Lately I have been trying to make a lifestyle change. A change that will allow me to take better care of myself, slow down, and appreciate life more. I’m doing this through a number of ways.
First of all, I’m looking at it from a physical standpoint. I’m being much more conscious about what I put into my body and how I treat my body. Instead of obsessing over a number on the scale and counting every calorie, point, gram of fat, etc., I’m trying to switch my focus to eating foods that I know are nourishing to my body, drinking plenty of water, and being more physically active. I’ve always believed that moderation is key, so I still enjoy going out to eat and the occasional junk food. The difference now is that I don’t feel guilty about indulging in these things when I know I’m making much healthier choices the other 90% of the time. But I know myself, and I know that if I never allow myself to have pizza again, I’m not going to stick to that lifestyle.
I’m also looking at this from a mental/emotional standpoint. Mental health is just as important as physical health. I don’t know about you, but I’m the type of person who tends to put too much on my plate while forgetting about myself. I often put my own wants and needs on the back burner in order to please others first. Between work, relationships, and keeping up with chores around the house, I often feel like I’m getting pulled in every direction. As a result, I get easily overwhelmed and burned out on life. To overcome this problem, I’m trying to focus more on self care. Every day I try to take a little bit of time just for myself. I don’t think about work, chores, or anything else. Even if it’s just 15 minutes, it helps me to relax and recharge a little bit.
Whether you’re overwhelmed with what life has thrown at you or you’re just having an off day, we can all benefit from a little self care. You shouldn’t expect yourself to take care of others if you’re not taking care of yourself too. Practicing self care gives you the chance to focus on your own needs and to be your best possible self. There are many simple and free ways that you can practice self care. Sometimes just one little thing each day can make a huge difference.
I’ve decided to start a Self Care Sunday series where I will be sharing simple ways to take some time for yourself each week. With the busy lives we all live, it’s important to step back and recharge from time to time. My goal is that this series will inspire you to do something for yourself, and hopefully improve your health overall.
To get started, I thought I’d share a list I came up with of simple ways to practice self care. If you don’t know where to get started, look through this list of ideas and see if anything speaks to you. You may be surprised at how simple some of these ideas are, but like I said, even one small thing each day can make a difference. This is by no means an exhaustive list. This will hopefully just give you a few ideas to get started, and I’m sure you will think of many more as you move forward in your self care journey.
35 Self Care Ideas –
- Give yourself a manicure/pedicure (or get a professional one!)
- Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea
- Do yoga
- Take a nap
- Read a book
- Apply a face mask
- Go to bed early
- Take a bubble bath
- Cook your favorite meal
- Go for a walk
- Plan a trip
- Buy a small gift for yourself
- Listen to music
- Take a break from your phone for a few hours
- Drink a smoothie
- Watch a movie
- Organize one area in your house
- Cuddle with your pet
- Set aside a whole weekend with no plans
- Sleep in
- Plan a date night
- Soak up some sunshine
- Have a glass of wine
- Plan a party with your closest friends and family. You don’t have to have a reason.
- Have a long conversation with your spouse or a loved one
- Make a craft
- Start/work on a scrapbook
- Say “no” when you don’t want to do something
- Make a homemade beauty product
- Light some candles
- Diffuse essential oils
- Write out a list of goals for the week/month/year
- Have coffee/catch up with a friend
What do you think of these ideas? What are some of your favorite ways to practice self care? I encourage each of you to take a little time for yourself each day this week. Check back in next Sunday for some more ideas, and let me know how this is going for you!
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