By: Jayla Fields
Self-care is often seen as a chore. But the truth is, self-care is an easy practice that can easily fit into your schedule and the best part is, it feels fantastic to take care of yourself.
With a routine for self-care, you can unwind after a difficult time and have an amazing rest of your day.
Self-care doesn’t have to be a chore. It should be seen as an opportunity to make yourself feel better mentally. With this routine, your mind will be clearer and your mental health will benefit.
1. Clean your space
Cleaning can be very therapeutic. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the physical activity of cleaning combined with the result of a cleaner home helps reduce stress, feelings of anxiety, and depressive symptoms.
A clean space is better to be around, and not many would prefer to be surrounded by clutter and dirt. In order to have a clean headspace, you need a clean area surrounding you.
2. Take a soothing bath
A clean body is the first step to a clear mind. According to Pentucket Medical, your brain and nervous system can benefit from bathing. Submerging yourself in water can reduce pain and inflammation and calm the nervous system, reducing the levels of stress and anxiety in the body and improving mood. Adding herbs and epsom salts to your bath could prove to be helpful in calming the mind, too. One of the first steps to self-care is practicing hygiene.
3. Declutter your mind
Studies show that meditation can prove to be amazing for mental health. According to Mayo Clinic, “Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace, and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. You can also use it to relax and cope with stress by refocusing your attention on something calming. Meditation can help you learn to stay centered and keep inner peace.” Bellbrook’s Mind and Body class practices meditation together. “I meditate and practice self-care. It helps me relax and deep dive into my emotions and makes me feel refreshed,” Senior Leia Boyd said.
Meditation can calm your breathing and fade away stress, so why not take some time out of your day to calm your mind? You can find several guided meditations on YouTube.
4. Talk to a trusted person
Talking to people you love fills the body with a feeling of comfort. Call up a friend or family member and strike up a conversation.
Conversation is a very important part of human connection. Talking to a trusted person is a key component in working on your mental health, and a key component of self-care.
5. Treat yourself
Consider this the best part of self-care. According to Psych Central, “When we give ourselves treats, we feel energized, cared for, and contented, which boosts our self-command — and self-command helps us maintain our healthy habits.”
Buy a good book, cook something for yourself, or listen to good music. Find something you like to do and do it. Treating yourself is crucial when practicing self-care. You don’t have to spend money to treat yourself; you just need to do something you love to do. “I like to watch some TV, maybe lay outside in the sun, and eat some unhealthy snacks like ice cream and cake. I say eating unhealthy is sometimes okay, especially when it’s a self-care day,” sophomore Emily Fronista said.