This week has been beyond stressful for a lot this week. And I will be honest a lot for us in the black community is stressful everyday just waking up walking out in the world just to do regular things. So if we make it to the end of the week it is so good to practice self care to prepare for the following week. When stress increases, self-care decreases.
Adding self-care strategies into your life can make a serious impact on your life.
Self Care Ideas:
Plan a comedy night, with the internet or at a club
Drink your coffee with your whole attention.
Say 3 affirmations before you walk into a tough meeting.
Create a grab bag of healthy snacks for your car.
Experiment with eating 3 foods in different ways:
Cut the hamburger in quarters, eat the ice cream sitting on the fit ball, put the spoon down between bites
Put your feet in a bath of epsom salt as you watch your favorite TV show.
Reconnect with an old friend.
Engage an old passion, like painting, playing piano or dancing.
Find ways to incorporate fish into your diet more often.
Walk during your lunch
Eat predictably and regularly.
Practice deep breathing.
Go somewhere beautiful outdoors, sit in the sunshine and get your Vitamin D.
Listen to soothing music instead of having the TV on.
Practice gentle stretching to release tight muscles.
Write a gratitude list.
Paint your nails or get a manicure.
Try making batch of your favorite cookies or some of your go-to foods you enjoy making.
Schedule one silent, mindful meal at home each week.
Do a crossword puzzle or read (brain health).
Cut veggies up and have them in the fridge so you have easy and quick access.
Write a bucket list.
Plan your next vacation.
Download and listen to a podcast for your commute.
Have conversations with your loved ones about how they can best support you.
Spend time with the energy makers in your life and less time with the energy takers.
Find a fulfilling breakfast that makes you feel great.
Reach out and hug someone Celebrate your small successes!