6 Self-Care Tips To Follow In 2017

Since the election, I’ve been overwhelmed by the news.

For a journalist, news is apart of life. Although I’m not interested in reporting on hard news (i.e. crime, politics, etc), I’m surrounded by it on a daily basis. However, it can get exhausting.

When I get overwhelmed, anxious, upset or all the above, I like to provide myself with these self-care tips to boost my mood:

  1. Social Media Break

giphy.gifI’m addicted to social media. I check my phone more times than I can count. According to a digital news report from Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, 46% of people use social media as a source of news.

We can get bombarded with so many information at once, so it’s nice to take a step away from your phone and focus on other things that can preoccupy your mind.

2. Musicgiphy-5.gif

I found music helps me relax and put things into perspective. Research shows music is a effective stress management tool whether you’re listening to classical or a music genre of your choice.

Last year, I decided to create multiple playlists connected to my mood, environment, etc. I find this process fun and interesting to mash up artists/songs together I never would’ve done before. (I’m mostly proud of my R&B playlist and my women empowerment playlist.)

So listen to your favorite artist, a genre or your own created playlist anytime anywhere. It’s bound to put a pep in your step.

3.  Writinggiphy-6.gif

I’ve been writing in a journal for a long time. I don’t remember a moment where I didn’t have a notebook to express myself. Whenever something is bothering me, I take the time to write freely with no care for grammar or punctuation.

As stated by the Huffington Post and explained by Dr. James Pennebaker:

“When we translate an experience into language we essentially make the experience graspable.”

Personally, once an entry is written, I don’t look back on it. I don’t have the desire to revisit what I wrote in the first place.

4. Exercising

Last year, I started to exercise frequently and decided to continue into the new year. When I’m exercising, I’m focusing on releasing negative energy and focusing on the task at hand. Once I’m done, I feel motivated and ready to start my day.

Research has shown that exercising for 3 to 5 times a week for 30 to 60 minutes can provide mental health benefits.

Along with working out at home, I started running alongside my dad on Sundays. It’s a great way to get out and get moving whether it’s working out with a DVD or taking a nice walk.

5. Crafting/DIYS

I love working on art projects. I’m constantly creating vision boards and putting together stories through collected memories (i.e. ticket stubs, receipts, etc.) I find that it’s a good way to pass the time and get creative. There’s no rules but your own.

As stated by Country Living and explained by Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi  during a TED talk in 2004:

“When we are involved in [creativity], we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life. You know that what you need to do is possible to do, even though difficult, and sense of time disappears. You forget yourself. You feel part of something larger.”

My pages can range from motivational mood boards to a positive moment in my life. It’s all up to you. All you need is scissors, images and paper.

6. Replace The Negatives With The Positivesgiphy-4.gifI came across an Instagram story from @beaniegigi that I found interesting and worked well with this post. She mentioned how we sometimes feel overpowered with negativity around us. But where there’s a negative, there’s always a positive right behind it.

She also gave herself a proposition which I want to follow. She said, every time you see a negative post, look out for a positive post and share it. Share positivity so that the next person that’s steering away from negativity can find it.

I found this to be effective because I’m constantly reading and reposting upsetting news, but I find that posting one positive story can brighten up mine and someone else’s day.

I believe hard news is essential, but there’s nothing wrong with a little soft news in your life here and there.

It’s important to know what’s going on in the world, but it’s also important to take care of your mental health. Look at these tips or your own tips as a chance for a temporary escape from reality. It’ll help clear your mind and get ready for the obstacles ahead.

All gifs from GIPHY. Featured Image: Lauren Peng


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