Have A Case of the Blahs? | 12 Self-Care Ideas to Overcome it
Posted on July 19 2019
Don’t look or feel your best these days? Feeling like you're in a funk and just feeling blah? However you want to describe it, you’re not alone. It happens to all of us. With all the daily stress and pressures of life, your mental, emotional and physical well-being can go out of balance, making you feel less than your best. But that doesn’t mean you should stay feeling that way. The summer season is the perfect time to reevaluate and reset your self-care and wellbeing goals. Resetting your goals not only will help you get a clearer idea of what’s really important to you, but it also will give you actionable steps to get yourself out of that rut. So how can you reclaim your inner and outer glow?
Here are 12 self-care ideas that can help you overcome the case of the blahs and make you look and feel great again.
Declutter your space
As Marie Kondo says, “Tidying orders and relaxes the mind.” So, take some time to clean out and organize the spaces you use most often - it could be your office, bedroom, or even the whole house. The place you spend the most time in should be a place of peace and serenity, not chaos. So schedule a time to tidy up. Doing so will not only make your space look a whole lot nicer, but it will also help bring your stress levels down a notch.
Write it all down
Scribbling down your thoughts and feelings is probably one of the most therapeutic activities you can do. It helps you not only self-reflect but also clears mental clutter and releases any kind of stress you might have. Journal writing is basically like having your own personal therapist except it’s for free and always at your disposal.
Read physical books
Living in an age where everyone is addicted to their digital devices, it’s nice to occasionally disconnect and escape the modern world by curling up with a good old book. Reading a paperback book might sound old-fashioned but it has a lot of brain benefits. It can help you absorb and retain more information, relax your mind and make you sleep better at night. So, try putting your Kindle on hold and picking up a paperback instead.
Practice deep breathing
Taking a few moments each day to practice deep breathing exercises can supercharge your body and mind. It drastically helps release muscle tension, clears out toxins, calms your nervous system and redirects your negative thoughts and feelings to positive ones. It also helps promote relaxation and give you a mood boost.
Sweat it out
Self-care is all about improving ourselves and what better way to start than by having a good ol’ sweat session at the gym? Regular exercise can help increase your energy levels, manage your stress, ramp up your metabolism and even improve your skin health by stimulating blood flow in the body. If you haven’t been to the gym in forever, finding the motivation to work out can be quite tough but certainly not impossible. Having the right incentives and accountability partners can help you stick to your gym goals, especially when it gets hard.
Switch to a clean, natural skincare routine
It’s a known fact that our bodies absorb the personal care products we use so it’s important to give ingredients a second look. There are thousands of synthetic chemicals in your products, many of which are skin irritants, endocrine disruptors and carcinogens. So what can you do to reduce exposure to these harmful toxins? Start by cutting out potentially harmful chemicals from your current beauty routine and transitioning to clean, non-toxic and natural skincare products. Greening up your beauty routine isn’t just good for your skin, it’s better for your overall health.
Be kind to yourself
“We’re our own worst critic.” Sound pretty familiar to you? It’s an old cliche but it holds true for so many of us. We nitpick at EVERYTHING. From our looks to our personality traits, to obsessing over what we should’ve done or didn’t do, we spend a good chunk of our time over-criticizing every little detail of ourselves and our lives. Can you somewhat relate? Constantly thinking and saying negative things towards yourself can really hurt you a lot more than you think. Not only can it lower your self-esteem, but it can also increase stress levels and hold you back. So try being more loving and compassionate towards yourself for a change. It may be the one thing you need when you feel like you’re in a rut. It can take some time to retrain your brain to think more positively about yourself, but it’s worth the effort.
Set boundaries and don’t overstretch yourself
Setting healthy boundaries is such a crucial aspect of self-care. Without them, it can lead to major stress and burnout, and who would want that to happen? Boundaries are pretty much guidelines that help safeguard your personal, mental and emotional space. These guidelines let others know exactly where they stand with you so it’s important to lay out clear ground rules. Otherwise, we give others permission to take advantage of us. Boundary-setting might be hard to do but it will help you see the value of who you are and you’ll start to stop giving in ways that’ll drain your time and energy. So start flexing those boundary-setting muscles!
You’ve probably heard this a lot but meditation can do wonders for your wellbeing. Taking a couple of minutes a day to sit still, breathe, and check-in with your emotions can help calm your mind and bring you to a place of peace and healing. The best thing about meditation is that it’s free and you can practice it whenever and wherever you are. If you need some extra guidance on how to meditate effectively, there's a bunch of awesome guided meditation apps out there that you can use.
Let go and let things just be
As human beings, we have this deep-seated need for certainty and control. We expect certain outcomes and we’re constantly busy trying to force things to work out the way we want them to. But the truth is that we can’t control everything, and trying to do so can be SO draining. When we’re so focused on controlling every aspect of our lives, we lose sight of what’s really important - being fully present. So try loosening up the reins and let life flow. By learning to let go and letting things just be, it can help release unnecessary stress and allow you to enjoy life more.