Self-Care Tips to Remember in the New Year
A new year, a new you! Let’s take this decade well together! The year 2020 will be lit!
At this time of year, you’re probably already starting to feel a little burned out…….. And time may have taken its toll on some of your New Year’s resolutions (yes, even the simple ones). Despite this, you still need to take care of your mental health and take a step back.
After all, you don’t want to get burned out again, do you? Luckily, there are little things you can put into practice to take better care of yourself and those around you; whether that means eventually learning how to balance your checkbook or remembering to get up and stretch while working at your desk.
Yes, we know, everyone says that, but there’s a reason for it. Exercise is proven to help your mental health due to the release of endorphins. It can also help with sleep and even digestion.
You don’t have to be a fitness enthusiast, but going for a hike from time to time, taking a short daily walk, or even doing some desk yoga is a great place to start.
Smile a little.
It may sound cliché, but laughter really is the best medicine. Read a funny book, read a hilarious meme article, go watch some stand-up comedy, or listen to a humorous podcast. The world is your world!
Find a hobby.
It could be something you can do on your own, or it could be something you do in a group. It can be a way for you to give yourself some time away from your family life, or your high stress job. Find something you’re totally interested in, do a class, or watch some videos online to help you.
Now, this is especially difficult if you have social anxiety, but spending time with the people you love can be good for you. Even if it’s just one or two people, put yourself out there a little bit every now and then, even if it’s just for an hour or two with someone you love – it could make a big difference in your life.
Be good to yourself.
Do things that make you feel good; things that make you happy. Whether it’s a professional haircut once a week, a professional manicure, or a massage once a month, it can make you boo. Take a shower and read a book on the balcony or in the park. Get a dog. The most important thing? Do something that makes you happy.
Take care of your money.
Often, we tend to overlook our finances – – and sometimes we don’t understand how certain things work…. So we just avoid those things and hope for the best.
But……….. Maybe you should start managing your finances now while the new year is still fresh and learn how to properly file your taxes or balance your checkbook.
Understand that everyone’s mindset is different.
There are many ways to practice mindfulness, from lying in bed doing deep abdominal breathing exercises, to doing guided meditations on YouTube, to using an APP to help you.
For others, it’s changing their entire lives to fit a new narrative, learning meditation techniques, etc. However, it doesn’t have to look the same for everyone.
We’re not saying you should lie in bed all day (although is that really a bad idea?). But getting the right amount of sleep (hopefully seven to eight hours a night) is good for your body and mind.
If you’re having a hard time falling asleep, maybe you can try stopping screen time, taking a shower, having a cup of tea, etc., to put yourself in the right space to sleep.