When we are struggling with relationships, whether they are abusive or not, self-care can often get pushed to the wayside. But if you’ve been following my blogs, or heard me speak, you know that nurturing the relationship we have with ourselves is even more important when we’re experiencing difficulties in our relationships with others. My number one tip for nurturing the relationship with ourselves? Practice self-care.
Self-care is defined simply as care for oneself. But what it looks like can vary from person to person and can come in many different forms depending on what you need in that moment.
From lighting a candle and relaxing to getting your nails done, to moving your body in the outdoors, there are endless ways to take a moment for yourself. No matter what form it comes in, it’s important to make time each day to practice self-care.
If you’re asking yourself, “why is self-care so important?” then I challenge you to experiment and see for yourself. The benefits of self-care include happiness, well-being, increased positivity, and optimism, just to name a few.
Not sure where to start? No problem! We’ve pulled together 20 amazing ways to practice self-care from bloggers we adore.
The best way to start practicing self-care is to dive in and figure out what you like.
1. “Different activities and strategies will work for different people, but have fun while you try new things out and document what really makes a difference.” In It For the Long Run
2. “Understand that self-care should be something you enjoy doing, and know that self-care doesn’t have to be complicated, time-consuming, or expensive!” Morning Coffee with Dee
Self-care can be as easy as relaxing, clearing your head and re-energizing yourself to take on what life throws at you.
3. “There’s something about lighting a candle that is so relaxing. So find your favourite and relax.” Tia Harding
4. “Lie on your back, relax, and watch the sky. During this time, try to focus on one thing at a time.” Thoughts Above
5. “When your mind, body, and soul feel full and content, you demand less of others. You have taken time to fill up your cup so that it’s full and ready to give to the next person who needs it.” Millennialships
Another great way to clear out clutter from your life is to literally clean it up and add elements that make you smile.
6. “Like candles, I love my house to be filled with beautiful fresh flowers. Not only do they brighten up my home, they also remind me that even though I may be struggling there is still good in my life and these ugly feelings will pass.” Celery and Cupcakes
7. “Make your bed in the morning so you have something nice and cozy to crawl into at night” A Girl, Obsessed
After your physical space, try decluttering your mind from worries and negative self-talk and be nice to yourself for a change.
8. “Your daily acts of self-love do not have to be fun or relaxing. Forgiving someone, speaking up for yourself, or simply living your truth, are some of the best forms of self-love there are.” Melanie Santos
9. “Write about something that’s bothering you for 10 minutes, and then throw the paper away or rip it up! There’s something comforting about being able to vent about a problem and then literally throw that problem in the trash.” Casey the College Celiac
10. “Our thoughts are powerful. What we say and think about ourselves is important. Instead of being critical of yourself, be your own best friend.” Girl and the Bay
There is no better feeling than that of accomplishment. Crossing tasks off your to-do list will remove worries from your shoulders and leave time for fun things you’ve been wanting to try.
11. “If you need a bit of motivation, pull out your to-do list. Tackle the quickest easiest projects on the list. Watching things get done is a great way to give yourself a pick me up.” Mom Less Mom
Need a break from the daily grind? Take a break from your normal routine to enjoy a change of scenery, fuel creativity, or connect with others.
12. “Do something creative. This is definitely my blog for me! It is so fun and creative! But this could be a coloring book, drawing a picture, or doing a craft.” A Braided Blonde
13. “A short stroll can clear your head, allow you to enjoy nature and get you out into a refreshed place.” Get Mom Balanced
14. “Hunker down and read a good book. If it’s cold out, light some candles and snuggle into a cozy blanket. If it’s warm, head outside with a rug and get some vitamin D – just remember a hat and sunscreen!” Janine Ripper
15. Whether they be friends, family, or your significant other, spend some time with the people you care about. They may help you feel a little better and forget your worries for a little while. – SarahLaughed.com
When you’re in need of emotional self-care, seek out activities that will instill a positive outlook and boost your self-confidence.
16. “I say positive affirmations to myself literally all day. Any time I look in the mirror, I tell myself something kind.” Die Hard Foodie
17. “Motivational TED Talks are great for bringing up your morale…There are some amazing inspirational speakers out there; try googling the best ted talks for your particular need i.e. “best ted talks for anxiety relief.” Hopeful Lotus
Once you’ve identified what you like and what works for you, make it a part of your everyday routine.
18. “Start Your Day Slowly – Rather than sleeping to the last minute before you have to get out of bed, wake up 30 minutes earlier. You can eat a nutritious breakfast, exercise a bit or have your “Me Time”. This will make sure your day gets off to a great start!” Classy Yet Trendy
19. “Once you choose something that sounds nourishing and fun, it’s time to schedule time in your planner. That’s right, you need to make a self-care appointment with yourself just as you would schedule any other appointment.” The Terrific Five
Lastly, remember that self-care should be a part of your everyday life, not just another task to complete.
20. “Self-love is a process, one that will never be truly complete. There will always be more I could improve, more I can learn, more kindness I can show to myself and others.” The Sweetest Way
What are your favorite ways to practice self-care? Please share!