Self-care is a crucial part of life for anyone to get by healthily and be able to pursue their goals. If you don’t dedicate some time to give yourself space to recharge, it can affect your wellbeing negatively and put you at risk of burning out and being ineffective with the activities that you do try to accomplish. Make sure you set aside some adequate “me time” in your schedule, and if you’re not sure how best to spend your days off, here are some ideas you can try:
Go for a spa day
These days, a visit to a massage spa rejuvenates your body like a thorough car wash does to a vehicle that’s seen its share of wear and tear. Treat yourself to a day of relaxation with several different treatments that are verified to boost your body and target those aches and pains that may have gotten built up over time. A good spa day can cleanse both body and mind, and can even be an excellent way to block out the world for just a few hours and not have to worry about it.
Enjoy your hobbies
Sometimes, it can feel like it’s been so long since you’ve gotten to do anything you enjoy doing for the sake of it. So, if you’re going to have some time for yourself, consider just diving back into the hobbies that you either haven’t been able to take time to enjoy or even pick up a new one and discover something new and engaging. Spending time on activities you genuinely care about for fun has been proven to improve mental health significantly.
Set a short creative goal
Get your creative juices flowing, and don’t pressure yourself to embark on a major project, especially if you can only squeeze in some “me time” a few hours here and there. Try to write a short story, do a small art project, follow a DIY tutorial, or even create a dish. You’ll find that you get the rewarding feeling of wrapping a project up without taking on too much of a burden.
Try to unplug
Because technology is so personal and prevalent these days, it’s easy to get caught up and spend hours on end taking in digital media in various forms that are overstimulating. Add toxicity on social media and a barrage of bad news everywhere updated continuously on the Internet, and it can be a lousy time hooked on to you. Give yourself time to cut that area off for a while and bask in the serenity and joy that can come from steering clear of technology for a little bit.
Block out negativity
Aside from disconnecting from the online world for a while, give yourself time to take a break. Don’t mix work into your “me” time, and make sure you don’t provide any energy for problematic people in your life, especially during the moments you are trying to focus on boosting yourself. Situate yourself in a positive environment.
Any way you feel happy and content with how to spend your own time works, but let these surefire methods guide you if you’re not sure where to start.