Look, we get it. Some weeks just suck, no matter how positive you try to be. Sometimes it’s an exhausting work week full of deadlines, sometimes it’s an emotionally draining one from personal stuff. Either way, we’ve all been there. But while your default response may be to sulk under the covers, there are better ways to reset and refresh after a trying week. Taking care of your mental health and self-care when you’re feeling beat down is the best thing you can do to set yourself up for a better week ahead. Keep reading for some of our favorite ways to push the reset button.
1. Sweat it out
In the famous words of Elle Woods, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy!” Even if you feel so drained that the thought of exercise makes you cringe, just try! You don’t have to hit the treadmill. Go for a sunset walk with one of your best girlfriends, or a cardio hip-hop class! It’ll take your mind off your week and allow you to feel back in control.
2. Whip up something delicious
Have a new recipe you want to try? Or maybe just want to cook something that evokes happy memories? Head to the store and pick up all the ingredients you need to make yourself a delicious meal. Cooking can be therapeutic, and if you’re up for it, turn it into a dinner party with some of your favorite people!
3. Indulge in some self-care
Self-care doesn’t have to mean a $200 massage (but if that’s what you want, do it!). You can DIY some beauty recipes with ingredients you have at home—it’s easy! Or if DIY isn’t your jam, make a quick pitstop at Sephora for all the products you need to create an at-home spa. It’s amazing what a little self-care can do to turn the day around.
4. “Marie Kondo” it
Your first instinct might actually be to “treat yourself” after a hard week, but consider going the opposite direction. Simplifying or purging your closet or home can help you completely refresh your mindset. Streamlining helps you reduce stress and clutter, which is far more calming than adding one more thing to the pile.
5. Take a people detox
Depending on the source of your stress, or if you tend to be an introvert, the best thing you can do is all of the above, by yourself. Take a social media detox, and focus just on yourself and your needs until Monday. Cook your meals, binge-watch your all-time favorite show, go to sleep at 9 p.m. Whatever makes your soul happy and content, do that. Sometimes the best thing you can do after a hard week is just focus inward and take the time to reset your mentality so you don’t burn out!
Need more inspiration after a hard week? Check out our post about Weekend Trip Ideas You Can Take With Your Bestie.
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