Self care has been a hot topic these days, and for good reason. More and more, Millennials are burning out. Why? There are many factors that come into play: Keeping up with the Joneses, battling Capitalism, the glamorization of “the hustle”. The list goes on and on.
As Millennials age, we also bear more and more responsibilities. Adulting as we like to call it - mortgage payments, starting a family, exploring the world, taking care of our parents, “making it”.
In a world where we feel obligated to always be busy, it’s so important to recognize that we need to take a step back and take the time to make sure that we are taken care of, both inside and out.
Here are some ways to practice self care, in as little as five minutes:
This one can be done in 30 seconds. We are so fortunate to be living in a first world country, with a roof over our head, and food to eat - Simple things that many people in the world struggle with everyday. By recognizing that we are in a world that allows us to succeed puts our problems into perspective.
We’re sure you’ve heard of this one, and it can be tricky. It takes practice, but can be an excellent way of resetting during stressful times. Meditation has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. If you’re not one to sit still for extended periods of time, try using an app like Insight Timer or with calming music to help hone in to the sounds around you.
A little luxury can go a long way. Taking care of our skin can make a world of difference when we’ve had a hellish week. We all love to feel a little pampered, and taking the time to put on a face mask, or soak in the tub can be just what we need to reset and take on the day.
Practicing a Healthy Lifestyle
This one’s a no brainer. Eating sugars, fats, and junk food slows our bodies down and can lead to a world of health problems. By filling our bodies with healthy nutrients, it fuels our brains for productivity and positivity.
Connecting with Others
Humans are naturally wired to want to be around and interact with other beings. If you’re sitting at your desk all day focused on the computer screen or working from home, to reach out to friends and colleagues to spark that human connection.
What are you favorite ways to practice self care? Comment below!