When you get busy throughout the week, you tend to neglect the person most important, yourself. I’ve complied my favorite self-care activities for anyone out there that needs a pick-me-up. I try to do some form of self-care at least once a week, if not more.
1. Paint Your Nails
Lately, I have been really into painting my nails, which is so strange for me because I used to NEVER paint my nails. I was an avid nail biter, so truthfully I didn’t have much of a nail to paint anyway. At some point in my life, I stopped biting my nails and now they are long and deserve a good paintin’ 🙂 Painting my nails forces me to slooowww down too, because I have to wait for them to dry. I pick out my color, turn on the TV, and spend 30-45 minutes on myself.
2. Face Mask
This is an obvious and probably most-loved self-care activity. I absolutely love doing face masks because I am all about skincare AND it again forces me to sit and do nothing for 10-15 minutes. I can dedicate a post all about my favorite face masks in a separate post, because ya girl LOVES face masks.
3. Hot Yoga
As of lately, hot yoga has been my JAM. I love the way it makes my body feel and look. I genuinely notice a difference in my strength and how toned my muscles have become. The best part about hot yoga is that I get to disconnect for 1 hour, in a hot room and truly focus on myself. The practice of yoga is all about your breath and moving through the poses while focusing on your breathing. I absolutely LOVE it and if you haven’t tried it I recommend it, and if you tried it and hated it, try a different studio! The studio, the instructor, the atmosphere, all of that really affects the way you feel about it, so once you find one that speaks to you, you will fall in love.
4. Read, Read, Read
If you read my post from Christmas, you would know that I got several books and I can’t wait to read them. Reading has become my daily self-care activity and it brings patience and silence into my life. When it comes to reading, don’t feel pressured to finish a book even if you aren’t enjoying it. Reading should be your chance to escape from reality and explore a new life. So put down that book you are hating and struggling to get through, and find one that you are excited to read everyday!
5. Take a Long, Hot shower
So most of us do this activity everyday, or every other day, but for me personally, when I shower I get in and get out, so it is nice every once in a while to really take my time, put on some music or a podcast and bask in the warmth. Sometimes, I might even give my hair some extra love and do a hair mask.
I’m pretty new at meditating and everything I’ve learned I’ve gotten from various apps that I’ve been trying out, but I have found that when I do some meditation first thing in the morning, my day seems to start out better. Taking just 10 minutes in the morning to focus on my breath and not get distracted by my phone has really helped me to feel more at ease.
I started journaling not too long ago, but I’ve noticed that when I need to just have a vent session, I can turn to my journal. It doesn’t judge, it doesn’t argue, it is just there to let me unleash everything that is on my mind and sometimes I really need that. I have found that after I do a quick brain dump, I feel lighter both mentally and emotionally. It has helped a great deal for my stress and it is one of my favorite self-care activities.
8. Take a Walk
When I was in grad school last year, I would walk around the apartment complex that I lived in (weather permitting). I thoroughly enjoyed getting some sun and just moving my legs. When I was working on papers or reading all day it was necessary to get up and get moving. Now I know this is a hard activity to do in the wintertime, so put this one in your back pocket for when the weather warms up 🙂
9. Listen to Music or a Podcast
I know this might be a weird self-care tip, but creating a playlist for yourself can help to motivate you when you are in a funk, same thing goes for podcasts. Find a podcast that you love and take some time out of your day to just listen to it and really take it in. A way that I really like to unwind or just get out of my own head is to listen to music. I love creating playlists on Spotify and finding new music that makes me feel motivated or happy.
10. Clean up Your Space
I know this one might not sound like fun or something you really want to do, but when I clean up my space I feel like I can conquer the world. Okay, not really, but I do feel a lot more motivated and just all around better! Now, I am not talking about cleaning with a mop and broom, but rather organizing. I don’t enjoy cleaning, but I LOVE organizing and decluttering. It can be cathartic to go through your stuff and get rid of things too. I know Marie Kondo is all the rage right now and if you actually try it out, you might be surprised at how much better you feel! Plus, cleaning up your space can spark inspiration!
I am all about taking care of myself, so if you have some activities that you love, share them below!! 🙂