The Top 10 Self Care Ideas that You Can Practice Right Now
In this article, we’re going over self care ideas that you can start practicing immediately. These top 10 self care ideas can be implemented into any self care routine right now with immediate benefits to your self-worth, self-esteem, and self-love. These self care tips will help you to nurture and take better can of yourself.
Building a routine to love yourself is so important for your well-being. When you start taking care of yourself, you allow yourself to take better care of others. You can decompress and restart, so you can start your day and your to-do list at 100% charged.
It seems that we get pulled in every direction while the to-do list gets longer and longer. Not only that, but the to-do list has a dollar sign attached to most of them.
A lot of times self care can look glamorous or even expensive. But when you take away the glitz, it all boils down to what you enjoy and what makes you feel good.
Today, you'll get to explore new ways to take care yourself while keeping your budget happy. All of these self care ideas are completely free and some of the best that are going to nurture and uplift you.
Reading taps into your natural inquisitive mind. Be it a fiction novel or a self-help, your mind craves to learn something out the normal routine. Reading is also one of those rare hobbies that let you completely immerse yourself in the act of doing it.
After a long day, allowing yourself some quiet time with a few articles, magazines, or if you have a book you’ve been meaning to jump in can help round out the day. Take that time to unplug for the day and turn your thoughts inward.
New to self-care and this sounds like a dream? Trust me, I felt the same way, but it’s doable. Even now, on the weekdays, I set aside 10-minute articles three times a day. It helps and makes it more manageable when you’re just getting started.
If you’re reading on your phone or tablet, turn off your distractions. Before I learned to truly unplug, notifications for everything under the sun would drag me away from a good article or a chapter of my book, leaving me more frazzled than normal. Turning on Do Not Disturb or turning off all notifications will keep your time sacred.
Along with digital distractions, family interactions can take away from this time. If you’re taking part in the bite-sized reading times, this is easier to disappear for a bit instead of setting a side a chunk of time.
Journaling is the best self-care that you can do for yourself. Hands down.
Guys, back in the day, I was one of those people who scoffed at this. I just didn’t get it, nor could I find anything that fit what I needed journaling to do for me. Besides, if I bought one more notebook that just sat somewhere, I would blow a gasket.
If you’re new to journaling, take a look at the complete guide on finding out what type of journal best suits your personality and your lifestyle! It’s a full of every single type of journal out there and what they’re pros and cons are. Check it out here!
Simplifying your thoughts into a maximum of 5 words and plugging it into your planner is a great start to get your foot into journaling. If you’re just starting out, write the 3-5 words that you would describe the whole day. Even if you’re too tired at the end of the day, write it down in the morning when you’re looking over the day.
Putting your first journal alongside of your planner will help nudge you into looking inward.
Related Post: What Type of Journal Would Work Best for You?
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My meditation time happens after my somewhat-daily yin-yoga routine. (Hey, I’m getting better!) I like to round out my me-time with a bit of inward listening. Even when I’m not doing a somewhat-daily routine, I still set some time aside for this.
Meditation helps with refocusing your energy, especially after a day being pulled in every direction. It allows you to connect back with yourself. A morning meditation session can help start your day off on the right foot. While a session at night can help smooth out the bumps along the road.
Even a mid-day, “save me please” session! Just pencil a few minutes to yourself.
Meditation can get a bad rap. Sit up straight, open palms, eyes closed, now OM!
Let me tell you: you do not have to have your time dictated like that. This is your time to love yourself and get back in touch with your true you.
I’m usually in corpse pose to finish up my practice and begin my meditation. My rickety hips can’t take sitting on a thin little mat for however much time I need.
Make yourself comfortable.
Lay on the ground or on your bed.
Call it shavasana if anyone asks.
Light Body Work
Squeezing in a few moments to do some light body work can make a huge difference not only in your physical health but your mood as well!
Even just a stretch here and there throughout your day can be the first steps in the right direction. Remember, it’s not about quantity, and this is true with bodywork as well.
If you practice just a few quality stretches, think of how much more that will help rather than stressing yourself about squeezing a 2-hour practice into your already-jammed-pack day? Start small and work up to those lengthier practices!
I found that, for myself, yoga is something that I really enjoy incorporating into my self care routine. I love that I can practice within my home and intertwine a meditation practice into a session.
Related Post: A Beginner’s Guide to Yin Yoga
Self care is all about feel good about yourself and what better way than to go out of your way to help others?
Volunteer work or community work is often overlooked or undervalued in the self care world. Not only is it overlooked, but it’s often pin-holed into one aspect of outreach work.
If you’re ridiculously good at cooking, ask yourself how you could volunteer that skill to someone in need. Selfless acts don’t need to be huge or intertwined with a non-profit, sometimes just the little things add up.
Going out of your way to be kind to others can bring out the positivity in yourself, as well as within others.
This book was SO amazing and really helped with outside of the box ideas for doing something kind. Not only did I pick and choose what to do each day for different people, but I really challenged myself to implement these ideas for a slew of different people.
Definitely a must-do challenge! You can pick your’s up here.
Creating a Positive Mindset
Shifting your thoughts to focus on what you like about yourself, what you’re good at, will need to be done every day during the beginning stages. Keeping a journal with one positive thing about yourself each day will rebuild that relationship with you.
When you start your day with just one positive thought, your whole day becomes shaped by how you chose to treat yourself before anyone else had the chance to.
Declutter your space
Decluttering your space can provide you with the simplification you need to allow yourself to not be burdened by environmental stress. There’s something that really presses on us when we’re navigating through disorganization, a space that doesn’t fit with our lives.
Decluttering helps to alleviate this disorganization and get your space back to being in alignment with who you are as a person. Everyone’s disorganization looks different, it’s what works best for you and your lifestyle.
When you get rid of the things that are causing you more of a headache than you can begin to work on your focus.
Take a walk outside
Walking outside in nature is show to boost your mood as well as improve your overall health and wellness!
Like other types of aerobic exercise, walking, especially out in nature, stimulates the production of neurotransmitters and endorphins in the brain that help improve your mental state.
With a daily walk, you allow yourself to hit the reset on your day and come back with a fresh look at what you were working on.
Set Healthy Boundaries
We’re so eager to toss out the word “no” when presented with trivial, physical things. However, when our mental health and well-being depend on saying no to protect ourselves, we put other’s first. We’re afraid of maybe offending that person.
The first step to creating a healthy boundary is learning that saying no is okay. You’re allowed to say no, no matter whose asking. Without setting boundaries, you are giving too much power to another person.
The same can be said for just being a yes!-person without letting ourselves weigh the emotional and mental outcome.
Related: How to Create Healthy Boundaries
Realign with your Passion
Passion gives us confidence. When we’re passionate, we exude confidence naturally. When we’re confident, we build up our self esteem and show ourselves self-compassion, two of the biggest rewards in a consistent self care routine!
Not only does passion fuel our confidence, but it creates excitement around us. When you’re putting in hours with thoughts and actions, that brings excitement to others looking on. That excitement brings others in and therefore, creates a whole new environment of others who are passionate.
THE SECRET OF STICKING TO A SELF CARE ROUTINE
Self care is all about you. No if’s, and’s, or but’s, it’s all about you and what works for you. In the list above, you do not have to follow all of them to be successful.
You can pick one, own it, and feel 100x’s better than before you started.
When you’re adding new self care ideas to your routine, ask yourself the most important question of: “how will this make me feel better?” Allow yourself to answer this honestly when you’re adding something to your routine.
If you add in something that you’re only lukewarm to, that feeling of overwhelm that you’re already feeling with feel 10x’s worse than before you started.
When your goal is to stick to a self care routine, look for self care ideas that fit your personality, lifestyle, and schedule. Some ideas take a lot of time and effort, which may not be the best for you right now. And that’s okay!
Self care doesn’t have to be a full day detox, it can be sitting by yourself in silence for 10 minutes. Listen to what your body and mind are leading you too. Sometimes the day’s self care could be going to bed an hour early because you’re tired.
Scheduling and planning are great and help a lot of successful people stick to their goals. But what you don’t need in your self care routine is rigidity and “rule-abiding.” Think of self care as the antidote for the things in your life that are like that.
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