Between the many events happening around the world right now, you’re probably feeling a little fatigued. But in moments of crisis, it’s important to remember to take care of yourself and take the time you need to recharge your batteries so that you can go back out and continue doing your work to your fullest capability.
With that in mind, I’ve decided to round up a few self-care resources and tips that have helped me over the past few months.
Get Some Exercise
There’s nothing quite like the endorphin rush that comes after a sweaty workout sesh. Whenever you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, take a break and sneak a workout in. It doesn’t even have to be too long — even 15 or 20 minutes of cardio can help get your blood flowing, your heart pumping, and your endorphins rushing.
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that I’ve made it a personal mission to make meditation a part of my regular morning routine. Even if you can only dedicate five minutes or so to let your mind rest, I think it’s a really important thing for you to do. Meditation really allows you to zone out and take some time to center yourself, no matter how hectic your life is. I personally enjoy using the Balance app; others include Calm and Headspace.
Go Out Into Nature
If you live in a big city and haven’t seen endless stretches of trees for awhile, I highly recommend it. I’m so lucky to live in LA, which is within driving distance of beautiful hiking trails and national parks, but you can get out into nature no matter where you live. Breathing in fresh air and going even a day without seeing towering buildings can work wonders for your mental health.
Now more than ever, your mental health should take priority. Whether you see a therapist IRL or virtually, having someone help you sort out your thoughts can be really beneficial. You can look for a virtual therapist via apps like Talkspace, Betterhelp, and Amwell; check out this list for a few more options, including couples’ therapy, therapy for teens, and more. Bon Appetit also compiled a list of virtual mental health resources for Black folks to help during the protests and uprising of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Indulge in Some R+R
Of course, as the founder of a skincare brand, I firmly believe that one of the best ways to take care of yourself is to indulge in a little beauty-fueled R+R. Whether you’re masking your hair or face, taking a bubble bath, doing a body scrub, or anything else, take some time to pamper yourself. You’d be amazed how much of a difference those 10 minutes of you time can make.
What are some ways that you take care of yourself? Let me know in the comments below!