Listen, 2020 has been A HARD YEAR. We all know what I mean by that so I won’t waste time on the nitty gritty. But one of the silver linings of this year is that we’ve all had a chance to slow down and really think about the things, people and activities that make us happy, that reinvigorate and energize us to be our best selves.
I think self-care is more than yoga, bubble baths and candles. Self care is intensely personal and should look very different depending on your situation and what’s available to you. Here are some non traditional self-care suggestions to get you started.
Allow yourself to fully be in the moment, release some stress, tune into some kick-ass jams and have a blast! It doesn’t need to cost a lot of money to be exactly what you need at the time.
Do EXACTLY what you want for a period of time
I know I know, you’re thinking that this is unattainable because you have responsibilities, goals and priorities and all the things. But that's the point! You need some schedule time once a month, once a week, maybe even once a day if you can -- where you give yourself permission to do whatever is on your mind, with no guilt, judgement (self judgement included) or any negative feelings attached to it. You deserve it. That can include anything from turning off your phone all day, to eating pizza for breakfast or even dressing up in a ballgown to go grocery shopping. The world is your oyster.
Talk to strangers
Weird right? Well just think about it, one thing that we’ve learned during quarantine is that even the most anti-social of us needs human interaction. What better way to not only connect, but also learn a little about yourself is to just chat with a stranger for a little while. Don’t be creepy about it, but you can casually meet someone at the park and just strike up a conversation. Or you can ask someone about a product you see them picking up at the grocery store. Conversations don’t have to be super long for you to get some really great benefit, and you never know you may pick up a new friend along the way.
Plan your next trip
There’s some crazy stat published in a 2010 study in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life, that says just planning or anticipating your trip can make you happier than actually taking it. So let’s lean into that! Take some time to figure out where you want to go when the world opens back up again, and start digging into some of the details. Figure out the must see attractions, or the places that you just HAVE to get pics of. Maybe even where you will stay or places to eat. Create some flight alerts so that you’ll be ready to jump on a flight when it presents itself.
All that good future planning is like a 2-for-1 deal! You get all the good feels now, and you’re also ready for an amazing trip in the future.
Do you have any non traditional ways to take care of yourself? I’d love to learn from you, please comment below.