Reduce Stress and Refresh Your Mind, Body, and Spirit with These Ideas
It can be hard to focus on yourself when your life gets crazy. Perhaps your spouse is deployed, and you’re shouldering the responsibility of working, taking care of the home, raising children, and dealing with all the household issues as they arise.
But even though you’re busy, it’s important that you stop and take some time to practice self care. It will help keep your spirits up, keep you feeling positive, and give you a burst of energy you definitely need as you face down the next big thing you have to handle.
Try these ideas for self care, and take time out for yourself.
-“Borrow” your child’s coloring books and color a few pages. You’d be surprised how relaxing it is!
-Choose healthier snack options, and encourage your family to make better food choices, too. You can help your service member make good snack choices by sending our April self-care themed subscription box from My Hero Crate.
-Take an extra-long shower and use your favorite and best soaps and scrubs. You deserve it.
-If the weather is nice, take a walk. Bring along a friend or your kids to burn off a little extra energy.
-Visit a state park and go hiking.
-Have a dance party in your living room. Pick out only your favorite songs and get moving.
-Take a yoga class or meditation class on base, or watch an instructional video on YouTube to learn how.
-Go to bed early or on time every night. You’ll be surprised at how much more well-rested you’ll feel.
-Watch your favorite movie or TV show, alone, with no interruptions.
-Utilize on-base hourly child care and spend an afternoon of “you time” doing whatever you want.
-Read a book for fun.
-Get a salon haircut and blow dry.
-Go shopping and pick out something for yourself.
-Volunteer for a cause you support.
-Drink water throughout the day instead of tea or soda. Invest in a nice water bottle that you can carry around with you.
-Try aromatherapy, using your favorite lotions scented with essential oils, like the one in our April military subscription box.
-Pay yourself a compliment every time you have a negative thought about yourself.
-Hug a stuffed animal.
-Take your lunch break outside.
-Clean your bedroom.
-Ban smartphones for an afternoon. Put yours in a drawer and ignore it!
-Spend quality time with your pet.
-Watch a favorite cartoon from your childhood. You can probably find some episodes for free on your favorite streaming service!
-Write your military hero a letter and drop it in the mail.
-Take time off from cooking and order a pizza for dinner one night this week.
-Refresh a room in your home with small upgrades, like a new bath mat in the bathroom, a new set of curtains in the bedroom, and a scented candle for the living room.
-Do some arts and crafts! Try your hand at junk journaling, scrapbooking, painting, knitting, embroidery, and more.
Spread Self Care to Your Loved on in the Armed Forces
Just as self care is important to you, while you’re at home, it’s also important for your military member, wherever they are in the world.
That’s why My Hero Crate is pleased to announce that our April military gift box is full of items that make self care accessible and easy. Your hero will feel their stress melt away, even for a moment, as they enjoy the gift you sent them! And shipping is always free to APO, DPO, and FPO addresses.
Send a monthly care package to your military hero.