Many times, when people hear the word “self-care,” they think of being whisked away for a weekend getaway or having an entire day of pampering complete with massages, facials, and beauty treatments. And while those things are amazing and have their place, taking care of yourself can be simple, and best of all, free(!) which, to me, is really important because taking care of yourself is something that needs to be done at least a few days a week. It shouldn’t be reserved for when you’ve worked X-amount of hours or have Y-amount of money.
Additionally, it’s important to note that self-care also entails taking care of yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. With that said, here are five free ways you can practice self-care daily; and if not daily, at least a few days a week — because you deserve it!
1. Meditation and yoga.
Your practice doesn’t have to be long; even 10 or 15 minutes will help. Not only will it bring you more calm and inner peace, it also helps you live in the present moment and brings your mind, body, and spirit in harmony.
Ideas: Try YouTube or this yoga sequence.
Of course, there are the physical benefits, but other benefits of working out include improving your mood and reducing stress, promoting better sleep, and making you feel happier.
Ideas: Go for a walk, or check out Blogilates or Hang Tight With MarC.
This is one of my favorite self-care practices, and I find it works best when reading fiction or inspirational memoirs and autobiographies/biographies. Reading, like the other activities, reduces stress and puts you in a better mood, it improves your focus, and develops your creativity.
Ideas: One of my favorite fiction authors is Christina C. Jones (available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited); and a few of my favorite memoirs/autobiographies: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, Life in Motion by Misty Copeland, and The Healing by Saeeda Hafiz.
4. Spend some time in nature
According to an article from MedicalDaily.com, taking a walk in nature can reduce depression, improve your mood, and boost your overall well-being and mental health. Being outside can also helps you sleep better and gives you a much-needed break from technology.
Idea: Take a nature walk or have a picnic at the park.
5. Do something that makes you laugh and/or brings you joy.
In the midst of our day-to-day activities, it can be easy to forget to make time for our pleasures. So, figure out what brings you joy, then make time to do at least one of those things daily.
Idea: Listen to funny podcasts, make a list of the things that make you happy, and choose a different one each day; listen to music you enjoy.
BONUS TIP: The best way to make daily self-care a habit is to schedule it. When you’re planning your day or week, actually write down the activity — or activities — you’ll do; that way, you’re more likely to actually follow through with them.
What are some ways you practice self-care? Let us know by leaving a comment! : )
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