It’s getting to the time of the year when we’ve all forgotten our New Years’ Resolutions in lieu of our normal, hectic lives; we’re also generally letting our short-lived self-care routines go out to pasture in exchange for stress, anxiety, and depression: the triple threat! Never fear, I’m back with some simple self-care tips that even the busiest Ambitious Girl can implement into her daily life at no expense of her long to-do list. Let’s get into the daily hacks.
I know, I know. You’re probably sick of this one by now, but it helps me figure out my thoughts, de-stress, and purge all the bad feelings. I’m so glad that what started as a resolution for 2017 has become a vital part of my self-care routine and has helped me deal with innumerable bumps in the road. If you haven’t tried it yet, I’d strongly recommend journaling every night before bed!`
- Stay hydrated
Drinking enough water each day helps keep your organs in tip-top shape, helps to give you energy to go through your day, and gives you a little break during a slow class to fill your water bottle! Aim for about a half-gallon each day to start, and see if it makes you feel better.
- Keep moving
Running is part of my nearly-daily regimen of self-care. It gives me time to think and process, provides a break from society for my ambiverted soul, and overall makes me feel better. It doesn’t have to be running; maybe walking outside, playing frisbee with friends, yoga, or weightlifting is your thing. In any case, having a physical activity branded into your routine will melt stress straight off of you, help you sleep better, and keep you healthy!
- Be creative
Alongside having something to keep you physically active, it’s great to have something that improves your creativity. For me, besides the whole clothes-making thing, I sketch my designs and blog. You might be more of a painting person, or perhaps composing is more of your vibe. Creating something accesses different parts of the brain, broadening your sense of problem-solving, awareness for constraints, and opening you up to other modes of thought and perspective.
With a little time and practice, you can slip these little guys into your routine, even if it’s for 5 minutes a day. They will help you exponentially with managing stress and being able to cope with the curve-balls of life in different ways.
You deserve to take care of yourself. Don’t forget that.