When I was younger, I thought that self-care was something you did once a month to spoil yourself. But if this year has taught me anything, it’s that self-care is more a way of life rather than a luxury. The same way that you’re supposed to put your emergency mask on in an airplane before helping others, you won’t be able to be your most productive or engaged self if you don’t prioritize me-time. Below I’ve listed things I like to do when I need to indulge in some self-love and mentally reset.
Man oh man this is a huge one for me because I am on my phone 24/7 — and you probably are too! Sometimes (a lot of times), I overdo it and I will immediately start to feel sad and have the worst case of brain fog. When I need to take a break, I put my phone on silent until I start to feel more present and calm.
Meditation, Prayer, and & Journaling
I listen to at least one motivation podcast on a daily basis and the one consistent thing that every successful person swears by is daily meditation. You don’t have to go “full zen”, but taking 10 min a day to meditate will completely transform your life (if your consistent, of course). On the days that I am pressed for time, I say a quick prayer and listen to my meditation app while I’m brushing my teeth or making my bed.
#TREATYOSELF. I don’t care what you like to do to decompress, but this is a non-negotiable. My pampering routine involves a face steamer, a jade roller, a glass of wine (courtesy of Winc), an epsom salt bath and aromatherapy. Just thinking about it is giving me all the self-love feels.
Decluttering your space is such an easy way to practice self-care. Whether it’s cleaning out your car/getting it vacuumed or tidying up your office space, these small acts will immediately give you a sense of accomplishment.
I Ask For Professional Help
Now I know a lot of people are either very pro-therapy or totally against it, but I personally have found a lot of comfort in being able to talk to a professional when it comes to very pressing life matters. Being able to talk to someone who has a completely outside perspective on your life can be super beneficial; our friends and family can offer us incredible insight, but sometimes their responses can be biased or superficial. As a psych major, a *ton* of people have privately confided in me asking how to find the perfect therapist. It’s sad that this is such a “hush hush” subject, but I am here to offer you some super easy tips if this is something that interests you.
1. Go to Psychologytoday.com and enter your zip code to find a therapist near you. In the top right corner, you can refine your search to meet your exact needs – location, health insurance, specific issues you’re trying to work on, sexuality, gender of therapist, age, language, faith preference, and the type of therapy you’re interested in (I personally recommend CBD).
Ray of Hope is a therapy service in Georgia that I personally recommend because of their consistent professionalism across all of their locations and online services. It’s a place that makes you feel safe and they offer different types of therapy like individual, couple, family, and online therapy. If you’re hesitant to join therapy but are still curious, they have a blog that can offer resources for you as well as a section that allows you to learn more about each of their staff members. Ray of Hope counselors are super engaging and make you feel like your talking to an insightful friend instead of just a client.
I hope you found these tips useful! I’d love to hear how you practice self-care in the comments section below.