Part 3 – 25 Self-care Ideas for the Mind: for intellectual and mental health (below)
Part 4 – to come next week!
There are plenty of options for the mind below: some free, some not; some apparent opposites because for some of us self-care might mean taking a screen sabbath, and for others of us self-care might mean learning to use our screens more effectively.
The most surprising entry on the list might be “Take a leadership role,” which emerged from one group discussion on self-care. I hadn’t thought of that before as a form of self-care for the mind, but it immediately made sense to me, because taking a leadership role might well include changing your routine, reading, and learning something new. These appear separately on the list below, but taking a leadership role combines them in a beautiful way.
What does self-care for the mind mean to you? If you have an idea to add, please feel free to leave it in the comments below.
25 Self-care Ideas for the Mind
- Remove disruptive notifications from your phone
- Add helpful apps to your phone
- Take a screen sabbath
- Browse new books in the library
- Browse old books at a used bookstore
- Set up a free library
- Listen to a podcast/radio show
- Reconcile your bank statement
- Read one chapter of a book
- Read the newspaper
- Do a crossword puzzle
- Do a jigsaw puzzle
- Do Sudoku or KenKen
- Do something imperfectly
- Watch a documentary movie
- Learn something new
- Take a class
- Practice single-tasking
- Slow down
- Change your routine
- Turn negative thoughts into positive ones
- Start or join a writing group
- Remember, record, and share family stories
- Take a leadership role
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Making choices like these won’t guarantee you never experience a mental disorder or emotional struggle. And they probably won’t be enough to “cure” a challenge you’re already living with. But in either case, they will help.
Psychological self care caters to your mind; your mental health. It involves activities that help you keep a clear head and a positive mindset, and work to decrease stress. So doing a brain dump exercise is a perfect tool for psychological self care.
Self-care doesn’t have to be complicated. . . . in these first steps of slowing down and stepping away from the day’s hustle, a quiet minute with a book is enough, and in many ways, it feels like freedom.
This blog series is based on my book—table of contents, endorsements, and order information available here: Four Gifts: Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength.
Writing/Reflection Prompt: What self-care ideas for the mind can you add to this list?
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