What does your daily to-do list look like? Maybe you have tasks to complete like homework or laundry, or maybe you have specific errands to run. We can all get caught up in the “to-do’s” of daily life and it can be easy to forget to add things like relaxation or self-care to our lists.   

Things like relaxation, self-care, or even fun activities can be just as important as the rest of our daily chores and errands.   

The next time you find yourself making a to-do list, try incorporating some of the ideas from the following categories:

Relaxation – here are some things that might help you unwind or de-stress:  

  • Listen to your favorite artist or playlist  
  • Complete a Mindfulness Exercise in the TAO app. Mindfulness exercises can help with self-awareness and can bring you back to the present. Sign up for TAO using this link 
  • Try blackout poetry or scrapbooking. Blackout poetry- poetry made by covering a page of text (found in books, magazines, newspapers, etc.) and leaving out select words.
  • Read a book or watch a TV show. 

Self-Care – any activity that helps improve your own physical, mental, or emotional health. 

  • Journal
  • Try to focus on how you’re feeling both mentally and physically
    • Take a nap! Yes, you read that right. Resting can be an important part of self-care. Go ahead. Take that nap.  

    Fun – don’t forget to make time for the things that you enjoy, whether that’s by yourself or with other people!  

    • Make a new recipe. You can even invite some friends over for a potluck or have a picnic together.  
    • Go to the pool or the beach. Beach weather is year-round in the Sunshine State!  
    • Spend time outdoors in nature. If you’d like, gather a few friends and go on a nature walk or organize a small game of soccer or another sport. This is a great way to get outside and move your body in a fun environment.   
    • Start a photo album or hang up printed photos  

    What does your new to-do list look like? While you may incorporate some of these ideas, you know what’s best for you- do what makes you feel good! By prioritizing self-care, relaxation, and the things that you want to do, you can create the balanced life that works for you.