When I sat down to write last month’s post on 5 Ways To Support Your Girl Gang, I realized something else. In the chaos of life and doing all the things, sometimes we forget to support ourselves too. We often see self care as getting a reputation for taking a hot bath, putting on a face mask or getting a massage. And all of these are great things. But today I wanted to share a few ways to take care of yourself that focus a bit more on mental health.
Depending on your schedule and lifestyle, each of these tips might look a bit different. However, learning to take care of yourself and your mental health is something we should all strive for. So which ever of these you find works best for you, I hope you’ll find a way to make time for them this month. Let’s chat about 5 ways to take care of yourself this month.
Take Yourself On A Date
If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen my post about this recently. With the new Avengers: Endgame movie coming out, I decided to take myself on a little date. I wore a cute but comfy outfit. Bought myself dinner & a glass of wine. And I went to do something I really wanted to do.
I’ve been single for a while now. So the idea of doing things alone isn’t as frightening as it once was to me. But these days I actively try to push myself to do things I might not otherwise do by myself. I love my friends and I genuinely enjoy doing activities with them. However, I know that one of the best things I can do for my mental health is to get to know myself better and to learn to love myself more. This could be 30 minutes or 3 hours in your life, whatever works for you. Make it a point to do something just for you this month that you love.
Be Intentional About Getting Quiet
Ya’ll the world is a noisy place. And it’s so easy to get lost in the chaos of social media and our own thoughts. We get caught up in the actions of doing everything all the time and it’s easy to lose sight of our center. I’ve been a big fan of meditation* for years. While I’m not always consistent with it, I can tell the difference.
If you can set yourself up for a regular routine of meditation, it’s a great way to take care of yourself. But for now, make it a point to just get quiet. Even if it’s sitting outside with a cup of coffee for 5 minutes. You may feel bored or find it painful. And that’s okay. But you can’t run away from being with yourself. Sometimes the best gift of self care you can give yourself is to just simply be.
SET ASIDE TIME TO DEFINE YOUR GOALS
I feel like as women we are often natural care takers. We want to care for those around us. And sometimes it’s to our determent. There is nothing wrong with having goals, ambitions or dreams. You’re allowed to want more for your life. But if you’re so stuck in appeasing everyone else and putting them first, it can be hard to know what you want anymore.
One of the most powerful and changing things for me in the past few months was really digging into my mind about what I wanted in life. I had to ask myself, if everyone that I plan my life around was gone tomorrow, what would I do? Where would I want to be and what would I want to be doing? And the mental blocks that I didn’t realize I had were suddenly lifted.
Time is always passing. So if you aren’t using it for your benefit, you’re wasting it. Remember self care isn’t selfish. If you can make it a point to take care of yourself and pursue things that truly make you happy, then that joy will seep into other areas of your life. We all have some kind of goal, whether we realize it or not, and it’s time to remember what yours are again.
MOVE YOUR BODY
For me, working out is as much for my mental health as it is my physical health. I’m planning on doing a post in the next month or so about how to find a workout you genuinely enjoy. However, for now I’ll say that when I started working out in a way that I loved, it changed so much of my life. It’s one of the easiest ways I regularly take care of myself.
When I workout, I feel stronger. I can see the ways my body is growing and changing. And that growth and strength pushes into other areas of my life. Move your body this month for you. Not because you want to see a certain number on the scale or because you want to look a certain way. Move your body because you are an incredible women who deserves to feel powerful and strong. Maybe you try a new class (a good self date idea) or just take a long walk (your quiet time). Whatever you choose to do, move your body because when you take care of your body you’re also taking care of your mind. And you are worthy of a healthy mind.
SEE YOUR BESTIE
I am incredibly blessed with some amazing friends. Even better, I’ve convinced several of them to come on vacation with me in a few months. But the time between now and July is a long time to wait to see my favorite people. Depending on your friendships, you may have different “things” you like to do. Since several of my besties live far away, sometimes seeing them means Facetime wine chats.
However, if you’re lucky enough to live close to yours, make plans to see them in person. You don’t have to do anything grand unless you really want to go all out. It could be as simple as leaving your phones on silent, hitting up happy hour and just catching up on life. Or if you’re me & my bestie, it’s fries & Chardonnay at our favorite local spot.
Whatever you decide to do, whatever way you decide to take care of yourself just remember: you are worthy of love and loving yourself. Make the time to get to know yourself, your dreams, your wants and desires again. Make the time to take care of you. Self care isn’t selfish. And taking care of your mental health certainly isn’t. Until next time. Xoxo, Savvy
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