Sometimes we get so caught up in our daily lives that finding the time for physical health can be a challenge, let alone mental health. But taking the time for self-care in a busy schedule makes all the difference in the world. There are a lot of different ways to take time to take care of yourself, here are a few of my personal favorites that always do the trick for me.
Sit down in your favorite spot and just read. It doesn’t matter if you pick up Moby Dick or the latest US Weekly, whatever you want. Take a mini brain-vacation from your life and enjoy a sweet summer day and one of life’s simplest pleasures.
Take a personal day
Personal days are highly exalted in our family. In college (and still now) whenever I would call my mom crying about work, school, relationships, etc she would tell me to take an “E” day (short for Erin) and take some time to do whatever it is I wanted. Personal days are great because you can do whatever it is you want to do without feeling guilty. Of course, every day can’t be a personal day, but they do come in handy.
Have a nice lunch with someone who makes you happy
Food? Check. Good company? Check. That’s all you need in life! Call up that someone who always makes you smile and invite them out for lunch, coffee, or drinks. Don’t make plans afterwards, so you two can spend as much time as you want catching up. In the end, you will feel almost as invigorated as you do after a good workout.
Eat your favorite food
Being healthy is important. But sometimes, sometimes, it does more good for your body to skip the salad for lunch and go ahead and enjoy that shrimp tempura roll covered in spicy mayo and eel sauce. Physically, the salad is better for you. Mentally, eating what you crave once in a while will work wonders.
Buy yourself something nice
From something small like a new lotion, a pair of running shoes, or a fancy Yankee candle to something a little bigger like a new computer, mp3 player, or pretty bracelet. Buy what you can afford and, more importantly, what you want! Retail therapy can often be the best therapy.
What are your favorite ways to rejuvenate your mind?
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