Here are some tips to take care of yourself this summer!
Starting and following through with a new self-care routine can be a true challenge but we all need to recognize when we feel emotionally and physically tired so we can take appropriate steps towards self-care. That is why our team at Enrichment Wellness encourages you to slow down and make yourself a priority by setting boundaries and listening to your body. It’s more than okay to say no to others to take time for yourself. Our bodies do so much to support us every day, the least we can do is allow it to restore with rest. It can be refreshing to read a book, go for a stroll, or pick up a new hobby on the beautiful sunny days of summer. It’s crucial to be mindful of our habits by identifying what in our lives is serving us and what isn’t to implement self-care that is effective for you. Everyone is different so some strategies may resonate more with you than others!
1. Track your screen time on your phone to limit the usage
In settings on your smartphone, you can see how many hours you are spending on your phone per day and how many hours you spend on each app. If you are unhappy with these numbers you can set time limits on your apps to cut you off at a certain point. You may notice after doing this you are more present with the world around you.
This is a great thing to get in the habit of doing once a day or even more often if you find time for it. This form of self-care can have many different benefits depending on how you use it. You can write down your emotions which can be a cathartic experience. You can make a gratitude journal where you acknowledge the positive aspects of your life. For an even smaller time commitment, before you go to bed each day complete the prompt: The best thing to happen to me today was _______. These strategies can help you gain awareness and shine light on accomplishments, big or small. You can also look back on previous journal entries to notice self growth!
3. Try something new!
It is so easy to stick with our habits and keep doing what’s comfortable for ourselves. Coloring outside lines can teach us things about ourselves that we would have never known otherwise. Some examples are: trying a new recipe, meditation, new ways to exercise, learning a language, reaching out to people you haven’t spoken to in a while, picking up an instrument, or even traveling to a place you have never been. Expanding your horizons helps you to get comfortable outside your comfort zone. Getting out of your comfort zone is not an easy thing to do so don’t forget to praise yourself for all the hard work that you do!