Need some ideas for self-care activities? Do you have a self-care routine already in place? Having one can help with feelings of stress and frustration. Stress can have physical, emotional, and mental effects. Physical symptoms include headaches, upset stomach, high blood pressure, chest pain, lack of sleep. Other problems can manifest themselves in symptoms like depression, panic attacks, or other forms of anxiety.
There are active ways to manage your stress, and luckily enough these routines are easily customizable to be all about you, and your mental and physical health. Remember it’s for your better long-term health and happiness.
Do thoughts of fancy expensive treatments pop into your head when you think of your self-care time? Self-care does not necessarily mean going to the spa, salon, or spending all day at a café. Don’t let that stop you, if that sounds like something you’d like, go for it! Treating yourself every once in a while is a good thing. Self-care means taking time out of your schedule to do things that relax you and refresh your mind. Establish your self-care routine and take it without apology.
Here are some ideas for self-care activities to get you started:
Eating a balanced diet is all about a healthier, beautiful you from the inside out! Starting with good nutrition going into your body reflects on the outside of your body too! What you eat reflects on your skin! The key is antioxidants that are bountiful in colorful fruits and vegetables. Other healthy things to incorporate into your diet include fish, “good” carbohydrates, nuts and seeds, and plenty of fluids.
See that class your gym offers that you’ve always wanted to start taking? Get on it! Or maybe you’re not much of a gym person so you could try things like regular bike riding, walking, runs, swimming, the list is endless! The biggest thing is finding exercise you like doing – exercise isn’t a chore, it’s a priority. Sticking to a routine is all about your mindset.
This can be a mental or a physical self-care idea. Try deep breathing, practice or learn meditation, get out your yoga mat, and book yourself in for a massage! These will all help you relax your muscles and mind to get that full-body relaxation perfect for your self-care routine.
Do you have a creative side? Try drawing, painting, playing, or learning a new instrument, anything you do is an investment in yourself! Blast some loud music and jam to your favorite tunes, grab that book you haven’t been able to put down, and snuggle up with a cup of tea. Give yourself that mental release.
Changing how you talk to yourself is perhaps the hardest but most rewarding practice for your self-care time. It’s about re-framing your thinking, changing your perspective, and it will have a positive impact on your mental health and your relationships! Start by telling yourself you’re beautiful in the mirror every day or remember when you’re stressed to take deep breaths and ask yourself: do you love yourself enough to let go of the negativity and learn to live more positively? The answer is yes.
Let loose! Self-care isn’t all about alone time! Socially reconnecting with family and friends will make you feel more connected to others and yourself. You deserve interaction, positivity, and support! Show your family you care by taking time for them, and they should do the same.
Get in those Zzz’s! A short nap can be a huge energy boost and great for your mental state. Lay down, close your eyes, maybe drift off, and you’ll feel better you took a few minutes to relax your body and mind.
Perhaps one of the better ideas for self-care activities on this list, taking a bath will relax your body and your mind. Take the time to release the tension in your muscles, and let your worries relax with them. Turn on some music or podcast, light some candles, and throw in some petals if you’re feeling especially fancy, or grab a book and settle in.
Are you feeling the stress still? That’s okay if you are, but maybe try some of these ideas for self-care activities and remember stress is temporary, and you can help to manage it by taking some time for yourself. Our list is certainly not exhaustive as there are thousands of ways to practice self-care. Pick one that suits you because your routine is about you, so choose something that feels right.
Happy relaxing, and take care of yourself!