40 Self Care Ideas

by - May 20, 2019


Self Care: Putting it into Practice

Self-care is the actions that we do and intentions that we set to protect and enhance our well being and health. Sounds super complicated… but it’s not. It’s making a point to get that bath in tonight, or making time to exercise because it makes you feel good.. It’s the little things and the intentions that we set that help us to take care of ourselves.  

Self-care can be emotional, physical, mental spiritual, or social. Aim to enhance all of these, not just one to fully get the benefits and much needed R & R that we deserve. See how many from the lists below that you implement into your day or week.



Social

Social self-care is spending time with others. We as humans are social creatures and without contact and communication with others of our kind, we get lonely and it impacts other facets of our lives. Try incorporating some of the idea below into your weekly/daily routines:
  1.  Go out with friends or family for the day
  2. Spend time with a loved one
  3. Call an old friend or a new one
  4. Compliment someone
  5. Hug someone you care about
  6. Visit your parents or grand parents
  7. Workout with a friend or loved one
  8. Have lunch with your coworkers
  9. Tell someone what you appreciate about them


Spiritual

Spiritual self-care is having a relationship with something bigger than yourself. This doesn’t have to be God, or any specific religious idol, just a connection with something.. Maybe the Universe or Mother Nature. Having a belief in something bigger than yourself can relieve some of the burden on you because you feel that you are not alone and that something.. Somewhere is able to help and guide you.

  1. Meditate
  2. Yoga
  3. Volunteer
  4. Get outside in nature
  5. Journaling
  6. Use essential oils and candles to create a calming ambiance
  7. Set up positive quotes to be sent to your phone randomly
  8. Relax over a cup of tea




 Mental


Mental self-care challenges you and stimulates your brain more than the mundane daily thoughts. It’s more than worrying, it’s something that makes you pay attention and use your brain, but at the same time it can be calming and almost meditative.
  1. Drawing
  2. Puzzles
  3. Gardening
  4. Reading (fiction or Non-Fiction)
  5. Crafting
  6. Create a to-do list
  7. Complete one of your tasks from the above to –do list
  8. Take a short nap to refresh your mind
  9. Listen to music while you do things around the house
  10. Netflix and Chill (maybe with popcorn??)
  11. Declutter something- a clean space makes us feel better
  12. Find a hobby








Physical

Physical self-care is probably the easiest for ideas because you hear about it all the time. It’s taking care of your body. Making sure that your body has what it needs to continue to function and thrive is the best form of self-care.

  1. Lift weights
  2. Go for a run or walk outside
  3. Hit the treadmill
  4. Eat your veggies
  5. Drink enough water
  6. Get a massage
  7. Skip the alcohol when you go out
  8. Get your nails done or paint them at home
  9. Take a bath
  10. Take a longer nap to refresh your body
  11. Shave- cause smooth legs are so confidence boosting


What does your routine look like? What self-care actions do you take daily or weekly to make yourself feel good? 

My Self Care Routine

Everyone should have a nightly self-care routine and hopefully a morning one too. I always see posts on Pinterest about having the best morning routine and how it sets the tone for you day, but I feel people forget about their nightly routine.

Your nightly routine can be just as important as your morning routine, if not more. Your nightly routine sets you up to get the best sleep that you can, which will impact your morning and your day quite a bit.

My Nightly Routine:


I have a very specific nightly routine and find that when I don’t complete my routine I don’t sleep as well, I don’t feel as rested in the morning and I’m more cranky the next day…

My routine typically starts when I get home from work (yes, I still work a 9-5.. or 7:30-4:30) it can start later for you but I like to make sure that when I am home, I am doing things that not only need to get done, but also lift me up and show myself that I care about me.

I typically complete the following nightly:

Workout in the garage gym or go for a run outside

Get some blogging/YouTube work done- if you haven’t checked out my YouTube yet, subscribe and stay tuned for some awesome upcoming content!

Watch TV or play video games with my husband

Cook and have a healthy dinner (sometimes healthy means comfort food :-) )

Then I have my bedtime routine.. this is something that is almost non-negotiable. It’s something that I will complete pretty much no matter what before bed.

Shower

Yoga while listening to calming music (I like the Relaxing Melodies App and the Beatfulness App)

Mediate- I typically only use the Beatfullness app to listen to music or sometimes I will find a YouTube meditation to use. Yoga Nidra is great to do too!

(optional) Read a bit when I get in bed- this sometimes doesn’t happen because I am just too tired to focus.

My Morning Routine:


My morning routine is nothing to brag about, but it’s practical and it’s not about getting up before the sun to feel productive. Yes, I am more of a morning person, but I think it’s more of a late morning person thing for me.. not the 5 am it’s still dark out. I like to get things done when the sun is out and it’s bright out. The sunlight just seems to make everything better, and happier.

So my typical morning routine looks something like this:

Get up about 6 am get ready and head downstairs

Feed and walk the dog (sometimes I do this barefoot to get some Earth time in)

Pack my lunch and make my tea

Sit for a few minutes and meditate, if I’m being good that morning, or scroll through Instagram if not.
 This meditation is a breath mediation where I just sit and notice my breath.

On the way to work, I make sure that I am not zoning out and wasting time. I listen to inspiring or educational podcasts to stay in the loop about things and get my learn on! After so many years of listening to podcasts and sometimes books, which you can get a ton of for free from your library and an app called Overdrive.

When I get to work, it’s typically 15-20 minutes early. I like to take this quiet time to get a few minutes of reading done in a self growth book, do a quick tarot spread for myself if needed, or I will sit and take a longer meditation.

When I read and meditate, I notice the benefits all day long. I am happier and more motivated and my brain just seems to work better.


What does your morning routine look like? Do you have one or do you just rush out the door stressing about your day? Leave me a comment below!














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