7 Self-Care Rituals That Will Make You a Happier and Healthier Person

When was the last time you took an hour out just for yourself? As in, you physically put aside time on the calendar to spend time doing something you love? If you're anything like us, it was a long time ago. But why? With job stress on the rise, the danger of not implementing these simple self-care rituals is burnout, or, even worse, an emotional breakdown. Selena Gomez vocalized the important of self-care earlier this year when she took a tour break to focus on her mental health. “I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness,” she said in a statement.

It's good to see the simple act of self-care back in the social narrative. In a fast-paced world that doesn't seem to stop, there is a collective need to slow down and switch off. And it's time we started empowering ourselves with the simple tools to make it happen. Incorporating a few of these simple science-backed rituals into your daily life will help you breathe a little easier and keep your stress levels in check.