2. Switch up your home environment
Now that we are advised to stay at home, we are spending most of our time indoors. When considering improving our health we tend to focus on eating healthy, exercise and sleep. These factors are important but since we spend most of our time at home, it is essential that we also consider our environment and its impact on our health and well-being. A study in the Journal of Environmental Psychology states that a clean space is a key to maintaining positive relationships, reducing stress, and promoting overall well-being.
Did you know that pollutants can accumulate in your house can pose health problems? Light and fresh air play a significant part in creating a healthy home. By opening your windows and pulling back the curtains, you are allowing natural light and fresh air to replace those pollutants.
Another way to create a healthier home is to declutter and organize. Clutter can steal your time, space, energy, and peace and can change the way you feel. Declutter can be liberating as clear out distractions. If decluttering is a challenge for you – like most of us, we would suggest trying Marie Kondo’s tidying method. It is a great way to determine what sparks joy in your life and removing what doesn’t.
3. Get your craft on
As children, we all had art as a subject that encouraged self-expression and creativity. As we got older, we hung up the markers and watercolor pants and convinced ourselves that we weren’t artistic – something not required for self-expression. Creative projects engage the brain on multiple levels such as memory and problem-solving skills. Studies show that the levels of cortisol, a stress-related hormone, drastically drop when we spend time making art. Artistic or not, we all deal with stress. Perhaps it’s time we start to explore arts and crafts as a form of self-care.
There are simple ways in which we can make it part of our daily lives such as using a coloring book, painting or even starting a mini-project like making a photo album.
4. Start journaling
Journaling is an incredible self-care practice. Life can sometimes seem chaotic and journaling can help organize these feelings. Journaling reduces stress, clarifies thoughts and feelings, and ultimately makes you more aware of who you are as a person. The simple act of describing one’s feelings helps people to clear their minds.
The only challenge with journaling is starting. Some people find it easier to begin writing when they are given a prompt. If you consider yourself one of these people, we already created a gratitude journal that can help you get started.
Journaling is probably one of the easiest self-care practices once you have a routine down. It will be most effective if you do it 20 minutes daily. Journaling is not for being critical. Don’t worry about grammar errors and punctuation. It’s just you and words. Look at writing as “me” time to unwind and destress.