Self-Care Ideas for November 2022

A new month is here. November is generally the start of the busy holiday season. The time is perfect to engage in self-care activities. Taking time to focus on yourself promotes healthier physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. If you are searching for self-care ideas for November, keep reading.

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  1. Make a commitment to take care of yourself. If needed, write your intentions down. Tape the note to your computer, refrigerator, or bathroom mirror.
  2. Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water or sip on herbal teas.
  3. Create a holiday season bucket list.
  4. Create a gratitude list.
  5. Do a digital detox for an afternoon or an entire day.
  6. Day Light Savings Time Ends—remember to get plenty of sleep.
  7. Light your favorite scented candle. (Holiday-themed candles are already out in stores.)
  8. Remember to vote.
  9. Take yourself out on a lunch date.
  10. Call someone you love.
  11. Veterans Day—Volunteer or write a thank you note to your favorite veteran.
  12. Try a new exercise or stretching routine.
  13. Read inspiring quotes.
  14. Listen to your favorite podcast.
  15. Binge-watch your favorite television program.
  16. Spend a night in a hotel.
  17. Remind yourself, it’s okay to say, “no” to something you do not want to do.
  18. Create a vision board.
  19. Get a massage.
  20. Meditate or pray.
  21. Declutter a drawer or an entire room.
  22. Color in adult coloring books or do crafts.
  23. Go have lunch with friends.
  24. Enjoy Thanksgiving!
  25. Create a scrapbook from photos on your phone.
  26. Create a playlist of your favorite songs.
  27. Try a new recipe or make a family favorite.
  28. Watch motivational TedTalk videos.
  29. Take a long bubble bath. (Try listening to jazz music while soaking.)
  30. Learn a new skill.

Have a great month! Remember to take care of yourself.

Journal Writing Prompts for November 2022

Are you ready for November? The month brings the election, time change, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving. All subjects are excellent for entries in your journal. Whether you are a daily writer or just starting, check out the following journal writing prompts for November.

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  1. What are your highs and lows from October? Were there any moments you want to remember forever? Or did you have some days that you just wanted to stay in bed? Write a list of five highs and lows.
  2. What do you hope to accomplish this month or the remainder of 2022?
  3. Are you looking forward to the holiday season? Why or why not?
  4. What is your biggest concern right now? What steps are you taking to alleviate your anxiety?
  5. What small change would you like to make in your life right now? What is stopping you from making the change?
  6. Daylight Savings Time Ends today. How does moving the clock back an hour affect you? Do you enjoy the time change? Or does your body need extra time to adjust to the difference?
  7. Are you a registered voter? What do you think of the election process?
  8. Did you go vote today? Write about your experience.
  9. Are you happy with the election outcome in your area? Why or why not?
  10. Describe your morning ritual. Are you always in a hurry? Do you have a routine? What areas would you like to improve?
  11. Veterans Day! Do you know a veteran? Did you do anything special or thank a veteran today?
  12. How do you spend a cold, rainy day?
  13. What is your life mission statement? Don’t have one? Write one out.
  14. Give yourself a break from all your social media devices for an afternoon. What did you do with your time? Are you going to repeat the experience? Why or why not?
  15. Free write for 10 minutes.
  16. What is your ideal date night? Did you experience this type of date?
  17. What is one thing you can do to make a difference in your home, community, or the world?
  18. Write about a time when you felt brave.
  19. Write about the view outside of your window.
  20. Think about the past week. What is one area in your life you did your best? What area do you think needs improvement? Did you have a proud moment? Write about your emotions from the entire week.
  21. What were you doing today at 2pm? 5pm? Or 9pm?
  22. Are you engaging in self-care activities? What ones make you feel recharged?
  23. Are you having a traditional Thanksgiving? What do you plan to do?
  24. Happy Thanksgiving! How did the day go for you? What was the best moment?
  25. Did you do any Black Friday shopping? What did you think of the experience?
  26. Are you doing what you love for a living? What is keeping you from moving on to a more fulfilling career?
  27. What do you feel is your most powerful trait?
  28. How do you define success?
  29. Writer’s Choice

Happy Writing! Enjoy your month!

Self-Care Ideas for October

 A new month is a perfect time to commit to taking care of yourself. Work, school, family, and other commitments often lead to chaotic schedules. Spending time on yourself is critical for your overall well-being. If you need inspiration, check out the following self-care ideas for October.

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  1. Make your monthly commitment or affirmation to take care of yourself. If needed, write out your intention for better self-care to display.
  2. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water.
  3. Create a fall-inspired playlist.
  4. Write in a journal.
  5. Attend a festival. Try something new.
  6. Burn an aromatherapy candle or essential oils.
  7. Go out to lunch with an old friend.
  8. Declutter
  9. Order take-out on a busy day.
  10. When you feel overwhelmed, take long deep breaths.
  11. Spend an afternoon reading a book.
  12. Practice recognizing toxic situations. Set boundaries when you realize the situation or person is not helping you grow.
  13. Take an online class. Even if you just watch YouTube videos to learn more about something, give yourself permission to grow.
  14. Create a vision board for the future.
  15. Happy Sweetest Day! Spend time with the one you love. Or snuggle under your favorite blanket and binge-watch Netflix.
  16. Volunteer at a local pet shelter or animal rescue. Dog walking is great physical activity. The dogs love the extra attention.
  17. After a long day, give yourself permission to rest and relax.
  18. Meditate or pray.
  19. Workout
  20. Plan a spay day.
  21. Get plenty of sleep. Take a nap, sleep in, or go to bed early.
  22. Limit your screen time.
  23. Go to the library.
  24. Watch YouTube videos.
  25. Take a long drive.
  26. Cook your favorite homemade meal or try a new recipe.
  27. Do crafts.
  28. Go on a long nature walk or try hiking a new trail.
  29. Take steps to improve your diet. Eat healthy foods.
  30. Let out your inner child and carve a pumpkin.
  31. Happy Halloween! Get dressed up or hand out candy.

Ways to Celebrate the Autumn Equinox

Today, September 22, 2022, at 9:03 pm EST in the Northern Hemisphere, marks the official first day of autumn. The fall season ushers in cooler temperatures and beautiful foliage. If you are looking for ways to celebrate the autumn equinox, check out the following for inspiration.

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Get Outdoors

Enjoying nature is the best way to celebrate the autumn equinox. Spend as much time as possible outdoors. Enjoy the fresh air.

  • Go on a hike.
  • Go stargazing.
  • Grab your camera and go on a nature walk.
  • Gather pinecones, acorns, twigs, leaves, rocks, and other nature items for crafts.
  • Have a picnic in the park.
  • Read a book while sitting under your favorite tree.
  • Mediate outdoors.
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Create a Feast

The autumn season is historically a time to harvest crops. Make a meal or dessert with freshly harvested fruits and vegetables.

  • Make a stew in your crock pot. The smell will fill the entire house.
  • Bake an apple or pumpkin pie.
  • Make fresh soup from squash, pumpkin, or potatoes.
  • Eat fruit including apples, pears, and berries.
  • Make zucchini bread.
  • Create a salad from fall harvest vegetables
  • Eat corn on the cob or fresh carrots.
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At Home

Staying home? That’s okay. There are still small ways to celebrate the autumn equinox.

  • Read a fall-themed book.
  • Watch an autumn-inspired movie.
  • Light a candle with a fall-related scent.
  • Listen to autumn-themed music.
  • Start a journal.
  • Do autumn crafts.
  • Decorate your home in autumn-inspired colors.

Enjoy the start of the season with these simple ways to celebrate the autumn equinox. Happy fall!

Self-Care Ideas for September 2022

Welcome to September! The days are growing shorter. The nights are bringing cooler temperatures. The chill in the air ushers in the beautiful autumn season. The changes are a perfect time to make a commitment to yourself for better self-care. If you need inspiration, check out the following ideas for self-care in September.  

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  1. Write daily affirmations in a journal.
  2. Make a cup of herbal tea, and sip slowly, while watching the sunset or sunrise.
  3. Try a new hiking trail. Or start hiking on a beginner’s trail. The fall season is a wonderful time to get outdoors.
  4. Read a book outside of your normal genre.
  5. Happy Labor Day! Enjoy your extra day off. If you’re working, come home and enjoy a long warm shower or bubble bath.
  6. Spend a day or afternoon doing nothing, just relax.
  7. Write out your goals for the day, week, month, and the rest of 2022.
  8. Binge-watch a new series.
  9. Go for a nature walk. Don’t forget your camera.
  10. Do crafts. (Autumn and Halloween items are already available.)
  11. Get extra sleep. Take a nap, go to bed early, or sleep in.
  12. Treat yourself to in-home spay day. Apply a face mask, paint your nails, soak your feet, etc.
  13. Go on a virtual tour.
  14. Spend time meditating or praying.
  15. Drink lots of water.
  16. Call an old friend to chat.
  17. Make your favorite recipe or try a new one. Your local farmer’s market is full of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  18. Splurge and order takeout from your favorite restaurant.
  19. Watch YouTube videos. Check out gender reveals, marriage proposals, surprise military homecoming, or pets.
  20. Eat breakfast every day.
  21. Turn up the music. Sing along to your favorite tunes or dance.
  22. The 1st Day of Fall! Enjoy the day!
  23. Declutter a room or closet. Or simply clean off the top of your desk.
  24. Find a new food to try, a different type of fruit or candy bar.
  25. Buy yourself flowers.
  26. Make yourself a warm beverage on a cool night.
  27. Unplug from your devices. Go on a social media detox for a day.
  28. Print out your summer photos and make a scrapbook.
  29. Volunteer. Helping others is great motivation.
  30. Practice yoga or other light stretching exercises. (YouTube has numerous beginner videos).

Have fun, relax, take care of yourself, and enjoy September!

Benefits of Bowling

Did you know today, August 13, 2022, is National Bowling Day? Beginning in Rome and Greece, the sport of bowling is over 4000 years old. Here, in America, bowling is a favorite past-time for millions of people.

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Bowling is a billion-dollar industry with leagues, competitions, and tournaments. But you do not have to bowl a 300 game to enjoy the sport. The overall health benefits of bowling may surprise you.

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  • Weight Loss: Bowling requires lifting, bending, and other movements to get the ball down the lane. Every time, you step up to bowl, you use your arms, shoulders, wrists, and leg movements to hopefully get a strike. When you bowl on a regular basis, the amount of exercise increases your chances to lose weight and gain muscle strength.
  • Reduce Health Risks: Failing to exercise on a regular basis poses numerous health risks. Regular exercise lowers your risk of stroke, diabetes, and heart failure. Bowling and other regular exercise routines increase bone density and help reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure. If you bowl once a week in combination with other forms of exercise routines, you gain optimal health benefits.
  • Eye-Hand Coordination: Bowling requires eye-hand coordination and large motor skills. The sport requires focus, concentration, and the ability to strategize your bowling technique.
  • Family Oriented: Bowling is an easy sport to learn. Modern bowling alleys have automatic scoring systems that display overhead. The new computerized scoring allows everyone to focus on the game. 
  • Socialization: Whether you join a league or participate in “open bowl”, bowling is a social sport. Put away your electronic devices and phones. Soon, you will be cheering the strikes, and laughing at the gutter balls. Being with friends or family members is a great stress reliever.

 Many bowling alleys offer pizza and other snacks which is perfect for family night, date night, or just out with friends.

Self-Care Ideas for August

Are you taking care of yourself? Self-care should be part of your daily schedule. Committing to your own physical, mental, and spiritual well-being is essential. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following self-care ideas for August.

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  1. Make a commitment to yourself to walk away from anything or anyone that doesn’t bring you inner peace. (Yes, this may take a while or repeat efforts.)
  2. Meditate or pray for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water or try different herbal teas.
  4. Keep a journal.
  5. Say no to any extra workload that feels overwhelming.
  6. Get plenty of sleep. Go to bed early or take a nap.
  7. Enjoy a long bubble bath. (Play soft music or light candles to set a relaxing mood)
  8. Visit a local farmers market to get fresh fruit and vegetables.
  9. Create a vision board.
  10. Declutter.
  11. Create a bucket list.
  12. Write goals for the remaining months of 2022.
  13. Light a favorite candle.
  14. Read
  15. Volunteer
  16. Go on a picnic.
  17. Buy yourself something.
  18. Get outdoors. Try Geocaching, hiking, or go on a nature walk.
  19. Go for a drive to just see the scenery.
  20. Listen to uplifting podcasts or YouTube videos.
  21. Try a new workout routine.
  22. Learn a new skill.
  23. Update your resume. Write your career goals for the next year and five years.
  24. Dip your favorite beverage and watch the sunset.
  25. Go stargazing.
  26. Do crafts.
  27. Go out to lunch.
  28. Cook/bake a homemade meal.
  29. Check in with your friends.
  30. Be yourself.
  31. Your choice.

Have a great month! Stay healthy!

Journal Writing Prompts for July

Journal writing is a wonderful way to express emotions, relieve stress, and document daily events. The practice is easy to start. Take 15 or 20 minutes every night to write down your thoughts in a journal. If you are searching for inspiration, check out the following journal writing prompts for July.

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  1. How did June go for you? Your family? Work? School? Community? List highs and lows for last month.
  2. What does Independence Day mean to you?
  3. How did you celebrate the 4th of July as a child? Did you have any traditions? Do you still carry on those traditions today? Why or why not?
  4. Happy Independence Day! How did you spend your holiday?
  5. What are you excited to do in the upcoming months? Why?
  6. Free write for at least 15 minutes.
  7. If you wrote a book, who would be your main character? Describe.
  8. What made you smile today? Write about that moment.
  9. Write 10 realistic goals for the remaining months of 2022.
  10. Write a restaurant review. (Yes, fast food does count. And no, you do not have to post your answer).
  11. When was the last time you felt adventurous? What were you doing?
  12. Who is the biggest inspiration in your life right now? Why?
  13. What are the top 3 things hold you back from living your dream life? What steps can you do to reach your goal?
  14. What do you do just for yourself? Self-care is essential.
  15. Write about your favorite summer vacation.
  16. Describe the view through your window right now?
  17. What qualities do you admire in others? Why?
  18. What is weighing heavily on your mind this week? Why?
  19. Write 10 words to describe yourself. Why did you pick these words?
  20. Make a “worry list”. Put your fear on paper to recognize them.
  21. Create travel bucket lists. Make one a local list, state list, and country list.
  22. Write a letter to someone who has helped you in the past.
  23. Write a letter to yourself to forgive past mistakes. Encourage future ventures.
  24. What changes scare you the most?
  25. Write about your day including mood, activities, feelings, etc.
  26. What do you need right now to give yourself peace? Why?
  27. In your opinion what is the name of the best restaurant, café, pizza place, or eatery in your town? Why?
  28. Finish the thought. “On bad days, I take a deep breath and remember__________.”  Write at least one paragraph.
  29. What is your favorite song? Why?
  30. How have grown in the past month? Year? Five Years? Why?
  31. Writer’s Choice

Happy Writing! Have a great month!

Self-Care Ideas for July

July is here! Are you ready to spend time taking care of yourself? Self-care is essential for a healthy state of mind and body. If you need inspiration, check out the following self-care ideas for July.

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  1. Start the month by making a promise to yourself to engage in self-care. If you need to reassure yourself, write your intentions out. Tape it to your refrigerator door or on the bathroom mirror. Make time for yourself.
  2. Stay hydrated. Try ice cold teas or flavored waters.
  3. Keep a journal.
  4. Happy Independence Day! Enjoy the fireworks or spend the evening at home.
  5. Spend time outdoors. Go for a walk. Go for a hike. Go for a bike ride.
  6. Cook a homemade meal.
  7. Buy something just for you. (Yes, purchasing an outfit at the thrift store counts.)
  8. Go to the library or bookstore to find new summer reading materials.
  9. Take a nap or sleep in.
  10. Get a new haircut.
  11. Go to lunch with old friends.
  12. Binge-watch your favorite series.
  13. Make a cup of herbal tea and watch the sunrise.
  14. Order take-out from your favorite restaurant.
  15. Take a long relaxing bubble bath.
  16. Go for a drive and turn up the music.
  17. Declutter your living space.
  18. Volunteer.
  19. Listen to a motivational podcast or YouTube video.
  20. Try yoga.
  21. Meditate or pray.
  22. Spend a day at the beach.
  23. Find a new hobby.
  24. Unplug from your devices.
  25. When you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, say no to extra work.
  26. Take steps (make a list) to create your ideal future.
  27. Spend a day doing nothing, stay in your pajamas all day. Enjoy a peaceful day.
  28. Make a playlist of upbeat music.
  29. Buy yourself flowers.
  30. Go on a weekend getaway or overnight trip.
  31. Write a gratitude list.

30 Self-Care Ideas for June

Self-care is essential for your overall well-being. Start your self-care journey by making a commitment to take better care of yourself. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following self-care ideas for June.

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  1. Give yourself permission to take a break. Do not be afraid to just relax and enjoy your day.
  2. Stay hydrated. As soon as you wake up in the morning, drink a tall glass of water.
  3. Take a long relaxing bubble bath.
  4. Write down your feelings in a daily journal.
  5. Eat a healthy snack or make a fruit smoothie.
  6. Get outdoors. Go hiking. Go on a nature walk. Go for bike ride. Just get outdoors.
  7. Go on a digital detox for an hour, afternoon, or an entire day.
  8. Enjoy a sunrise or sunset.
  9. Declutter your apartment or house.
  10. Invest in a new hobby.
  11. Volunteer or donate to your favorite local charity.
  12. Paint or draw.
  13. Do meal prepping to save time and money.
  14. Meditate or pray for 15 minutes.
  15. Start a new exercise routine.
  16. Go on a day trip with friends.
  17. Watch your favorite show or movie.
  18. Call a friend.
  19. Create a playlist of fun songs.
  20. Go to the library to find a new book to read.
  21. Try a new recipe.
  22. Buy yourself something new.
  23. Listen to TedTalk or other inspirational videos.
  24. Create a vision board.
  25. At the end of the day, write down five positive things that happened.
  26. Go to bed on time. If possible, try to go to bed at the same time every night.
  27. Make obtainable goals
  28. Eat breakfast daily.
  29. Avoid toxic people.
  30. Get a new haircut or do an in-home spa day.

Have a great month! Remember to take care of yourself.

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