Many of you are struggling under the pressure from work, family and worrying about what the future holds. It’s important to stop and breathe and try to take one step at a time. In order to improve your mindfulness, self-esteem, and general wellbeing, consider these easy tips in order to stay calm this year.
Make a “you” to-do list
Get your life in order so you can finally relax. Write a basic list of all your life admin. Leave off work and family responsibilities for now. Maybe you need to get round to booking a couple of tickets or get in touch with an old friend. Have you been keeping on top of your health checkups? Is it time to make a trip to the dentist? Sometimes a little checkup is necessary for your peace of mind and you could benefit in other ways. Perhaps you have tooth pain from movement or lack of sleep. A retainer could help you with this, find out more here.
Get enough “you time”
Learn to love your own company. Try even switching off your phone for an evening, you can tell people so they won’t bother you unless it’s urgent and you can finally get some peace. This will help you clear your head. In the long run, it will make you better able to deal with other people as you’ve taken the time out to reflect. Go out for dinner alone, or to the cinema. Think of it as just as important as date night, or family night.
Try a new hobby
Research the new trends for creative hobbies this year. There are many therapeutic activities you can take up. Why not get creative? This can be one of the most satisfying ways to distract yourself from the stress of everyday life. Start making things at home. Where do your talents lie? If you like cooking or baking, invent some new recipes! Try making your own bath products. Not only will you have fun making them but can enjoy a nice relaxing soak afterward! You could also take up a new exercise class like dance or yoga. A change is as good as a rest, so shake things up a bit.
Most spa treatments can relax you and help to reduce stress. How about a massage? Give yourself a mini-makeover, go to the hairdresser or have your nails done. Calm down by freshening up. Light some candles, try lavender, peppermint or rosemary flavors. Sort out all your aches and pains, and minimize stress.
A quick getaway
Why not go on a day trip to somewhere local you’ve never been to before. It’s always great for your physical and mental well-being. Go out for a walk in the countryside, look up hiking and cycling routes near you. If you’re lucky enough to live near the sea or a lake, proximity to natural water can be very relaxing. Take a trip by yourself, this will help you to get into your own headspace.