Recently, I’ve been learning the importance of “Me Time.” I love my husband a lot, sometimes to my detriment. As a person with (self-diagnosed) generalized anxiety disorder, I tend to stress and worry a lot, and I pour a lot of that worry on Garrett. I rely on him to make things better. But, he’s human, and sometimes, he just can’t fix everything.
I’ve been on a mission to learn more about self care and how it can help to relieve anxiety, depression, and the pressures of adult life. I’m working on independence for the times Garrett doesn’t have all the miraculous answers to my problems. I am on a path to practice more self love. I am working to accept that I already have access to everything I need to create happiness in my own life.
How to Pamper Yourself when You’re Stressed
Giving yourself some Me Time is great for stress relief and self love. It’s sometimes hard when your life is overwhelming and you, like me, don’t necessarily know how to relax. But, here are the simplest ways you can give yourself a little time to stop thinking so much about what’s going wrong in your life.
Take a Nice Bath
This is like the go-to stress reliever. Draw a nice hot bath, put in some smell-good bubbles or essential oils, light some candles, and try not to think of anything for the time you’re in there. Even if it’s only a half-hour away from life, you can leave your bathroom feeling more relaxed and refreshed.
Pour a Glass
A glass of what, you ask? Anything that makes you happy. My guilty pleasure drink is a glass of tea so sweet, it could probably give you diabetes. Try wine, if that’s your deal, or something stronger, depending on the kind of day you had. This is a small, simple task you can do for yourself and it requires practically no work at all.
I’m a sucker for fast food, Everytime I order something from Grub Hub for delivery, or stop by the drive-thru for some fries, I consider it a treat for myself. I’m the type of person who immediately loses the attitude after I eat something delicious. And, no, I’m not sorry about it.
Pet an Animal
There are many sources that discuss the mental health benefits of owning a dog or cat. Spending a few minutes each day petting your furry friend can relax you and help you learn how to relieve stress. These little guys want nothing more than for you to be happy, so when they want to cuddle, let them fill your life with their infinite adorableness!
Move Your Body
Yeah, I know people can’t always gather the motivation to get up and exercise when they’re stressed, but I promise you, it helps. Getting up to walk around the neighborhood or searching for a yoga video on YouTube can help you take your mind off your stressors and pump up those endorphins. Start slow, and add more activity as you see fit.
Stop to Breathe
I used to roll my eyes when people told me to just stop and breathe when I was stressed. But, now, I’m an advocate for it. When you’re stressed, you can sometimes have shortness of breath and cause your lungs to not get enough oxygen. I use the 5-5-5 method. Breathe in for five seconds, hold the air in your lungs for five seconds, and then breathe out slowly for five seconds. This method causes you to slow down and make sure you’re getting enough air where you need it. If you feel so inclined, you can take this practice and incorporate it into your relaxing yoga exercise.
Write in Your Journal
I am a strong advocate for writing your thoughts down on paper. Sometimes, there are things I wish I could say to people (or God) that I wouldn’t dare utter out loud. That’s where my journal comes in handy. I write down my most raw, uncut feelings and no one ever has to read it. But, now, at least it’s not pent up inside my mind. Thoughts that just fester can be dangerous if not handled.
It sounds silly, but I read online that smiling, (even if it’s fake), can raise your mood. The muscles required to make that smile on your face can help improve your mood, and kind of trick your brain into thinking it’s happy. Don’t knock it until you try it!
Get Connected with Some Friends!
Spending time with friends can also be considered Me Time. Or, if you’d rather stay in bed, get connected with people online, like finding me on Twitter and Instagram, or subscribing to my blog! I’ll see you there!