Happy ALMOST Friday 🙂
Let’s talk about self-care for a minute. Because somethingggg tells me you could probably use some. 😉
Just like every other healthy habit, we all fall out of our good routines every once in a while, and I feel like our self-care routines often take the brunt of the neglect. We skimp on sleep, overcommit, or prioritize work or other people, and just when we think we can’t fit one more thing into our to-do list, we realize there’s actually an important element missing from the priority list — OURSELVES!
While some tried-and-true self-care activities are timeless, such as a good book, alone time, and sleep, other seasons of life (er, like the season of 2020??) require you to mix it up!
Regardless of what self-care looks like for you, it’s important to check in with yourself, make time for yourself and do things that bring you joy, because it makes you the best version of yourself.
Today, Kendall rounded up an awesome list of simple, practical ideas to inspire your at-home self-care menu, and I’m really excited to share them with you! These things are simple, don’t often take up a lot of time, but they can really make a world of difference in your mental health. I hope you can pick out a few to implement today!
30+ At-Home Self Care Ideas
Jot down three things you like about yourself over coffee
Before you rush into work or dive into the news, take a second at the start of your day to write down three things you like about yourself. Show yourself some gratitude and self-love to start your day off on a positive note.
Go out of your way to give someone a compliment
It’s hard not to feel great after giving someone a compliment–it’s a proven fact! Complimenting doesn’t just benefit the receiver of the compliment, it boosts the happiness of the complimenter, too! Whether it’s someone you pass on the street or taking the time to text a friend, send a compliment into the universe today.
Get lost in a good book
There’s nothing like getting lost in a read that you can’t put down! Whether it’s getting into a bed a little earlier or blocking off time for it on your calendar, make the time to read a book! Looking for recs? Check out 9 books to add to your summer reading list.
Take a bubble bath
Cliché? Yes. But there’s a reason why “bubble bath” is on every “self care ideas” list ever created. They work!! So, embrace them! Light a candle, throw on some calming music and relax in the tub while your blood pressure instantly drops! (Even better, get yourself a CBD bath bomb or mineral soak!)
Give yourself a colorful manicure
A self-care act that’s both creative and therapeutic. Bright, joyful colors can lift your mood each time you look at your nails! Give yourself some fresh polish in a fun shade–bonus points if you mix it up from your go-to color! Pear Nova is a non-toxic, cruelty-free, and Black woman owned nail polish brand that makes SO many fun colors, if you are shopping for a new polish!
Feeling overbooked with Zoom calls and socially distanced hangouts? Or just don’t want to do something? Remember that “no” is a complete sentence! Learning to say no to things that don’t serve you or aren’t on your priority list right now helps open you up for the things that do bring you joy and fulfillment!
Go to bed earlier
If you’re not getting enough sleep, go to bed earlier. If you are getting enough sleep, but your nighttime routine is mindlessly watching reruns, head to bed earlier so you can…
Wake up earlier
Waking up even 30 minutes earlier gives you the freedom to start your day off on the right foot and not feel rushed, behind or sluggish. Use the time to get in a workout, be alone with your thoughts, or actually enjoy your morning coffee in peace rather than chugging between Zoom calls.
Pick a meal and take it outside! The change of scenery can be rejuvenating and force you to slow down, be in the present moment and enjoy your meal!
Do something crafty for the sole purpose of getting your creative juices flowing, like an adult coloring book, or personalize something that’s already on your to-do list, like making a handmade birthday card for a family member.
Whether you’re a mom spread thin or your “me time” has been swapped for spending time with roommates or a significant other, we all need alone time. Don’t feel guilty about needing time to yourself to recharge — whether that’s going for a run, watching your favorite show or doing absolutely nothing at all!
Make time for your full skincare routine
We all have our “in a rush” skincare routine and the extended version we only get around to every once in a while — you know, the works! Indulge in your full skincare routine and give your mind and skin the TLC it deserves — exfoliate, soak, use a face mask, moisturize and ice roll (check out my post on ice roller benefits).
Download an app
Need a daily motivational boost or a reminder to take deep breaths? There’s an app for that! Download Shine to help you reach your self-care goals. The app lets you learn a new self-care strategy every day, explore a meditation audio library, and even play calming sounds to shift your mindset or mood.
Send a letter to someone who means a lot to you
Zoom calls and texts are great, but nothing beats the old-fashioned sentiment of a handwritten letter. Whether it’s checking in on a family member, telling a new mom friend that she’s doing a great job or letting someone who is going through a hard time know you’re thinking of them, put pen to paper and give someone a good mail day!
Go for a photo walk
We all know that walking and getting outside are good for both our mental and physical health, but your daily route can feel stale from time to time. Mix things up with a photo walk — which is exactly what it sounds like. Set out to photograph something interesting on your walk around the neighborhood. This will help you see your surroundings in a new way and appreciate all the beauty within walking distance. (See my photos from my Spring in Wicker Park photo walk here!)
Do or go somewhere new
There’s nothing like the thrill of something completely new. Whether it’s an activity, outing to a different neighborhood or just a new restaurant to get takeout from, try something new (and often!)
Break down a lofty goal into manageable steps and commit to tackling one small to-do that will help you achieve that larger goal one day. Then, revisit the list of steps and mindfully chip away at them.
Update something in your home
Our space and the things we surround ourselves with can play a huge role in our mood and motivation levels — especially when we’re spending so much time in the same space lately. Pick a corner, shelf or room that you’re not loving and give it a little update. Whether it’s simply rearranging your bookshelf or finally hanging art, investing in your space is always a mood booster.
Make a new recipe and enjoy the process
Stuck in a kitchen rut or overdoing it on the take-out lately? Carve out some time to make a new recipe and enjoy the process of creating a foreign dish. We all have our go-to quick dinners, but making a new meal from time to time is invigorating!
Light a candle
Create some ambiance and light your favorite candle! You don’t need to wait for a special occasion or company to use candles if they bring you joy- they are a simple way to add something special to the everyday!
Feeling stuck or have too many jumbled thoughts? Try journaling without any expectations and simply see what comes out- could be simply acknowledging your emotions, making a list, noting things you’re grateful for, or even a fictional story. You might be surprised to learn what you’re holding on to!
Buy a plant
Plant love is self-care! Whether you have a houseplant collection or are completely new to plants, taking care of a living thing can be very therapeutic. Plus, plants are gifts that keep on giving by purifying the air, lowering the stress hormone cortisol and even helping you sleep better at night. (See Kendall’s healthy house plant tips here!)
Make a fresh playlist
Everyone needs a new pump-up playlist from time to time. Make a playlist for this season of life that’ll inspire and make you happy. (See this awesome Spotify playlist roundup here!)
Spending so much time at home can cause an increase in screentime and make you feel like you have to be constantly connected. Whether you need to take a break from Netflix, shut off your work email, or unplug from social media altogether, unplugging is often the true key to rest and clarity.
Listen to an inspirational podcast
Whether you’re folding laundry, getting through your work to-do list or just resting on the couch, having an inspirational podcast on in the background is a great way to sneak in a little self-care. Check out my Real Women Approved post on 30+ podcasts to binge!
Drink more water
No matter how much water you’re drinking each day, chances are it’s not enough! Commit to upping your water intake and reap the many mental and physical benefits! Check out my post on 5 easy tips to help you drink more water here!
Pick up fresh flowers
So simple, yet so decadent. Make a point to pick up flowers and place them somewhere that’ll brighten your day every time you enter the room.
Plan SOMETHING to look forward to!
Whether it’s inviting over friends for a BBQ or planning a trip to Europe (in the future), prioritizing what you want and having something to truly look forward to is an incredible form of self-care.
Move your body
Choose any activity that feels good to you — stretch, lift weights, run, walk or a mind-body activity like yoga. Every time we move our bodies, our mental health benefits too. (P.Volve is my favorite at-home workout!!)
Celebrate little wins
A great way to show yourself self-care and be in the moment is celebrating everyday wins, no matter how big or how small! (Checking off ANY one of the above calls for celebration, too! 😎) Did you finally get around to finishing the laundry? Pop some bubbly! Did you hit a monthly savings goal? Have a dance party! Acknowledge and celebrate your success every day, even if it’s just getting through a tough day relatively unscathed!
I hope this was helpful! Now, go get your self-care on — you deserve it! ❤️
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