Can you remember the last time you felt this way? Think for a few moments and try to recall the experience.
In this article, we're going to show you how to reclaim that same flow of good vibes quickly and reliably. From getting in the right mindset to practical little habits you can apply to your daily routine to start fresh.
Self-care ideas to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul daily
From your digestion to your mental health and mindfulness! It's all connected. Here are 14 easy ways you can rejuvenate that encompass all of those connected spheres. Yes, you can do so even in a modern society that keeps on serving you jitters.
#1 Eat nuts and bananas
Nuts are a great source of nutrients. So are bananas. They're flooded with antioxidants, help your mind and body recover, and, bottom line, they are super easy to add to your diet. So, next time you go for lunch and meal breaks... Go nuts!
#2 Time for a cold shower
If you haven’t already jumped on the Wim Hof bandwagon - seize this moment. Long story short, he’s an eccentric Dutch that climbed Kilimanjaro in shorts, ran a race across the Arctic barefoot, and held his entire body under ice for 112 minutes.
He did all those feats to help us realize what our bodies are capable of. In the aftermath, he pushed researchers to discover that cold exposure induces epinephrine - a molecule that allows us to feel the energy bursting, helps us deal better with today's hectic world, and boosts our alertness.
Moreover, cold-plunging can help dissolve chronic inflammation, reduce momentary pain, boost our blood flow, and make fatigue symptoms go away. (Source) Sounds like a perfect formula to feel rejuvenated.
#3 Take frequent movement breaks
"Prolonged Sitting Syndrome", a known but yet unnamed sequel of a sedentary lifestyle, takes a hold of more than half of the US population. The average American sits around 12 hours a day. That feels like a lot - and it robs us all of our good fettle and liveliness.
If you want to rejuvenate - and find something that will nourish mental health in a long run - then consider breaking your prolonged seated periods with exercise. Get chair-unstuck at home for a few moments. A walk in the fresh air and exercise breaks are two of the many ways to relieve mental spasms. This self-care ritual will help you fast-charge your batteries and keep you energized for longer.
#4 Rejuvenate the soul with mindfulness
There are various relaxation tips we could have shared. The key to all of them is enjoying the present moment.
So, it's not just meditation. Test out the waters and see whether your mind prefers breathing exercises, guided meditation app, desk yoga, or journaling over mindfulness meditation. Practice daily prayer or simply remain conscious during your walks.
In addition to those, a recent study prompted us to also consider Yoga Nidra as a mindfulness practice. The results showed a notable improvement in the cognitive health of college professors.
#5 Taking a nap improves mental health
If you like short and sweet, and the absence of conscious effort, here’s your remedy when at home.
Power naps are not just quick and easy, they are a window to a whole fresh start to your day.
A Cleveland Clinic's piece states that naps are proven to enhance mood, alertness, reaction, memory, and focus. Therefore, make time and doze off anywhere between 10 and 30 minutes. You'll be well on your way to tackling the rest of your day immersed in jubilant vibes.
#6 Breathe in refreshing fragrances
Awesome news for those of you who'd rather choose relaxation tips! There is a handful of evidence stacked up to confirm aroma therapy can have bolstering effects on your well-being.
The scent of citrus can alter your energy levels and enhance your mood. So make sure you get your hands on lemon, lime, or orange essential oils. If you're under a lot of stress, then oral lavender can soothe your rushing mind. Although not yet backed by randomized control studies, many people report experiencing relief from anxiety, better sleep quality, and improved relaxation.
#7 Go outside and have fun
Keep this in mind - energy well spent produces more energy. Like a perpetual motion machine.
So, time is now! Brush the dirt off of your sneakers and get a deep breath of fresh air.
Walking outside replenishes your nervous system, provides well-needed sunlight exposure, gives you a boost in energy, and fills you with happy hormones. Actually, it’s not just walking. Any outdoor shenanigan you can think of improves mental health and makes you feel jazzed. So please, spend energy outside to receive more of it later.
#8 De-Clutter your life
Clutter is an energy black hole. You need things cleaner. The beast can take two forms - mental and physical. And the more you accumulate, the harder it is to focus on what matters.
It's important to spend time cleaning out the clutter at your home or office. The next time you're feeling stressed, organize your desk. Sort out your to-do list. Get rid of everything that's not helping you to advance your goals and regain control of your environment. Develop a brief cleaning routine.
Keep only the things that help you advance your deeper purpose.
#9 Where is the love?
You need love as much as your heart needs a beat.
Don’t ever forget your daily dose of love. It has the power to heal you from the inside out and you'll feel it like nothing else. Here is a small checklist to make sure you’re getting enough love each day:
- Hug at least one person you hold dear (time and again)
- Tell others how much they mean to you and why
- Write down something you feel grateful about or love
- Share a delicious homemade lunch with loved ones
- Do a little self-care ritual every day
#10 Avoid processed sugars
The idea is to take in what your body really needs. More water and more nutrient-dense foods.
Food habits are a tough one and not something you can change overnight. There's however a simple rule you can slowly implement: lower your consumption of processed sugars as much as possible. They spike your body's insulin as it tries to balance out your blood sugar levels, causing an energy crash.
#11 Drink more water than you think you need
Dehydration impairs your cognitive abilities. It strains your brain, producing mild to intense headaches, creative blockage, and a hell of a bad sensation.
Turns out, up to 75% of Americans are likely dehydrated. Think of what the world would look like if we all just drank a little work water.
It helps to think of water as a supplement. You take it hard and fast, like a pill. Down a cup or two with each break you take - yep, it's even time efficient. As you drink water, you'll also feel in fresh spirits and rejuvenate your mind and body. Source
#12 Kick a bad habit
Smoking, alcohol, doom-scrolling, not sleeping enough, slouching, biting nails, too much coffee - it all adds up to get you eventually. Maybe it's time you find a new hobby and get rid of the life-sucking ogre.
Days without these guilty pleasures, after a while, will produce a sense of rejuvenation - and make you live in a salubrious zest! So, make sure you’re giving your best to get rid of bad habits.
#13 Focus on essentials
Have you ever felt so slammed with work you couldn’t process most things happening around you? Well, it’s possible that this time you got clutter invaded.
Your ability to focus on essentials starts by recognizing you have a choice.
Once you deeply understand that, proceed to scrutinize all the duties you’re endlessly trying to check off.
Then stop, and think - what do you really need to do, and what is just adding fuel to the fire? Finally, slowly start to eliminate and keep the essentials.
#14 Prevent burnout
It’s not actually a way to rejuvenate, but rather a way to avoid the need for hard-core interventions. If rejuvenation is your elixir of youth, think of burnouts as your Grim Reaper monsters - and avoid them at all costs.
To keep it at bay, engage in rejuvenating self-care rituals. Take care of yourself, consistently. Your upbeat verve will thank you for it.
It's not all tips and tricks: Set intention and apply these self care ideas regularly!
At Wakeout we want you to have productive and joyful workdays. Self-care, in the way we see things, is one important pillar to reclaim the flow of good vibes and keep it roused throughout the day.
Another pillar, often neglected or simply passed over, is your intention. A mindset that will make space for keeping up with practical little habits that actually bring change to your well-being. In other words, to reap fruit from these self care ideas listed, find a way to stick to your daily rituals. These tips work, but only if you stick to it.
To start on the right foot, go back to the vision board and find a strong why. Go deep this time. Once you got a good reason to stay committed, make sure you hack the living beep out of the process.
Schedule daily or weekly reminders to take upon practice - just like we did with the healthy work timer. Go back to those pieces of content that spurred your self-care growth. Even better, bookmark this self-care ideas article and come back whenever you feel you're losing track of your mental real estate.
Are you musing over physical activity breaks as your way to bombinate workdays? Well, make sure you know what you're in for!