Written by Riley Burke, PR Assistant, HJ-PR
It goes without saying: self-care is important. In this increasingly fast-paced, online world, it’s easy to get caught up in the constant rush. Between work, family, school, or social media, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the constant juggling act we perform. It’s even easier to let those self-care habits fall to the wayside while caught up in the busy lives we lead.
That being said, October is emotional wellness month: a time to reflect on our wellness journeys and reassess what we could be doing differently to promote our own well beings. Many of us may think about self-care constantly, we may see tips and tricks for self-care constantly on our FYP’s or on our Instagram feeds, but let’s think about it really. How does it fit into your life? What does it look like for you?
Self-care can mean something different for everyone. It is not one-size-fits-all. If meditation and mantras don’t work for you, that’s okay! If mindfulness journaling or yoga or sound baths aren’t your thing, don’t sweat it! Self-care is about you. It’s about what works best in your life. Maybe it simply takes the form of a few cleansing deep breaths in a brief moment between meetings. Maybe it’s a brisk walk in the park. Maybe it’s a comfort meal you only make every once in a while. All that matters is that you are doing something for yourself, something that brings you joy. Don’t worry if that may not look exactly like what the mindfulness influencers on Instagram are doing.
If you are new to the practice of self-care, or are simply looking for some inspiration to try out some new practices, here are a few very simple suggestions. Feel free to use them—or not!
Establish a sleep routine
Though it may be difficult, try to establish a routine to wind yourself down before sleep at lest an hour before your head hits the pillow. Turn off electronics, maybe start up a diffuser, and try reading a book or maybe filling in one of those grown-up coloring books! Everyone’s sleep routine is going to look different, but try to incorporate some healthy practices that feel right for you.
I know, we’ve heard it all before. But, unfortunately, it’s true! Exercise really does benefit both your physical and emotional health. If you’re like me, intense cardio can be a little too much. Instead, opt for low-impact workouts like a sunrise yoga flow (many yoga routines can be easily found on YouTube for free!), or maybe a long walk around your neighborhood. Make it your own!
Of course, we all eat. But how often do we think about what exactly we are eating? How it makes us feel, how it makes our body feel? Try to be more aware of our eating habits. Do not restrict yourself, rather listen to your body. Could I eat more? How does this food make me feel? Eat what makes you joyful, and don’t be afraid to indulge!