“Back to school” doesn’t have to translate to falling back into old routines. Yes, there are some unavoidable parts of starting a new school year like waking up early, afternoon routines, etc., but there are also plenty of opportunities to weave in time for self care. When it comes to physical, mental, and emotional well-being, self-care is not just beneficial, but necessary. Carving out “me time” in a hectic schedule has a ripple effect by improving your mood and as a result, the moods of those around you. It’s easy to immediately forget about “me time” when life picks up momentum, but even practicing self care once per week can drastically revamp your mindset.
“Me time” doesn’t have to be anything elaborate or high-budget. The best “me time” is probably an activity that you already love, but maybe don’t get to participate in as much as you would like. If you are in need of some suggestions, here are some favorites:
1) Find a good book and create a reading list.
Beach read season doesn’t have to be over once the leaves start to change. Whether you gravitate towards Danielle Steele novels or the latest historical autobiography, fall is a great time to cuddle up with a warm cup of coffee and a great book. Reading is also super versatile and can be done during any spare moment for some “me time” on the go!
2) Schedule a weekly fitness class with a friend.
Barre, yoga, kickboxing, etc. As our friend Elle Woods once said, “Exercise give you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands.” The best way to combat the loss of daylight during the fall is to get the blood flowing in an upbeat workout class, bringing a friend is an added social bonus.
3) Treat yourself to lunch
… but a sit down lunch. Is it weird to eat lunch by yourself? Heck no! Bring one of those books we were talking about earlier and savor the meal and the pages.
4) Learn how to meditate.
In today’s day and age, there is an app for everything and meditation is no exception. It’s easy to find your bliss with apps like Headspace, Meditation Studio, & Insight Timer. Lower stress levels are only a click away.
5) Start a new pre-bedtime TV show.
Watching TV is a great way to wind down from a hectic day. Let yourself escape into someone else’s life for an hour!
6) Cultivate a garden.
The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of gardening season- invest in some indoor greenery. Air plants and succulents are low-maintenance and will add some vitality to your house.
7) Get a massage or take a long luxurious bath.
With just a little bit of planning and motivation, self care doesn’t have to seem like a daunting task. Don’t let guilt creep in and remember that by taking care of you, you are also taking care of those who need you. As one of my favorite sayings goes, “You can’t pour from an empty glass.” So unplug, sit back, and invest in yourself even when life seems hectic.