Guest Blog by Brad Krause – writer/owner of Self Caring
Self-care is a much-discussed topic these days. While most Americans realize they need to try to find ways to feel good and beat stress, it’s not always easy to figure out how to get there. With our lives so involved with work and family, it can sometimes be difficult to slow down and take stock of our own needs and health. This can lead to depression, anxiety, burnout, and even substance abuse for those who are trying to relax and get away from the pressures of everyday life.
That’s why it’s so important to recognize when you need a break and to make time to do so often. Fortunately, there are many ways you can go about it, so it’s possible to pick and choose according to what’s right for you. Some people need to get away for a little while and find a change of scenery, while others just need some quiet time to reflect. Whether you want to take a weekend trip or create a room in your home to meditate, there are plenty of things you can do to practice self-care.
Keep reading to find out more.
Everyone processes stress differently, but it’s been widely speculated in studies that having clutter in our homes makes stress and anxiety even worse. That’s why spring cleaning makes us feel so much better; there’s a weight lifted off our shoulders, and it seems easier to breathe. Go through your home and look for cluttered areas that can be changed for the better; purge old or unused items, rearrange your bookshelf, clean out cabinets and drawers, and look for ways to streamline surfaces. In addition to clutter, clean air also plays a role in creating a happy, healthy home. So, make room on your shelf for an air purifier that will remove toxins. There are different models available for different room sizes, people with pets, and people with allergies, so be sure to do some online research before you make a purchase.
Many Americans stay up late and wake up early, giving us little time to rest our bodies and minds. It’s important to make sure you get at least seven hours each night (eight is optimal) so that you can recharge and work at your full capacity. Not only is it great for your mental health, it will improve your mood and allow you to focus the next day, as well as give you the energy you need to tackle whatever life throws at you.
Sometimes, it’s difficult to look at the same cubicle or office every day; it’s easy to become burnt out when your mind isn’t getting the stimulation it needs. Often, an easy fix is simply to take a short weekend trip. See something new, visit a city you’ve never explored, and make a point to become inspired. Writers and artists have sworn by it for years, so it can absolutely work for you, too.
If you can’t afford a road trip, create a getaway at home by making a room or area in it a place to meditate, or just to sit and listen to quiet music or read. Having your own space can be lovely when you have a family that needs a lot of your time and attention.
Self-care is something everyone should practice no matter how they’re currently feeling. Sometimes, stress and anxiety can sneak up on you, leaving you feeling unsatisfied, uninspired, and unhealthy. Take some time for yourself every day, even if it’s only for fifteen minutes, and learn to say no when you can’t give someone your time, energy, or resources.