Plant something! Did you know that March 12th is plant a flower day? There’s something magical about walking into a plant nursery on a Saturday morning and strolling through the aisles of flowers. Find a plant or two that strikes your fancy! Then, take them home, pot them, get some dirt under your fingernails, and tell them how lovely they are! Caring for plants is a daily reminder of the growth that happens when we develop good habits. After all, plants don’t wither due to a personal flaw; it only means they simply aren’t being nourished properly. Sound like anyone you know?
Your Shades: RITUAL, POISON, WRATH
Take a walk. All the great thinkers throughout history swore by taking walks. In fact, experts say that regular walks can add up to seven years to your life! The benefits to your mood are the greatest of all. As an added bonus, a recent Stanford study claims that walks improve your creativity by an average of 60%! More creative ideas, a better mood and a longer life? That sounds like the trifecta of self care right there! Always consider your safety when walking and don't be shy about employing the buddy system! Self-care doesn't have to be done alone: Invite a friend!
Your Shades: VIRGIN PINK, ELECTRIC PARADISE
Clean out your closet! I know this seems like a big ask. Maybe that's why we seldom take stock of what we have to think about whether or not each item still represents the person we want to be. You’ve made some changes in your life and as you evolve, the sheer volume of old stuff around you can energetically hold you back. Added bonus: donating what you don't wear to someone who will is always its own reward! Don't get rid of your favorite old t-shirt, but maybe that dress you wore to your best friends’ wedding needs a new adventure with someone else. When you’re done, getting dressed will be more fun. Clearing out the old means there will be room for new gems!
Your Shades: SUNSET ORANGE, PORANGE
Spa night at home! Sometimes, all it takes is a face mask, some hair color and painting your nails to make you feel like you have it all together. Put it in your planner and make time to pamper yourself! Why not do a mini-makeover? Get your essential oils, play relaxing tunes, and put your phone on silent. Time alone to take care of you is sacred and an excellent way to dispel low-level anxiety. If you want to play video games or watch your fav show while you exfoliate or color your hair that’s all good! Do whatever feels sacred to YOU.
Your Shades: NEON MOON, COSMIC SUNSHINE
Spend time with pets! Hanging out with our pets is scientifically proven to make us feel better. If it’s been a while since you played with your cat or took your dog for a leisurely walk it can be a great way to boost your mood (and your buddy's mood too). Don't have a fur-baby? Ask to visit a friend whose pets you know and love, or look into volunteering at your local animal shelter! Animals have an uncanny ability to anchor us in the present moment, and the simple joys we experience in their company are a great reminder to take time to witness the beauty of every day.
Your Shades: IRIS GREEN, NEVERLAND, PHANTOM GREEN
Dance Party! There is something so cathartic about dancing around the house to your favorite songs and singing your heart out! Put on some comfy clothes and let the freestyle weirdness begin! Dancing when no one is watching is a great way to get out of your head and into the moment. We have a tendency to put on a persona for the world: that’s just part of being human. But hey, in the privacy of your own room, there are no rules about how you need to look or act. Be free, be weird, and shake out all the cobwebs. Does anybody else live for a Disney soundtrack marathon or is that just me?
Your Shades: POSEIDON, AQUAMARINE, PERIWINKLE
Listen to a podcast. So much of what we take in now is visually loud and in 2019, a lot of us don’t have as many one-on-one conversations with people since it’s so easy to send texts and tag our posse in memes. Listening to someone carry on a conversation with another human being is inexplicably calming, and what’s better than learning new things? I like to listen to podcasts while I grocery shop! Since audio is having a moment in media there are so many different topics to choose from, so you can find one to suit your mood. Or, if you feel so inclined, why not try starting one yourself?!
Your Shades: PURPLE AF, VIOLET DREAM, GIRLS NIGHT
Journal. You’ve most likely heard this advice before, but writing in a journal can seem daunting. The blank page intimidates us all as we struggle to find something worth writing about. In the book “The Artist’s Way”, Julie Cameron instructs us to write at least 3 pages of whatever is cluttering up our minds in the morning. It’s about getting away from the suburban ideas you usually travel through long enough to meet the wilderness of your mind. I highly recommend it. There is something about journaling that won't let you get stuck on the same thoughts: you can’t write the same thing over and over so you find your way past ideas that might be keeping you stuck. Don’t want to spend time handwriting it? Try a free online journal that only you know the password to!
Your Shades: STERLING
Plan a vacation for the future! Sure, you might not be able to leave for a vacation this week, this month, or even this year, but that shouldn’t stop you from planning it! You've got to dream it before you can do it. Make your favorite hot drink and start a Pinterest board for your dream destination. Then, you can list all of the fun things you want to do while you’re there! Bonus points for creating a budget to help you set aside some money every month to make it happen. If you're not into traveling you can plan a stay-cation instead! Find places nearby that you could get to on a weekend and see the sites you've never seen in your own backyard!
Your Shades: TRANSYLVANIA
Create the ultimate playlists! Music is a universal language, and the right playlist can change your vibe and how you move throughout your life. Curate and cultivate the ultimate playlists for the moods in your universe: i.e. a chill-out playlist for when you’re dealing with anxiety or a work out playlist for when you need to get your head in the game. Music might not be the solution to your problems, but the soundtrack to your life should be epic. Already have your go-to jams queued up? Make someone you love a mix-tape style playlist to let them know how much you appreciate having them in your life. Spread the love and raise those vibrations!