Five Simple Ways to Practice Self Care

Well Hello everyone and happy Friday. Since it’s Friday, that means its Five for Friday YEAH. I am joining the ladies from the DC area bloggers Eat Pray Run DC, Mar on the Run and You Signed Up Self for their weekly link up party. This weeks theme is self care. Some of you, may have read my blog from yesterday where I did talk about a more serious form of self care.

Today however, I wanted to lighten up the mood a little bit. So first of all what do I mean by self care? For me, the image that comes to my mind is being in a very zen like atmosphere with the sound of running water and incense burning and doing some yoga poses or getting messages. But self care doesn’t have to be going to a spa to get a massage or taking a yoga class, it can be any activity that you take to care of your physical, mental and emotional health.

“There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by myself.” ~Brian Andreas

I know practicing self care can be challenging, especially if you are busy, and finding the time to take proper care of yourself seems to overwhelming. But if you don’t, it won’t be long before you’re pummeled with exhaustion and you feel like you are operating in a mental fog. And as I said before it doesn’t mean spending tons of money or time. The practice itself can take just a couple of minutes to preform.

Here are five simple ways to practice self care:

1. Do a mini-declutter. I am a big fan of getting rid of clutter, when de clutter I always feel lighter and freer. Unfortunately my husband does not feel the same way.

2. Unplug for an hour. Switch everything to airplane mode and free yourself from the constant pings of social media and email.

3. Get out of your comfort zone, even if it’s just talking to a stranger at the bus stop.

4. Go cloud-watching. Lie on your back, relax, and watch the sky.

5. Edit your social media feeds, and take out any negative people. You can just “mute” them; you don’t have to delete them. This is my favorite one by far. There are people in my life that are so toxic that hinder my ability to practice self care, that I now do not follow them anymore. Toxic energy can be contagious and I do not want to be sucked in by it.

A couple of take away questions. Do you practice self care? And do you like to declutter?

Do you believe in decluttering?

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Originally published at lifeafterheels.net on January 29, 2016.