Life is full of ups and downs. It’s an endless cycle of good, bad, and everything in between that spins so fast we can find ourselves lost in it. This fast-paced world we live in is not without stress and hardship, but I’m here to provide you with five of my favorite self-care ideas to help you cope mentally with everyday life.
- Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
It’s amazing what something as simple as a brisk walk at some point throughout the day can do for you. Grab your phone, your headphones, and your running shoes, and wander the streets for a little while. Exercise releases endorphins in the brain, uplifting our moods and benefits us both physically and mentally. A walk in the morning or a trip to the gym after work is well worth those forty five minutes of your time!
- Keep a Journal
I’ve been writing since I could read. For as long as I can remember writing has been an escape and a source of comfort for me whenever I needed it. There is something so cathartic about taking everything you are thinking, feeling, and going through and turning it into ink on a crisp piece of paper that will not judge you. Go buy a notebook, and tell it everything you don’t feel comfortable telling anyone else just yet. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel.
- Watch That Movie You’ve Been Dying to See
Whether you’re in the mood to laugh or cry, there’s a movie out there that will satisfy the itch. Call up your friends and go to the theatre, find something on Netflix with your friends, or have a quiet night with just you, the movie, and takeout. There are few things better at distracting us from everything going on in our lives than a movie. Sometimes it’s well worth it to ignore that email from our boss or professor for a couple hours and forget the world for a little while.
- Take a Break From Social Media
We all have our own problems to deal with, and going online to see someone else’s doesn’t usually make us feel any better; not to mention the constant bombardment of news day after day on our timelines! Taking a break from social media, even just for a few days, might prove to be difficult for a lot of people. But it will probably be one of the best things we could ever do for ourselves. It’s good to step back from time to time, and focus on being in the moment rather than the notification that just popped up on the phone on the table there in front of you. The first couple days are always a little hard whenever I delete my Twitter and Facebook, but I am always, always glad I did it.
- Eat That Food You’ve Been Craving
Pick yourself up that chocolate marshmallow ice cream you were eyeing in the freezer section, bake that batch of brownies, or go grab some Chipotle with a friend. Don’t be afraid to treat yourself with comfort food once in a while. When you come home after a long hard day, never underestimate the power of a good piece of cake to make you feel a little better. Chocolate is always best in my opinion!