When you’re feeling down, it can be hard to get yourself out of that rut; and self-care can be the last thing on your mind. But, it may be the one thing you really need in that moment. Something that gets you out of your own head. We’ve all been there.
Living the past year in the midst of a global pandemic has been stressful to say the least. So much change in such short periods of time. Glimmers of hope only to be let down. It was a year of slowing down and acknowledging that we, humans, need more than what we were allowing for ourselves. This life isn’t a sprint…and living with self-care in your calendar each and every day has so much value. It’s worth more than the money you won’t make that day, or the promotion you won’t get because your company wants someone who’s burnt out instead of in tune with the respect your body, mind and soul deserve. But, what is self-care?
self-care | noun
the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own health.
the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.
If you’re feeling down, or just want to take a little extra time for yourself today, here are 7 self-care tips to try.
Start a Gratitude List
When you’re really feeling down, like the entire world is working against you, it can help to think about what you’re grateful for. Is it just me, or is it much more challenging to think of things I’m thankful for over things I dislike? I hate how easy it is to turn to the negatives. Everything is a practice though.
Light a Candle
When you’re searching for a new candle, what do you do? You take the lid off each jar and smell the lid to really get the true scent of it. When you find scents you like, you tend to know instantly because they remind you of another time, a place, a person, an event, or it just down right smells amazing. It can bring a lot of peace even when you didn’t know you needed it.
Sometimes, you just need to lie down and close your eyes. Daydreaming might happen or perhaps you’ll fall asleep and enjoy a much-needed cat-nap. Allowing yourself the chance to “do nothing”, to reset, is such a sign of strength in yourself.
I think we can all agree that walking into a house or waking up to the smell of something baking is just PERFECT. Cookies, muffins, cakes and everything in between – a little sugar and spice can really lift a room. The next time you order your groceries online (pandemic protocol and all), add these ingredients to your list. This is one of my go-to recipes when I’m in the mood to bake – banana chocolate chip muffins
Follow a Guided Meditation
With so many apps, YouTube videos, Spotify playlists and more, it’s never been easier to make a little time for yourself while shutting the mind off to the noise of everyday living. Following guided meditations can help clear your mind while giving you something to focus on; instead of sitting in complete silence if you’re not used to it and having to battle thoughts trying to come at you from all angles.
Buy Fresh Flowers
I’m really NOT one to keep plants alive, I don’t know what it is but they always die on me. My best luck is with orchids and succulents because they require significantly less care. That said, I know I’m not the only one who – despite their inability to keep them in bloom – loves buying new plants and seeing them around the home. It’s literally like that space becomes FRESH. You can breathe easier, smile easier…
Go for a Walk
This is #7 for a reason; it’s always my last resort and I don’t even have a good reason for it. But, it works. Getting out of the house – even when you don’t feel like you’ve been cooped up – and taking a breath of literal fresh air, ahhh it just feels so good. It really helps clear the mind. You can totally go for a walk, taking in every bit of nature around you OR you could put in some headphones and listen to a podcast or playlist.
I hope at least one of these self-care tips brings you a bit of peace when you’re feeling down. It may seem like the stresses and anxieties in your current situation will never end, but I’m here to tell you the sun will shine again. It may not be today…and it may not be tomorrow. But, it is around the corner – you just have to give yourself the opportunity to find it. Let me know if you try these tips and please share what works for you when you’re feeling down and need a pick-me-up.