Feeling burnt out lately? Between crazy work deadlines, the current political environment and the mass amounts of information we're bombarded with these days, it's easy to feel stressed. That's where self care, the practice of understanding your needs and nurturing them, comes in. There are small things you can do each day to help you mentally unwind and avoid feeling run down. Try a few of these tomorrow, and see what sticks.
'Do You' When You Wake
When you wake in the morning, take a little time for yourself, even if that means waking up a few minutes early. Whether it's drinking a cup of coffee or reading, this is your time to do whatever you want, other than caring for someone else. Be selfish for a sec!
Meditate For 10 Minutes
You don't have to spend hours meditating to reap the benefits. In fact, studies have shown that meditating just ten minutes a day can do everything from eliminate insomnia to reduce anxiety and stress. Try one of these meditation apps, which make the art of a daily practice easy.
Do A Social Media Detox
With the amount of time that we spend on social media, it's important that we're surrounding ourselves with people who uplift us rather than spread negative energy. Take some time to unfollow those negative Nancy's and focus on reading posts from people that inspire you, like these Body Confident Instagrammers.
Take A Long Shower Or Bath
The hot water isn't the only relaxing part of a long shower and bath. The isolation and quiet is a great time to allow your thoughts to wander. Relish in your routine rather than rushing through it, and once a week, do a few extra things for yourself like soak in salts. We're in love with this detoxifying DIY lavender bath soak.
Cook A Meal
Cooking is immersive—you lose yourself in the process, which allows your mind to destress. Plus, you'll find that it's much healthier and more delicious than takeout. Try some of these recipes: