Though we finally made it into March, the grasps of Winter can still really drag you down. Lately I’ve been experiencing what seems like one issue after the other. Many of my friends can relate, and have shared their own stories of crisis and lack of self-awareness. Being a 20-something in an increasingly demanding society comes with a lot of expectations. Self care can’t be put on the back burner; and so here is my advice on the best way to take care of yourself when in times of crisis.
Currently, there are a few things that are driving me nuts. I seem to have low self-esteem surrounding my social life, my relationship, my overall life plan. Am I doing enough? Am I missing out on living the fullest life? I know that I desperately want to be traveling, but have a hard time finding people to go with. I know my negativity is holding me back but I also don’t know how to shake it at times. My anxiety is at an all time high. Sound familiar?
I recently had a detailed discussion with a friend about staying present and in the moment. Unfortunately in this world we live in we get caught up in social media and in expectations. What’s worse is that we willingly engage in social media and spread this joy (I’m kidding) back to each other. This only ever drives my anxiety up. The way to break the cycle is through self care and making sure to be present.
Below is my mass list of simple ways to practice self care every day. I am constantly updating this list. Because this isn’t something that should be skimped out on! Take a few for yourself and try them tomorrow. Each day is a new one.
Essential Ways To Practice Self Care
Go to a movie by yourself (one of my personal favorites)
Take a bath
Go for a long run (in the winter this can be the best way to get sunshine)
Treat yourself to your favorite restaurant
Find a new coffee shop to try
Take a class (not exercise related)
Put on a full face of makeup (even if you aren’t going anywhere)
Make a new playlist
Stay hydrated (not with wine)
Up your vitamin C intake
Face mask it up, and don’t forget eye cream!
Crack open a nice bottle of wine (duh)
FaceTime with an old friend to catch up
Plan something new
Try out a new museum
Maintain a set bedtime and morning schedule
Delete social media for a day
Read a recent magazine publication front to back
Cook a new recipe
Plan a future trip (even if you don’t have the details worked out)
Take a long coffee break (croissant or muffin included)
Try drawing or painting
Get out of the city (I’m looking at you New Yorkers)
Rent a car and take a long drive to nowhere
Explore a new part of your own city
Get your nails done (plus the 10 min leg massage)