As time goes on, we’re seeing more and more young entrepreneurs, hard-working babes, and do-it-all moms taking all the time in the world to take care of everyone around them — their families, their job, their errands — but not taking enough time to check in with themselves. We’re always so go, go, go living in a world that is all about instant gratification, we sometimes forget just how important it is to make sure that we’re taking enough time and energy to do things for ourselves.
We’ve all been in a situation at some point in time where we’ve simply run out of juice taking care of other obligations that we get overwhelmed, anxious, and extremely stressed, and then bad things happen from there. We hold it all in and try to stay strong, but it can truly all be prevented just by taking a few minutes to do small things for ourselves to make sure we’re on track when it comes to mental health.
We care about you, and we care that you’re doing okay. To prove it, we’ve gone ahead and created this helpful list full of small things you can do each day to keep your mental health in check. Self-care is everything, people! Don’t underestimate the power of these small tips that can make all the difference.
+ Keep Organized
As someone who is a total Type A personality, I can attest to how important it is that you keep organized. There’s no better feeling in the world than being able to flip open your planner or open your planning app on your cell phone and see a laid out plan of what you have to tackle for the day. This gives you the ability to take notes on anything that can make the day easier for you.
One perk of opting for a physical planner instead of one on your iPhone is how aesthetically pleasing it is to look at, decorate, and call your own. In high school, you probably loved taking art classes, but as an adult, there are very few opportunities to get artsy. Grab all the fun stickers, washi tape, and colored markers you can, and go to town on your agenda. Put aside 30 minutes at the beginning of each week, and you’ll basically get some art therapy without even trying.
Overall, having a planner makes everything simpler. You can use it to plan out your meals, track your workouts, and truly get down to a routine which can take a lot of stress and anxiety off your plate.
+ Drink lots of water
Your esthetician, parents, and dermatologist have probably all told you this 1,000 times, but sipping on water throughout the day can truly make such a difference in your life. According to Mayo Clinic, women should drink eight 8-oz glasses of water a day, which, to be honest, is a lot. Splurge a little on a stylish water bottle that you’ll want to carry around everywhere with you, and I guarantee you’ll reach your water goals. Aside from being great for your insides, drinking the recommended amount of water is also great for keeping your complexion in its best condition. No one has time (or the mental capacity) for pesky breakouts when you least expect them.
+ Workout more.
Again, you’ve probably heard everyone and their mother talking about how working out is the key to staying healthy and happy. While, of course, there is quite some truth to that, getting into the swing of things at the gym or at a workout class can be tough as hell. Instead of just heading to the gym, walking in the door, and then thinking “Okay, what the heck do I do here?”, try workout classes to see which one you’re most in tune with. From yoga to dance classes or even both, you’re more inclined to head to your workout if you really love what you’re doing. Try hot yoga after a stressful day of work to decompress mentally and physically. Head to pilates before you step into the office to get your day started on the right foot. Either way, when you’re moving, you’re doing great things for your mental and physical health.
+ Say “yes” more often.
We can all admit that we’ve said “no” to things that we later realized we totally should have agreed to. This applies mostly with outings with friends, get togethers, or other gatherings where you thought it would be a better idea to sit on the couch and binge-watch Broad City. While we’re totally into the idea of that (trust us), sometimes it’s good to say “yes” to meeting up with friends or family even when you don’t think you want to. You’ll laugh, you’ll probably eat, and you’ll get to catch up on the latest and greatest surrounded by the people you love. What could be better self-care than that?
+ On the other hand, say “no” more often.
While we think it’s a great idea to agree to more get-togethers and whatnot, you should also not be afraid to say “no” when you really need to. If you had an incredibly long, stressful day that has left you with absolutely zero brain function to entertain your friends/family, tell them that and don’t feel bad about giving them the back-and-forth nod.
Also, for all our workaholics out there, don’t be afraid to say “no” to jobs that don’t value you, to gigs that offer you way less money than you deserve, to yet another project when you already have more than enough on your plate. As someone who is always go, go, go, sometimes it’s important to step back, ask yourself if you can really handle that without having too much going at the same time, and if you’re not prepared for that, pass it up. There will always be more work and opportunity coming your way.
+ Do nothing for 5 minutes a day.
Especially in today’s world where social media rules over all our lives, don’t be afraid to put down the phone, turn off the television, put on your favorite song, and just lay down with your eyes closed for a few minutes. Take a couple seconds to call your best friend to catch up, take your dog for a walk, toss some toys around with your cat. Hard-workers everywhere know how hard it is to detach from work and other obligations, but for your mental health, it’s crucial. Trust us, your followers will still be there even if you don’t respond to a DM from them immediately.