13 Great Ways to Practice Self Care
Declutter- Having too many things can be overwhelming. Get rid of things that no longer serve a purpose.
Clean out your phone- Like getting rid of objects, letting go of people can be extremely helpful. If someone only brings negative energy, let them go. Block the number and delete the thread.
Alone time- Taking time to yourself doesn't mean you are antisocial. There is nothing wrong with taking some time to regroup and get your life.
Kickboxing- In our post "No Stress Zone: 8 Ways to De-stress", Ashley Fern suggested taking group fitness classes to de-stress. Kickboxing in particular, will do wonders. It's a great way to get in shape, and punching the shit out of a 200 lb. bag will take away the stress you went in with.
Get a planner- It is extremely easy for things to become chaotic. Using a planner will put some order back into your life.
Take breaks from social media- Social media isn't the worst thing in the world. It is one of the most effective ways to spread valuable information. However, the "glamorous" side of social media can be problematic. The lines between real and fake start to blur, and once it does, its best to give yourself a break.
Don't hold grudges- This might be one of the more important tips we give. A grudge will consume you. Do yourself a favor, and forgive and forget. #Nonegativityin2017
Go for a walk/run around your neighborhood without your phone - It sounds hard but you'll be more observant and aware of your surroundings. It goes hand in hand with taking a social media break. You won't be subconsciously waiting for that jolt of energy that you get when your notifications to go off.
Take your medication/vitamins - This might be a no-brainer for some but many of us need that reminder. Trust, you will feel so much better and your body will thank you.
Maintain a balanced diet- Along with taking your vitamins, maintaining a balanced diet will keep you physically and mentally healthy. If this is something you struggle with, try meal prepping- it makes selecting healthy foods so much easier.
Meet up with friends - Yes, see them in person. Stop making empty plans to link up with them and just do it. Hit up a new brunch spot or day party, go to the park, go to an art exhibit, just do something with good company.
Read a new book - there's nothing like opening up the pages to a new story. Whether it be for inspiration or to just escape reality for a bit, reading can be a relaxing get away.
Don't compare yourself to others- This might be easier said than done. We live in a society that is highly competitive. Since childhood we've been taught that we have to be better than someone else or just as good. There is nothing wrong with healthy competition but just remember to be yourself, that's more than enough!