaxes me like guided meditation. And when your schedule is already packed to the brim with things to do, sometimes you only have a few minutes to yourself. One way I am going to practice meditation on the go is by investing in a guided meditation app. Apps like Calm and Omvana are perfect in that they offer fun and creative ways to help turn this resolution into a life-long habit.
Try incorporating these small steps into your daily routine and let us know what self-care activities you like to do.