Back in November 2021, we offered some practical ideas for self-care routines you could add to your life. We found so many great ideas, we just had to share more!
Let’s face it – stress isn’t going away. In fact, numerous studies show that we are more stressed than ever, and many people are looking for ways to cope. According to Google Trends, the number of searches for “self-care” has more than doubled since 2015. (1) Here are a few easy ways to start prioritizing your well-being.
It’s no secret – spending time outdoors is good for the body, mind, and soul. Improved mood and a stronger immune system are just two of the many benefits of being in nature. (2) Exposure to sunlight, especially during the darker months of winter, can help regulate your internal clock and lead to a better night’s sleep. (3) How much time do you need to spend outdoors to see the benefits? A 2019 study suggested that just two hours a week will do the trick. That time can be a two-hour Sunday hike or shorter trips outside during the week. (4) So throw on your favorite kicks and head outside!
Plummeting temps in Northern climates can make it hard to spend time outside during the winter. Don’t let Mother Nature defeat you! The Koozie® Two-Tone Beanie #26120 will keep your noggin warm and keep you looking stylish. Its double layer of interior fleece is not only insulating but also soft against your head.
For longer adventures, take along the Koozie® Olympus 24-Can Kooler Backpack #16190. It has plenty of room to keep your snacks and beverages cool for a full day of activity at the beach, on the water, or in the mountains. Plus, the padded shoulder straps make it easy to tote around.
Say “Yay!” During the Day
It’s easy to focus on the negative when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Taking a few moments each day to recognize the positive can help shift your mindset. Studies have found that regularly expressing gratitude may help lower stress, lead to better sleep, and even bolster generosity. (5) Try this quick technique: before bedtime, write down three good things that happened to you that day, whether big or small. Do it for several weeks and see how easy it is to reap the benefits of taking time to be thankful.
Turn your weekly to-do list into a weekly “Yay!” list. The Classic Pocket Planner #7999 can easily function as a gratitude journal. Its compact design makes it convenient to carry with you, and it features weekly thought-provoking quotes for some added motivation.
A good pen always makes writing more enjoyable. The Souvenir® Halo Pen #55995 has a comfortable rubber grip for when inspiration strikes, and its InstaGlide™ Hybrid Ink provides a smooth write-out.
Crank the Tunes
Most of us know that listening to some upbeat music can lift our spirits, and science backs this up. Studies have shown that happy music can reduce stress and even boost the immune system. Music therapy is used with the elderly to lower levels of anxiety and loneliness. Conversely, listening to sad music can facilitate a good cry, which can bring about happiness indirectly. (6)
Feeling a little blue or dreading your weekly cleaning chores? Cue up some upbeat tunes and use the Slide Truly Wireless Earbuds and Charging Case #32403 to lighten the mood. They connect wirelessly to a device up to 33 feet away.
When you want to share the love with friends, then the SCX® Design Speaker Light Ring 3W #32481 is a good bet. You can pair two of them for even more jam power. With six hours of play time, the party can last long into the night.
Move Your Body
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health.” (7) The benefits of moving your body are numerous, and the formula for this self-care practice is quite simple: move more and sit less throughout the day. Whether you prefer biking, swimming, gardening, or walking your dog, even five minutes of physical activity can provide health benefits. (8)
An old-school jump rope is a great way to work in some cardio. Ours – the Jump Rope #41050 – has soft EVA handles and is 10 feet long. Tuck it in your suitcase for an expensive way to work out when traveling, too!
When you work up a sweat, cool off with the 4-Color Cooling Towel in Pouch #41086. Clip it to your duffel or backpack to keep it handy for when things heat up.
You’ll find more great products to help you along your self-care journey at kooziegroup.com. And, remember, the goal is progress not perfection.
All information included in this blog post is for general reference purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of a professional.