10 Ways to Stay Zen Right Now
If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed right now, you are not alone. While we are now able to take a walk in the park or shop at our favorite store (curbside delivery only), social distancing and current events are taking a toll on our mental health. Self-care is more vital than ever.
Not sure where to start? Here are 10 self-care activities you can incorporate into your daily routine.
Take a Break From the News
Although it’s important to stay updated on what’s going on in Texas, it’s okay to take a break every now and then. Try turning it all off for an hour a day. During that time, listen to your favorite music, read a book or just nap in a hammock outside.
Check in With Friends and Family
Check in with loved ones via video chatting technology, email or even writing letters. Many people are setting up virtual family game nights, happy hours, book clubs and more.
Physical activity is good for relieving stress and anxiety. Stream an exercise class, run a mile in the back yard, jump rope or play tag with the kids.
Mindfulness is a buzzword but that doesn’t mean it can’t help. Take 10 minutes to practice meditation. Some great free apps to help are:
Make a Playlist
Got teenagers and Spotify? Then you have everything you need to create your own playlist. In addition to your own lists, create a group playlist and ask your friends to add some of their favorite songs.
Create an at-home spa. Light some candles, take a warm bath and use those bath bombs the kids got you for Christmas two years ago. Also, check out these spa treatments you can make yourself.
Clutter may be adding to the stress you are already feeling so take five minutes out of your day to get rid of it. Pick a shelf, closet or table and get to work.
Learn Something New
Have you ever wanted to learn to play an instrument, knit or upgrade your French from passible to conversational? Take time out of your day to practice, watch videos or even start a brand-new hobby.
Nourish Your Body
Make sure you are eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water. Dehydration can make us feel tired and sluggish. Too much sugar can make us feel more stressed and anxious.
Nourish Your Soul
Listen to uplifting music, watch baby animals play on YouTube or read a heartening book. It doesn’t matter what it is as long as it makes you happy.