Happy Sunday, y’all! Thanksgiving is nearly upon us. This means that I have a lot of good food and fun family times to look forward to. It also means that there will be a lot of stressful moments heading my way. Cooking food? Pretending to like school? Long lines at the grocery store? A 4 hour bus ride? Definitely sounds like stress in the making to me! As such, I decided to come up with 7 different self-care practices to try out this week and I challenge you to try some as well!
I’m not much of a journaling type of person, but it can be a powerful way to practice reflection. I’ve actually been very compelled by Valencia De’La Clay’s love journal practice. You essentially keep a list of all of the moments you see love in the world.
I use yoga as a way to feed my body and my mind. It’s very hard for me to clear my mind and focus on the present moment, but I find that guided yoga helps. I like Yoga with Adriene’s videos. She has an easy to follow video for everything from sensitive knees to text neck. My personal favorite is her 20 minute Yoga for Anxiety practice.
If you followed me last year during Blogmas, then you know that I am a huge stress baker. Like, yes, baking for Thanksgiving can be stressful, but it can also be stress-relieving when done in the right company with the right holiday playlist!
Take a Nap
Who says naps are just for kids? I certainly don’t buy into that! Plus, you don’t even need a lot of free time to do it! The best naps are the ones that cap out at 30 minutes. So grab a blanket, dim the lights, and take a snooze!
Now this isn’t the most relaxing way to practice self-care, but I would say that it’s the most direct way to care for your body. Plus, this is the season when you’re most likely to get sick and the extra hydration can help soothe a sore throat and break up mucus to relieve congestion!
Again, this may not sound relaxing, but there is a special power to decluttering your life. Wipe down those counters! Scrub the soap scum from your bathtub! Cast the dirt and germ demons out of your home so you can enjoy the purity of your space!
Flex Your Creative Muscles
Get crafty and let your imagination run wild (or not at all). I’ve recently taken up knitting, which is a pretty menial task, but I find the repetition very comforting. If that’s not your jam though, you might find it helpful to try painting or even doing a page in a coloring book!
How will you practice self-care this week?
Thanks for reading!
Until next time, have an awesome rest of your day and an amazing rest of your week!