Some people think that they have to go outside and explore to be able to find peace and happiness. This just isn’t true. This summer, many parts of the US have had record-breaking heat and sauna-like humidity. To say, staying outside for long periods of time is uncomfortable, is an understatement. With these hot and humid days as inspiration, here are some indoor self-care activities.
Relax and have fun
- Read a good book. A good book can transform your thoughts into another world. When you find a book that has you hooked from the very first page, you just know that it’s a special read. Allow yourself to get caught up in the words and discover a world that you never knew existed.
- Play a game. Card and board games are great for family time or a gathering of friends. It’s always fun to challenge yourself or someone else inside your home to a good old game of War or Connect Four. Allow yourself to have fun during the game and avoid turning it into something overly competitive. My personal favorites are video games. There are many different types of video games and there is probably one that will feel like they created it just for you.
- Start a fun hobby. There’s nothing like a new hobby to stimulate your brain, relax you, and show the world and yourself how much you matter. Find a hobby that looks fun to you and dive in. The time that you spend on this hobby is all time that you’re taking just for you! Affirm how valuable you are by enjoying a new hobby! If you choose a hobby in which you create things, you’ll also raise your self-esteem when you admire the items that you create. Plus, you get the joy of getting to use the items as well, or you could bring joy to yourself and others when you give them away.
- Binge on your favorite show. Sometimes we all need to turn off our brains and turn on the TV. Settle in for a day of watching TV, movies, or just trying to learn the latest dance moves. The easiest way to achieve self-care and to make it happen is to do some of the things that you love. You can easily see that with just a little bit of effort, your time at home can have a positive impact on your day.
- Bake some goodies. Do you consider yourself to be a foodie? Why not put your tummy front and center and spend a day baking up some of your favorite treats? The best part? You’ll get to enjoy the food! Drink your water and sprinkle in some other healthy options, too. Having a well-balanced diet is important for your overall mental, as well as physical health.
I understand that not everyone is a homebody like me. Here’s a challenge; look around the room you’re currently in to see what you can find to do. Is it time to rearrange the furniture? What do you have that you’ve forgotten about stashed in that corner over there - you just might find a way to reconnect with yourself and your home.
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