When you’re juggling school, work, friends, and other responsibilities, it can feel like the easiest ball to drop is your own. But making time for yourself can leave you feeling energized and empowered. Here’s how to take care of you.
- Make an appointment with yourself. Set aside 30 minutes for you to be alone with your thoughts. Journal, take a walk, sit outside in the fresh air—but no phones, no music, and no other people. Start with once a week, then work up to a daily appointment.
- We all know how important exercise is, and stretching as a daily practice can boost its mental and emotional benefits. This is best done first thing in the morning and is critical for those of us who sit all day.
- Get away. Falling into a rut is easy to do, especially when you stare at the same stuff day in and day out. Take a day trip to a new town just to see what it looks like. New views = new perspectives.
- Fix it. Crossing things off a to-do list is so satisfying! Take a little time to finally put away your laundry, listen to that new album, get an oil change, or visit the dentist. It doesn’t have to be fun, but it will feel great once it’s over.
- Splurge! In the true spirit of Donna Meagle and Tom Haverford, the characters on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation who made self-care A Thing, treat yourself. It can be a luxurious purchase (a high-powered hair dryer can cut your morning routine in half), or it can cost nothing at all (eat the entire box of mac ‘n cheese straight out of the pan). Just make sure to enjoy it.