Set aside some “me” time to take a break from the noise and rush of everyday life. The relaxation that stems from setting aside time for yourself can trigger a “relaxation response” in your body, helping to counter the negative effects of stress. This response helps reduce anxiety and increase your feelings of positivity, calmness, and well-being, reports the Human Performance Resource Center. Read on to see how easy and affordable it can be to treat yourself.
Explore classes at your local community center. Have you always wanted to learn how to dance? Make pottery? Build muscle? Sign up for a class and start learning today! Some community centers offer promotions like a free-trial period, free personal training sessions, or free admission for your first class. Pro Tip: Activities like yoga and meditation can really ignite your “relaxation response,” which can help prevent and reverse the negative effects of mental stress as reported by the Human Performance Resource Center.
Turn your home into a mini-spa. Turn off your phone and turn down the lights. Get out the bubble bath, oils, scented soaps, and maybe a few candles and soak in your bathtub. With just a few ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen (like oatmeal, cottage cheese, and sugar), you can also mix-up your own spa masks and skin polishers.
Go on a walk with your favorite playlist. No need to break a sweat. Put together a playlist of songs that make you happy and walk for the duration of the playlist. Or, download a music app like Songza and pick a playlist based on how you’re feeling, how you want to feel, or the activity you’re doing.
Cook foods that make you feel better. Certain foods can combat fatigue, stress, insomnia, sadness, and irritability. Instead of treating yourself to a Thanksgiving-like feast and falling asleep in a food coma, try these healthful recipes that could help improve your mood, without packing on the pounds.
Put up a hammock in your backyard or at a local park. Bring your headphones and a relaxing playlist, or just a good book you can enjoy with the natural soundtrack of rustling leaves and playing park-goers.
It’s all about taking time to enjoy the little things you like to do. Have a few other ideas? Share the creative ways you treat yourself on Facebook @DirectAutoIns!