7 Self-Care Tips for a Happier You!
By Cedra Starks | HealthCorps Coordinator 2017 – 2019
The six dimensions of wellness include emotional, occupational, physical, spiritual, intellectual, and social health. Each of these aspects are interconnected and required to achieve optimal health. With so many working parts it’s easy to forget to take care of YOU! Here are a few self-care tips to help improve your health, happiness, and well-being.
1. Practice the use of positive affirmations
Scientific research has connected reading, seeing, and speaking positive quotes or messages improving your mind and body. Repeating these messages are meant to uplift and encourage the person reading them. How amazing! Posting positive affirmations in your home or work space is a great way to boost self-esteem, moral, and mental resilience. Try writing a list of things your grateful for or leave yourself post it notes on your bathroom mirror about what you love about YOU!
2. Turn your home into a spa
Pinterest is packed with great DIY facial masks that you can create with ingredients in your cabinets and fridge right at home! Foot soaks and DIY manicures & pedicures are also great ways to relax, unwind, and feel better about yourself while achieving a glow to your skin or giving your feet a treat from your busy week.
3. Treat yourself
Get that one item you’ve been eyeing for weeks, cook your favorite dish, or take yourself on an ice cream date. The “just because” notion of treating yourself reinforces feeling cared for and contentment. This aspect empowers us to reward ourselves instead of waiting on it from others.
4. Try fruit infused water
Refresh and rehydrate with this tasty healthy drink! Placing fruits and herbs such as lemon, strawberry, pineapple, mint, and rosemary carry many health benefits. So, not only are you making a cool drink, but you are simultaneously clearing up your skin, improving your energy levels and digestion, and boosting your mood!
5. Take a walk
Get outside if the weather permits for some fresh air and soak up some vitamin D from the sun! Taking a walk is one of the easiest ways to exercise while clearing your mind and take a break from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives.
6. Start a journal
Journals are a classic way to get your thoughts out when you may not have someone to talk to or a trusted individual available to confide in. Sometimes we just need to vent and journaling is a super constructive way to do it. Journals have become incredibly creative in design, structure, style, and run a fairly cheap cost. (Dollar stores carry tons with cool stickers and pens.) Take advantage of journals dual use to make to-do lists and short-term & long-term goals!
7. Social media detox
Unplug! Limit your screen time, take a few days off from your favorite social sites that you spend hours scrolling through. Social media can be fun and productive in many cases but it can also be exhausting viewing highlight reels that cause you to start competing and comparing yourself to your peers. Digital detoxes can help conquer your fear of missing out (FOMO) and allow you to reconnect with the real world and truly enjoy the time you spend with family and friends. This self care tip can literally help you regain 2 hours daily to do more productive things that can change your life!
My favorite methods of self-care are skin care routines, cooking my favorite meals, or you can find me on Pinterest creating boards for the things I love to do the most in my free time. A huge aspect of self-care is making time for it! Self-care can easily fit into your day during lunch, after school or work, and on the weekend. All of the tips listed here can be completed in as little as 15 minutes. What a great use of time! Take moments to get in tune with yourself to know when you need some dedicated self-care time. We all face burn out, stress, sadness and need a way to get those positive vibes back up. Prioritizing self-care as a part of your daily or weekly routine will make a huge difference in your health and wellness.