Things are changing. We’re only two months into 2017, and I’ve already come across a pretty big road block. And at a time when there’s lots for me to think about, I’m being extra mindful of my mental and physical health. This means thinking about myself for once – something most of us neglect – and it isn’t easy. For me that might mean shutting myself away for a few hours to watch my favourite Let’s Plays on YouTube, or spending an afternoon in my favourite cafe with friends. Truth be told there are many ways to take better care of yourself, and that’s why I wanted to write up a mini self help guide for those who might also be in need.
A Self Help Guide
Now I’m not a doctor, and of course I’m not about to start sprouting silly advice left right and centre. Instead I’m going to offer up a few tips and tricks that I’ve tried and tested myself. My aim here is to help people take some time out of their busy schedule and take a moment to relax. This isn’t anything life changing. However if done often, it really can make a difference. Life can be stressful, and sometimes being able to take the time to look after YOU can really help.
- Treat yourself to some good food
- Take some time out with a friend to talk about how you’re doing
- Read a book and transport yourself into another world
- Have a hot drink (they’re scientifically proven to reduce stress)
- Get outside and go for a walk
- Meditate (if you can/enjoy it)
- Take a day off
Have some ‘Me Time’
- Have some ‘me time’
- Spend some time by yourself, doing what you love
- Sit down and watch a silly movie
- Laughing is good for the soul, and your body
- Listen to your favourite music
- For me it’s a remixed track from the Hannibal soundtrack
- On that note, listen to some natural sounds
- Whether it’s the pitter patter of rain, bird song, or the gushing of the sea etc
- Allow yourself a guilty pleasure every now and again
- For me it’s a square (or two) of chocolate in the evening
Please note that you don’t have to do all of these at once (or at all if you don’t fancy it). Just doing one or two can often help bring your stress levels down. Remember, what de-stresses one person may not work for another. It’s all about finding what fits into your lifestyle, and makes you happy. Because at the end of the day, what’s most important is your health and happiness.
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