When you hear people talking about self-care – and you make a mental note that you really need to carve out some “me time” in your schedule – don’t put it off because you think that taking care of yourself requires a week-long vacation to recharge.
There are many ways to get started on the path to spending time on yourself. The trick is picking a handful that you like and working them into your regular routine.
To get you started, here’s a list of 10 things you can do that fall under the umbrella of self-care:
Two-day getaway: Recharge yourself with a mini vacation. Set aside a couple of days and go somewhere with your family, good friends, or fly solo. The point of this tiny escape is to let go of work and other responsibilities and have fun exploring a new spot or relaxing. Think you don’t have time for this? Think again. More than half of American workers leave some of their vacation time unused each year, according to the U.S. Travel Association.
Get a hobby: Spending time on something you like to do is self-care. So whether you find your bliss knitting a sweater, journaling or painting landscapes at the beach, pick something you like and devote time to it every week.
Bust a move: 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least five days a week is good for your heart, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Exercise also releases endorphins in your body, which make you feel better.
Book a massage: This may feel like the ultimate self-care luxury, but massage can offer many benefits, including reducing anxiety, headaches and joint pain.
Bubble baths: Stepping into a hot bath isn’t so much about the bubbles; it’s about giving yourself a half hour to relax and reset — might we recommend the limited edition Artistry Studio™ Bath Fizzy?
Meditation: Clearing your head is good for your body and your mind. Just 10 minutes of meditation each day can lower your stress level and increase your ability to relax, according to WebMD.
Digital detox: Quiet your busy brain by ditching your phone for a few hours a week. Constantly scrolling through social media is rarely relaxing.
Take a hike: Lace up your tennis shoes or hiking boots and find your favorite trail. Spending time in nature gives you your much-needed “Vitamin N(ature).”
See your friends: Making time for your favorite people is important. See them face-to-face if you can, no texting. If your friend is far away, make time for a call.
Laugh every day: It’s a stress-buster. Laughter boosts your immune system and makes you healthier.