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.
Make a commitment to take better care of yourself. Write your affirmation out on paper to view.
Practice positive thinking.
Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water!
Make healthier food choices. Eat your fruits and vegetables.
Learn to say, “no” to extra work without feeling guilty.
Create a vision board.
Get outdoors. Go for a walk or a hike.
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.
Buy yourself something. If your budget is tight, go to your local dollar store. Buy a new book, craft materials, or a scarf.
Take a nap.
Create a new playlist for your morning commute.
Check into a hotel for the night, order room service, and just relax.
Take a long hot shower.
Burn your favorite scented candle.
Call an old friend to chat.
Go out to lunch at a new restaurant.
Clean out your old clothes to donate.
Declutter one room.
Make your favorite dinner or order take-out.
Read a book.
Visit a museum or art gallery. Be a hometown tourist for a day.
Go on a day trip to a new location.
Plan your dream vacation.
Get a new hairstyle.
Give yourself permission to do nothing for an afternoon or the entire day.
Write in a journal.
Try a new fitness routine. (YouTube has wonderful beginner videos)
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.
Commit to better health choices. Write out a list of areas you want to improve for your personal health.
Take a nature walk on a local trail.
Try yoga or other stretching exercises.
Create a Spring bucket list.
Photograph new spring flowers.
Diffuse essential oils or burn scented candles.
Take a “quiet” break. Retreat to a quiet space. 15 minutes of quiet time is a great way to recharge.
Create a new spring playlist.
Get a massage or do an in-home spa day.
Volunteer at a local pet rescue or animal shelter as a dog walker.
Write in your journal.
Watch TED Talks or other motivational videos.
Go on a digital detox.
Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water.
Slowly sip a warm beverage and watch the sunrise or set.
Happy Easter! Attend church services. Or curl up with your favorite comfy blanket and watch Here Comes Peter Cottontail.
Go to your local cafe, sip your favorite drink, and quietly observe the world around you.
Go out to lunch with friends.
Try breathing exercises, meditation, or prayer.
Earth Day! Do something for the environment. Recycle, plant flowers, or volunteer at a community cleanup.
Go on a picnic.
Listen to a podcast or audiobook.
Got out to eat.
Go for a long drive and loudly sing to your favorite tunes.
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.
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.
Get Outdoors: Soaking up sunlight even on chilly days helps your body’s natural process. Go for a walk. Enjoy the sunshine.
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.
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.
Workout Early: Avoid working out before bedtime. Exercising late in the evening may make it more difficult to fall asleep.
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.
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.
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.
The Benefits of Unplugging
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Accomplish one small goal today. Clean out your closet, mop your floor, or rearrange your room.
Commit to daily entries in a journal. Try writing in different locations. Go to your favorite café or sit outdoors.
It’s World Wildlife Day! Grab your camera and spend time outdoors.
Read quotes for inspiration. Copy your favorites to hang on the bathroom mirror or refrigerator door.
Make hot cocoa or tea. Sip slowly and watch the sunset.
Go to your favorite local bookstore or library. Browse the books to find a new favorite read.
Wear your best dress clothes for no reason.
Create a vision board.
Spend time meditating or praying.
Hang eucalyptus before taking a long, hot shower.
Drink plenty of water. Remember at least 8 glasses daily.
Stay off social media for a day. Unplug and enjoy.
Daylight Savings Time begins. Create a local bucket list for spring.
Enjoy a slow stroll through your favorite museum or art gallery.
Grab a friend and take a dance class.
Turn on your diffuser with your favorite scent to fill the room. Next, play classical music and enjoy the atmosphere.
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.
Try cardio drumming or other new workout routine.
Listen to TED Talks or other inspirational videos on YouTube.
It’s the first official day of Spring! Get outdoors! Go for walk or hike!
Try a new craft. Pinterest has wonderful ideas for spring crafts.
Order your favorite take-out food.
Commit to breaking a bad habit.
Spend an afternoon binge-watching your favorite movie or series.
Go on an impromptu day trip.
Go for a ride, turn up the radio, and sing to your favorite tunes.
Create a playlist of songs from your high school days.
Sort, print, and create a scrapbook with photos on your phone or memory card.
Write a letter to a friend.
Get plenty of sleep, go to bed early, sleep in , or take an afternoon nap.
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.
Get outdoors-go for a walk or hike.
Walk around a bookstore or library to find your perfect new read.
Listen to a new podcast.
Paint or draw
Write in a journal
Take a nap or sleep in
Stay offline for an afternoon or the entire day.
Spend an afternoon reading.
Create a new playlist
Go for an afternoon drive
Learn breathing exercises
Pray or meditate
Try a new fruit smoothie
Happy Valentine’s Day
Try a at-home facial
Create a vision board
Buy yourself flowers
Get a new hair style
Organize a room
Try a new craft
Join a fun Facebook group
Say “no” to something that you really do not want to do.
Listen to an audio book.
Visit an art gallery or museum
Write letters or note cards to friends.
Eat by candlelight
Create a bucket list for the rest of the year.
Binge watch your favorite series or watch funny YouTube videos.
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.
Make a commitment to yourself for a stress-free month.
Make a holiday planner (Staying organized is a great way to reduce stress).
Give yourself permission for a lazy afternoon.
Write in a journal
Buy yourself something warm and fuzzy, a blanket or a pair of socks
Make a play list of your favorite holiday songs.
Curl up with a cozy warm blanket and a good Christmas themed book.
Invest in a good moisturizer for the winter months.
Bake something delicious.
Get plenty of sleep. Take a nap or sleep in.
Take a warm bubble bath or a long hot shower.
Light a scented candle, meditate or pray.
Listen to your favorite podcast while giving yourself a facial.
Eat a meal by candlelight.
Get creative, make your own Christmas decorations or ornaments.
Go to a festive community event.
Get outdoors, go for a walk or a hike.
Call an old friend to chat.
Spend an afternoon at the library, search for books, and enjoy the quiet.
Buy flannel sheets.
First official day of winter! Find a new hobby for the winter months.
Start feeding the wild birds.
Binge watch your favorite Christmas movies.
Christmas Eve! Watch It’s a Wonderful Life.
Christmas Day! Merry Christmas! Enjoy your day!
Make a fruit smoothie.
Try a new soup recipe.
Visit a new local shop or café.
Try a new dessert recipe.
New Year’s Eve! Celebrate you made it through 2021!
Did you know November 13th is World Kindness Day? Started in 1998, the annual international holiday promotes all acts of kindness, no matter how small. Are you ready to spread kindness in your small area of the world? Here’s a list of ideas for inspiration. Simple acts of kinds create a ripple effect, never underestimate the power of a smile or small gesture.
Hold the Door: When going into the bank, restaurant, or other business, hold the door for the person behind you.
Offer to Help: Is there an elderly person or someone holding a baby standing in line behind you at the checkout? Offer to help unload the grocery cart.
Pay at the Drive Thru: Buy the person’s order behind you in the line at the drive thru.
Pay the Tab: Do you notice a young family with children, a person in uniform, or an elderly person sitting along at a restaurant? Pick up their tab.
Pay for Someone’s Gas: When paying for your gas, pay for another customer’s gas too. This is a great gesture of kindness with the gas prices continuing to rise.
Go to Lunch: Offer to take an elderly neighbor out to lunch or to the grocery store.
Buy Flowers: Pass out flowers to neighbors, co-workers, teachers, friends, or family members.
Volunteer: Offer to be a dog walker at your local pet rescue. Or help at your neighborhood women’s shelter or baby pantry.
Donate Groceries: Buy a bag of groceries to donate at your local food bank.
Start Cooking: Do you know a person or family who could use a home cooked meal? Cook a healthy meal for a neighbor, relative, or a friend.
Bake: Pass out cookies or other treats.
Call: Reach out to a family member or an old friend just to say hello.
Extra Wash: Tape quarters (place in plastic bag first) under a lid at the laundry mat to give someone a free wash.
Be Kind to Yourself: Engage in self-care to focus on your spiritual, physical, and mental well-being.
Write Thank You Notes: Has someone recently made a kind gesture toward you? Write a thank you note to show appreciation.
Just smile! When out in public, a simple smile goes a long way in brightening the world around you. Happy World Kindness Day!