Recently I have been focusing a lot on my overall wellbeing. As I'm approaching the end of my school year, and therefore finals, stress is mounting. Times like these it's easy to forget to take care of ourselves, though they're also the most important times to do it. Here are the top three things I have been to look after myself lately.
The past couple of weeks, I have started a guided meditation program with Headspace, which I've been doing (almost) daily. I first read about this web site/ app on Lulu's blog Berry Diaries. I've been really wanting to get into meditation, but often my body and mind both become restless, and I give up before really achieving anything. So starting with a ten day program of guided mediation for ten minutes a day was a perfect way to ease into it. I've now moved onto Take 15, the next program doing fifteen minutes for fifteen days, and am very excited!
My current schedule is probably the most inactive one I've ever had, and my body was definitely feeling the difference. At first I was hesitant to join a gym, but eventually decided it was too important not to. I've actually become one of those people who enjoys working out. It's amazing how much better I feel when I'm more active.
I also recently attended a yoga class at Blue Cow Yoga. The class was physically challenging yet relaxing, and I just overall got a good vibe from my surroundings. If I could afford to continue after the first free class I definitely would! (And if you can I would definitely recommend them).
I have been keeping journals for many years. It is always a great way to check in with myself and sort out thoughts that seem blurry and confusing as long as they're only in my head. When I notice that I haven't been writing for a while, it is always a sign that there is something wrong and I need to check in with myself.
How do you take care of yourself in times of stress?