Self-care should be a top priority for us, but we don’t have to empty our bank accounts for a day at the spa to see the benefits. These old-fashioned self-care tips that prove spending a little time taking care of you can help you manage stress, anxiety, and exhaustion. Give these a try to feel relaxed and recharged.
Read an actual book - Reading an old-fashioned book can help reduce stress and according to Dr. Joseph Mercola’s blog, “When you read, your mind is distracted from everyday worries and anxiety, while your muscles tend to relax. In addition, research shows reading leads to improvements in brain function, including significant increases in connectivity that persist for several days after the reading takes place."
Drink a warm beverage - While reading that book, why not sip on a warm mug of tea? Research shows that warm drinks can even make you more friendly and drinking it from a heavier mug could make your warm drink feel more therapeutic.
Take a nap - As adults, we don’t often get the chance to nap, which is too bad, because napping is really good for you. Studies have linked midday naps to improvements in cognitive function, according to the University of California Berkeley.
Give yourself a massage - If you can treat yourself to an appointment with a massage therapist, you absolutely should. But there’s a practice called Abhyanga in Ayurveda, an ancient mind-body health practice, of self massage with oils and it’s supposed to make you feel like you’re “saturated with love” with a “deep feeling of stability and warmth.”
Meditate - I know, but it really works. Meditation won’t fix your life, but it can help you relax, it’s free, and you can do it anywhere. You can wing it on your own or use a guided meditation app to help walk you through, it helps with anxiety and it’s worth trying.
Go for a walk - We’re inside all the time, research shows we spend 87% of our time indoors and another 6% in our cars! So one great way to get back to nature is to go for a walk outside. It’s easy exercise and walking can give your mental health a boost, too.
Turn off your technology - Being constantly connected has its downsides and sometimes we just need to unplug for a little while to reset. Nothing is so urgent it can’t be dealt with in a few hours while you read a book, take a walk, meditate, and drink a cup of tea. Think of how recharged and refreshed you’d feel after all that and a mini-digital detox!