Wellness Wednesday - 5 Ways I Stay Well
Happy Wednesday! You made it halfway through the week, my friend. That is something to celebrate! I'm counting down the days until I get to sleep past 7:30 on Saturday morning. Anyone else look forward to the next time you know you'll get to sleep in? ;)
I've been seeing ALL kinds of friends share their hearts lately about being in a funk. I know what that feels like-- I mean, we all go through different seasons! Sometimes things are consistently great, and sometimes you feel like you can't catch a break.
Self care is something I think is super important in all seasons. I've compiled a list of 5 of my favorite ways to take care of myself in the hopes that some of you can try them or share your own tips. They're nothing crazy, and sometimes, they're so simply, it's silly. But they keep me feeling full, and I need that in order to be able to pour into others (which I love!!)
~here we go~
1. Walk around my favorite store.
Most of the time this is either TJ Maxx or Target. I don't even buy anything most of the time, but I love walking through and just looking. It's mindless, and takes my attention off of anything that may be stressing me out or making me feel down. Plus, it's an added bonus if you find a good sale!
2. Phone a friend.
This pun was fully intended, but I also mean it literally! I'm usually not one to love talking on the phone, but there are a few friends that I know will answer every time I call. Talking about my day helps to calm my nerves and just catch up with the other person. By the end of the phone call, I feel affirmed and I've had a great conversation! For a social butterfly like me, that's always nice.
3. Take a super long shower.
Random, yes. Does it work? YES. There's something so calming about taking my time in the shower. My mom used to tell me a technique she used on clients was to imagine all their stress literally washing off of them and going down the drain. I've done that many times, and its so helpful! Take the time to wash your hair, shave your legs, exfoliate, do a face mask, whatever it is. You'll feel like a new person afterwards, trust me!
4. Eat your favorite meal.
This make look different for different people. For me, it's either getting Panera and eating it at home on the couch, or it's running through the McDonald's drive-thru and getting a large coke and fries with buffalo sauce (insert face palm emoji here). NO SHAME, THOUGH. You deserve to indulge every once in a while, and if that means fries, then sister, I want you to have those fries!
5. Spend time with encouragers.
My encouragers are my roommates, my church family, and my ~actual~ family. Although a lot of my family lives out of town, I have a few here that I know I can go to at any time! My roomies and I all love spending our evenings together (when we can) and just spending time together. We'll watch movies, try a new restaurant, or even just cook dinner together. Being in the presence of these people lets me feel at ease - I'm comfortable with them. I don't have anything to worry about with them! These people are so good for your heart - find those people and draw close to them!
Whether it's any of these, or none at all- I want to know what makes you feel well. What do you love to do when you're showing self-care? Let me know!