5 Self-Care Techniques to Help Get Through a Hard Week

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5 Self-Care Techniques to Help Get Through a Hard Week

July 17, 2019

It’s okay to not be okay. Some weeks are definitely harder than others, especially when you are experiencing a lot of stress and/or anxiety. It can be hard to take a minute for yourself when you are feeling overwhelmed, however that is precisely when you should.

Here are five helpful techniques to help you end your week on a positive note.

1. Take 15 minutes each day to do something for yourself

You may feel like you do not have time during your day for you, however even just 15 minutes can make all the difference. Try and identify pockets in your day that you can fit this in, for example, maybe instead of scrolling through social media when you may be distracted or bored, take that time for you! During this time, you can do something that brings you happiness such as dancing, writing, reading a poem, playing with your kids or your pet, or even sitting in a quiet room with your thoughts. Treat these 15 minutes like all the other important things in your life. Put it on your calendar so everyone knows this is your time.

2. Eat something that nourishes your body

When we are stressed, it is easy to reach for processed sugar and snacks that may make us feel better in the moment but can make us feel worse in the long term. Gut health affects our mood and our entire body if we do not take care of it. Eating something that nourishes the body, such as, blueberries, nuts, green leafy veggies can have positive effects on the body.

3. Go Outside

Getting outside can help reduce stress, lower your blood pressure and become more mindful. Studies have shown that being in nature can help reduce fatigue and has lasting effects on your mental health. Even taking a short 15-minute walk can change your day around.

4. Move your body

When you are feeling stressed or anxious, the last thing you might want to do is exercise. I challenge you to think of it not as exercise, but about moving your body. Whether it’s a quick walk, a dance session in your living room or yoga, moving your body helps your all of your internal organs and puts your mind in to the physical being. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it works for you in your routine.

5. Journal – Let it out

Journaling may seem silly and remind you of your childhood, however it is a great way to write down your feelings and the things that are causing you stress. Sometimes writing something out helps us process things, helps us find solutions to problems or just helps us let it out. You don’t need a fancy journal or a technique, all you need is some paper or the notepad in your phone. You only need to write what you need to and that may change from day-to-day whether its five pages or two sentences. Journaling consistently can help you feel better and release what is not serving you.

Self-care may seem like a new age topic only for certain people with social-media worthy photos. But that’s not what self-care is about. Self-care can be ugly; it can be raw and emotional and that’s okay. Taking time for yourself is hard, but I promise you, its worth it.

Confidential help is available for you or someone you know who is struggling. For personal help please see our resources page or visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline site.

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