What Are Self-Care Practices? 20 Things I Do For My Self-Care Routine
Hearing the term "self-care" and not sure what it means? Here's how I established a self-care routine, what kinds of activities and practices I do for self-care, and more.
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establishing a self care routine

20 Things I Do For My Self-Care Routine

Never underestimate the power of a self-care routine. Over the past year and a half, that has certainly become my motto. When it comes to self-care, the case can be made for literally any activity that makes you feel good, inspired, and refreshed. I get a lot of questions about self-care because I’m always posting about it on Instagram. As my one friend Jesi put it, I “have a different self-care tip like, every day.”


What can I say, mental health and my general well-being are super important to me. After all, if I don’t take care of myself, how can I be expected to take care of anyone else around me? Including the adorable pupper that I care for 24/7? Truth is, I couldn’t. So I have to come first.

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Self-care is a personal practice. It really is what you make it. Over the years and months, my self-care has evolved and changed to include different things. Sometimes, I enjoy coloring mandalas in my adult coloring books. Other times, I go through some kind of exercise phase like running, biking, hiking, or kayaking. (Right now, it’s kayaking as I recently moved to the Hamptons for the summer. More on that later.) But aside from the sporadic, seasonal stuff that makes an appearance every once in a while, there is a specific self-care routine that I strictly try to adhere to.


There are two very common self-care practices that you will notice are not included below on my list: meditation and yoga. This is not because I don’t meditate or do yoga — I do. But right now, I don’t have meditation or yoga configured into my daily, weekly, or monthly routine. As my routine stands now, my yoga and meditation practice are a bit more sporadic. I still practice them, but with much less of a regimented schedule than I used to. Hopefully, in the near future, this will change, but for now, in the interest of being honest, I felt I couldn’t include either.



  • Skincare morning and night: cleanse, use toner, apply vitamin C serum, and moisturize
  • Drink my almond milk/coffee hybrid
  • Cook at least one meal in my own kitchen
  • Take the dog for a 30 minute walk
  • Some kind of entertainment: Netflix, book, podcast, music
  • Drink 8 cups of water
  • Makeup (only if I want to)



  • Face mask
  • Water the plants
  • Dry brush (2-3 x’s a week)
  • Take the dog to the park
  • Make my own plant-based milk
  • Laundry
  • Grocery shopping



  • Write my monthly intentions
  • Clean my car
  • Take a bath with a bath bomb
  • Get a professional facial
  • Manicure/pedicure
  • Do some kind of extravagant outdoor activity (hike, kayak, bike, etc.)


How do you integrate self-care into your routine? Comment below!

Steph Osmanski
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