Tidy Up a Small Space
This tip has helped me to instantly feel productive. The reason this self-care practice works so well is that setting small goals and accomplishing them is easier to achieve which helps you to build your confidence. This will lead you to feel more hopeful and happier for the day. Find a small space like your makeup bag, wardrobe drawer, or desk space that you can organize. Notice how much more lighter and clearer your mind feels. As a bonus, you’ll sleep better at night – don’t say I never told you so.
Write in a Journal
Journaling has been my all-time favourite self-care activity in 2021. I’ve manifested all my goals by simply writing down what I want to achieve. Take about 10 minutes each day to reflect on how you are feeling in the present moment. By regularly journaling, you’ll be able to notice a pattern of your emotions and which areas you may want to improve. Journalling can feel very therapeutic and leave you feeling inspired. You can read some more ideas for your next journal prompt here.
Take a Warm Bath
There is no better feeling than relaxing my body in warm soothing water after a long stressful day. I love adding coconut Epsom salt that naturally has healing properties to rejuvenate my sore muscles. I also spray some lavender mist above my bathtub which is scientifically proven to help you feel calmer. To make things more zen, I’ll usually throw on soft instrumental music to fully zone out for the evening.
Before I get started – no, you don’t need to be like Leonardo da Vinci to begin painting. All you need to dive into this therapeutic activity is some paper, a paintbrush, and some paint. You can start by experimenting with different colours and paint strokes. The goal is to let your mind relax by giving your full attention to the control of your paintbrush. I find it easier to use a sketchbook to complete my freestyle paintings that way I have plenty of space to paint my worries away.
Go for a Walk
De-plug from any screen distractions and go for a 10-minute walk around your neighbourhood. A perfect go-to activity for long workdays spent in front of a laptop. Try going on a walk without earphones to observe your surroundings and bring yourself back to the present moment. One of my favourite books called The Power of Now describes the present moment as being a place of no worry. Train your brain to notice what is around you when going on a walk to help you feel grounded.