Self-care doesn’t have to be complicated. Oh yeah, and it doesn’t have to bankrupt you (I’m looking at you, $6 wheatgrass shots and face scrubs made with literal diamonds). Here are a few simple ways you can practice self-care in your daily life.
1. Challenge Yourself
Try to do one thing every day that challenges you, even if it’s just washing the dishes. Accomplishing something you didn’t think you could do will help you build the confidence to take on other, bigger challenges.
Check out this list for ideas to help you stretch your comfort zone.
Heads up: It’s totally okay to start out small and work up to scarier stuff. Start as small as you need to, as long as you’re starting. If you need a little inspiration, you can read Michelle Poler’s blog 100 Days Without Fear – even if you’re not planning on jumping off a cliff anytime soon.
Baths get a lot of space in the self-care conversation, but showers will get you upright, engaged, and refreshed. Try a shower bomb to really up the “self-care” feel while you get cleaned up.
Pro tip: citrus and lemongrass are good options to wake you up when you’re dragging!
3. Get Social
Plan some kind of positive social interaction every day. Spending time with people you like and care about – even if it’s just a quick text to say hi – will help you feel better overall.
If you missed it, check out the 4 types of friends you need in your life (and feel free to send your besties a quick thank you text while you’re at it!)
4. Have Fun
Schedule at least 30 minutes for fun every day. This can mean time to play video games, work on a passion project, or spend time with your pup. Whatever it is, do something you actually like every day, as often as possible. Your mental health will thank you.
PS. When I say schedule, I mean it. Use a planner, the calendar on your phone, a note on the back of your hand, whatever. Trust me – if it isn’t scheduled, your fun time will be the first thing to get scrapped when life gets busy. Sometimes prioritizing your well-being means making space for the things that make you happy.
5. Make Your Bed
A clean, uncluttered space will help your mind follow suit. You’ll start the day off feeling productive and get to come home to a tidy space. Win-win.
If you’re not sold yet, check out what the author of The Happiness Project wrote about the happiness-boosting potential of making your bed. It’s a small task with a big payoff, so it’s worth trying, right?
Don’t feel like you need to dress your bed up too much, either – slap on a fitted sheet, a comforter, and a few pillows, and you’re golden. (Btw, for proof that flat sheets are unnecessary garbage, look no further.)
6. Treat Yourself
This doesn’t have to break the bank. Keep your favorite lotion stocked in your bag. Listen to your favorite album while you get ready for work. Find little ways to make daily routines a little brighter.
If you’re stuck, here’s a list of ways you can treat yourself (without stuffing your face or spending all your rent money at Lush).
7. Make a “Did-It” List
To-do lists can drain your confidence on those days you just don’t get everything done. Make a “did-it” list of everything you accomplished during the day. Tracking your achievements will help retrain your brain to notice your everyday successes, not just your struggles.
Learn more about why tracking what you’ve done can be more useful – and more fun – than a to-do list.
Share Your Self-Care Secrets
You read a few of my favorite simple self-care strategies. I would love to hear your ideas, too! What are your go-to self-care tips and tricks? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time!