Practicing self-care is something we can all benefit from. Taking extra time to care for yourself can be the best way to manage stress and just feel better all around.
You may think of self-care as mindfulness, pampering oneself, indulging in a favorite activity, or just decompressing. Truthfully, there are thousands of different methods to go the extra mile to care for yourself – everyone has their own.
If you’re reading this because you’ve decided to practice more self-care, thank yourself! That is a huge step in being the best version of yourself. Without further ado, here are 25 various self-care tips that I strongly encourage you to practice!
- Go for a walk/run. Find a podcast you like, don’t check texts or social media, and simply walk or run and appreciate the world around you.
- Do that thing on your to-do list that you’ve been avoiding. Call your aunt, send those thank you letters, make a dentist appointment, clean out your closet… you get it!
- Bake something! Either for yourself or to give away. I find my favorite vegan recipes here.
- Laugh. Laughing a little bit each day releases endorphins which is an instant way to feel better. Laughter also decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells.
- Treat yourself! Book a mani-pedi or a massage, get your roots done or split ends cut. Instant mood booster.
- Journal. Even if it feels unnatural, write down your feelings. Make a list of things you’re grateful for.
- Teach yourself something new. Learn how to paint, or learn the basics of a foreign language.
- Daydream. Imagine your future, your dream home, and dream life. As we get older, we lose our sense of imagination, and it’s so important to keep that alive.
- Appreciate art. If you live close to a museum, go visit! Chances are, there’s a local museum near you full of amazing work you’ve never seen before.
- Go to bed early. Going to bed late causes stress on the entire body, and can actually lead to weight gain. Try to make a habit of going to bed at a reasonable time.
- Hug somebody! The nurturing, warming sensation of a hug is one of the most comforting feelings. Whether it’s with a friend, family member, or a lover, embrace this moment of closeness and feel each other’s energy.
- Buy yourself flowers. Or pick yourself flowers. There’s just something so satisfying about a little jar of blooms on your workspace.
- Get crafty! Dry your flowers out by hanging them upside down once they begin to look a little droopy. Or create something else!
- Put on your favorite song and bust a move. That’s all, just break out your funkiest dance moves!
- Have a piece of chocolate. It won’t kill you! Unless you’re allergic. Then it may. Skip to tip 16 if that’s the case.
- Do a body scan. No, not an MRI. Get in tune with your body, and focus on each part starting with the top of your head: ask yourself how each part feeling at the moment.
- Write a letter to your future self. Don’t open it until a certain date!
- Color. Those adult coloring books are so popular for a reason: coloring is such a peaceful activity. Here are some free printables.
- Explore! Whether you stay local or decide to go on an out-of-town adventure, check out a new place. You can even try a different restaurant or hiking trail!
- Create a vision board. Find photos that inspire you (Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr are all great sources). Print the photos out and make a little collage!
- Take a social media hiatus. I know it sounds crazy, considering social media is my job, but it’s important to disconnect. I recently deleted Snapchat, and it was very liberating.
- Watch some stand up comedy. Pop some popcorn and prepare to laugh your butt off.
- Get all dolled up. Put on your best outfit and go out on the town, even if you’re just grabbing coffee. This is a huge confidence booster!
- Follow a skincare regimen! Dedicate an evening to treating your skin right – use a mask or a gentle exfoliating scrub. Your skin will thank you.
- Practice gratitude. Thank your body for all that it’s done for you. Thank the earth for providing you with all that it does, and thank your home for keeping you safe. Learn to be grateful for everything in your life.