I was inspired by Will Smith, Yara, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Solange because they are out here showing us how to live our best lives. The weather is heating up we’ve survived the winter and made it to Spring it’s time to relax, have fun, dance , and enjoy life!
I was also inspired by the 6 week ‘Understanding Your Anxiety’ series I’ve been taking at Kaiser every Wednesday. Since my grandma passed my anxiety levels have been crazy. I have been obsessive, sporadic, having trouble focusing, and problems falling asleep.
My life has been changing alot lately. Changes I’m not sure I’m ready for but life doesn’t wait for no one.
Since I’ve been taking the class I’ve gotten alot of questions. I will write a full rundown of the class once the 6 weeks are done but I wanted to share some exercises and practices we go over.
One of the main things we discuss is self care. Recently a friend of mine asked me well what are some things the class recommend for self care?
Self care is such a buzz word right now. It’s trendy and the selling point of most popular brands today. But the truth is it is needed more than ever in today’s society. The amount of time we are investing in front of a screen, engrossed in other people’s lives is unnatural. Also the state of the government is leaving most people overworked, tired, and underpaid. It is not uncommon for people to have multiple jobs, working 80 hours a week and still barely making it financially. It has gotten so ridiculous that most of us have to schedule time to relax. And even while we are relaxing we are feeling guilty thinking about the things we could be doing instead.
Self care isn’t just a pretty phrase it is real. We need to remember to take care of ourselves. Scheduling an activity that relaxes and revitalize you.
Here’s a list of things that can be considered self care:
- Exercise – Moving and staying active for at least 30 minutes has been proven to reduce anxiety. ( Yoga, dance, swimming, walking, exercise classes)
- Healthy Eating – Foods we consume can have a great affect on your body. Eating unhealthy can make us feel more fatigue and sluggish. Eating more fruits, veggies, whole grains, and healthy fats can go a long way.
- Substance Abuse – Reducing or eliminating caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine
- Sleep – A good nights sleep does the body good
- Gratitude – Writing down things you are thankful for
- Enjoyable Activities –
- Go to the beach
- Help other people
- Go to a show, concert, or ball game
- Plan a day trip or vacation
- Play games
- Take a long shower or bath
- Go out on a boat (canoe, rowboat)
- Write poetry, stories, or music
- Visit friends
- Sit in the sun
- Go to a fair, park, or zoo
- Give gifts
- Hear jokes or comedy routines
- Eat a good meal
- Listen to music or podcasts
- Go for a hike
- Play frisbee or catch
- Learn to do something new (take a class or a YouTube DIY)
- Sew or do needlework
- Go to the library
- Be with someone I love
- Do things with children
- Play with pets
- Do volunteer work
- Meditation – Below I’ve added some practices we go over in class, apps, podcasts and Youtube videos
This was just a small part of Kaiser’s Understanding Your Anxiety series. This self care list is from our class workbook. Personally, this class is really helping me deal with daily stress, worry and life changes. I was very apprehensive about taking a group therapy class at first but it helps having other people around from all different walks of life I can relate to on some level. This class is free with my Kaiser health insurance but you can still take the class even if you aren’t a Kaiser member. I strongly advise anyone looking for help to look into taking a Kaiser class. They have classes for everything from Managing Job Stress to Couples Communication as well as individual counseling.
Here’s a link to check the classes out https://k-p.li/2UMAjEm
Friday is Aaron’s birthday so we wildin’ out all weekend!! I’ll fill you guys in next Wednesday. LOL
Happy Birthday BABY!!
Thanks for reading & we’ll talk more next week!