When life feels like it’s too much, it’s important to remember that your mind and body deserve your care too.
It’s easy to get lost in the chaos of life. Among juggling work stress, a social life, family and errands, self-care can be a forgotten idea at the back of your mind. However, taking 10 minutes out of your day to do something you enjoy can lead to self-improvement in the long term.
Take up a new hobby
This can include anything that you may have been interested in but felt like you didn’t have the time to explore. Taking up a new hobby ultimately provides you with an opportunity to separate yourself from what may be stressing you out. So, whether it be journaling, reading, cooking, or even painting, new activities can aid you in the journey to a better, well-rounded life.
Physical activity and fresh air have been clinically proven to improve both mental and physical health. The outdoors can also increase vitamin D levels which can often improve your mood. Although some may still be isolating amid the current coronavirus pandemic, taking a short walk around the neighbourhood or sitting at a nearby park can lead to a multitude of mental health benefits.
In these unprecedented times of our usual routines and habits being disrupted, it is important to maintain connections with the people you care about. It is imperative to remind ourselves that there are still people to talk to and people who will listen outside of the people we work with on an everyday basis. Making time to see family and catch up with friends can be a simple way to brighten your mood.
These are only some of the ways that you can practice self-care today but there are so many different options that you can explore. Ultimately, the focus should be on you and what you enjoy.
By Nielyn Jumao–as