In the spirit of Thanksgiving, you may be especially inspired this month to show your friends and family your gratitude, but be careful not to neglect yourself while sharing such kindness. Below are a handful of ways to thank your mind, body, and soul – for being so great!
Spas can be expensive, but it’s totally possible to carry the calming, unwinding aura of a professional salon into your own home. Check out some recipes for easy face masks that you can whip up from household ingredients such as honey, oats, lemons, or eggs. If you have an hour or so to yourself, a hot bath is equally soothing for the body and spirit. Pour a glass of wine or cup of tea, crack open that book you’ve been meaning to read, and enjoy a soak with salt or bubbles.
Hit the Kitchen
Instead of going out to the same restaurant or eating whatever you always make, why not experiment with a nutritious new dish? Cooking and baking are highly therapeutic activities, rich in physical movement, cognitive processing, and creative expression. If the mere thought of setting the stove feels more like a daily chore, recall that for this purpose, your goal is to nourish only one. The Internet is teeming with recipes from every corner of the world, so browse Google based on your preferences. Put your tastes first, share second!
Do What You Love
Everyone has a hobby or interest they wish they could devote more time to – be it painting, knitting, woodworking, collecting, gardening, reading, or anything else along these lines. Set aside a specific afternoon or evening for whatever makes you happiest and most relaxed. Turn off your electronics, focus in, and get into your flow. Or, embrace lifelong learning and seek out a new hobby!
A tidier home is psychologically linked to a clearer headspace and can reduce stress and anxiety, encourage healthier habits, boost productivity, and improve relationships. Although it doesn’t sound like a treat initially, clean now and your hard work will be appreciated, in the long run – by you! Accompany the decluttering with your favorite upbeat music playlist. Another way to thank yourself fundamentally is with a good night’s sleep. Hit the sack early and indulge in aromatherapy before bed with candles or a salt lamp, which can be purchased for as little as $20.
Write Yourself a Note
There is no way to say thank you like quite literally saying “Thank you!” While this one may sound silly at first, putting pencil to paper is a tangible way to celebrate your value. List off your most admirable traits and proudest accomplishments, and any other positive affirmations, then tuck the letter into an envelope to return to whenever your self-esteem wavers. The lasting token is a reminder of just how capable you are of loving yourself.
So, what do you think? Do you plan to give any of these self-care activities a try? Or do you have any personal strategies we forgot to mention? If so, share your story with us!
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