We don’t want to be flip here, but today feels pretty scary. And when things are scary it’s normal to want to build a blanket fort and hide from the world.
Whatever your opinions about Trump, Clinton and the election, it’s been a long and draining election that’s left a lot of people feeling world weary.
With such seismic change about to take place, it’s nowonder that we’re hearing reports of elevated stress levels in people all over the world.
So for those of you who are feeling battered and bruised by today’s news, here’s a list of a few little ways to take care of yourself.
1. Circular breathing
You’ve probably heard people going on and on about how breathing is a game changer, and for good reason.
Try focusing for a few minutes on breathing in for a count of five, and breathing out for a count of seven. It’s something little that doesn’t cost anything, but helps you to focus on your own needs.
2. Have a cup of tea or a glass of water
Get up from your desk and wander over to the kettle. Make a cup of tea, get a glass of cold water.
The drink isn’t so important, it’s the act of taking a couple of minutes away from your desk to have a breather.
3. Take a little walk
Whether it’s getting off the bus or train a stop early or just walking to the end of your road and back, make a conscious choice to go outside and walk without purpose.
It’s not about getting anywhere, its about carving out a little time to move your body and breath some air.
4. Blanket on the sofa
Sometimes what you need is a sofa and a blanket/duvet. Getting warm and comfortable and purposefully doing nothing is good for the soul.
5. Watch TV
Sometimes we just need to be taken out of ourselves for a bit, and TV is a great way to do that. Whether it’s back-to-backing a Netflix show or re-watching a favourite film you’ve seen a million times, it’s the exact distraction you need.
6. Do something funny
Laughter genuinely is good for the soul, and because the internet exists it’s not hard to find something to at least make you smile. We like this and this.
7. Change your sheets
There are few things better than getting into a freshly made bed, with sheets that smell like laundry. It’s a task that lots of us put off, but it only takes a few minutes and when it’s done it’s more than worth it.
Upgrade this to a super self care tip if you combine clean sheets with an early night.
You’re carrying tension in your body – take a moment to roll your shoulders, raise your arms, stretch them out and open your chest. Try to do this every couple of hours when you’re at work.
When you get home you can upgrade this by learning a few basic yoga moves (there are oodles of tutorials on YouTube) to do before bed.
9. Practise mindfulness
Mindfulness can seem like a bit of a foreign concept, but all it really means is achieving total focus on the present.
Most mindfulness experts recommend starting but focusing on your breathing, the sensation of air coming in and out of your mouth.
10. Listen to a really great song
Music is an incredible mood elevator. Pop on a playlist full of songs you might have forgotten about, or discover a whole new favourite album.
11. Have a shower/ bath
Often when you’re feeling rubbish it’s temping to wallow in your own grossness. If you can, running yourself a bath or having a long hot shower will always leave you better than you did before.
Best case scenario? Combine a long hot bath with clean sheets, a great movie and bed.
12. Text someone
Maybe it’s a grandparent, maybe it’s a friend you haven’t seen for a while, but text someone you don’t talk to every day and tell them something that’s going on with you. Ask about their life.
You don’t even have to make plans to meet up, just get interested in what’s going on with them and see how good it feels.
13. Eat something yummy
Eating is important, especially if you’re feeling low. A fruit packed smoothie, hot soup with great bread or just good old fashioned chocolate. Treat yourself to something delicious, whether it’s indulgent or not, and allow yourself to really enjoy it.
14. Turn your phone off for an hour
However simple it might sound, going an hour without tech is actually quite a big ask. Switch your phone off (yes, off. Not airplane. Not silent. Off.)
You’ll find yourself reaching for it intermittently, but avoid the temptation and you’ll feel yourself start to slowly unwind.
15. Cook something simple
Chopping an onion, slicing garlic, stiring a pot. As long as you keep it simple and easy, cooking is total therapy.
Put some music on, spend time in your nice warm kitchen and ignore the rest of the world whilst you create something delicious.