Have you been feeling stressed or like you just can't keep up? We totally get it! Life is busy and there's always somewhere to be or something that needs to be done. But when you're a girl on the go, it can be far too easy to always put yourself in the backseat. And not having time to breathe is almost always where stress and burnout start.
So as we enter another summer weekend, we wanted to bring you ladies, some fresh ideas on how to take a little time out for yourself. Take a deep breath, relax, and kick up your feet, cause you deserve it! Here are 5 great self-care ideas to refresh your mind, body, and spirit this weekend.
Have some other great ideas and things that have worked for you? Share them with us in the comments below!
1. Get some quality sleep!
Did you know a good night's rest starts way before your head actually hits the pillow? That's right! What you do before bed can actually have a huge effect on how well you sleep. This week, why not try a night or two where you go to bed before 10 pm? Stop looking at all screens (phones included!) at least an hour before bedtime. Skip the late night cup of coffee or chocolate, and try to eat dinner a few hours before bed. Wind down by lighting a candle, journaling, reading a book, or taking a relaxing bath. If you start letting your mind and body slow down ahead of time, they'll be much more ready for a full night of great sleep, leaving you refreshed and restored.
2. Choose your priorities
Feeling overwhelmed in life? Here's an exercise that can help! Grab your favorite beverage, and pull out a journal or a blank sheet of paper. Make a list that includes all the facets of your life. This includes everything from your job, to your book club, your boyfriend, your toddler, or that hobby you really love to do but you haven't made time for lately. Now circle the TOP 4 things that are most important to you right now. These are the areas you want to focus your time and attention on. Now give yourself permission to hold everything else loosely and focus on your 4 big things this month. Next month do the exercise again, and switch your priorities as needed!
3. Get moving
This one might seem like a major "duh" but exercise is one of those things we all know we should do, but rarely get it done! Find a fun workout class in your area, take a brisk walk around your block, go for a swim, or try out a yoga video on YouTube (we love Yoga with Adriene). There are a million different ways to burn a few calories and refresh your body and mind through exercise. This weekend, why not block off 30 minutes to an hour and make it happen? Bonus points if you invite a friend along to join you!
4. Take a technology break.
You knew we'd end up here eventually, right? Technology is great for so many reasons, but there's no doubt that it has significantly added a whole new level of stress to our lives and relationships. When you're feeling sad, worn out or totally spent, it just might be time to evaluate your technology consumption. How much of your time is spent glued to your email inbox, texting instead of talking with others face to face, mindlessly scrolling Instagram, or keeping up with the Kardashians? Practice spending a morning, a day, or a whole weekend logged off of social media or away from your phone. You just might be surprised at how refreshed and happy you feel!
5. Catch up with a friend
If you're anything like us, you probably have a few friends or family members that you love, but you haven't talked or connected with lately. There's no better time than now! Reach out and set a phone or Facetime date this weekend. If you're in the same town, why not plant to meet up for coffee or a drink? Spend some quality time with your spouse, sibling, or kids just talking and hanging out. Healthy relationships are super important to our overall happiness and well being. We need each other, so it's important to keep those most important relationships healthy!