Self-Care Ideas for May

Happy May! The month brings warmer weather, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day weekend, and much more. But remember, the most important thing is taking care of yourself. If you need inspiration, check out the following self-care ideas for May.

  1. Make a commitment to take better care of yourself. Write your affirmation out on paper to view.
  2. Practice positive thinking.
  3. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water!
  4. Make healthier food choices. Eat your fruits and vegetables.
  5. Learn to say, “no” to extra work without feeling guilty.
  6. Create a vision board.
  7. Get outdoors. Go for a walk or a hike.
  8. Happy Mother’s Day! (USA) Celebrate! If you are a mom, take a moment just for yourself. Or celebrate Mother’s Day with your mom or motherly figure in your life.
  9. Buy yourself something. If your budget is tight, go to your local dollar store. Buy a new book, craft materials, or a scarf.
  10. Create something.
  11. Take a nap.
  12. Create a new playlist for your morning commute.
  13. Check into a hotel for the night, order room service, and just relax.
  14. Take a long hot shower.
  15. Burn your favorite scented candle.
  16. Call an old friend to chat.
  17. Go out to lunch at a new restaurant.
  18. Volunteer.
  19. Clean out your old clothes to donate.
  20. Declutter one room.
  21. Make your favorite dinner or order take-out.
  22. Read a book.
  23. Visit a museum or art gallery. Be a hometown tourist for a day.
  24. Go on a day trip to a new location.
  25. Plan your dream vacation.
  26. Get a new hairstyle.
  27. Give yourself permission to do nothing for an afternoon or the entire day.
  28. Write in a journal.
  29. Try a new fitness routine. (YouTube has wonderful beginner videos)
  30. Meditate or pray.
  31. Your choice! But make the activity about you.

Have a great month!

Self-Care Ideas for April

Happy April! The month brings warmer weather, Easter, and rain showers for those upcoming May flowers. Are you taking care of yourself? If you are looking for self-care ideas for April, check out the following.

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  1. Commit to better health choices. Write out a list of areas you want to improve for your personal health.
  2. Take a nature walk on a local trail.
  3. Try yoga or other stretching exercises.
  4. Go hiking.
  5. Create a Spring bucket list.
  6. Photograph new spring flowers.
  7. Diffuse essential oils or burn scented candles.
  8. Take a “quiet” break. Retreat to a quiet space. 15 minutes of quiet time is a great way to recharge.
  9. Create a new spring playlist.
  10. Get a massage or do an in-home spa day.
  11. Volunteer at a local pet rescue or animal shelter as a dog walker.
  12. Write in your journal.
  13. Watch TED Talks or other motivational videos.
  14. Go on a digital detox.
  15. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water.
  16. Slowly sip a warm beverage and watch the sunrise or set.
  17. Happy Easter! Attend church services. Or curl up with your favorite comfy blanket and watch Here Comes Peter Cottontail.
  18. Go to your local cafe, sip your favorite drink, and quietly observe the world around you.
  19. Go out to lunch with friends.
  20. Practice positivity.
  21. Try breathing exercises, meditation, or prayer.
  22. Earth Day! Do something for the environment. Recycle, plant flowers, or volunteer at a community cleanup.
  23. Go on a picnic.
  24. Listen to a podcast or audiobook.
  25. Got out to eat.
  26. Sleep
  27. Go for a long drive and loudly sing to your favorite tunes.
  28. Take a warm bubble bath.
  29. Bake your favorite dessert.
  30. Get lost as a local tourist.

Have a great April!

Tips for Adjusting to Daylight Savings Time

Daylight saving time officially begins at 2:00 am (EST) on Sunday, March 13, 2022. For many, the time change means losing an hour of precious sleep. Remember, Spring forward.

Due to a disruption in circadian rhythms, the sudden time change affects some people’s sleep patterns, moods, and lifestyles more than others. But do not worry. Only you know what is best for your body. Go ahead and plan to help you adjust. If you need tips for adjusting to Daylight Savings Time, check out the following.

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  1. Sleep: Get plenty of sleep, at least 7 hours. Try to go to sleep at the same time every night. Being consistent helps your body adjust to the time difference. If you know the time difference effects your sleep patterns, try going to bed 15 minutes earlier leading up to daylight savings time. Small modifications to your routine can help your body adjust to the upcoming lost hour of sleep.
  2. Get Outdoors: Soaking up sunlight even on chilly days helps your body’s natural process. Go for a walk. Enjoy the sunshine.
  3. Avoid Long Naps: Go ahead. Take a nap, just a short one. If you are tired from the time change, avoid long naps. Set your alarm, if needed. But take only a short nap When you oversleep in the afternoon, you are interrupting your bedtime routine.  
  4. Know Your Limits: Before bedtime, limit caffeine and alcohol consumption. When you add extra stimulants into your system, your body cannot properly relax to go to sleep.
  5. Workout Early: Avoid working out before bedtime. Exercising late in the evening may make it more difficult to fall asleep.
  6. Reduce Screen Time: Allow your mind to relax. Turn off your notifications on your phone. Shut down your electronics between a half hour and hour before you go to sleep.  
  7. Set the Mood: Dim the lights, drink herbal tea, listen to relaxing music, and unwind before going to bed. Relaxing allows your body to adjust to the time change.

Adjusting to the upcoming time change requires extra self-care. Be aware of your body’s needs.

Benefits of Unplugging From Your Electronic Devices

Did you know today, March 4th is National Day of Unplugging? Modern technology is a major part of daily life. From smartphones to household appliances, the world is connected through a wide range of devices.

At a push of a button or a swipe sideways, a user connects instantly with family, friends, school, work, or other commitments. Staring at a digital screen for hours increases the chances of negative effects on your physical and mental health. Unplugging from your electronic devices is beneficial to your overall well-being.

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The Benefits of Unplugging

  1. Reduce Stress and Anxiety: Reducing your screentime allows your brain and body to rest from continuous information. Being online all the time can create low self-esteem as a result of cyberbullying or inappriopitate messages. Turn off your devices to lower the chances of unhealthy interactions.  
  2. Sleep Better: Turn your unimportant notifications off at night. All the different notifications interrupt your nightly sleep. Unplugging helps your body recharge by getting enough rest.
  3. Extra Time: Stepping away from the computer frees up your time for other activities. When you give yourself permission to engage in other activities, you learn to focus better.
  4. Physical Well-Being: Sitting in one position, hunched over your keyboard, or starring at your phone is not good for your physical health. Take a break. Get outside. Go for walk. Go hiking. Go to the gym.
  5. Face to Face Communication: Unplugging for an afternoon provides you with the chance to interact with others. When you use texts, emails, or social media, your conversation lacks emotional connection. Call a friend for coffee at your favorite café. Go out to dinner.
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In today’s modern world, unplugging completely is not a realistic option. Daily commitments require screen time. Remember to take the time to focus on other aspects of your life. Be aware of your screen time. When necessary, do a digital detox for a hour, an afternoon, or an entire day.

Self-Care Ideas for March

Are you looking for ways to take better care of yourself? Engaging in daily self0care activities is beneficial to your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following self-care ideas for March.

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  1. Accomplish one small goal today. Clean out your closet, mop your floor, or rearrange your room.
  2.  Commit to daily entries in a journal. Try writing in different locations. Go to your favorite café or sit outdoors.
  3. It’s World Wildlife Day! Grab your camera and spend time outdoors.
  4. Read quotes for inspiration. Copy your favorites to hang on the bathroom mirror or refrigerator door.
  5. Make hot cocoa or tea. Sip slowly and watch the sunset.
  6. Go to your favorite local bookstore or library. Browse the books to find a new favorite read.
  7. Wear your best dress clothes for no reason.
  8. Create a vision board.
  9. Spend time meditating or praying.
  10. Hang eucalyptus before taking a long, hot shower.
  11. Drink plenty of water. Remember at least 8 glasses daily.
  12. Stay off social media for a day. Unplug and enjoy.
  13. Daylight Savings Time begins. Create a local bucket list for spring.
  14. Enjoy a slow stroll through your favorite museum or art gallery.
  15. Grab a friend and take a dance class.
  16. Turn on your diffuser with your favorite scent to fill the room. Next, play classical music and enjoy the atmosphere.
  17. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Wear your favorite green shirt! Buy yourself a St. Patrick’s Day themed cookie, donut, or dessert from your local bakery.
  18. Try cardio drumming or other new workout routine.
  19. Listen to TED Talks or other inspirational videos on YouTube.
  20. It’s the first official day of Spring! Get outdoors! Go for walk or hike!
  21. Try a new craft. Pinterest has wonderful ideas for spring crafts.
  22. Order your favorite take-out food.
  23. Commit to breaking a bad habit.
  24. Spend an afternoon binge-watching your favorite movie or series.
  25. Go on an impromptu day trip.
  26. Go for a ride, turn up the radio, and sing to your favorite tunes.
  27. Create a playlist of songs from your high school days.
  28. Sort, print, and create a scrapbook with photos on your phone or memory card.
  29. Volunteer
  30. Write a letter to a friend.
  31. Get plenty of sleep, go to bed early, sleep in , or take an afternoon nap.

Self-Care Ideas for February

The winter months are a perfect time to engage in self-care. Take time for yourself. Self-care activities reduce stress and increase happiness. Engaging in a regular self-care routine improves your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. If you need some inspiration, check out the following self-care ideas for February.

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  1. Get outdoors-go for a walk or hike.
  2. Walk around a bookstore or library to find your perfect new read.
  3. Listen to a new podcast.
  4. Paint or draw
  5. Write in a journal
  6. Take a nap or sleep in
  7. Stay offline for an afternoon or the entire day.
  8. Spend an afternoon reading.
  9. Create a new playlist
  10. Go for an afternoon drive
  11. Learn breathing exercises
  12. Pray or meditate
  13. Try a new fruit smoothie
  14. Happy Valentine’s Day
  15. Try a at-home facial
  16. Create a vision board
  17. Buy yourself flowers
  18. Get a new hair style
  19. Organize a room
  20. Try a new craft
  21. Join a fun Facebook group
  22. Say “no” to something that you really do not want to do.
  23. Listen to an audio book.
  24. Visit an art gallery or museum
  25. Write letters or note cards to friends.
  26. Eat by candlelight
  27. Create a bucket list for the rest of the year.
  28. Binge watch your favorite series or watch funny YouTube videos.

31 Self-Care Ideas for January

Are you ready to start 2022? A new year is a great time to make a commitment to self-care. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following self-care ideas for January.

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  1. Happy New Year’s Day! Go ahead and make a firm commitment to self-care. Enjoy your day!
  2. Organize your wardrobe. (Donate items that you no longer wear.)
  3. Commit 30 minutes a day with no screen time.
  4. Make a list of obtainable goals for 2022.
  5. Make an inspirational playlist for 2022.
  6. Stay hydrated. Drink 8 glasses of water a day!
  7. Go for a winter walk.
  8. Try a new workout routine.
  9. Start a 2022 daily journal.
  10. Make junk journals.
  11. Do a sugar detox.
  12. Create a monthly budget.
  13. Create a bucket list for the year.
  14. Declutter, organize, and clean your living space.
  15. Create a scrapbook of your holiday photos.
  16. Try a new recipe.
  17. Build a snowman.
  18. Commit to less time on social media.
  19. Make a 2022 vision board.
  20. Meditate or pray.
  21. Get a new haircut.
  22. Try new a new vegetable or fruit
  23. Do an in-home spa regiment.
  24. Take a long afternoon nap or sleep in.
  25. Soak in a warm bubble bath.
  26. Go to an art museum.
  27. Try a new hobby.
  28. Spend a day doing nothing, just relax.
  29. Binge-watch your favorite series.
  30. Go to the library or bookstore. Get a book that is outside of your normal reading genre.
  31. Reach out to an old friend, go out for lunch, or agree to do a monthly zoom call.

Happy January!

Journal Writing Prompts for December

The last month of the year is finally here. Are you ready to keep writing in your journal? If you are searching for suggestions, check out the following journal writing prompts for December.

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  1. How did November go for you, your family, work, school, and community? List your highs and lows for the month.
  2. What are you hoping to accomplish during the last month of 2021? List 5 goals.
  3. If you could relive one day over in 2021, what day would you pick? Why?
  4. What new hobbies are hoping to try over the winter months?
  5. What skill are you hoping to develop in 2022? Why is this important?
  6. Free write for 15 minutes.
  7. What one moment from today made you smile? Why?
  8. Are you satisfied with your current circumstances? Why or why not? What would you like to change?
  9. What has been on your mind lately? Why does this seem to be taking over your thoughts?
  10. List your biggest priorities for the day, week, the rest of the month, and next year.
  11. Did you overreact to any situation this week or month? Why?
  12. Who is your biggest inspiration at this moment? Why is this person so important to you?
  13. What is the best advice you could give someone right now? What is the best advice someone recently gave you?
  14. What is your biggest strength? Why?
  15. Why do you perceive as your biggest weakness? Why?
  16. If you knew tomorrow was the last day on Earth, what would you do? Why?
  17. What is the most important relationship in your life right now? Why?
  18. What have you been doing in your spare time lately? Do this activity bring you joy?
  19. What is one thing that you need in your life right now to improve your mood or situation? Why?
  20. Where would you like to travel next holiday season? Why?
  21. Happy First Day of Winter? What is the winter season like in your area? List highs and lows.
  22. What is one new activity you want to try next year? Why?
  23.   What do you do to stay healthy? Physically? And mentally? Do you need to take further steps in 2022? Why?
  24. Christmas Eve! How do you celebrate?
  25. Merry Christmas! How did the day go for you? What was your favorite moment?
  26. What are some of your favorite memories of 2021?
  27. For 2022, you plan to do more of________________. List at least 5 things.
  28. If you could have changed one thing in 2021, what would it be? Why?
  29. If you had to summarize 2021 with 5 words, what would you pick? Why?
  30. What do you hope to see in 2022?
  31. New Year’s Eve! How did you celebrate?

Self-Care Ideas for December

December is a busy month. The holiday season always adds extra commitments to your busy schedule. Remember to take time for yourself. Engaging in self-care is a necessity for your overall well-being. If you need suggestions, check out the following list for self-care ideas for December.

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  1. Make a commitment to yourself for a stress-free month.
  2. Make a holiday planner (Staying organized is a great way to reduce stress).
  3. Give yourself permission for a lazy afternoon.
  4. Write in a journal
  5. Buy yourself something warm and fuzzy, a blanket or a pair of socks
  6. Make a play list of your favorite holiday songs.
  7. Curl up with a cozy warm blanket and a good Christmas themed book.
  8. Invest in a good moisturizer for the winter months.
  9. Bake something delicious.
  10. Get plenty of sleep. Take a nap or sleep in.
  11. Take a warm bubble bath or a long hot shower.
  12. Light a scented candle, meditate or pray.
  13. Listen to your favorite podcast while giving yourself a facial.
  14. Eat a meal by candlelight.
  15. Get creative, make your own Christmas decorations or ornaments.
  16. Go to a festive community event.
  17. Get outdoors, go for a walk or a hike.
  18. Call an old friend to chat.
  19. Spend an afternoon at the library, search for books, and enjoy the quiet.
  20. Buy flannel sheets.
  21. First official day of winter! Find a new hobby for the winter months.
  22. Start feeding the wild birds.
  23. Binge watch your favorite Christmas movies.
  24. Christmas Eve! Watch It’s a Wonderful Life.
  25. Christmas Day! Merry Christmas! Enjoy your day!
  26. Make a fruit smoothie.
  27. Try a new soup recipe.
  28. Order take-out.
  29. Visit a new local shop or café.
  30. Try a new dessert recipe.
  31. New Year’s Eve! Celebrate you made it through 2021!

November Self-Care Ideas

Many consider the first day of November the start of the holiday season. Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. The holidays always require extra commitments. When your schedule is full, take time for yourself. Self-care is essential for your overall physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.  

Self-Care Ideas for November

  1. Start of gratitude journal.
  2. Stay hydrated drink plenty of water.
  3. Give yourself an in-home spa treatment.
  4. Take a long afternoon nap or sleep in. Even an extra 15 minutes can feel refreshing.
  5. Make your favorite meal.
  6. Take a long hot shower.
  7. Order pizza or other take out.
  8. Light your favorite candle.
  9. Go to your favorite café, sip coffee, and write in your journal.
  10. Go on a social media detox.
  11. Binge watch your favorite series.
  12. Try a new recipe.
  13. Watch the sunrise or sunset.
  14. Go for a hike.
  15. Take yourself out to dinner.
  16. Practice saying, no to extra commitments.
  17. Go on an adventure. Take a long car ride or train ride to a new destination.
  18. Practice deep breathing exercises.
  19. Be a hometown tourist. Get out to see a new historical site or museum.
  20. Go to church.
  21. Make your weekly schedule.
  22. Go to the library. Browse the books. Bring home something new to read.
  23. Make a new playlist.
  24. Text (not call) an old friend.
  25. Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your day!
  26. Just spend a day doing nothing.
  27. Declutter
  28. Volunteer
  29. Make lists to help you stay organized.
  30. Try a new exercise routine.

Enjoy your November! Happy Thanksgiving!

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