As we move into the winter, you may find yourself feeling stressed out and tired. Indeed, getting back into the swing of things after the holiday season - including long work weeks, day-to-day chores and coordinating your kids schedules - requires a lot of energy. It’s easy to get run-down.
Indeed, the fast-paced craziness of each day often leaves little room for self-care, which is important when it comes to relieving stress and staying motivated. In a nutshell, self-care means you are taking care of your body, mind, and spirit. Whether you choose to exercise daily or treat yourself to a spa day, your self-care practice will help you restore your energy and feel better - mentally and physically.
If you’re hoping to begin or improve your self-care, you don’t have to fret – Pretzel Kids has you covered! We’ve compiled a list of 5 simple and effective ways to keep your mind, body, and soul strong.
1. Map Your Goals. An important part of self-reflection is to ask yourself how you plan to achieve your goals. Whether the new year has encouraged you to eat healthier or get started on a personal project, you should take 15-20 minutes each day to brainstorm your future steps and previous progress. Ask yourself the following questions: What have I done right today? Are there things I can change tomorrow? Which actions will benefit me the most? These are questions that will get you thinking and focusing on the most important aspects of your life.
2. Enjoy a Spa Day. You can indulge in a spa day at a spa or at home! If you’re looking to save money, perhaps take an hour or two to put on a face mask, do your nails, and listen to some calming music. You can also try meditating! All of these options will keep your wallet full and spirit happy. If you want to indulge, find a local day spa and book a massage and facial.
Spa days are perfect for relaxation and even self-reflection. They also go a long way toward building confidence, and this can help you shine - on both the inside and outside.
3. Spend Time With Friends and Family. As the days get crazier, they leave little time for quality interactions with friends and family. Busy schedules and time apart from close friends can then result in feelings of loneliness.
In fact, you may have to block out time to see those you love - especially if your week is super hectic. Perhaps consider planning out weekend activities in advance and be sure to schedule in time to be in nature with your friends or even hit a yoga class. You might as well practice self-care together! You can even turn a spa day a family event, or map your goals with your friends! The possibilities for quality time and memories are endless.
4. Practice Yoga or Amp up Your Exercise. Exercise is an essential part of living a healthy and active lifestyle. Exercise can also positively affect your mood. According to research, people often feel much happier after getting just 30 minutes of exercise a day. By strengthening your body, you also are able to strengthen your mind and spirit. Of course, Pretzel Kids encourages practicing yoga as part of your exercise program. You can even turn yoga into a family event! Remember: Specific yoga poses are designed for relaxation, so hit your yoga mat and kiss your stress goodbye!
5. Support Others
Studies show that doing good things for others or contributing to a great cause* can actually make you feel better. In a study conducted by Harvard University and the University of British Columbia, it was revealed that you’ll generally be happier by spending money on other people. Even spending $5 on another person can result in your happiness level rising.
There you have it: It’s time to pay it forward. Perhaps you should buy a cup of coffee for your boss or donate to a mission your believe in.*
From face masks, to yoga poses, to donating money, there are many ways for you to practice self-care. Making time for rest and relaxation is not only important, but essential in order to live a happier and healthier life. Also, keep in mind that daily stress is inevitable and you often can’t change busy schedules and long hours. One thing you can do: Schedule in time for self-care!
*Note: Here at Pretzel Kids, we are committed to teaching yoga and mindfulness techniques to as many kids as possible. For this reason, we're on a mission to launch a program to train public school teachers - for free! To raise financing for this project, we have teamed up with iFund Women and all reward sales generated here will go immediately toward this mission. Plus, you’ll get a huge discount on all products, courses and classes. Not interested in rewards? We hope you’ll still support our goal. Every tiny bit helps, even $5! Let’s make the world a better place by "Spreading Joy from Head to Toes, it All Begins in Pretzel Pose”!