Free Self-Care Ideas For Your
As human beings we fluctuate, some days we may feel at full capacity and other days our energy runs low, we can feel overwhelmed, stressed and confused. Our bodies almost force us to practice empathy and unite us in the knowing that we all as human race go through these types of moments. There isn’t an ideal time when we should practice self-care, it rather should be integrated in our daily lives. Something as simple and yet as profound as self-respect is transformational. Self care is more than just applying skincare, as anything, if we want deeper change we need to dive deeper than mere skin level.
Self-care is a choice. It can be hard work when having to spread thin between work, family, career, house chores, but self-care doesn’t imply you necessarily adding more but rather doing what you already do in a more mindful way.
- Declutter your wardrobe. Don’t see it as a stressful chore but rather as a moment to get to know yourself better. Try things on and see how they make you feel. Take the time to figure out your favourite colours, style.
- Wash your bedding, curtains, throws and towels. Hang them to dry outside. When you bring them inside they will emanate the freshest air.
- Dust off your place. Dust off the stagnant energy and while doing this try and be mindful.
- Rearrange your place. Move around the shelves decor or add a new plant. The brain will be grateful for some change especially now that we all spend so much time indoors.
- Diffuse essential oils. The aromatherapy creates a beautiful ambiance. You can do this throughout the day. Diffuse mint and eucalyptus during the day to help you stay more focused.
- Go through old notebooks, magazine, newspapers and recycle or repurpose what you no longer need.
- Write a note on the first page of each book you finish. Write the date and the place. It will be a beautiful reminder when you reopen it in a few months or years.
- Clean out your purse or every bag.
- List the tasks that have been weighing on you and get them done one at a time.
- Organise your books. Donate the ones you no longer need or want, rearrange them by colour or genre, or simply just dust them off.
- Stretch more often. Meet your body where it is at. You don’t need to be very flexible just stretch or exercise to feel better.
- Take deep breaths. I enjoy taking deep belly breaths, and also the 4-7-8 technique.
- Stop rushing. Take the time to brew your morning coffee (I loves using a coffee dripper when I make coffee). It encourages a slower paced living.
- Steam your face. Pour boiling water in a bowl with some essential oils (if you choose), cover your head with a towel and allow the steam to purify your face and freshen you up.
- Go outside. Get some fresh air and explore the neighbourhood.
- Take the time to perform a tea ceremony or to simply enjoy your tea.
- Try dry brushing before showering. It helps with the lymphatic system and it also serves as a time to give your body some well deserved love.
- Nothing says self-care as a face mask does. Try ubtan face mask or simply apply some calming honey.
- Be present while eating. Eat without watching anything or scrolling on instagram. Truly be present.
- Hug your loved ones or your pet.
- Journal honestly. You can you prompts or simply allow your thoughts to roll on the page. It will leave you feeling lighter ( check what science has to say about journaling).
- Turn off notifications on your phone.
- Declutter your phone, laptop, iCloud and any other digital storage you have.
- Take some time off to pray or set intentions for your day.
- Take time off to rest. You don’t need to be constantly doing things. Take 5 minutes to meditate or simply close your eyes.
- Spend twenty minutes unfollowing accounts on social media that make you feel less-than. If you can’t unfollow, consider muting them—they’ll never know!
- Create a Pinterest mood board full of things that inspire you.
- Set a reminder of a positive affirmation for yourself somewhere in the future – a week, a month, a year from now. (“Hey Siri, remind me in one month that everything will turn out just fine.”).
- Write out your values. What is most important to you, and how can you priorities those in your life?
Focus on consistency rather than results. Do you want to write a book? Focus on writing some daily rather only overthinking your book idea.
Almost any hobby is self-care. Do more of the things that bring you joy and make you feel more relaxed. Hobbies require we make time for them, but they also enrich the quality of our lives.
- Start colouring. If you have kids this is something you can do together.
- Spend 30 minutes reading a new book.
- Listen to an audiobook or a podcast while you clean the car or drive to the grocery store.
- Bake some bread or muffins. Embrace the slowness of the process.
- Plan a movie night. Choose what movie you will watch in advance, make snacks and be fully present and engaged (nothing of scrolling through instagram while watching the movie).
- Take care of your plants or just admire the nature at your local park.
- Sign up to a new course, learn a new skill.