Tracey and Holly’s Top 10 Tips for Self Care
- Give yourself permission to disconnect
Whether it’s the news or social media, stop consuming excessive amounts of content that adds to your fear, stress, and anxiety. There’s a fine line between staying informed and over stimulating the brain. We all have different connections to the troubles in the world; no matter how deeply connected you are, it is okay to pause and take moments of peacefulness for yourself.
- Create a music playlist
Scientific research shows music can create changes in mood and focus. Choose your favorite music, or try yoga and meditation music for those soothing spa vibes.
Journaling is an amazing tool for working through your thoughts and emotions. There are no rules when it comes to journaling and you can even use the notes feature on your phone while talking it out using voice to text. You might doodle or create bullet lists or list 5 things everyday that weren’t completely awful! Focusing on what you are grateful for even on a really bad day will put things into perspective. This is your private journal so use it however you are comfortable. The hardest part with journaling is getting started, but you will find that once you create this healthy habit, you will look forward to organizing your mind this way.
- Clean & organize your space
When the world outside feels out of control, focus on the things you can control. You can control how your space feels—if your space feels tidy and fresh, your mind will feel more calm as well. You will feel productive and accomplished, naturally putting you in a good mood.
P.S. We aren’t talking about your entire home; this could be one small space like a table next to your bed or a corner of your kitchen counter.
Blah, blah, blah we know you already know this, but it is TRUE! Exercise is a wonderful way to release stress and reset the brain. Don’t have time? Even 10 minutes can bring positive change.
- Get lost in a good book.
Carve out time to read a good book or listen to an audio book or podcast. Listening to an audiobook while out for a walk is a fantastic way to distract yourself from the chaos around you.
- Take a hot bath.
Immersing yourself in hot water helps to relax your muscles and relieve tension in your body—which is the physical manifestation of your stress. It also gives you some time to be completely still and enjoy your surroundings. Studies show that taking a bath 90 minutes before bed can help with falling asleep more quickly. Baths actually lower body temperature which is a signal to the brain that it is time for bed. Create a spa-like experience with calming music, lavender essential oils and candles.
- Bedtime meditation.
Stress can rob you of a good night’s sleep, which not only affects your following workday, but also doesn’t allow your brain to restore overnight and purge toxins. Setting yourself up for a peaceful night’s sleep will create a healthier life overall. Try our Beach Relaxation Meditation.
- Spend time in nature.
Even for a brief amount of time, fresh air changes brain chemistry.
- Be kind to yourself.
It is to be expected that your emotions may change day to day.
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