The two most important things we need to give ourselves is alone time and emotional release. The extended period of time to ourselves allows us to truly relax and let go. It's hard to enjoy even the smallest moments of freedom when there is a constant thought of one's responsibilities, friends, and work to-do lists. By adding just a few healthy habits into our routine, we can experience relief almost instantly. Creating a simple discipline to nurture our emotional self-care takes a little time and effort.
1. It does not matter if you are doing it behind the closed doors of your room or in an empty living room, get ready to jam out! Tune into your favorite playlist and let yourself loose, allowing your heart and emotions to guide each move, sparing any judgments. Do whatever gets you moving, smiling or brings back joyful memories. Release if an emotion comes up. Through a scream, shout, or even a growl! And after your solo dance party, you will definitely feel like the weight of the world has been lifted.
2. Release your stagnant energy in the form of a workout. Similar to dancing, this includes any type of sport or physical activity such as yoga, kickboxing, workouts, barre, and cycling. Did you know that intense physical activity can also bring emotions to the surface, providing an amazing release and freedom. Even the act of lifting heavy weights, punching or doing sprints on the treadmill is an expression and release of pent-up energy and emotion. Give yourselves just 30-60 minutes of time to get out of your head and into your body. This can instantly relieve the constant mind-chatter.
3. When you read a book or watch a movie, you get lost in another world. You begin to feel like you're a part of the story and you connect with the characters. You often feel as if you are them or personally know them. You feel the ups and downs the characters feel, and essentially go through the same obstacles as they do.
4. There is no “perfect” way to meditate. The fact is that there are so many different forms of meditation. Meditation is extremely liberating, uplifting, emotional, or relaxing experience. It's amazing that just five minutes of meditation a day can lower our stress, blood pressure, anxiety and even help us sleep better.