As time goes on, life becomes more and more hectic. As we grow older, our responsibilities become greater, the technology and social media around us becomes more overwhelming, and priorities shift. But finding the time to focus on yourself and your own mental health is imperative. 

Self care is the practice of doing things for yourself and the betterment of your mental health. But sometimes, finding that time to put yourself first and really let your mind rest is hard to do. I am here to tell you that it is okay to say “no” to making plans and that it is okay to be selfish with your time. 

Here are some things you can do to relax your mind:

  • Doodle on a piece of paper while listening to your favorite music.

  • Get a coloring book and some coloring utensils and knock out a page or two.

  • Use a meditation app for guided meditation.

  • Take a nap. 

  • Go for a walk with no headphones in. Just you and the sounds of nature.

  • Go to a yoga class or do solo yoga in your living room.

  • Start and maintain a journal.

  • Turn up the music and dance it out around your home.

  • Do a word search, crossword, sudoku, maze books, etc.

  • Get an oil diffuser and just try some essential oils.

  • Read a book.

  • Learn relaxing breathing techniques to relax your body. 

  • Stretch in the morning or when you feel tense.

  • Check in with your emotions – just talk through your feelings when you’re alone or maybe even with a trusted person.

  • Simplify your schedule for the week.

  • Start each day with a prayer and throughout the day, practicing praying where you thank God for His blessings instead of asking him to do something to make life easier.

  • Meet with a therapist.

  • Declutter.

  • Unplug for the day.

  • Find somewhere to be still and enjoy that stillness.

  • Get a massage.

  • Take yourself on a date.

  • Go look at something green or blue – they are two relaxing colors.

  • Visit a library.

  • Go to an art museum where it is quiet.

  • Create something whether it is art, a healthy meal, or even baking.

  • Write down your accomplishments.

  • Stay away from the news cycle for a day.

  • Invest in a gratitude journal.

  • Do the body love mirror exercise where you stand in front of a mirror and only point out the things you love about your body.

  • Say daily affirmations.

  • Spend time with loved ones.

Don’t put pressure on yourself by trying to be what everyone else needs you to be. It is okay to take a break from all of the noise over the weekends or maybe even taking a mental health day during the week. 

Do what is best for you and have no regrets.

Caroline C.
FFL Cabinet Member
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