By Carly Shapiro, AWARE® Intern.
When was the last time you did something for yourself? Although many of us are very busy, everyone needs and deserves time for themselves. Having time for ourselves gives our bodies and brains a break from the stresses of daily life and a chance to re-energize. Taking care of ourselves emotionally and physically can improve our health, relationships, attitude, and well-being.
Here are a couple of self-care activities in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area that you can try:
Just Puppies: This store offers a free opportunity to play with puppies. These cuddly little guys can brighten anyone’s day. Their unconditional love makes you remember to love yourself as well.
Michaels Art Classes: Feeling creative? Michaels craft stores offer inexpensive classes, including cake decorating, jewelry making, painting, etc., that serve as a good outlet for releasing your stress and worries, while creating something fun and giving yourself a sense of accomplishment.
Great Falls National Park: Exercise is a great way to distress but also a good opportunity to reflect or catch up with a friend. Explore the trails and the scenic overlooks of Great Falls, or challenge yourself with the Billy Goat Trail (hiking path). If you have a canoe or kayak, take it out on the Potomac River. There is a multitude of ways to enjoy the great outdoors when you go to Great Falls. Visit the park in Maryland or Virginia or the Georgetown Waterfront in Washington D.C.
Yoga: Taking a yoga class gives you the opportunity to self-reflect and meditate. Taking this time to focus on your self, and your inner- and outer-strength is important to helping you stay happy and healthy.
Meditation: The University of Maryland at College Park has an interfaith garden and labyrinth where you can enjoy a walk on a nice, sunny day. Many places in the area offer meditation classes as well, such as the Insight Meditation Community of Washington.
Only have a couple of minutes? Looking for some small ways to take a break and relax? Try a couple of these simple activities:
- Call a friend
- Read a book
- Listen to music
- Take a nap
- Play with pets
- Sit in nature
- Take a coffee break