5 Simple Ways to Treat Your Mind + Body

Posted in Health
on August 15, 2016

BB82216_5 Simple Ways to Treat Your Mind + BodyYou’re having a rough day/week/month or year (cue Friends theme song) and you’re looking for an easy way to treat yourself and reset your mind and body to make you feel better. This can be easier said than done because you want to default to watching Netflix and lounging around on the couch. While this is okay is some situations (see tip 1) there are many things you can do to help your mind and body when you’re stressed or overwhelmed.

Leave a comment below telling me how YOU treat/reset your mind and body when you’re stressed.

1| Self-Care Power Hour

I’ve been trying to incorporate self-care into my weekly routine. When I need a break and need to treat myself, I set a timer for an hour and spend time doing things I love that help me to unwind. Most of the time this includes putting on a face mask, reading, writing in my journal, or stretching. Treat yourself to whatever will help you relax, and treat your mind and body.

2| Get Outside

I think my readers are sick of me talking about the benefits of going outside. Hear me out. I’m not even recommending you have to workout when you’re outside! It can be as simple as sitting in the park, or in your backyard. As long as you’re getting a little fresh air, you’re doing wonders for treating your mind and body—especially if you’ve been stressed out.

3| Declutter

I’ve been decluttering my closet hardcore for the past few months. Every few weeks, I’ll go through my clothes/shoes/accessories and pull items that no longer fit my style, or clothes I won’t wear again. I’m hoping to collect three bags to sell before taking a trip up to my local shop. This has done wonders for my mental health. A clean, organized space helps keep your mind in check.

4| More Water, Fruits & Veggies

It has been life-changing to simplify my diet. I only drink one cup of coffee each morning, and the rest of the day is water only. I also keep a simple diet consisting of mostly fruits, vegetables and rice. I’ve been happier and I feel incredibly healthier than before. I’m hoping to continue with a simple, healthy diet because it’s treating my body to be the healthiest it can be.

5| Breathe

When it doubt, breathe. Whenever you truly want to give your mind and body a treat and reset, take several deep breaths. If you can, try to meditate for at least five or 10 minutes a day. I’m not disciplined with this yet, but I’m working on meditating at least once a day to reset my mind, body and soul and give it a treat when I’m feeling stressed out.

How do you treat your mind and body when it needs a rest during a stressful week? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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  • I LOVE that you call it a self-care “power hour” and think that is a great method to practice. I also like that you mentioned setting a timer, because too often my hour turns into 5 hours of netflix and not getting anything done, haha! All things in moderation, I guess!

    • Exactly! That’s where my head has been with self care. Before, I would treat myself to catch up on YouTube videos. Five hours later, and I would feel lazy and lose motivation for the day. Now, I schedule the time, and make sure I continue on with my routine for the rest of the day/night!

  • I try to get outside as much as I can because I work from home and there have been days when I don’t leave the house! It is so important. I also love #5.

    • Always make sure to leave the house! Even if it’s to spend 10 minutes outside to enjoy your coffee and breakfast in the morning and enjoy the peace and quiet! Thank you for your comment!

  • These are great tips! I’ve been getting outside a ton this summer and it’s really made me more emotionally healthy! <3

    • That’s so wonderful to hear, Susannah! The more time I spend outside, the more mentally and emotionally content I feel! Glad we’re on the same page with this!

  • YES to every point on this list, Kiara! Once again, you’ve gotten down to the goods. Love how you focused on “power hour”! I think that’s a great way to make sure you’re getting your self-care time in. I’m going to do that!

    • Thank you so much, Summer! I think having a power hour is great because I can easily schedule it in my routine without it taking away from other responsibilities.

  • Taylor Smith

    Great thoughts, girlie!! Those are great tips.

  • Jannine

    Great list. I like to have my girly time and do a face mask and hair mask once a week. I also like to center myself walking the dogs up a nearby mountain.
    xo Jannine |Happy Stylish Fit

    • Thank you, Jannine! I think having time for a pamper routine is the perfect time for some much-needed self care!

  • Valerie Vanderheiden-Rath

    I was recently diagnosed with anxiety so I have been learning different forms of self care. When I am stressed I usually like to color in an adult coloring book, do 15 min. of yoga, or use some relaxing essential oils in my diffuser.

    • I’m sorry to hear that you suffer from anxiety. It’s quite a burden on your daily life. As someone who also struggles with this, I think it’s great you spend time with activities you love and enjoy. If you ever need anything, please let me know!

  • Allie Bigoness

    I love fruits and veggies! It’s so important to make sure you have enough, I know it can be tough cause I definitely don’t get enough but I always try my best.

    • I think we always focus on carbs and protein in America, but I love that the heart of my diet is in fruits and vegetables (and I’m not even Vegan). Thank you, Allie!

  • Heather Gullett Denniston

    Really good choices. We all know them and forget them, right? Great reminders.

    • Thank you, Heather! I’m happy to know you’ve enjoyed reading!

  • Your lists are always dead on to what I do or need to read! I always start with decluttering and tidying my space. If that does not help enough, I get outside or find a project to help focus my mind. Thank you for sharing another great list!

    • Your comment was so appreciated, Erin! I love that you’re always around to read my posts; you’re so sweet! I’m happy to hear you’ve enjoyed reading this. Go treat yourself to some self care 🙂

  • These are all great! Self care is so so important.

    xoxo, Jenny

  • Sarah Jean

    All great ways to refresh the mind and body. I also like to take a relaxing bath!

    • That’s an awesome way to set aside time to treat yourself. Self care is an important part of my routine.

  • wonderful tips for relaxation and refresh 🙂 thanks for these!

    • You’re welcome, Tianna! I’m glad you enjoyed reading this post!

  • Great tips! I really love the one about getting outdoors! Even if you just sit and watch the sunset or look at the mountains in the distance, it can be so calming! 🙂

    • Thank you, Cara! It is very calming. I haven’t watched the sunset all summer, which is quite sad considering it’s one of my favorite things. I’ve been outdoors most after work or early in the morning on the weekends, so I haven’t been out that late.

  • I agree with you on going outside, even the worst day ever can get a little better if you get outside and soak up some Vitamin D. Also I love your social media buttons on here. 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Jessica! And I think Vitamin D is such a underrated form of medicine! My stress reduces instantly when I’ outdoors and enjoying nature.

  • well great minds… I posted about this topic today too! We’re very much in sync with our thoughts.

    Getting outside, eating well and enjoying down time are key for relaxing my mind!

    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

    • I’ll have to check out your post as well! Eating a balanced diet is huge for me as well!

  • Lauren Norton

    This is all SO TRUE! I love that you included breathing in your list. It is so important to breathe. I forget to do that a lot. I find that taking a relaxing bubble bath with some candles, calm instrumental music, wine, and a good book is a great way for me to reset and breathe.

    • I love breathing and listening to soundscapes like a summer thunderstorm while I have a face mask on for 15-20 minutes! It’s so great because I can set aside that time to truly focus on breathing since I can’t do much else!

  • Getting out amongst nature and taking a walk alwats helps me feel a million times better!

    • Walking is personally my favorite way to spend time outside! I walk and run 4 days a week and noticed a huge difference in my stress levels!

  • Great tips! I feel like I need to get outside more and enjoy nature. That always relaxes me.

    • It is a wonderful way to relax and unwind! Enjoy the outdoors as much as you can!

  • Awesome tips! Decluttering really does make a huge difference. I need to set aside some time for it soon!

    • I think it’s so important to set aside time for this because then you have it set in your schedule (just like a doctor’s appointment, interview, etc.)

  • Bree

    #2 is my favorite, being outside always refreshes me and helps my mind to reset.

    • I personally love it! Especially when we live in a world where we are always at a desk, in an office, or inside in general. Going outside is such a great change of pace.

  • These are great reminders and we all need them. I am going to try to sit outside today and read a book 🙂 xoxo


  • Lisa

    I’m trying to do all of these things. Stress caused me to have all kinds of health issues last year and trying not to repeat it, ha.

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