We all know how overwhelming life can get at times and how easy it is to fall into a negative mindset, a rut, funk, whatever you want to call it. Life is full of highs and lows, but sometimes we forget that it’s up to us whether we get back up or sink even lower. Say it with me: It’s okay to not feel/be 100% all the time. The best thing you can do is allow yourself to take a break and prioritize your well-being. Try these 3 simple ways to practice self-care and lift yourself up.
This seems trivial but it can have an immense impact on your mood and well-being. When you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or just not 100% yourself, think about what makes you happy and allow yourself to engage in those activities. Whether it’s investing in a massage, treating yourself to a mani/pedi, or taking a relaxing bath, pampering can be an instant mood lifter. Simply relaxing and unwinding at the end of a long day can be exactly what you need to de-stress and clear your mind of the clutter that lives there. Face masks are also a game changer, and I’m a firm believer that somehow all my problems will go away once I put on a face mask.
2. Cook for Yourself
I know that the last thing you want to do after a long day is slave away in the kitchen to make yourself a proper meal, but cooking is so therapeutic and beneficial for your well being. Of course it’s much more convenient to grab takeout for dinner, but you know you’ll just end up regretting it and feeling even worse. When you take the time to cook, you allow yourself to engage in an activity that distracts you from the worries of the day. Eating well is a necessary component of self-care, because when you feed your body what it deserves, you’ll feel better both mentally and physically. You’ll also feel a sense of accomplishment for prepping all your meals in advance, which will encourage you to keep up this good habit.
When all else fails, go to sleep. As a big fan of sleep myself, I fully stand by good sleep being a form of self care. If you’re stressed, chances are you’re not getting good sleep, which in turn makes you crankier and more stressed in the long run. The best thing you can do to get back on track with your mental and physical well-being is to ensure you get proper rest. Even if you have to prioritize sleep over other commitments, it will be well worth it. Once your sleep routine is back to normal, you’ll feel more energized and motivated to escape the funk.
A working professional and a lifelong dreamer, Bohdana strives to merge her passions with her everyday reality. She is a proud Ukrainian and a loyal Chicagoan (despite the winters). She loves traveling, reading, pursuing self-improvement, and sharing her stories. Allow this blog to bring you motivation and inspiration on your own journey to rise beyond.