Self Care Sunday: Activities to help release stress
This edition of Self-Care-Sunday is all about releasing stress through action! Stress can build up in many ways, and sometimes just what you need is to dive into a fun activity or calm down in a warm bath. I have talked to Jill, Clara O., and my fellow interns to see what activities they get into to de-stress and focus on self-care.
For Jill, she says that “based on the day, self-care [activities] could mean taking a spinning class, or listening to a podcast, or napping, or sitting in silence. I try to read some of my Bible every night in addition to a book. Those are self-care practices I like to do to help end the day.”
For Clara O., she says that her stress outlet is running. “I started during the pandemic and I feel this is something I will keep doing in the future. I read a lot too and I feel it’s also a great way for me to “escape reality” sometimes, so it helps with alleviating stress.”
My fellow intern Miriam says, “Whenever I need a self care boost, I love to put on a podcast, YouTube video, or a movie and paint my nails. This is something I used to do in high school as a healthy distraction and I'm so glad I fell in love with it again! I can take a few hours on my nails so it gives me a nice mental break when I need a pick me up and want to feel cute and proud of my work!”
And my other fellow intern Abby says, “My self care activities are crocheting and movies, often at the same time. Both offer an escape and keep me moving but in a calm way, plus at the end you have something to show for it/be proud of!”
And for me, I really benefit from getting outside, whether that be through taking a walk or going to listen to music at the park near my apartment!
Taking time for yourself is important, whether it be through physical activities or more mental ones. Be sure to get into something for yourself!
Clara Busé is a recent graduate from SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design. She has a BFA in Writing and is currently working from her hometown, Atlanta.