The majority of us are super busy and occupied with multiple responsibilities in life that we forget to take time out to ourselves to attend and fulfill our own needs. Often times we get caught up with unnecessary and unproductive things that do not benefit our well-being in any way whatsoever.
What is self-care?
Self-care is taking action to protect one’s own well-being and happiness, particularly during periods of stress to improve your overall health.
Why is self-care so important?
Self-care is an effective way to give you a break and relieve stress.
Here are a few positive ideas for self-care:
1. Get a facial
Close your eyes and get pampered. Getting a facial helps your skin to be healthier and look more radiant. What makes getting a facial more pampering is someone else doing it for you.
2. Take a bath
Relax and unwind. Find the right water temperature, add your favorite bath essentials, and soak that body. A bath will help your sore or tight muscles to relax.
Try reducing the amount of light and add candles instead to create a calmer atmosphere
3. Read a book
Stimulate your mind with a good book, and perhaps learn something new. Reading keeps your brain young and can reduce stress.
4. Go for a walk
Get out and smell the fresh air. Walking is a great way to explore outdoors and to improve your overall health.
5. Get a massage
Take care of your body!
Messages come with such great benefits. Studies show that it is an effective way of reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
6. Listen to music
Listening to music has its benefits for your emotional health and it can help to improve your mood. It’s a great aid to make you feel better and relieve pain.
7. Try a new hairstyle
Changes can be good. Whether you’ve had the same hairstyle majority of your life; you might now want to switch it up. Remember, your hair enhances your beauty and compliments your facial features.
8. Give yourself a manicure/pedicure
Book 1-2 hours at a spa and get pampered. Getting a manicure and pedicure treatment regularly will have your nails looking well-groomed and healthy.
9. Take a nap
Naps aren’t just for kids!
Studies have shown that adults taking naps have great health benefits, such as:
- Reduces stress
- Improves alertness
- Lower blood pressure
- Improves memory
- Helps you to perform better
10. 15-Minutes exercise
You can do it!
Exercising is a great distraction from things that might be worrying you. Also, regularly exercising has great benefits and will help you maintain a healthy body.
11. Buy some flowers
Don’t wait for someone else to buy you flowers. Spend money on yourself and feel empowered. Plus, flowers look absolutely beautiful.
12. Spend time in nature
Mother nature is so beautiful and peaceful. Spending time in nature will boost your mood and well-being.
13. Watch a movie
Get comfy and turn on your television. Watching a movie is a good way to be entertained, relieve stress, or laugh.
Watching a movie whether it’s a comedy, drama, adventure, etc; gives you the chance to express your emotions.
14. Go shopping
This does not necessarily mean that you need to buy yourself something expensive. It could simply be a bracelet, charm, or maybe a new book.
Shopping helps some people to feel more in control, a distraction from negative feelings, or simply boost your mood to feel happier.
15. Write in a journal
Writing in a journal is a great way of reflecting or expressing yourself. Putting your thoughts and thinking onto paper is beneficial for improving your mental clarity and overall focus.
16. Make yourself DIY face/body scrubs
Making homemade scrubs for yourself is healthier because you know exactly what’s in it. When you make your own scrubs, it’s fun and cheaper.
17. Participate in a sport
Playing sports is a great way to improve your health and release any stressors you may be feeling.
18. Help someone else
It could just be lending a listening ear. You could make a difference in someone else’s life.
19. Sit down, relax, and reflect
Put your feet up, get comfortable, and breathe. Reflecting gives you the opportunity to reflect about here and now. It’s great to make positive future goals and changes in being a better you.
20. Cook a meal
Cooking yourself a meal is a practice of making good choices. It’s therapeutic and encourages you to be more creative as you add different ingredients instead of following step-by-step recipes.
21. Fast from social media
Social media can sometimes get the best out of us. It might be difficult to not scroll out of boredom or check notifications. Taking a break from social media will give you time to reflect on more important things.
22. Drink less alcohol
Some people drink alcohol as a way to feel relaxed. Stay in control and try to reduce your alcohol intake to sleep better and stay healthier for longer.
23. Make a cup of tea
This might sound like a silly idea but research shows that drinking a cup of tea is soothing and can relieve the harmful effects of stress.
24. Find a hobby
Spend your free-time by doing something that you enjoy. This could be sewing, painting, baking, card games, puzzles, or DIY homemade items. Hobbies help to clear your mind, reduce stress, and promote social interaction.
25. Say NO!
Saying no to someone can be harsh but it depends on the relationship you have with the other individual. You’re not intentionally trying to hurt the other person’s feelings but do it because you respect yourself enough.
Remember to put yourself first and make yourself a priority!