When was the last time you indulged in an act of self-care? If you can’t remember the last time you did something just for yourself, it’s time to change that. Self-care is more important than most people realize. We all need to relax and recharge sometimes, but many of us forget to care for ourselves in between taking care of other people. Start with these 5 After Work Rituals.
Here are '5 After Work Rituals' you can apply today.
Write in a Journal
If you ever feel like your mind is racing or your thoughts are all jumbled inside your head, writing in a journal will help. When you get into the habit of putting a few sentences down on paper every day, you’ll feel calmer and more collected.
You’ll start noticing patterns in your life as well. Find a notebook and a pen that feels good to write with, and try unwinding from work by jotting down your thoughts for ten minutes. There’s a little freebie at the bottom of this page to get you started. ⤵️
Walk your dog
Ok, so not everyone reading this will have a fur baby to walk. But this has to be my #1 unwind activity of the day. I call it my moving meditation or unplug out of my life into someone else’s by listening to a podcast. If you don’t have dog to accompany you, ask a friend or just move your body. Walking, running, swimming anything other than usually a long day of sitting at work will help your mind as well as you body. Aim for 3o mins if you can.
Read a book or magazine
When was the last time you got lost in a good novel or thumbed through a magazine? Me, probably before social media took over, free time! Reading is a great way to escape your day-to-day life. Treat yourself to a bookstore visit, or swing by your local library on your way home from work. Set aside half an hour every evening to enjoy the books you bring home.
Meditation isn’t just some esoteric art that only monks practice. Anyone can learn to meditate, and it’s an excellent form of self-care. There are lots of different types of meditation you can choose from, and you can meditate for any length of time, whether you’ve got five minutes or half an hour. If you’re a beginner to meditation, start by sitting down in a quiet place, closing your eyes, and focusing on your breath for ten minutes (set a timer). Try to do this every day. Over time, you’ll find yourself getting distracted less – and feeling more centered in your day-to-day life, too. 🙏
Tell Someone You Care About Them
Sometimes the best way to care for yourself is to connect with someone else. Humans are naturally social – we need love and friendship to stay mentally healthy. If there’s someone in your life you haven’t talked to in a while, call them up just to say hello. If you live with a spouse or kids, tell them how much they mean to you.
Self-care isn’t about expensive spa days or shopping trips. In fact, the most effective self-care rituals tend to be the simplest, and they’re often free. When you come home after a busy day at work, use these ideas to recharge and reconnect with yourself. Use this FREE 31 Page Journal to get you started with your post work Self Care Ritual.