Self-care is the intentional act of caring for ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. In an ideal world, this would come naturally and be an effortless part of living. But in today’s fast-paced society, if we do not make our care a priority, it just does not happen. Instead, we face stress, depression, and burnout.
What Are Good Self Care Activities?
Make a bucket list
Declutter ten items
Read a personal growth book
Go for a long walk
Get a massage
Do something that makes you laugh
Plan a getaway
Watch your favorite show
Have a night with friends
Go out on a date night
Do something for the first time, like try a new restaurant or skill
Give yourself (or get) a manicure
Light your favorite candle
Take a Bubble Bath
Listen to your favorite podcast
Create a vision board
Call or text someone you love
Take some pretty photos
Spend time with someone who inspires you
Put on nice clothes and makeup
Cook your favorite meal
Go out for a coffee run
Plan a spa day
Color in an adult coloring book
Listen to an audiobook
Do something creative (paint, draw, write,)
Re-arrange a room in your home
Go on a bike ride
Bake an indulgent treat
Meditate for 10 minutes
How to Use These Ideas for Self-Care
Now is the exciting part! Make your list to keep in your notebook/journal or on your phone. Otherwise, write the individual ideas on a notecard to have on hand. Either way, you will be ready with your self-care ideas just when you need them!
Something to Consider with Your Daily Routine
Self-care behaviors are things we do to take care of our emotional, mental, and physical health, which increases our empathy and immunological functioning and lowers anxiety and depression. When we create a sense of balance between self-care and care for others, we become better equipped to meet our needs. Expressing compassion and caring for ourselves helps us be kinder to others, and it also helps us cope with difficult emotional experiences. Self-care activities can be emotional, physical, spiritual, and social. Focus on what feels right to you, things you genuinely enjoy doing and that fit with your lifestyle and values.
Remember, self-care is a requirement, not a luxury. So, do not wait until you are falling apart on the inside.
You want to think of your wellness activities as non-negotiable assignments that you have with yourself. When someone asks if you are busy, YOU ARE.
Your total health is the ace in your deck of cards. It should be that important!
So, you want to pick one each day for the next week or create a fantastic self-care routine. Then, observe how much healthier you feel.