If you’re feeling like the weight of the world is getting heavier as each month goes by, you’re probably in need of some major self-care. We know you’ve been killing it with your personal goals and handling life day by day, so you deserve to take time for yourself and recharge your battery! Whether you think of self-care as being as simple as putting a sheet mask on before bed or as complicated as seeing a therapist once a week, we’re here to share some easy things you can do today to make yourself feel more fulfilled.
Self-care has been a popular term for years now and, while it may seem frivolous, it’s actually a very important part of making sure your mental health is always stable. And self-care isn’t a privilege; it’s actually a necessity. Studies show self-care can help you feel more fulfilled in everyday life. But for many people, self-care isn’t something that comes naturally. In fact, many people deprive themselves of this practice because they’re either too busy for self care or think they don’t deserve it. While shopping for a trendy blouse or doing face mask may not solve all your problems, repeated and continued use of self-care in your daily routine could stand to benefit you in all aspects of your life.
As you scroll through these self-love prompts, take note of what seems like it would work for you. Self-care will look different to everyone. Just because a certain method doesn’t work for you today, it doesn’t mean it can’t work for you later on in your self-care journey. Keep an open mind! At the end of the day, this is all about what’s best for you and what will help you relax.
We want you to look at self-care as something that you can be successful at and attain at any time. So, while the self-care methods may seem simple or like no-brainers, they set you up for success. And the more you incorporate them into your daily routine, the better you’ll feel overall.
On average, every human needs about 86 oz of water per day to keep their body running normally and to stay hydrated. The health benefits of staying hydrated are keeping your skin looking supple, regulating your body, improving cardiovascular health, and many more. Make it a goal to drink more water each day so that you can feel your best inside and out.
Since most of the world is working from home right now, it’s not every day that you get the chance to throw on cute plus-size clothes. Even if you have nowhere to go, slide into a casual plus-size maxi dress that makes you feel confident and beautiful. You’ll notice you may stop to check yourself out in the mirror once or twice. Getting dressed can also add some normalcy to your life while boosting your mood and confidence.
Take a Long Shower or Draw a Bath
Sometimes, our showers or baths could be the only opportunity we have every single day to clear our minds and just focus on ourselves. If you routinely take showers, draw a bath and light some candles. You’ll feel special and at peace. If you’re not a huge fan of that, take a shower and indulge in a body wash that smells luxurious and tropical. Your sense of smell can really help you relax.
Enjoy a Coloring Break
Do you find yourself doodling on your notepad during meetings? If you’re someone who likes to draw or color, block out 15 minutes of your day to dive into an adult coloring book or to freehand draw in a sketchbook. This creativity break will allow you to recharge and will help you focus more throughout the day. It also allows you to take your mind off of the heavy stuff and focus on something fun.
Take a Walk
With most people working remotely these days, it’s more important than ever to step away from your desk and go take a walk outside. Walking outside is energizing and allows you to get a breath of fresh air. When you return, you’ll probably find yourself much less distracted and more focused.
Take a Break from Your Phone
On average, most people spend hours a day on their phone. Whether you’re mindlessly scrolling or answering emails on your lunch break or after hours, always being on your phone can be exhausting. It also takes your attention away from other things you might enjoy doing—like going for a walk or interacting with your family or friends. You can easily set up time restrictions within your phone or on certain apps that allow you to see how much time you’re spending on your phone.
Do a Social Media Cleanse
Social media has a negative effect on your mental health if it is consumed too much. If you find yourself feeling less confident because you’re constantly comparing yourself to others, take a day or a week off of social media to reset and recharge. This break will allow you to recognize the things you love about your life, and it will center you and recharge your self-esteem.
If you return from your social media cleanse and still find that you’re not inspired by your social media feed, follow people that enrich your life. For example, the body positivity movement is something everyone can get behind on social media, and it will totally uplift you.
Listen to Music
If you don’t already have one, create a playlist of songs that put you in a good mood. Whether you sit down and listen to music while you relax or you take a 15-minute dance break, you’re guaranteed to come out of your music session in a better mood.
Get Your Rest
One in three adults don’t get enough sleep. If you find yourself working late hours or staying up past midnight, try self-care in the form of getting to bed earlier or sleeping in a little bit longer. After you have a couple of days where you have gotten a full eight hours of sleep, you’ll notice a huge difference in your energy, mood, and health.
Try a New Recipe
If you find yourself in a rut when it comes to making dinner because you’re not excited about any of the food you’re eating, or, on the contrary, you find yourself ordering takeout too much, search through Pinterest to find a recipe that excites your taste buds. Head to your local grocery store and get all the ingredients you need, and then block off your night to prepare a yummy meal for yourself.
Partake in a Cuddle Session
Whether you have a dog, a cat, or a significant other you love to snuggle up to at night, set aside extra time for a long cuddle session. Studies show that cuddling boosts your mood.
Indulge Yourself Today
Which one of these methods could you implement in your routine today? We hope you find the peace and happiness you’re looking for in a self-care routine. You deserve to indulge yourself here and there!