Between work, family, and friends, it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that you need to take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else. If you don’t, you’ll end up burnt out, struggling, and possibly physically ill.
Here are some ways to practice self-care. Remember, not everyone’s self-care looks the same, so don’t worry if something doesn’t work for you. Just find something you like to do that relaxes you.
- Write down compliments you receive to look at later when you need a boost.
- Make an effort to scratch something off your to-do list that’s been there forever.
- Try taking a different route to work; mixing up your routine keeps you on your toes.
- Schedule yourself some downtime every day to do whatever you want, even if it’s something silly.
- Fix something at home that’s been annoying you, such as sewing a button back on, or replacing a light bulb that’s been out.
- Switch your phone on airplane mode & unplug for an hour. You’ll relax more when you are not constantly checking your phone for new notifications.
- Get out of your comfort zone, even if it’s just talking to a stranger.
- Go through your social media feeds and mute or unfollow anyone negative in your life. You don’t have to delete them, you just don’t have to see their negativity all the time.
- Put on some of your favorite dance music and dance around your house.
- Change out one of your meals for a healthier alternative.
- Try to get fifteen minutes of sun every day, especially if you’re somewhere cold.
- Read some comic strips or what a stand-up special to make yourself laugh.
- Take a quick nap if you’re feeling tired.
- Help someone out, even if it’s just holding a door open for them.
- Write down something that makes you mad or upset, let it all out, then either throw away or burn the paper.
- Play with a pet for a while. Pet-sit for one of your friends if you don’t have your own.
- Take yourself on a date, and do something that you like to do, such as visiting a museum or art gallery.
- Connect with someone you normally wouldn’t. Just a few sentences with your barista can be cleansing for you and for them.
- Take a long bath or shower, sit around in your bathrobe, and give yourself a manicure and pedicure.
- Ask for help with something, even if it’s just something small.
- Plan a mini vacation for yourself in your hometown. Turn off your phone and go exploring as though you’ve never been there.
- Make sure you get enough sleep, and try to keep your sleep schedule as consistent as possible.
- Drink more water.
- Don’t be afraid to say no if you’re stretched thin.
- Set aside time to read a new book you’ve been wanting to read.
- Do some stretches to get your blood moving.
There are tons of other ways you can take care of yourself. However you practice self-care, don’t let anyone make you feel guilty for it. You’re not being selfish. It can be hard to make yourself the priority when you’re used to taking care of others, but keep in mind that the best way to care for others is to take care of yourself first. That way you can put your whole self into everything you do.