10 Ultimate Tips for Taking Care of You this Year
As we get ready to get back into the daily grind after the holidays, don’t forget to take a deep breath. Sure, you may be taking on way more work than you think you can handle, or you may be worried about that one meeting that you’ve been putting off since last year. But don’t worry, you’ve got this!
It’s easy to forget how capable we are when we start to stress. We always hear about mental health awareness week, prevention month, or advocacy campaign during the year. But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate mental health awareness all year long—especially getting back into the flow of this Spring.
“It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us, in joy we face the storm and master it.”
– Amelia Barr
So what exactly is wellness?
Wellness: The state or condition of being in good physical and mental health.
Celebrating Mental Health Awareness means taking a proactive approach to wellness. It means taking care of the most important person in the world:
Because when you take good care of you, you celebrate your aliveness, and the unique gifts that you have to give to the world. You’re better able to form and maintain relationships, help others, and conquer the year ahead with a well-rested, open mind.
How will you take care of YOU this year?
Self-care comes in small steps. Here are a few ideas:
1.) Start an art journal. You’ll be doing plenty of writing in other aspects of life. Have an excuse to doodle and let your mind wander.
2.) Relax. Buy some lavender and tuck it under your pillow at night. You’ll be amazed how relaxed you’ll feel.
3.) Get outside. Remember that inspiration comes much more easily from the universe than from a search engine. Some fresh air is good for you. It’ll give you perspective on what really matters.
4.) Find a book that interests you, completely unrelated to your courses. It might lead to an epiphany that you least expect. Get yourself in the habit of learning for fun.
5.) Find a role model. Is there someone you admire for taking especially good care of themselves? Notice their habits and remember, imitation is the highest form of flattery.
6.) Cook a nourishing meal. Take a break from the cafeteria grub and make something by hand. Even if it’s just cutting up an apple yourself. Get into the practice of being mindful of what you put into your body.
7.) Practice positive thinking. Fake it ’till you make it. Seeing the glass half-full can be contagious.
8.) Do some yoga and get active. Discover one physical activity where the only focus is aligning your breath with your movement. Yoga is a wonderful resource for accessing the wisdom of your body.
9.) Create a morning ritual. Whether it’s a cup of tea or a morning walk, find one simple thing you can do every morning that centers you for the day.
10.) Reach out to a friend. This includes a friend you’ve yet to meet. Try to find one new person to say hello to every day – in person. Save the e-mails for after you’ve made an authentic connection. It’ll make your heart happy.
And most importantly…
Know the facts and learn about what wonderful resources there are out there, chock full of tips, ways to get help, things you should know, and how to get the help you need.
Learn more through some wonderful organizations, including these (just to name a few):
Mental Health Foundation
Mental Health America
Remember, stress is just energy. So don’t let that energy run your life. Instead, use it to pump yourself out for an epic finish to the year.
What discoveries will you make this year?
Now let’s just focus on keeping our minds, bodies and souls in tip-top shape so we’re truly prepared to make those epic discoveries.
Whether it’s finding healthy food…
Getting out in nature…
Connecting with an old friend…
Or finding the little friends all around us…
Make sure you tell yourself how loved you are…
…And how far you’ve come.
How are you taking care of YOU this year?
All artwork was created by Amy to take care of her own mental health. Learn about her mental health advocacy programs, her art giveaways , and find out how to take part in the #LoveMyDetour movement, striving to create compassion through stories.
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Such great advice. Get outside and find a friend are my favorites, these are so important for me. I love the art you feature as well. so beautiful!
Aw thanks so much!
Thanks so much for the reminder that I need to take care of me. Usually I am so busy taking care of everyone else I have to step back and remember I can’t take care of them without taking care of me first.
us women! it’s so easy to forget 🙂 glad you liked my article!
These are all really good ideas. It’s true that women tend to think of ourselves last and don’t take the time for wellness activities.
It’s never too late to start making time! glad you liked my article!
As a busy mom, I’m pretty terrible at taking care of me. It is going to be more of a priority for me this year. These are great suggestions.
The hardest part is putting ourselves first, I’m so glad you liked my article!
if we don’t take care of ourselves – who will? SO important for us as women
couldn’t have said it better myself, glad you liked my article!
Love of all of these ideas. I think the first step would always be your mind set, keeping it positive is important if you want to be healthy and well! Thanks for the tips!
No prob, glad you like it!
These are all great tips and I really need to start doing some of these. I don’t get outdoors enough in the winter and I need to change that. .
Glad you like the article – nature is definitely a must for me!
One of my goals this year is to take care of me, especially that I am dealing with a health issue. I love all your ideas.
These are great suggestions. I love a little lavender! Your art is awesome too. I am wanting to start an art Bible journal.