Most of us know that self-care is good for us. The tricky part? In the moments when we need to practice self-care the most, it’s often the last thing on our minds.
For years, the idea of self-care seemed indulgent…associated with expensive spa treatments and yoga retreats, spending excess cash, and flaunting a lifestyle. Thankfully, times have changed. People have found that slowing down and taking care of themselves – making time to relax, pamper, and treat themselves well – has become not just a coping mechanism but a necessity.
That said, while practicing self-care is clearly important, it often falls by the wayside in our busy day-to-day lives. These easy self-care ideas can help you prioritize yourself, improve well-being, and lower stress…without feeling like a chore.1. Get Back to Basics
Be honest: How well are you treating yourself? Getting the basics in order is the first step in self-care and is the easiest to accomplish. Set your phone to “Do Not Disturb” and limit screen time before bed. Get the full eight hours. Keep an extra-large water bottle on your desk as reminder to hydrate throughout the day. Try meal prepping or a meal subscription service to have nutritious food ready when you are.
2. Journal for Gratitude
One way to ease yourself into a more grateful headspace is with a gratitude journal. It's a quick activity you can do throughout the day that puts your life into perspective. It doesn’t have to be an epic tale… something as simple as a delicious glass of wine or a beautiful sunset. Little gratitudes add up.
3. Schedule Time for Yourself
Adding another event to your calendar may seem counterintuitive, but it’s important. Put self-care time in your planner and don’t cancel it. Whether it’s a coffee date with a friend, a workout class, or even a 10-minute walk around the block during your workday, blocking out time for an activity that renews you will ensure that it actually gets done. Plus, seeing the appointment on your calendar will give you the opportunity to look forward to it.
4. Elevate Your Day-to-Day
No additional bandwidth in your schedule? Instead of trying to find time for new activities, make your existing daily rituals more satisfying. Use a real plate and silverware for your work lunch, rather than eating from a takeout box. Transform your morning shower into a sensorial experience with a luxurious shampoo and conditioner, or aromatherapy from a eucalyptus branch hung from your showerhead. Give your beauty routine a luxe overhaul. If you find yourself in line or a waiting room, spend those minutes listening to an energizing playlist rather than scrolling through depressing headlines.
5. Make It a Group Effort
Self-care doesn’t have to be a solo activity. Enjoy caring for yourself with a partner, family member, or friend. Cook dinner together, have dance parties, work out with each other, try out face masks and spa treatments, or practice a new hobby.
With these easy ideas, self-care doesn’t have to be overly time-consuming or expensive. Need another reason to prioritize taking care of you? Here are five good ones: