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30 Ways to Self-Care

30 Ways to Self-Care

Empathy: I have a whole lot of it but at times, it can be both my strength and downfall. The caveat to being an empathic person is that we can get bogged down with the feelings of other people, to the point of ignoring our own feelings and needs. This is something that the people closest to me in my life have been pointing out to me recently: that I’m all 100% there for everyone else in my life, but 0% there for myself.

 

It’s hard but this is how I was made, so I’ve been learning bit by bit how to self-care. Now more than ever, it’s extremely important in my life to make sure that I’m being taken care of. If I’m not taking care of myself, my efforts to take care of others are for naught. You can’t help others unless you first help yourself.

 

Now that I’ve been heading into a clearer, more goal-oriented headspace, practicing self-care has become vital even in the little things. I used to think that “self-care” meant a spa day or a foot massage and while it certainly can include those things, self-care also doesn’t have to break the bank. Taking five minutes out your day to flip through a poetry book or power-nap before a conference call are all small but crucial ways we can take care of ourselves.

 

Even the simple act of picking up the phone and calling someone you love can be seen as self-care. Does it make you feel good to do it? Does it refresh your emotional and/or physical health? Do you feel better afterwards? Then it’s self-care.

 

If you’re using this month to focus more on self-care like I am, check out my 30 ideas for self-care below.

 

  1. Read poetry
  2. Write poetry
  3. Drink a latte
  4. Sleep in late
  5. Light a candle
  6. Do a face mask
  7. Pet a dog or cat
  8. Buy flowers
  9. Play a board game
  10. Journal
  11. Make a to-do list
  12. Visit a museum
  13. Eat fruit
  14. Call your parents
  15. Write thank-you notes
  16. Make jam
  17. Try a new recipe
  18. Go for a walk
    Nap outdoors
  19. Do your makeup
  20. Listen to records
  21. Rewatch your favorite movie
  22. Make a playlist
  23. Play cards
  24. Meditate
  25. Make your bed
  26. Cuddle in bed
  27. Buy new sweats
  28. Go to yoga
  29. Drink a smoothie
  30. Eat chocolate

How do you practice self-care? Let me know in the comments below!

Steph Osmanski
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