Self-Care Tips for the Modern Millennial
By Ria Shah
The season of love is in the air! While we may focus on relationships with significant others or are planning a night with all of our single friends, there is a special relationship that can often feel neglected. The relationship with ourselves through a bit of self-care. What exactly is self-care? Self-care is the act of taking care of yourself to ensure health and well-being all-around. Everyone has different ways to unwind and re-center themselves. Here are five main areas of self-care that modern millennial should focus on to lead a more mindful life.
When it comes to physical self-care, your focus must be on being active and eating right.
If you feel stressed, take a walk around the block, park, or even around the house. Just get up from your idle position and move. Dance like nobody's watching!
Studies have shown that taking a 10- to 30-minute walk enhances mood, relieves stress, and improves productivity.
Physical self-care can also be something as simple as putting on a face mask or taking a warm shower.
There are times when you need to say “no.” If there is a situation, you are uncomfortable with, allowing yourself to say “no” to activities or situations that aren’t as important as your mental well-being can take a backseat. What you can prioritize is redirecting your focus on an action that will have a more favorable outcome on your mental health.
Part of the Marie Kondo philosophy, from Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, by following your intuition, you will have a sense of contentment and fulfillment. Do anything that ‘sparks joy!’
For example, when saying “no” to drinks with friends on a Friday night, you may choose to spend the night in, alone or with a close friend/significant other binge-watching Netflix.
You should not feel guilty for having emotions and feelings. By allowing yourself to have the power of saying “no,” you are putting yourself first.
Create a playlist on Spotify of all the songs that evoke a sense of positivity or upliftment. It helps release the emotions you are feeling through the songs that you can connect with, so you can move forward.
Put down your thoughts on paper through a journal. Whether it is through poetry, song lyrics, or just random thoughts, writing will guide you in releasing all the emotions you cannot openly communicate.
Every morning/night, write down three things that you are grateful for. Having a list of the things in life that you are thankful for, big or small, will give you something to look back on. Beginning and ending your day with this will help set a positive tone to sleep and wake up.
Spiritual self-care can take on many forms. The main focus is to spend time actively focusing on mindfulness and introspection.
If you are religious, spending time reading your holy text, going to your place of worship, or listening to hymns can instill a sense of calmness and renew inner peace.
Volunteering with a non-profit that is meaningful to you can also feed your soul.
If you are in desperate need of disconnecting from your daily life, opt for a spiritual retreat getaway.
Managing self-care in the workplace or at school is challenging but extremely important.
Use meditation apps, like Headspace, to bring self-care with you on-the-go. These apps are not like traditional meditation with which many people tend to get lost 5 minutes into the session. Meditation apps are guided voice overs tailored for a busy lifestyle, whether you choose to use them on-the-go, or during short breaks throughout the day.
Developing a self-care routine is imperative in one’s daily life. Not only will it help keep you sane and calm when life doesn’t go according to plan, but it will also lead you on a more mindful and brighter life. “When you recover or discover something that truly nourishes your soul and brings you joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.” - Jean Shinoda Bolen