This year I have been focused a lot of self-care. The kind of self-care that forces me to talk better to myself and take care of not only my body but my mind. Because of my new goals, I have read one self-help book this year and am on my second. (Of course I have read more than that but I’m only referring to proclaimed self-help books specifically.) My word for the year even has been “grace”. I chose this word because I wanted to give myself grace for all the things I cannot control and just overall not get stressed out about daily life. For me this is a huge win. I am one of those overachievers that tend to make life hard on themselves because I can never get myself to stop working. And now, it’s kind of a blessing in disguise that I get to claim outdoor adventures as “working”. It’s a win-win. So while I navigate my new surroundings of self-care, I thought I would share some of my new findings with you. This is a work in progress and I am always looking to improve my mental and physical awareness and stamina. This is what it has led to. So here goes…
1. Get physical
I can’t stress this enough. Getting an exercise routine under your belt will absolutely be the best thing for you. I don’t care if you take a walk around the block or join a gym (like I did) but you have to do something. And do something DAILY. Don’t get wrapped up in making it a big deal. Don’t get wrapped up in trying to get others involved. Thats just too hard. Make a goal, crush it and move forward. We all know that physical fitness helps our lives in countless ways. For me, it’s a huge stress reliever.
2. Take a solo-adventure
The one thing about doing activities alone, is that you get the chance to think. You aren’t expected to talk to anyone. You don’t have to come up with anything to say or be forced to be someone else in that moment. You get to be yourself because you are alone and no one around you will care about how you act or what you do. Resist the temptation to make your brain busy by looking at your electronics. Turn them off and make your mind work all on its own. Sometimes it’s nice to even bring a tablet with you in case you want to journal or save those thoughts for later. Even if those thoughts are a list of all the things you have to do that day when you have had some “me” time. Solo-adventures are the best kind because you get to center back to yourself. This may take some practice. This may be hard for you. But do it. Even if only once a month. There is a time and place to take your family on adventures but this is one time you can leave them at home.
3. Unplug while adventuring
Part of doing good self-care is that you need to unplug eventually. I mean, all of us know how important it is yet we rarely do it. Put your phone away while you are on an adventure and you won’t regret it. The only thing I grab my phone for is to take pictures of my surroundings. Turn it to silent, put it in your pocket and don’t touch it unless you have to. You will thank me later.
Forbes magazine said that “Self-care is important to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself as it produces positive feelings and boosts your confidence and self-esteem. Also, self-care is necessary to remind yourself and others that you and your needs are important too” So let’s quit it with the excuses. If you are a happy person, the people around you will be happier. It just makes sense. So why aren’t you doing it and how can you change to make yourself better? Tell me in the comments what you think!
P.S. Are you afraid to go out alone? Do you have a sense of fear doing adventures on your own? I will be easing those fears next time. Stay tuned!