Self-care isn’t just about being a little selfish. It’s about making time for yourself so you can feel recharged and rejuvenated. When you imagine self-care activities, what do you think of? Probably a bubble bath or a relaxing massage in a room full of candles. But you might be surprised to find out that there are some other self-care activities that can have longer-lasting results.
Self-Care Activities for Kids
Self-care activities for your kids? Yes. Though it may seem that all your children do is self-care with recess breaks from school, all the movies they watch when they’re at school, and a summer of fun. But the reality is that about a third of adolescents live with an anxiety disorder, and 21 percent of adolescents (ages 13–18) experience a severe mental disorder. And just talking to your neighbors, you might find you know more children with anxiety and depression than you thought you did.
So how do you help your children learn about self-care? You get them involved with self care before they need it and when they need it. One self-care activity that might appeal to your child is called neurofeedback therapy. Neurofeedback can help children struggling with anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD. It can also help children on the autism spectrum and those with traumatic brain injury. A child will love the option to just watch a movie, but the movie will be programmed to help train the child’s brainwaves to get back to their optimal frequencies. Research has found that when brainwave frequencies are off, it can lead to worsened attention, sleep, anxiety, and mood, among other things.
And luckily Self-Care Week is around the corner, so Aspen Valley Counseling is even offering a discount on neurofeedback! Call to schedule your appointment after July 20 and before July 28, and you’ll only pay $37.50 per session (compared to the regular $50 per session or $100 per session of competitors).
Self-Care Activities for Mom
Moms are always busy. Moms who work outside the home have hectic days and then come home for their second shift of taking care of kids and the house. And moms who work at home never have a break to breathe. So where do they find time for self-care activities? It may not be easy, but you might be able to work in a little bit of time somewhere — and you might even be able to get your kids involved.
Finding videos at the store or online of yoga, Pilates, and dance cardio might be just what you need. These activities will get your blood flowing, your muscles stretching, and your heart rate up. But some people dread exercise, so how is sweating really self-care? To quote the movie “Legally Blonde,”: “Exercise gives you endorphins; endorphins make you happy…!” By working in just a little time to put on a video of dance cardio might just be the 15 minutes you need to make you feel a little happier.
Self-Care Activities for Dad
Now, for all the dads, getting a pedicure might not seem like your idea of self-care. Although, some dads might appreciate it because of the wonderful foot massage that comes along with the pedicure. So, what’s are good self-care activities for dad? Our culture doesn’t tend to focus so much on self-care for men, so this is an important topic to consider. Typically, men in American society are taught to bottle up their feelings so as not to appear too womanly, but turns out that isn’t very healthy. So self-care for dad might include going to therapy to learn how to express his unwanted emotions in a healthy, helpful way.
Don’t be scared dads! A therapist won’t judge you for crying, but they will help you work through your struggles and find a way to help you express yourself better.
Self-Care Activities for Grandparents
Maybe you’re a retired grandparent, or maybe you’re still working and you’ll be doing so forever. But either way, you need self-care too. A survey done by AARP found that older adults who tend to feel lonely were less likely to be involved in activities where they could build a social network. So for grandparents, self-care activities could include volunteering, going to an art or craft class, attending classes at your local recreation center, or finding an organization you’d like to participate in.
No matter what your age or circumstance, there are friends out there for you. So find something to participate in that furthers your interests, or try something new. Or if you’re just looking to help someone out, try websites like JustServe to help you get started.