Taking Care Of You, Self-Care Beyond Sunday
#SelfCareSunday has been a trend gaining serious traction in the world of Instagram and Twitter. As the name suggests, you dedicate Sunday as your day to focus on your physical, mental, and emotional health. But why stop on Sundays? There are several things you can do throughout the week to improve your well-being, and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is here to offer a few suggestions.
Enjoy a Cup of Coffee or Tea
We get it. Mornings are hectic, especially if you have little ones to feed and clothe. But your morning routine doesn’t have to feel like a 400-meter dash. One way to relieve morning stress is to take time to read the news and enjoy your daily cup of coffee or tea. You might have to wake up earlier, but the 5-10 minutes of peace and mindfulness are worth it.
Exercise in the Morning
It’s no secret that exercise is good for the body and mind. But have you tried a morning workout routine? When you release those endorphins at the crack of dawn, you’ll start your day in a better mood and with more energy. Plus, do you really want to fight for a treadmill after your 9 to 5?
There have been many studies that show meditation can improve your health, happiness, and productivity. So, get your Zen on and take at least 10 minutes a day to close your eyes, focus on your breathing, and be present in the moment. Best of all, you can do it anywhere.
If you kept a diary as a kid, it might be time to get back in the habit. Jotting down thoughts, dreams, and the things you’re thankful for can improve your well-being. Research suggests keeping a journal can reduce stress, keep your memory sharp, and boost your mood.
Take a Bath
If you’re more of a shower person, switch up your routine. Put on a soothing playlist, throw some Epsom salt in the tub, and let your daily stresses melt away. Don’t forget about the bubbles, either!
Read a Book
After a long day of work, the couch and Netflix are usually calling your name. For a few days a week, press pause on your binge-watching session and pick up a book instead. After all, reading helps boost mental stimulation, improves memory, and increases knowledge.
Meet with Friends
Life can sometimes get in the way of your social life, but it’s important to make time for a hangout with your buds. Friendships boost your self-esteem, lower stress, and enrich your overall life. Meet with pals at your nearest The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® and catch up over your favorite cup of coffee or tea.
Sleep is the foundation of our well-being. While it’s essential to get enough sleep, it’s even more important to get quality slumber. That’s where sleep hygiene comes into play. It’s all about practicing good habits that lead to better ZZZs. Putting away your phone at least an hour before bedtime is one change you can make. It’s tough, but you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.
Whether it’s music, painting, scrapbooking, or photography, creative outlets are one of the best ways to keep your mind sharp while having some fun. Don’t want to spend money on expensive equipment like cameras or instruments? Take up drawing or writing. All you need is a pencil and paper.