Daily work grinds, endless errands, maintaining close relationships, keeping up with the news — we’re getting stressed just thinking about it! Oftentimes, we’re so preoccupied on a daily basis that we often lose sight of what's ultimately important: taking care of ourselves.
Whether you're a mother, a CEO or full-time student, that do-it-all attitude is key — but it's also important to remember to take a step back and practice self-care.
If you’re ever feeling overwhelmed by the world, here are a few tips on how to make self-care a priority.
1. Take a soul-inspiring vacation
Travel someplace new that will help you recharge and regain a positive outlook in life. Try a yoga retreat in Bali, or take up surfing in Costa Rica. Focus your mind, body and soul on a new activity in a different setting that will help you feel stronger and relieve all stressors, so you can come back refreshed and ready to take on the world. Need a few ideas? Check out this list of ways to take a self-care vacation.
2. Clear-your-head activity
You don’t have to travel a thousand minds to unplug. Sometimes, all it takes is a simple activity to help you “check out” from reality for a bit, with absolutely no distractions. Try guided meditation or breathing exercises, or make an effort to dedicate at least one hour a day to a ‘no phone zone’ activity, like using adult coloring books. It’s a quick and easy way to soothe all that stress and anxiety.
3. Light your favorite candles and take a looong bubble bath
There's nothing like coming home from a long day to a nice, long bubble bath. To make it even more enjoyable, sprinkle in some relaxing bath salts, like Fig & Yarrow's Pink Love Salts, pour yourself a glass of Speak Wines and light our Lena · Lavender & Chamomile Soy Candle. Throw on your favorite podcast or Spotify playlist and you’re set for the night.
4. Make an effort to journal
Instead of dwelling on the things we lack, why not appreciate and note the better things in our lives? Jot down 3 things each day: One happy thought, one good deed or one thing you saw that elicits joy in your life. Better yet, try out Alex Elle’s #ANOTE2SELF Meditation Journal, created with self-care and self-discovery in mind. This constant stream of positive thoughts and setting intentions will only make you want to feel better and be better.