Self-care has never been more relevant than it is in 2022. Between the pandemic and recent harrowing events, it’s freakin’ tough to keep it all together. Maybe you made New Year’s resolutions last year, only to enter Spring with none of them actually sticking — or achieved.
It’s time to set your excuses aside and prioritize your wellbeing once and for all. Here are some self-care practices to try in order to be your best self in 2022.
Clean Up Your Social Media Feeds
What kind of feeling do you get when you scroll your TikTok or Instagram feed? Good vibes? Bad vibes? Sad vibes? If it’s either of the latter two, you need to give your feeds a spring clean!
The average person spends 144 minutes, or two hours and twenty-four minutes a day on social media. That’s a lot of time and opportunity to be either very positively or very negatively influenced from what you’re seeing and reading.
If your feeds aren’t making you happy, change that starting today! Unfollow contacts that leave you feeling frustrated or upset. Stick to staying on pages that boost your mood and make you feel inspired. It will make a HUGE improvement on your mental health!
Follow a Skincare Routine
Skincare is a fundamental part of self-care. Besides improving the appearance of your skin and addressing any issues, following a skincare regimen gives your life structure and offers the opportunity to enjoy the moment.
Skincare is attached to many senses — touch, smell, and vision. It should be melded into your daily self-care routine to improve your emotional health, and enable you to feel more present. It’s not just about doing the basic stuff. Treat yourself to products with nice textures and scents to truly enjoy the practice of beauty and wellness.
Increase Your Physical Activity
Go outside, get some fresh air, and go for a brisk walk or run. It’ll instantly clear your head, boost your mood, and energize you for the rest of the day.
Exercise is one of those things many people skip, and yet it’s one of the most effective activities you can do for both your mental and physical health. Regular exercising can enhance your mood, increase your energy, strengthen your immune system, and fend off a host of health concerns.
If you’re struggling to get motivated, ask a friend of loved one to join you on your walks or runs. Alternatively, switch on your favorite playlist or podcast, and listen to that as you do your workout.
Think about it. When was the last time you did a good workout? Make the new year the year where that changes.
Unwind with a Bubble Bath
Honestly, there’s really not much a bubble bath can’t cure. Especially if you’re soaking in CBD-infused suds.
Truly’s Mary Jane Bubble Bath contains a skin and mind renewing blend of glycolic acid, vitamin A, caffeine, and 300 mg of CBD to help you soak away stress, soreness, and irritated skin.
Taking a bath is the perfect self-care activity to enjoy some downtime, ease your stresses and soothe your muscle pains, and leave you feeling prepped for a good night’s sleep.
Upgrade Your Sleep
Most of us are not getting enough sleep. In our culture, people seem to think sleep is irrelevant — and they couldn’t be more wrong.
Sleep is ESSENTIAL for getting things done and performing your best every day. You need to sleep in order to let your mind and body recover — which is something it can’t do while you’re working late nights and watching Netflix series until 4am.
If you want to take good care of yourself in 2022, prioritize sleep. Remind yourself that without sleep, you won’t be able to work, live, or be your best.
You can improve the sleeping experience by investing in a few satin sleep treats, which you’ll find in Truly’s Satin Sleep Set. It contains a pillowcase, scrunchie, eye mask, and headband all made of satin — in precious pink — for a dreamy night of beauty sleep.
Carve Out Time For Yourself
Give yourself permission to have time out. You deserve it. In fact, you need it unless you want to end up burning out.
Did your bestie recently invite you to the cinema or on a night out with the girls? Maybe you’ve turned down countless dates over the past few months due to simply being overworked — and feeling like you don’t deserve a break.
Give yourself that break. Say yes to invites. And most importantly: start enjoying your free time!
Setting boundaries, whether at work, with family members, or in your relationship, is imperative. Boundaries are your shield to protect your mental health and overall wellness.
If you notice the people around you affect the way you think, or you always seem to be working much longer than you should, start setting boundaries. Unfollow contacts that don’t bring you enjoy, delete work-related apps off your phone, and don’t be afraid to say “no,” even if it makes you or others around you uncomfortable.
The earlier you set boundaries, the better.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
Everyone, at some time or another, experiences difficulties in life. You don’t need to struggle alone. Ask for help either from a friend, loved one, or professional so you can express your concerns and find some relief from your struggles.
At the end of the day, it’s been a hard couple of years on all of us, and we’re all struggling in some way or another. If you want to be your happiest self, you need to take care of yourself, and that sometimes means reaching out for help when needed. Don’t suffer in silence. You don’t need to.
You don’t need to make big changes in 2022 to start taking better care of yourself. Sometimes, it’s the small switches that make the biggest impact. From detoxing your social media feeds to adopting a skincare routine, upgrading your sleep to asking for help, there are many ways you can take care of yourself in 2022. Start adopting these habits, and make it the Happy New Year you deserve!