5 things you can do to take care of your mental health this week
Everyone’s rushing back to the way things were pre-pandemic – and that’s wonderful. But in making up for lost time, it can feel like we’re constantly running on empty. Add a stressful day of work on top of that, and you’ve got a recipe for stress overload.
Over the past year, we’ve learned a lot about taking care of our mental health – “self-care” has been a huge buzzword. But it’s not just a trend. We’ve got to constantly keep our mental wellbeing in mind if we’re going to be our most productive, successful, and happiest selves.
Here are a few of our tips to stay refreshed and rejuvenated:
Get some fresh air and take a stroll in the sunshine – even if it’s just 5 to 10 minutes on your lunch break. Not only does it change up the scenery and get you out of the office for a few, but soaking up some rays can actually have a mood-boosting effect by producing vitamin D in the body. And now that we’re headed into summer, there’s plenty of sun to be had – but if you’re out longer than 20 to 30 minutes, don’t forget that SPF!
If you have a bit more time, maybe after work or on the weekend, head out to the trails at the Whitewater Center or one of Charlotte’s many greenways. Plug in your headphones for a solo stroll, or meet up with some friends or co-workers for a walk-and-talk.
Meet up with friends
If there’s anything we’ve learned after a year of quarantine and isolation, it’s the importance of social connection for our overall wellbeing. We were made to connect with other humans. So find your people and grab some dinner or drinks after work – Charlotte has plenty of breweries and trendy restaurants to choose from.
Or when you’re ready to head straight home after an exhausting day, kick your shoes off, sink into your sofa, and phone that long distance friend that you haven’t had a chance to catch up with for awhile.
Shake it out
We know that exercise releases endorphins, which can help relieve stress and make you feel more cheerful. So if you’ve got the energy after work – try to break a sweat! Charlotte offers a lot of free bootcamps and yoga classes, especially during the summer. And if you’re a runner, you can check out a running club.
Do something for you
How often do you get to do something for you? Just you.
Spending your days helping others is rewarding, but sometimes you need a little “me-time.” Have you been thinking about learning something different or taking up a new hobby? Try a SkillPop class. They offer in-person classes, but some are online – so you can snuggle up with a blanket and try your hand at calligraphy or start strumming a ukulele.
If you’re feeling a little more chill, have your favorite meal delivered and settle in to read a book or catch up on that TV series you haven’t had time to watch.
But if you’re not ready to go home just yet, there’s always the trusty self-care standby – a mani/pedi.
Catch some Zzzs.
Get enough sleep. We hear this, we know this – but we never do. And we get it – life is busy. But getting enough rest is one of the most important things you can do for both your physical and mental health. Your brain needs time to rest.
So establish a night-time routine for yourself. Take a long, hot bath and brew yourself a cup of chamomile tea. And put your phone down at least 30 minutes before climbing into bed – you’ll wake up feeling much more refreshed and ready to take on the day.
Life can be super stressful. Sometimes it seems like it’s just one thing after another. But when we take the time to slow down and be a bit more intentional with our time, we can make a huge difference in our mental health and overall wellbeing.
Be the best RDH you can be – refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready for anything.
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