Self care activities to turn your day around
When you have a bad day, you might find that you want to grab a drink or eat something unhealthy. But these are not healthy habits to have…obviously. And you may be wondering- you’re a nutritionist, why are you talking about self care? Good question my friend.
When looking at the body as a whole, you can eat THE BEST foods in the world. But, if your mindset is in the wrong state you’re still going to feel poorly. Don’t believe me? Negative emotions turn into stress. Chronic stress turns into chronic health issues. So snap yourself out of it with some of the following activities.
Watch Something Funny
Don’t underestimate the power of laughing! If you are having a terrible day, find a way to watch TV or a movie that makes you laugh. Avoid action, drama, and other genres that might make you feel miserable by the end (i.e. the news). Binge watch your favorite comedy on Netflix, or turn on the TV to try something new. Laughing is extremely healing and can quickly change your mood even after the very worst of days.
Get Out of the House
Some people prefer staying inside and watching Netflix for self care, while others already spend a lot of time indoors. If this is you, then getting out to socialize and meet up with friends might be a better option. When you find yourself doing nothing but working and going home, you may simply need another outlet. Try calling up a sister or cousin to have a girl’s night out, or even just go outside and sit to enjoy the fresh air.
Spend More Time with Those you Love
As mentioned briefly in the previous section, spending more time with your loved ones can be great for self care. Many people think being alone is the only way to take care of themselves and relieve stress, but sometimes the best thing for you is being around others. Think about your daily lifestyle and what tends to stress you out. You might find that you feel worse when you are constantly alone, but your mood seems to lift on happy hour night or when visiting your best friend. This is a good sign that what you really need is to get out and spend more time with others.
Meditate For 10 Minutes
On a really bad day, try to have at least a short meditation session. Even if you can’t find a few minutes where you are alone, you can think of other places you might be alone and able to meditate, like when you are going on a walk or run, or while taking a shower. If you don’t know where to start, check out the Headpace app or even just sit and do some deep breathing.
Yes really, color. You know what I’m talking about- all those fancy schmancy coloring books out there for adults. Or, no shame, color with your toddler (like I do). Coloring is a great stress reliever and will absolutely get your mind off of what is bothering you.
Positive emotions have a profound impact on health, so make sure that you start each day with some form of positivity (gratitude, breathing exercises, etc) and end each day in a similar manner.
Denise and I did a live training on stress management last night in our group, which if you’re not a part of- JOIN HERE! Lots of tips, recipes, and help in there with like-minded women.