Self care is a very loved and talked about topic. We all want to live our best lives and be as happy, healthy, and fulfilled as possible. While we may all know a lot about how to spend a self care evening, self care is something we should be practicing everyday, not just on Sunday nights when you have a sheet mask in your skincare drawer. Self-care is essentially caring for yourself. If you are waking up at noon, eating McDonalds for three meals a day, and living life on your couch, you are not properly taking care of yourself. There is a lot out there about how to add touches of self-care to your morning routine or nighttime routine, however that midday hump seems to be left out. Sometimes the toughest part of the day is midday, when you are in the thick of it all and are scrambling to get things done. This tends to be when we go on autopilot and forget to be more intentional with lives. If you would like to add self-care and intentionality to your days, keep reading for these simple tips.
Talk to a friend
I find that most adults do not pour into their friendships as much as they could. As humans we crave connection. It does not matter if you are having the best day or the worst day, your day will be improved if you add connection to it. Talking to a friend feels like a breath of fresh air, it is no wonder kids are always interested in making friends- connecting feels good! Instead of leaving your phone calls with friends for after work, try carving out some time during the work day to catch up with friends. This will add joy and excitement to your day and help you to not wish the day away and get to the 5pm mark.
Take a walk
If you have been following my blog for awhile, you would know that I was OBSESSED with walking during the lockdown. I walked all day long (yesterday I saw my neighbor outside and he even commented on it lol). At first I started walking because I was so bored in the house and thought it would be a nice way to get some air. I soon found that it is extremely meditative and I would look forward to my many walks, especially the walk I would take on my afternoon lunch break. There is something about walking midday that is so relaxing. Usually by midday most people have gotten lost in the stress of the day and are in need of a little relaxation. A walk can reverse the stress and help you to become grounded, centered, and rational. Walking also helps with weight loss and can double as your exercise and meditation for the day. Which brings me to my next point…
Lately I have been really trying to get back into meditation. Whenever I do it I feel lightyears better! It is something that may seem super time-consuming and maybe even like a waste of time, but let me tell you, it is definitely not a waste of time! As humans, we are not meant to experience all of the stress and anxieties that these modern times present. Meditation gets you back in touch with yourself so you can show up in the world in the way that you are intended to. Carve out some time midday to get in touch your mind and body. This can be a short 5-10 minutes meditation if that is all you have time for. If your boss yells at you and you are feeling anxious, instead of cursing at your desk, head to the bathroom and practice breathing deeply. Steady your breath and feel your lungs fill up with air. This will calm you down and put you in a more elevated mood.
Stretching is a quick and easy midday ritual that will do wonders for your health. I love stretching because it gets my blood flowing and my body moving. Stretching also gives me a ton of energy and makes me feel more healthy and capable to take on the day. This is another easy midday ritual that you can even perform at your desk at work. Move your arms, touch your toes, and get your neck nice and nimble. You will be surprised to find how good it makes you feel.
If you are looking at screens all day long there is a good chance your brain feels like mush right in time for lunch. Reading is the perfect midday break in order to keep your brain functioning properly. Social media has killed attention spans, making reading the best way to keep your brain stimulated and able to focus for an extended period of time. I am currently reading Badass Habits: Cultivate the Awareness, Boundaries, and Daily Upgrades You Need to Make Them Stick by Jen Sincero. I love picking up this book midday because it keeps me focused on my goals and the habits that I would like to adopt. Reading a motivational book can serve as a great midday reminder to stay focused on your priorities.
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