No one is protected from stress. Even your toughest-looking friend probably screams into a pillow when no one is around. We are humans and aren't made to be Zen masters naturally, so managing your emotions & wellbeing is a skill you can learn.
Of course, you can always binge-watch Netflix and eat pizza, but there is a better way to cope with negative emotions. As a substitute for a day in bed, I want to share with you my go-to self-care routine to replenish your energy. Here are five self-care practices to reboot your system:
1. Treat Yourself to a Delicious Meal
Whether you prefer cooking at home or dining out with friends, it is a must to indulge in a nice meal at least once a week. Do not think about diets and caloric intake -- it is okay to let go of restrictions every now and then.
Think about what foods remind you of family, special moments, happiness or any other positive emotions and warm your soul. Such a treat will help you kick off your Sunday and set the right mood for the rest of the day.
2. Get Out In Nature
If the weather is cooperative, stretch your body and reconnect with nature. In Japan, people practice "forest bathing" to improve health and stress-resistance.
It is proven that spending time in a forest can reduce stress, depression and hostility. If outdoor exercise is not your jam, consider other activities you could do out in nature like have a picnic or lay outside on the grass and watch the clouds. An ambient music playlist will help you unwind and appreciate the time spent outdoors.
3. Do a Spa Treatment at Home
Because professional spa procedures can cost an arm and a leg. Luckily, with the wide availability of professional products, you can pamper your skin without spending a fortune. Lucky for me, I've got everything you need for the ultimate at home spa indulgence.
My all natural, cruelty-free and vegan skincare includes body scrubs, body care and body oils which are perfect for cleansing, nourishing and refreshing your skin. After a Buddy Scrub spa, you will feel refreshed with some much needed me-time and ready to tackle whatever challenge life throws at you.
4. Journal to Reflect on Your Life
Have you ever caught yourself having negative emotions for no reason? In this case, take your time to self-reflect and reveal concealed problems that need your attention.
The secret of journaling is being honest with yourself. Dedicate 30 minutes to dissect your negative emotions and understand the cause. The awareness will help you address the issue and find the right tools to deal with it.
5. Stay Away from Electronic Devices and Go to Bed Early
Have you heard of blue light's negative effects on sleep? Blue light is ommited from devices like computer and phone screens and actually causes out body to produce more melatonin (the hormone that controls sleep). So, the more you look at devices before bed, the more melatonin is produced and keeps your brain alerted, making it hard to fall asleep.
If you struggle to sleep at night, try not to use electronic devices two hours before bed. Rather than wasting your time on social media, get a book you have always wanted to read. Reading will prepare your brain for healthy eight-hour sleep.
Ward Off Monday Blues with the Ultimate Self-Care Sunday
No one says that it is easy to be calm and grounded. Inner peace takes time to achieve. To ward off stress and negative emotions, dedicate time every week to nurture your mind and body. Perhaps 'self care sunday' can be your weekly reminder.
At first, it might feel weird and unnatural, but practice makes perfect. At some point, your self-care routine will become an integral part of your life. You will see how choosing mindfulness over passive entertainment gets easier every time.
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