We are coming up on Mental Health Awareness month in May, so there is no better time to talk about things you can do to keep you mentally and emotionally healthy. Our weeks can be filled with go-go-go and if we forget to pause, our mental health can suffer. Here are 10 tips on how to treat yourself right.
- Schedule the time for you! Number one, and most important, is to block out the time to do something that will recharge and re-energize you. When it’s on the schedule, you’re less likely to put it off.
- Friend time. Friendships require intentionality. So, not only will this help in your friendships, but what a fun time to spend catching up over lunch! Maybe add an Escape Games adventure to it? This is a win-win.
- Take a hike. The fresh air of the outdoors will do anyone good. Whether it’s picking blueberries along the Mount Watatic trail or a day hike at Moore State Park—there are plenty of options.
- Reading in a neat café. Whether you grab a book from the library or one from home that you haven’t had a chance to read yet, take it with you to a Brew on the Grid or BirchTree. You may even find some cafés that have books available. Tucked away in a cozy nook, reading, while sipping on tea—doesn’t that sound relaxing?
- Listening to local entertainment. Check to see if there are any local coffee shops that have live entertainment. A fun vibe and atmosphere can soothe the soul.
- Visit a museum or go to a festival. If art or history is your thing, check out the latest exhibits at the museum. If not, who doesn’t enjoy a good festival?
- Massage. If there are any massage schools in your area, they may have a student clinic who offers massages at a very reasonable rate. Check it out.
- Mani/Pedi. If available, locate a cosmetology school in your area that has an operating student salon and get a mani/pedi at a reasonable rate. If you are not the type to have your nails done, after a luxurious bath, file and buff them yourself. Throw on a clearcoat or a brand-new shade as a bonus.
- Weekend Getaway. If you have a friend or relatives you haven’t seen in a while who lives a couple hours away—maybe now is a good time to visit. If not, check for weekend getaway deals on Groupon.
- Book a night in a 4-star hotel. Who says you must go out of town to stay at a hotel? Find a 4-star in your area that serves breakfast and spend a night away from home. Lay in bed and have an indoor movie night (or morning).
Depending on your budget, time available and stress-level will help in determining the treat. Just remember, taking time for you is not only important—it’s necessary. Have Fun!