Simple steps to prioritize self-care:
-Say no to things you genuinely don’t want to do.
-Wake up 20 minutes earlier and cook yourself breakfast.
-Do something for someone else (a simple “hey, how are you” text can go a long way).
-Take a mental health day.
-Set boundaries with family and coworkers. (Need a refresher? Read this.)
-Do a face mask or an at-home facial massage.
-Connect with friends—all it takes is a call or text with a close friend to kick off a solid conversation full of laughs, which is an instant way to release endorphins.
-Give yourself an at-home manicure and pedicure.
-Take a walk or go on a run and be in nature (even if it’s just around the block).
-If you belong to a gym or pay for ClassPass, don’t let your membership go to waste. Book your favorite class.
-Try 20 minutes of yoga at home.
-Explore self-pleasure (this vibrator will do wonders).
-Unplug and turn off all notifications while you read a chapter or two from your favorite book or catch up on a show you’ve had on your list to watch.
-Give longer hugs. (Did you know: the average hug lasts three seconds, but to really reap the benefits of the hug, 15 to 20 seconds is what releases that feel-good “love hormone” we all crave, oxytocin.)