Often times people think of self-care as a luxury that includes relaxing spa days and indulging in things that bring instant gratification. However real self-care is about self awareness, reflection and meaningful action/inaction. Try these 3 simple ways to make the most of a mental health day.
Treat Yo’ Self
Do one thing that you love – Self-care is about self love and what better way to practice that than doing something that brings joy. This can be as simple as watching your favorite show or something more indulgent like a spa day with a friend. Either way the goal is the same, do something that is relaxing and enjoyable specifically to you.
Get it Done
Do one thing you have been putting off – Practicing self care isn’t always about doing the things you want to do. It can also include doing the things you NEED to do because they are also important for your mental health. Choose one thing that you have been procrastinating on and knock it out. Not only will you feel a sense of relief once it is done, you will also feel productive and accomplished.
Pay it Forward
Do one thing for someone else – Have you ever noticed that when you help others or practice a random act of kindness it makes you happy? Although self care is about focusing on your personal well-being this practice can also extend to your community. By doing something for others you are making an investment in your community that will eventually come back to you one way or another.
Self care does not need to be an extravagant and expensive practice. While it sounds nice, sometimes focusing on the simple pleasure in life can be just as effective. Taking time to prioritize mental health and well-being is essential to living a happy and fulfilling life.