When’s the last time you took a moment entirely to yourself? It’s so important to remember to take care of yourself...both your mind and your body. If you’ve fallen a bit behind, though, not to worry - here are some simple and fun ways to slide back into your self-care routine!
1. Get out there
This is one of the most effective ways you can recharge, get yourself a little exercise, and get back in tune with your thoughts. If you have any outdoor spaces nearby, or even if they’re not all too close, make sure to take some time to relax in nature. Whether it’s at the beach, in a forest, or just your local park, exposing yourself to green spaces has proven benefits like improving your brain’s functioning, increasing prosocial emotions like generosity, and strengthening your attention span.
2. Practice yoga
Yoga isn’t just good for your body. It’s the perfect way to practice mindfulness - the mental state you can achieve by focusing the entirety of your awareness on the present moment, and calmly accepting your thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations as they come to you. Practicing mindfulness is one of the best ways to recharge your mind, clear out some of the clutter and enter the new day feeling cool, calm, and collected.
3. Get creative
No matter what you may be into - making art, singing, dancing, writing, crafting - finding the time to practice self-expression in some creative form is a fantastic method for recharging and recalibrating your mind. You may be surprised to find what emerges from your creativity...oftentimes, thoughts or emotions you didn’t even know existed pop out. Once you’ve acknowledged them, they’re a lot easier to understand and make peace with.
4. Make a meal
This may seem simple, but taking the time to make yourself something you love - it doesn’t matter what it is - can be a great way to practice self-love and recalibrate your mind. Cooking can be a monotonous activity, especially if you do it often, but remember that it can also be an act of love, joy, self-expression, and connection. Make this a special moment for yourself! Light some candles, put on some music, whatever brings you peace and happiness. This is a moment you’re taking entirely for yourself...enjoy it.
5. Write it down
Journaling is an amazing tool for self-inquiry and self-expression, and it can help you uncover many things you may not have been aware of before you simply got it down on paper. When you take the time to journal about past events, current worries or stressors, future fears, and whatever else may be on your mind, you are also allowing your brain important space to process events and more fully understand your narratives - the stories we tell ourselves about our identities and experiences. Journaling about your narratives is an exercise that’s actually rooted in the psychological practice of narrative therapy.
Narrative therapy helps people to shift their perspectives by identifying the stories they've been constructing their identity and experiences around. It then introduces alternative points of view so they can reevaluate and shift those narratives - a practice referred to as re-authoring or re-storying. This practice is an essential tool for finding lasting and sustainable happiness in your life, which is why the karuna school of happiness utilizes many of the practices and principles of narrative therapy when guiding our scholars through their transformational karuna journeys.
Karuna journeys are in-person workshops that empower employees to reimagine and reclaim their own personal story of happiness. Karuna journeys combine evidence-based principles like positive and narrative psychology with ancient Eastern wisdom like Aryudveda and Indian healing music to provide life-changing experiences. Please, sign up for our newsletter so you can be the first to know when our transformational karuna journeys will be ready to reignite creativity, inspire hope, and provide the tools your team needs to enjoy true wellbeing, both at work and at home. Happiness lives here. Welcome home.