When we think of self-care, we often think about taking a hot bath, getting a massage, or curling up on the couch with a cup of tea and a book. (At least that’s what I often think about!) Those are awesome self-care practices, but it doesn’t end there!
What about committing to drinking more water, or going to bed a little earlier, or disconnecting from social media? Yep, that’s self-care too.
Self-care is personal and it looks different from one person to the next. Self-care shouldn’t be a task that you check off your to-do list.
Self-care is about tuning in and really listening to what your body, mind and spirit are craving.
Self-care is about creating your own personal care routine that fills you up and leaves you feeling nourished so that you can live a life that feels good.
Here are 30 ways that you can nourish your body, mind and spirit. Feel free to use the ones that resonate in your own self-care routine, or come up with your own!
- Get more sleep. Who isn’t sleep deprived these days? Commit to going to bed a little earlier, or working on getting more restful sleep.
- Drink more water. You know you should be drinking 8-10 glasses a day, but are you? Try committing to drinking a glass of water first thing when you wake up so that you start your day hydrated!
- Stretch your body. We know we’re supposed to exercise, but we often neglect how good some simple stretches can make us feel! I love this yoga stretch routine by Yoga with Adriene.
- Eat more veggies. Add a salad to your meal, or some raw veggies and dip. I am currently addicted to this homemade vegan ranch dressing (except I add coconut milk instead of water).
- Drink healing tea. There are so many great teas out there that can help digestion or reduce inflammation. And they taste good too! My personal fave is this one.
- Listen to an inspirational podcast. Some of my current favorites are: Awaken Radio with Connie Chapman, Untame the Wild Soul with Elizabeth Dialto, Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert, Caffeine for the Soul with Michael Neil, and Grace & Grit with Courtney Townley.
- Get outside. There’s nothing like fresh air to leave you feeling inspired and replenished! Apparently there’s actually a name for it too. Forest bathing is a new trend that originated in Japan based on research that showed that being around trees and breathing in their essential oils, called phytoncides, helped to reduce stress and promote relaxation.
- Breathe Deep. Take small breaks throughout the day for some deep belly breathing. This exercise will get you started and help you to feel more relaxed!
- Write it out. Journaling is an amazing way to connect to your intuition and give your inner voice an outlet! It’s also amazing for mental health and can help manage anxiety by getting your thoughts out of your head and on to paper.
- Cross something off your to-do list. A massive to-do list can feel super overwhelming. Give yourself a win by completing a small task that you’ve been putting off. Or better yet, have a good look at your list to see if maybe there’s a few items on there that actually aren’t that important. Cross one off and let it go!
- Take 3! Take a quick break and listen to a 3 Minute Meditation. It’s amazing what 3 minutes can do!
- Try something new. What have you been thinking about trying, but putting off? A new restaurant or recipe? An art class? A new yoga studio? Your desires matter, so make them a priority!
- Dance. Play your favorite song and dance it out! (Perfect when your kids are driving you crazy too. Ask them to join in!)
- Get a haircut. Taking care of your appearance isn’t vain, it makes you feel good and boosts your confidence!
- Take a nap. Listen to your body and rest when it’s needed.
- Laugh. Get together with some friends or watch your favorite funny movie. Laughter is the best medicine, right?
- Unplug from social media. Ugh. This one can be so hard! Start with even an hour free from your phone. Or commit to staying away from any comments on social media…they are the most toxic and no one needs that in their lives!
- Have a massage. Everyone loves a massage. If you can’t afford to visit a massage clinic, ask a friend, partner or even your kids!
- Say no. Don’t feel bad about turning down a coffee date you’re not interested in, or volunteer duties that you really don’t have time for. You can’t help anyone if you’re depleted, so learn to put your needs first.
- Say yes. Sometimes it’s fear holding us back, not a lack of time in our schedules. Be honest with yourself and let your heart tell you if it’s a no or a yes.
- Call a friend. Friendships are good for the soul, but we have to make time for them.
- Forgive. Forgive someone who has hurt you. Forgive yourself for hurting someone else or making a mistake. Negative emotions can be toxic if we don’t acknowledge them and let them go. Try some of these ideas to release any negative emotions that come up for you.
- Visualize your ideal life. Part of living an intentional life is knowing what’s important to you and tuning in to your desires. Grab your journal and work your way through this exercise to get started.
- Make a decision. Unmade decisions can weigh you down. Tune in to your heart and make a decision that feels true to you. Try the Shining Decisions meditation from my Nourish + Shine Meditation Album if you need help!
- Choose a Mantra. Write down a daily mantra or affirmation for yourself and post it where you’ll see it every day. Repeat it to yourself in the morning and before you go to sleep.
- Clear some clutter. Research shows that clutter can make us feel overwhelmed. Recycle the stack of papers that haven’t moved from your dining table in months. Give away 3 outfits that don’t fit or don’t make you feel amazing. Donate the extra set of dishes you never use. The extra space will feel amazing! If you need help getting started, try these 5 tips to clear clutter and cut overwhelm in all areas of your life.
- Practice gratitude. You probably have a lot more to be thankful for than you realize. Nourish your spirit with a daily gratitude journal. Here are some ideas to get your started.
- Daydream. Give yourself space to let your imagination flow. You don’t have to always be productive. Creativity, play and imagination are important for nourishing your spirit.
- Have a tough conversation. Get something that’s been weighing on your mind out into the open. If you’re not ready to have a conversation about it, write it out in your journal. You will feel so much lighter, promise!
- Trust yourself. More important than anything else on this list: go within and trust your inner voice. Your intuition will always guide you towards what you need. Learning to hear your intuition and following its guidance is probably the most important aspect to feeling nourished inside and out and truly loving your life.