5 Self Care Steps You Should Take Right Now

Happy Sunday, Fab Feminists!

I wanted to share something that I've been practicing when I feel like my life is running me and not the other way around: treating the five senses. I've found that if I take a couple minutes to focus on the needs of each of my senses, it takes me out of my stress-bubble and allows me  to ground myself quickly and effectively. Do one activity for each sense in whatever order you feel like! Combine them into one activity if you want, but make sure to spend equal time engaging each sensation.

1. Touch

  1. Put on some fuzzy socks
  2. Loosen your waistband
  3. Feel the ground with your bare feet
  4. Wash your hands, face, or take a bath
  5. Swaddle yourself with a wrap, blanket, or sweater

2. Scent

  1. Apply your favorite smelling lotion
  2. Brew a cup of coffee or tea and soak up the aromas
  3. Step outside
  4. Apply essential oils like Lavender or Peppermint to your skin
  5. Light a candle

3. Taste

  1. Brew a cup of coffee or tea
  2. Eat something sweet (I have a bar of dark chocolate on hand at all times)
  3. Have a savory snack
  4. Have a spoonful of honey
  5. Pop a mint or piece of gum in

4. Sound

  1. Use the Calm app to listen to nature or a guided meditation
  2. Listen to your favorite song
  3. Close your eyes and focus on how many different sounds you can notice
  4. Put on a podcast
  5. If you're surrounded by assaulting noises, find someplace quiet

3. Sight

  1. If your eyes are tired, focus on something at least 30 feet away
  2. Watch a time-lapse video of flowers or a skyline
  3. Try to notice something new in your surroundings
  4. Close your eyes and picture your happy place
  5. Watch a music video or live performance of your favorite song

What are some of your favorite ways to engage your senses??