17 Ways Widows Can Rejuvenate Their Body + Mind + Spirit
- CREATE A WIDOW SELF-CARE KIT
Keep a box full of things that make you feel good. These can be photos, books, music records, your favorite recipes. I have a whole collection of essential oils, my favorite candles, music, and recipes in mine. Reach for your box whenever you’re in need of some self-care and if you don’t have time to practice it, schedule it in!
- GO TO SLEEP EARLY
Some of the things we hated doing as children, we love doing as adults- like going to sleep early and getting more than 6 hours of sleep.
- TAKE A NAP
Nothing is more refreshing than a midday nap. It’s not something that most of us allow ourselves to do often. Don’t make it too long though- keep it between 15-20 minutes.
- DIGITAL DETOX
Spend an entire day without your phone, computer, tablet, TV. Think of some of the things you loved doing as a kid, that didn’t involve electronics.
Watch something silly, funny; stand-up comedy is one of my favorite ways of cheering myself up.
- TRY THE POSITIVITY DIET FOR WIDOWS
Eat slowly, enjoy every single bite, let your body catch up to your brain, focus on taste, consistency, different textures.
- LISTEN TO CALMING MUSIC
Listen to something you usually wouldn’t listen to, discover new artists, new songs, new sounds.
Write out everything that’s on your mind. Just write. What are some of the things you hope to accomplish? What makes you happy? What are you grateful for? What are your fears?
- WATCH THE SUNSET
Both happen every day, but how rarely do we get to truly appreciate their beauty?
- DRINK MORE WATER
Better yet, start your days with a glass of warm water with lemon- it does wonders for your digestive system and gives your immune system a little boost.
- CREATE A MORNING ROUTINE
Create a ritual– something you will look forward to, every single morning. Even if it’s just a 10-minute meditation, reading a chapter or two of a book, having your tea or coffee in complete silence- make sure to spend some time just with yourself and set your intentions for the day to come.
- TRY GUIDED MEDITATION
The more you think you don’t have time for things like meditation, the more you could benefit from practicing it. Regular practice can’t help you find clarity, focus, and peace.
- GO FOR A LONG RUN
Go for a long run, or a long walk, if running isn’t your thing.
- SPEND TIME OUTDOORS
Read outdoors, go for a long walk on the beach, grab a blanket, a bottle of water and a book. Walk barefeet in the sand, feel grounded.
16. TURN YOUR BATHROOM INTO A SPA
Think candles and essential oils. Essential oils are extracted from the stems, leaves, flowers, root or bark of a plant – a few drops of these essential oils go a long way. They retain the true essence of the plant, often emitting a strong, but lovely scent – giving mind and body a moment of pure relaxation. If you haven’t tried incorporating essential oils into your de-stressing routine, plan on doing so.
17. TURN YOUR BEDROOM INTO THE ULTIMATE SLEEP SANCTUARY
Redesign your bedroom with calming colors such as whites and beige and surround your self with calming bedding and window coverings. Don’t forget to declutter and remove unnecessary items.
Is there anything you’d add to this list? What are some of your favorite, small ways to rejuvenate?