1. Make a nice batch of tea and drink it while I work.
This sure is a nice way to say to myself: “I care.”
2. Go to the farmers market and pick out fresh fruits and vegetables.
Not only to they taste delicious, but eating nutritious foods help me be productive too. Also, drink plenty of refreshing fluids.
3. Move often and have fun without overdoing it.
I’ve been working pretty hard physically in preparation for a certification test I have coming up. The last two days, I’ve switched up my routine and though anxiety drones in the background, I’m doing my best not to let it control me.
4. Get clear on your role models.
It’s easy for me to lose perspective on myself when I’ve been trapped all day working. I think it’s important to look up to people who are different than you are but similar enough so that your goal of “becoming” is attainable. I look up to someone and think “I CAN be her!” Working hard now is part of the process of getting there. I also review the positive changes I have made over the years.
5. Do something that helps you feel relaxed, but will motivate you to get organized and feel on top of things.
Ideas include: energy work, massage, a walk in nature, or a nice long nap.
1. Make yourself feel with music.
I love music. It has the potential to change my mood, take me back to a place I want to be, or help me think about the future I would like to create for myself. It is easy to get stuck listening to the same songs all the time and get in a funk. For this reason, whenever I hear a song I like on the radio, I write it down and would encourage other people to do so too. Later, I listen to this song again, and I am surprised by how inspired it makes me feel to write, move my body, or just meditate and feel.
2. Warm your heart with an animal.
I am very fortunate to have a sweet dog named Rocky. He is incredibly cute and looking at him always brings my attention to my heart. I love walking Rocky and feeding him, yes, but best of all are the times I spend with Rocky that do not involve chores. Doing so challenges me to put my work away and come back into the beauty and peacefulness of the present moment.
Do you have an animal you like spending time with at home? Next time, pay attention to the sensations in your body spending time around an animal brings up for you.
3. Play…in the water!
I do not often go to the pool, but I love taking baths. I add salts with aromatherapy oils and do gentle swimming motions in the water. Usually, I follow up by doing some self-massage. If you are more curious about self-massage, I learned the idea from an Ayurvedic practitioner, who introduced to me the concept of “Abhyanga.” Later, I did a school project in which I talked about self-massage and the role touch played in helping me heal from an eating disorder.
4. Spend time by yourself.
Sometimes relationships with other people can be draining. In order to realize which relationships in your life are more draining to you than uplifting, spend some time alone and assess. Do the people you spend time around value you for who you are? To what extent do you feel the need to uphold an image in order to be wanted?
5. Experiment with movement.
Movement can be a wonderful tool to come in touch with yourself and feel all different kinds of emotions. That said, exercise can be detrimental and dangerous—especially depending on the individual situation—when it becomes overly routine and encourages a self-defeating mentality.
My advice: Step out of your comfort zone if you want, but I prefer to shift the focus to getting comfortable moving whenever/wherever…no matter the zone! One of my favorite things to do is dance in my room to music when nobody is looking. I prefer to move throughout the day rather than pressure myself to “get it all in” in a short period of time.