28 Ways To Practice Self-Care And Self-Love
There’s no doubt life moves fast. With so many responsibilities and commitments, it can be easy to forget to take care of yourself. You know the saying, ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup?’ It’s true. You need to look after yourself and fill up your cup by taking some time out to do things you love and enjoy. It’s about knowing what you need to thrive and doing it, just like a flower needs water and sunlight. Self-care has many benefits including reducing stress, restoring energy, improving your mood and helping you to become the very best version of yourself.
Everyone’s idea of self-care is different, we get it. Some people would prefer to sweat it out at the gym while others would prefer to meditate or even nap. We’ve got 28 different ideas and ways you can practice self-care next time you need some time out to recharge.
1. Say some affirmations
Pick a few phrases and say them over and over again. No matter what you choose, this activity will help improve your mindset and increase feelings of self-worth.
2. Get journalling
Write about your thoughts, feelings, plans and dreams. Whatever it may be, writing something down can help clear your mind and be inspired.
3. Create a vision board
Vision boards are great for visualising your goals and dreams. It’s fun to do and will help to inspire and motivate you.
Whether you just take some time out to do some deep breathing or you enlist the help of a guided meditation app, meditating is great for destressing and relaxing.
Spend 10 minutes just stretching out your muscles. It feels good and can help reduce stress and tension.
6. Go for a walk
Head outside and get some fresh air. Moving your body will help improve your mood too.
7. Get some vitamin D
Sit in the sun for a little while, watch the clouds and listen to the birds. Sunlight is super important for your overall health.
Exercise is great for your physical health but can also help in clearing your mind and boosting your mood.
9. Dance to your favourite song
Everyone loves to dance, so put on a song you love and let loose.
10. Take a bath
Load it with bubbles, light some candles and put on some calming music for the ultimate relaxation.
11. Have a spa day
Shave your legs, do a face mask and paint your nails. These activities are so relaxing and rejuvenating.
12. Go for a massage
Loosen up your muscles with a quick 20 minute or whole-body massage.
13. Take yourself out for coffee
There’s nothing like sipping on your favourite beverage and people watching for a while.
14. Pick up a copy of your favourite magazine
Read it cover to cover and enjoy looking at the pictures. There’s nothing like a little inspiration.
15. Read a good book
Take your mind elsewhere for a little while.
16. Listen to an inspiring podcast
Lie down, put your earphones in, listen and be inspired.
17. Watch your favourite movie
Have a laugh (or a cry). Just let your built-up emotions out.
18. Call a friend
Have a chat to someone that you can be yourself around. Rant, laugh, cry. You will feel so good and supported afterwards.
19. Cook your favourite meal
Sometimes comfort food is just what you need.
20. Indulge in your favourite treat
There’s nothing like indulging yourself every once in a while.
21. Do something creative
Whether you like painting, baking or knitting, take some time to enjoy something fun!
22. Try a new hobby
Do something you have always wanted to try but have never had the chance to.
23. Plant some flowers
Not only is gardening a soothing activity but it will help brighten up your home.
24. Clean and organise
Cleaning, organising and decluttering is a great way to clear your head and your home.
25. Light a candle and listen to some calming music
Create the ultimate relaxation space.
26. Take some alone time
Sometimes being on your own is exactly what you need to reflect and recharge.
Turn off your phone and avoid social media. Just enjoy the current moment.
28. Have a nap
Let yourself nap, it will help boost your energy!