Eventually, we all hit that point of feeling completely burned out from the work week or stressed to the max from everyday life and financial situations. That is why it’s so important to give yourself time to recuperate every now and then. If you are feeling stressed or burned out, the following self-care tips can help you learn how to relax and start to feel better about yourself and life in general.
Get Out of the House/Break Your Daily Routine
One of the easiest habits to fall into when you are feeling stressed or overworked is to become a homebody or get stuck in your daily routine. However, sometimes when we put ourselves in this mindset, it can be hard to get back out of it. You might not even necessarily notice how badly you needed to get out of the house or just break a step or two in your daily routine until you give yourself that extra push to do so. Then once you’re out of the house hanging out with friends, or enjoying the fresh air you feel energized and happier. So rather than letting yourself become a hermit when the going gets tough, push yourself to make plans with friends, go out for a coffee, or just take a nice walk in the park. You’ll be glad you did.
Sometimes exercising is the last thing we all want to do after a hard day’s work, but since exercising releases chemicals in the brain that alleviate stress and depression, and boost mood and self confidence, its good to get the heart pumping every now and then to get rid of all of that negativity and stress that’s been building up. There are all kinds of ways to exercise. A few things you might try include walking, jogging, biking, hiking, dancing, yoga, boxing, sports, lifting weights, running on the treadmill, etc.
Start a Garden
Another great way to get plenty of exercise and fresh air is gardening. Gardening can be very therapeutic and stress relieving. Whether your idea of gardening means going all out and planting a glorious vegetable garden or flower bed in your backyard, or just including more house plants or kitchen herbs indoors, this activity is sure to help you get your mind off of things. Investing in a few house plants that help naturally filter air can also be beneficial for improving mood and stress since they bring relaxing and cheerful energy to a room. Another great way to reduce stress is to join a community garden. Not only is this a fun activity to take part in, its also a great excuse to get out of the house and into some fresh air where you can meet new people with similar interests to yours. Who knows? You might make a few friends.
One of the best cures for stress is laughter. Nothing makes us feel better like a good laugh. Whether this means watching a funny television show or Youtube video, talking to a friend who always knows how to lift your spirits and bust a few hilarious jokes sure to split your gut, or going to a comedy club with friends. No matter how you choose to get your funnies, the important part is that you’re relieving stress and boosting your mood in a light hearted way, and since laughter is contagious, just lightening your mood can help set a better tone in any environment or situation. Others will catch your infectious positive attitude.
Give Yourself a Break
When we are stressed, it is rather easy to get too focused or caught up in a problem or task at hand. Nobody can thrive when they have been hard at work all day long. Its stressful and its daunting. Do yourself a favor and give yourself a break. Whether this means taking a five to twenty minute break every hour or so, or just walking to the water cooler to rehydrate, taking a quick break can work wonders and help re-energize and inspire us to do better work when we return. Try stretching, meditating, calling a friend to let off some steam, going for a walk around the block, or grabbing a quick snack or cup of coffee. Any of these activities work and will make you feel better and help you gain mental clarity.