There are times both personally and in the world when it seems like bad days outweigh good days. It is so important to remember things to be grateful for every day to keep a healthy perspective. It is also essential to engage in self-care every day too. Here are some easy (and free) ways to take good care of yourself:
**Take a shower or bath
One of the most depressing things I can think of is staying in your pajamas all day and not getting dressed. Even if you are just planning to binge watch TV and eat pizza on the couch, take a shower, wash your hair. Rinse off and start fresh. Put on a little makeup, do your hair up right—it makes you feel different—in a good, small way that shifts your energy.
**Take a walk
Walking is simply the best. I know I won’t hurt myself, I won’t be a hot mess after, I will get fresh air, a hit of Vitamin D, I might cross paths with some smiling faces and I get a handle on myself.
**Tidy up your place
I have very little in the way of clutter—I don’t like too many things surrounding me. I also like scrubbing away at something—it takes my mind off of things and I feel a big sense of accomplishment when I am done. When you clear your physical space, it clears your head and ramps up your mental clarity.
**Drink half your bodyweight in water
I am a huge water drinker—I drink it all day, every day. It makes me feel on point with myself. When my skin acts up, I drink tons of water with lemon juice and I swear, it makes my skin clear up and downright glow. Just drink it.
**Deep dive into your creature comforts
If I am having a lousy day, I know that a couple of podcasts, some serious kitchen time and maybe a little dance party with some wine can really help me get out of a funk. I like using my hands and creating a healthy meal that will nourish both my mind and body.
**Take a break
Take a long drive, go sit in a Starbucks and people watch, engage in the energy around you. Get outside of yourself. Go where there is life going on around you whether for distraction or inspiration. Just give yourself a break from your world and get pulled into another.
Whether it’s sitting in a church, temple, at a park or on the beach-go somewhere that is infinitely bigger than you. It will remind you there is still solace to be found, beauty to behold and life to be lived. Go where the peace is residing and reside there as well.
I firmly believe sleep may be the panacea for many health and wellness issues. It is so precious to me that it has become one of my top 5 wellness musts. It allows your body and mind optimal restoration and recovery. It makes things feel better in the morning whether you are emotionally off balanced or physically spent. Sleep is pure magic.
My dog, while extremely anxious (just who she is—I’ve tried!) has a calming effect on me. It makes so much sense why there are service and therapy animals. They are precious gifts to us and allow us to offer care, love and respect in its most basic form back out into the universe.
Talk with a cherished friend or family member that makes you feel understood, heard and energized. Then float on those positive vibes for the rest of your day. One quality, soulful conversation can be the balm you need when you have a rough day.
Engage in something that makes you forget about everything else. Take the time to indulge in a passion or hobby that makes you focused and tuned in mindfully. It will recharge your batteries and make you feel capable to handle whatever is thrown at you in the future.