Inspired by a dear friend of mine, Angela, I have compiled a list of five mental self care tips, that she utilizes regularly, and has helped teach me, when I needed it most. Thank you again Angela!
These simple tips can help you in- relieving stress, harnessing more energy throughout the day, to be more productive and have a higher emotional awareness of yourself.
1. Say NO- It’s easy to get caught up on people pleasing or just saying yes because it’s easier than saying the actual word, no. If you are overwhelmed today, say so! Ask yourself this question: Are you doing anybody else any good if you’re running around thin, doing all the things you don’t want to do, being miserable? No. You are not. So stop it.
2. Move your body. - Exercise is one of the best things that you can do for yourself. We are objects in motion and need to remain in motion or we become stagnant & stale. There are so many things you can do to keep your body in movement and you only need to add about 30 minutes of exercise daily to feel your best. Yoga, walking, a run, dance or do daily stretches. There are so many things you can do to keep your body moving. Google “easy self care exercises” and you’ll find a slew of them that will fit your needs. We’re working on our most precious person here. You!
3. Skin care - Finding a good skin care routine that you see results in is a must. When you look better feel better? Have you heard that saying? Well, it’s the truth.
4. Sit for 5 - “Take a mindful moment” as Angela always tells me. Grab a MMT Mother Earth candle and get to meditating, relaxing, hiding in the closet from your kids. Whatever you need to do to focus for just a minute on being still. We all need a quiet moment and some space. Carve out a time slot and stick to it.
5. Breathe- Im not talking about your every day, this is what I do to live, typical breathing. I’m speaking of long, drawn in deep, breaths. The kind where you feel like you inhaled peace. Practicing deep breathing mixed with tip “#4 Sit for 5” can clear your mind and help you focus on you, at that moment. Try it. It really does work.
Thank you for reading.
“I would say what others have said: It gets better. One day, you’ll find your tribe. You just have to trust that people are out there waiting to love you and celebrate you for who you are. In the meantime, the reality is you might have to be your own tribe. You might have to be your own best friend. That’s not something they’re going to teach you in school. So start the work of loving yourself. — Wentworth Miller