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Self care : 17 simple ideas for self care routine

self care routine, is a really important part of a healthy lifestyle.

 It can help you beat stress, reduce anxiety and boost your mood.

In today’s article, I’m going to share 17 self-care ideas that you could

incorporate into your routine.

1 Spend time outdoors in nature 

Outdoors in greenery. This has to be my number one activity. I love going outside –

I live next to a park and I love going to it whenever I can.

 Unfortunately, in the winter that doesn’t happen. So this is an activity I like to do in the

spring, summer and fall.

And there are a lot of studies that show that people who spend time in greenery actually do get a lot of health benefits.

2 Make some time for a slow tea break  

I take an herbal tea break. This is actually a self-care activity that I partake in every single day. I’ll have a cup of herbal tea around 3 p.m. and then around 8 p.m.

I think just making a cup of tea and taking some time out of my day puts me in a new frame of mind after I’m done drinking my tea.

 My current favorite tea is rooibos which is from South Africa. It doesn’t have tannins

like regular tea does, it’s caffeine free and it actually does have quite a few antioxidants.

So if you’re looking for a new tea, this is one that I highly recommend.

3 Take a digital detox day

In today’s world, we’re constantly connected and it can feel overwhelming and  exhausting and sometimes we just need a break.

So I’ve started to incorporate a digital detox day where I don’t check my phone between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

 And I don’t go on my computer, don’t go on my laptop. If you feel very overwhelmed with your devices, just take a break occasionally. It’s really nice.

4 Take a nap or going to bed early 

Getting enough sleep is so important for good health but unfortunately  sometimes we’re not able to get enough, so taking a nap on a weekend or going to  bed early is a really good form of self-care in my opinion.

 5 Creative activities

 Now the type of creative activities that you do will totally depend on your personality, I happen to like watercolors and every single time I do it I feel refreshed- I feel really good and I don’t know why I just don’t do it often enough.

So I think getting in touch with our creative side can be a really good form of self-care. And it can help you see things in a different way.

 6 Warm bath 

This is actually a self-care activity that I do every single week. Whenever I post a new video, I go and take a long bath.

This is just a good way to relieve stress. I used to take my phone with me but I don’t do that anymore because if I’m taking my phone it’s not really self-care.

I’m just distracting myself with the phone! So no phones. Just me, the bubbles and the cats.

I should point out in the interest of health not to use really hot water.

Really hot water can cause a drop in blood pressure in certain people and can cause dizziness.

 7 Cuddling with a loved one 

 This has got to be one of my favorite forms of self-care – just taking the time to connect with somebody else and cuddle with them.

The reason why it’s so effective is whenever we cuddle with somebody we produce oxytocin which is something that could reduce your stress.

And I find that cuddling with the kitties …there’s just really nothing like it – spending 10 minutes with them reduces my stress level.

It won’t go down to zero but it’s better than nothing and they enjoy it too.

8 Face mask

Now I’m not sure if a lot of face masks actually Work but I do think it’s effective just to take time out of your day and do something special.

But there is one face mask recipe that I think really works well and there is some science behind it – so oatmeal once you put it on your

skin it can help reduce redness.

It can help reduce inflammation. I’m going to put more about the science below and also the recipe that I use occasionally.

 I don’t do this very often but once in a while when I feel like it I’ll put an oatmeal mask on.

9  Yoga 

I think yoga can be a really good form of self-care especially the slower forms like hatha yoga and yin yoga.

10 Clean and organize

 Now I do recognize that this is highly personality dependent. If you don’t like cleaning and you don’t like organizing, this is not self-care.

 But for me, it really is. Just taking the time to tidy up something or to clean out something makes me feel a lot better.

11  Listen to peaceful music

 This is actually something that I do every single day after dinner. I’ll play some really peaceful music.

 and that way it will help me wind down for the end of the night and it’s something I enjoy and the cats enjoy as well.

12 Gratitudes list

 So I know a lot of people do gratitude lists on a daily basis. I’m not one of those people – too much work on a daily basis.

But I do think writing a gratitude list once in a few months can be a really good exercise especially on the days when you’ve kind of lost

perspective of things.

A gratitude list just helps you put everything into perspective and it gives you a new take on life.

13  Call or meet a friend and have a heart-to-heart chat

 Now a lot of my self-care activities are solitary because I’m an introvert.

 I like to do a lot of the self care by myself but that doesn’t mean you can’t do self-care activities with other people.

 Just connecting with someone else, being social with someone on a one-on-one basis… I feel it can be a good form of self-care.

 So whenever I feel the need to meet a friend and connect with a friend, I will pick someone who inspires me and I actually do feel a lot better afterwards.

14 Take the afternoon to explore something new

 I think it’s really nice to explore something new once in a while just by yourself.

I think it can be a great form of self-care because it helps you see things in a different light.. it just changes your perspective on things.

So go to the art gallery or something like the museum or check out a new neighborhood.

15 Journal writing

 I find that a lot of the other self-care activities can help me quite a bit in managing my mood but there are days when I just don’t feel it.

I’m not feeling it.. I’m feeling down and I just don’t know what to do.

That’s when journal writing can be really useful because it’s just a great outlet to get my emotions down on paper and more often than not I actually do feel better.

And to be honest journal writing does not need to take long. A lot of people think it needs to take hours.

It really doesn’t. Even if you have 10 to 15 minutes to write down your emotions it can really be helpful.

16 Meditation

 I’ve talked enough about meditation on this channel but I wanted to mention it again because to me it is a form of self-care and it’s something that I do every day.

Do I do it for very long periods of time? No – I don’t have that time.

Ten minutes in the morning can feel really really useful.

17 Reading

 To me there is nothing like a warm blanket, a cup of tea and a good book and I find that to be a really good form of self-care because I can be extremely mindful about what I’m doing when I’m reading.

I’m just reading – I’m not distracted by anything else and it just feels great.

 It’s a good way to expand your horizons and learn something new as well. So reading is definitely one of my favorite self-care activities.