55 simple self-care activities – mind, body, spirit
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Finding the time to take proper care of yourself can be hard. We are always so focused on goals, achievements, and meeting the excessive expectations we have of ourselves. In the middle of this we forget that taking care of our mind, body and spirit is much more important than this. Because if you don’t, it won’t take you long before you’re battered from exhaustion. The mental fog in your head will get bigger and bigger. By creating a space for your own, where you can be who you really are and want to be, you nourish and care for those around you.
Taking care of myself is still a work in progress for me, and I sometimes I mess it all up. But then I have to remind myself again that it’s the constant repetition of many tiny habits, which together make sure you’re at your own optimum. Emotionally, physically, and mentally all at once. And I really feel that it’s getting better with every day, that I’m doing better and I feel so much more balanced. The best way to do this is to implement tiny self-care habits every day. It seems that a lot of people make excuses that there isn’t enough time for self-care. But trust me, there is. There can be time for self-care, especially if you plan it to be there.
“Make yourself priority once in a while. It’s not selfish. It’s necessary.”
Here are my tips for starting a self care routine. And because it’s winter and it’s even harder to start it now, the whole list if focused on the colder season. For this I want to split the different activities in the following four groups of self-care:
- activities to take care of your mental state such as journaling
- or practicing kindness to yourself
- nourish your body
- exercise, move
- take time for emotions
- reflect your feelings
- engaging in activities that include others
- being social
I split the self-care habits in these four categories because I find it important to incorporate all of them. It also helps to write down what you’ve done for yourself every day. This will make it easier for you to remember and reflect your self-care routine.
You can find plenty of ideas in the following list. These – of course – are just examples that help me a lot. But hopefully you’ll be inspired to come up with your own ideas as well. Take the time to plan out how you can fit in self-care every day. Start with 1 per day and if it goes well include some more. It all sounds super complicated now, but it isn’t. And you don’t need a lot of time for it. Some of the activities can be be done in as little as 30 seconds. Others will take more time, a bit more planning. Find a good mix of both.
Mental self-care activities:
- Think positively.
- Listen to an audio book.
- Look at old photos.
- Light a candle.
- Be alone.
- Breathe deeply.
- Decide something with your heart if you usually use your head. Or if you tend to go with your heart, decide with your head.
- Take another route to work. Going new ways can be so eye-opening.
- Do one thing today just because it makes you happy. Be selfish!
- Unplug: Switch everything to airplane mode and free yourself from of social media and email.
- Take a mat, lay down and check in with each part of your body. Breathe.
- Dance: Put on your favorite upbeat record and shake your booty.
- Go for a run (or a walk)
- Do a HIIT.
- Take a long shower with hot and cold water.
- Cook yourself a good meal.
- Go to the park.
- Do some yoga.
- Make one small change to your diet for the week. Drink an extra glass of water each day, or start your day with a green smoothie.
- Get fifteen minutes of sun or take Vitamin D3.
- Take a quick nap. Ten to twenty minutes can reduce your sleep debt and leave you ready for action.
- Sleep more.
- Accept your body: Look lovingly and without judgment at yourself naked.
- Sit somewhere green, and be quiet for a few minutes.
- Plant something.
- Visit an animal shelter.
- Wear something that makes you feel good.
- Sleep in or wake up earlier.
- Drink coffee.
- Check in with your emotions. Name without judgment what you’re feeling.
- Write down 3 things you’re grateful for.
- Write out your thoughts.
- Watch the sunrise or sunset.
- Listen to the rain or watch the snow falling down.
- Take a home spa.
- Ask two or three good friends to tell you what they love about you.
- Find an inspirational quote.
- Paint (doens’t have to look good).
- Delete items from your to-do list.
- Go out and have dinner with someone.
- Snuggle with someone.
- Go on a date.
- Ask your friends for help.
- Be kind to someone else.
- Invite some friends.
- Call someone.
- Write love letters.
- Plan a holiday.
- Make connections.
- Talk to strangers.
- Choose who you spend time with.
- Help someone.
“What flows, flows. What crashes, crashes. I only have space and energy for the things that are meant to me.”
Your body hears everything your mind says. That’s why it’s so important to include different habits to your self-care routine. With a little bit of attention to your own self-care, the fog in your head will lift and your body will feel more energized too. You’ll feel more connected to yourself. And more content with the world around you. Stick with love, embrace all that is you.
You carry so much love in your heart. Why not giving some of it to yourself? Now, of course, I’d love to know from you what you do to take care of yourself. Do you have a routine yet? I’m looking forward to hear your thoughts about it.
Lots of love,