Some sound advice from Monica Navarro Hickey, our Mental Health Advisor.
No Time for Self-Care? Try These 31 Snack-Size Habits
- Step into the fresh air in the middle of the day.
- Savor a cup of tea or coffee (or wine) and just do that for 5 minutes.
- Listen to a playlist of your favorite songs.
- Take a walk, stretch, or do some form of exercise that doesn’t require you to change your clothes or take a shower after.
- Discover a new podcast for entertainment, learning, or both.
- Treat yourself to a wonderful dessert.
- Take an extra bath or shower for the sensory pleasure — and the privacy.
- Make a charitable gift in any amount, to a cause that lights you up.
- Try to find a new favorite spot in your house – one that you’ve underestimated in the past.
- Call a friend or family member who always knows just how to pick you up, and who understands that you probably can only chat for 3 minutes, and that’s totally fine.
- Turn off the news.
- Wear something that makes you feel great about yourself.
- Re-watch a favorite TV show or movie, or re-read a favorite book.
- Volunteer virtually – visiting with homebound seniors, tutoring teens, etc.
- Send someone a small gift to boost both of you.
- Bake or cook something with ingredients you already have – something that smells amazing and tastes even better.
- Pet an animal (but make sure it’s one that wants to be petted).
- Thank someone who made a positive impact on you in a big or small
way – and be detailed in your thanks.
- Kiss or hug someone who wants to kiss or hug you back, and who is in your “pod.”
- Watch or listen to stand-up comedy.
- Burn a candle that smells divine to you.
- Clean out a closet or drawer and give something away that no longer serves you but that someone else would cherish.
- Take a nap.
- Sing a song that reminds you of happy times.
- Look through old photo albums or watch old videos.
- Breathe slowly.
- Watch the sunrise, the sunset, or both.
- Write in a journal, on a blog, on Facebook or LinkedIn, etc.
- Make something with your hands – painting, drawing, woodworking, clay, knitting, crochet, needlepoint, or even a pipe-cleaners sculpture.
- Go through your stack of magazines, and read the ones you love, tossing the rest.
- Share this list with someone else who could use a boost.