Secret tips for taking care of yourself

By Emily Lidgard, Second year, English

The Croft Magazine // When was the last time you did something just for yourself? Many of us struggle to answer this question. Amid college deadlines, essays, and socializing, this leaves us with little time to spend on ourselves. What are the best ways to eliminate stress and relax?

Yet, figuring out how to spend time for yourself can be difficult; we’re constantly bombarded with whimsical self-care advice ranging from extravagant and exotic skincare to vague, new-age mantras. Rather than browsing through hackneyed habits that most goop-goers would struggle to accomplish, let’s take a look at some of the weirdest, secret self-care tips to feel better instantly.

These natural activities inspire us with a sense of mutual support, a sense of growth and renewal, and a disconnection. | Epigram / Emily Fromant

Dancing

The phrase “Dancing like nobody’s watching” might be a cliché, but it’s a cliché for good reason. Exercise can have powerful effects on people’s mental well-being: studies show that those who participate in daily physical activity have a 20-30% lower risk of depression and dementia. Step away from clinical gyms or aggressive sports matches and spend a few minutes in the morning feeling the music, getting in touch with your body, and getting creative! It is not the self-aware dance performed right out of the night, but rather fresh, loose and alive.

Make an appointment

Consider how much energy we give to our romantic partners or even our friends. Most of us are dedicated to making them happy in an almost semi-religious way with perfectly planned dates. Although it seems strange, try to retain some of this energy and instead refocus it on your own well-being for a little while. It’s about performing the ritual of dating and finding comfort in one’s own company. So go to the theater or the museum, buy yourself some flowers and treat yourself to a nice day.

Withdraw into the natural world

With the massive emergence of the “chalet core” in 2020, who can say that nature is back in a big way? And two years later, it’s obvious that it’s for a good reason. Activities include everything from pressing flowers to growing plants to feeding birds and animals. These natural activities inspire us with a sense of caring, a sense of growth and renewal, and an offline, tangible connection to the environment. Join me to disconnect from the hectic nature of life for an hour or two and discover the world around you on a meditative walk.

The featured image: Unsplash/Jackson David


What are the ways you relax? Let us know!

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