1. Go for a walk
Researchers have long touted the physical benefits of walking, such as increased oxygen intake, revved-up circulation, a healthier heart and calorie burning. But walking can also shed stress and enhance calm energy, making it the perfect way to practice self-care.
“Mindful walking means that you’re living in the moment,” says Laura Farres, a Vancouver sport psychology consultant.
Want to give mindful walking a try?
“Think about every aspect of your foot movement: lifting the heel, the middle of your foot and then the toes,” says JoAnne Hunter, a nurse practitioner at Toronto Western Hospital. She teaches walking meditation, where participants walk very slowly, inhaling with one step and exhaling with the next. “This helps you think about your connection to the earth,” Hunter says. “You feel peaceful and in touch with your body, which reduces stress.”