Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Quitter’s Circle, a collaboration between the American Lung Association and Pfizer. All thoughts and opinions presented in this post are purely my own.
Time to be honest, none of us are perfect. The truth is that we all have good days, but we also all have bad days. Sometimes the bad days can really get us down and if we don’t do something about it they can be very upsetting. I am a huge believer in not only physical health, but also maintaining a healthy outlook. I know that it is so very important to take care of yourself when you’re having a tough day or even a tough week. The sooner you make yourself a priority, and take time to take care of yourself, the sooner you may start to feel better. But how do you take care of yourself? Here are 11 ways to love yourself when the going gets tough, from time-honored activities to some great newbies you may not have thought about before.
11 Ways to Love Yourself When the Going Gets Tough
1. Call a Friend
Reaching out to a close friend can do wonders for your spirit. Just having someone to talk to or even someone to listen while you vent lets you know that you aren’t alone and there are people who care.
*Bonus Points – Schedule a get together with that friend so you’ll have something to look forward to on your calendar.
2. Read a Book
Reading a book is a great way to be good to yourself when things get tough. It allows you time to relax, unwind and take your mind off whatever is going on. Part of the magic of books is that they can transport us from our everyday lives into the world the author has created.
*Bonus Points – Grab a cup of coffee or hot tea, and wander around a bookstore to find a new book.
3. Go for a Walk or Run
Going for a walk or run is a great way to be good to yourself for two reasons. First, getting in some physical activity is great for your body and your physical health. Second, many people find that walking or running gives them time to think and clear their head.[i]
*Bonus Points – Take it outside instead of hitting the treadmill or gym as fresh air and sunshine may work wonders.
4. Take a Step to Make a Positive Health Choice
Show yourself love by doing something good for your health. If you’re a smoker, choosing to take steps to quit smoking is a positive choice you can make not only for your health, but also the health of those around you.[ii] A great way to start the process of quitting smoking is by reaching out to your friends, family and doctors to let them know that you want to quit. A doctor’s advice and support, which includes counseling and medication, can help double your chances of quitting smoking successfully.[iii] You can also find more resources about how to quit smoking at Quitter’s Circle.
5. Take a Bath
Soaking in a hot bath can help to melt your stress away. So draw a hot bath, leave your phone outside of the bathroom (and on silent), dim the lights, add some mellow music, and just enjoy the feel of the warm water on your body.
*Bonus Points – Add Epsom salts for sore muscles or a fun bath bomb for bubbly fragrance and color.
6. Schedule a Massage
While a massage is one of the more expensive options on this list, it can be an amazing way to show love to yourself when you are having a tough time. Massages are meant to help remove your stress and tension, and your body and mind will thank you too.
*Bonus Points – Two words: Hot Stone.
7. Cook a Favorite Healthy Meal
Take the time to find that favorite, healthy recipe, go to the store, get all the ingredients, and enjoy cooking your favorite healthy meal. Cooking can be both fun and therapeutic, plus you get to enjoy a delicious dinner afterward.
*Bonus Points – Double the recipe so you’ll have leftovers ready for those busy days in your schedule.
8. Write in a Journal
Journaling is an amazing activity for getting everything out of your head and onto paper. It helps release your thoughts and in turn lifts a bit of the burdens you are carrying. Journaling is a fabulous way to be kind to yourself and your emotions.
*Bonus Points – Google bullet journaling – it is the newest craze.
9. Watch Your Favorite Movie
Pop a bowl of popcorn, grab a nice snuggly blanket and curl up on the coach with your favorite movie (or TV binge). Take your mind off of what is bothering you by letting it dive into your film.
*Bonus Points – Make it a double feature.
10. Take a Nap
Why we refused to nap as children is beyond me. Sleep is the body’s time to rest, recover and rebuild, so taking a nap can really help on those tough days when you are feeling drained. A good nap can leave you feeling refreshed and ready to go.
*Bonus Points – If you are truly exhausted don’t set an alarm, just go for it.
11. Grab an Adult Coloring Book
Adult coloring books are all the rage for a reason – coloring is a great stress reliever. By focusing on coloring (stay in those lines) you are taking your mind off of everything else for a bit and allowing it to focus just on the page in front of you.
*Bonus Points – Order a new coloring book so you have more than 1 option.
[i]Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Healthy Places: Physical Activity. http://www.cdc.gov/healthyplaces/healthtopics/physactivity.htm. Updated February 4, 2016. Accessed October 19, 2016.
[ii]Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Smoking & Tobacco Use: Benefits of Quitting. http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/how_to_quit/benefits/index.htm. Updated December 5, 2014. Accessed October 18, 2016.
[iii]Fiore MC, Jaén CR, Baker TB, et al. Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update—Clinical Practice Guidelines. Rockville (MD): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2008.