Between the winter months and the pandemic, self-care is essential for your physical and mental health. Even though your schedule may be chaotic at times, focusing on yourself will help alleviate stress. Try to set aside a little time every day just for you. Do you need some ideas for self-care? Check out the following list for self-care ideas for February.
Stay hydrated at all times, drink plenty of liquids, especially water.
Call (not text) a friend just to chat.
Take a long warm bubble bath on a cold wintry evening.
Go on a nature walk.
Write in a journal.
Write letters or send out homemade cards.
Give yourself an in-home spa treatment.
Drink a warm beverage, herbal tea, or hot cocoa with marshmallows.
Binge-watch a series of movies or your favorite television show.
Meditate or pray.
Listen to soft music while wearing headphones to tune out the world around you.
Turn down the lights, light candles, or use flameless ones.
Buy yourself flowers.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Eat the chocolates.
Go for a hike. Even if you are just starting, many trails are for beginners.
Get take-out from somewhere new.
Feed the wild birds, just to be outdoors for a few minutes.
Do you have snow? Make a snow angel or build a snowman.
Try a new workout regiment.
Watch the sunrise or sunset without any interruptions. Put your phone on silent just for a short time.
Take a nap.
Try a new dessert recipe.
Skip social media for a day.
Do something for someone else.
Get outdoors and take photos.
Get crafty. Dollar stores have inexpensive crafting supplies to get you started.
Daily demands, the pandemic, election coverage, and the upcoming holiday season can be overwhelming. Practicing self-care is critical to your overall health and well-being. Check out the following self-care ideas for November.
Go for a walk (Nature walks are perfect this time of year).
Take a long, warm bath or shower.
Vote-make your voice be heard.
Rent, stream, or purchase a movie from the 1950s, 1960s, etc.
Take your dog for a long walk. (Don’t have a dog? Volunteer to be a dog walker at your local rescue or animal shelter).
Create a new playlist.
Practice saying, “no.” You do not have to take on extra responsibilities.
Buy yourself something. You do not need to spend a lot. Go to your local dollar store. Buy yourself a candle, figurine, or a box of crackers. The choice is yours.
Meditate or pray. Play inspirational music in the background.
Make homemade hot cocoa to enjoy on a cold night.
Order take out from a new restaurant.
Spend an afternoon reading or indulge by re-reading your favorite.
Get a new hair cute. Or learn a new style. (YouTube has lots of how-to videos).
Call an older relative to just chat.
Write a letter to a classmate from grade school, junior high, or high school. Reminisce about a favorite time.
Go for a long drive. Play the music loud and sing along.
Have a fall picnic. (Yes, having one in your living room with your dog counts).
Spend an afternoon painting, drawing, or doing crafts.
Start decorating for the Christmas season early.
Give yourself a day to do nothing.
Watch uplifting videos or watch Christmas shows on the Hallmark channel.
Give yourself an in-home spa treatment.
Make a gratitude list.
Happy Thanksgiving! Eat dessert.
Eat leftovers, stay in your pajamas (or comfy pants), and enjoy your day.
Declutter or organize a space.
Try a new recipe.
Write lists, plans, and other details for the upcoming Christmas season.
October brings colder weather, longer nights, and Halloween. Focusing on yourself is essential for your health and well-being. Do you need some self-care ideas for October? Check out the following for inspiration.
Get plenty of sleep, take a nap or sleep in when possible.
Drink lots of fluids-water, tea, and maybe even a tall glass of apple cider.
Buy yourself something new. (Yes, a dollar store Halloween figurine counts.)
Take an extra-long hot shower or soak in a warm, bubble bath.
Call a friend.
Order take out from your favorite restaurant.
Go for a walk to view the Halloween decorations in your community.
Work out to a beginner’s video on YouTube.
Unplug from social media for an hour, six hours, or an entire day.
Grab your favorite fuzzy blanket and spend your Saturday reading a book.
Write letters or send out Halloween cards with notes inside.
Binge-watch Halloween shows.
Cook your favorite meal.
Do Halloween themed crafts.
Sip a warm beverage while stargazing.
Use relaxing music to meditate or pray.
Visit your local pumpkin patch. Carve and display your pumpkin.
Give yourself a spa day-soak your feet, paint your nails, and apply a facial.
Make a Halloween-themed playlist.
Try a new food.
Take a virtual tour.
Keep a journal or diary.
Go for a long drive and play the music loud.
Take an online course. (There are numerous free courses or seminars available.)
Eat your favorite soup on a cold autumn day.
Take your dog for an extra-long walk. If you don’t have a dog, volunteer to be a dog walker at your local shelter or rescue.
Welcome to September! The nights are bringing cooler temperatures. The chill in the air ushers in beautiful autumn colors. School, virtual or in-person, is starting. Schedules quickly fill up your day. But, taking time for yourself is essential for your well-being. Do you need some inspiration for self-care?
30 Days of Self-Care for September
Buy a new journal and make entries every day.
Watch the sunrise or sunset.
Read a book outside of your normal genre.
Make a fall bucket list or a dream bucket list.
Spend a day or afternoon doing nothing, just relax.
Happy Labor Day! (USA) Find time just for yourself.
Binge-watch a new series.
Go for a nature walk.
Get extra sleep.
Treat yourself to in home spay day.
Go on a virtual tour.
Spend time meditating or praying.
Take a long hot bubble bath or shower
Call an old friend.
Make your favorite recipe or try a new one.
Splurge and order take out.
Watch YouTube videos. Check out gender reveals, marriage proposals, surprise military homecoming, or pets.
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water or make a tall glass of ice tea.
Turn up the music. Sing along to your favorite tunes or dance.
Autumn begins. Get outdoors and view the colorful fall foliage.
Declutter a room or closet. Or simply clean off the top of your desk.
Find a new food to try, a different type of fruit or candy bar.
Buy yourself flowers.
Make yourself a warm beverage on a cool night.
Go on a Sunday drive.
Print out your photos on your phone and make a scrapbook.
Get dressed up for no reason or stay in pajamas all day.
Practice yoga or other light stretching exercises. (YouTube has number beginner videos).
August marks the end of summer. School will be starting soon. Whether virtual or in-person, school and work schedules take up a lot of your time. Finding time to relax and care for yourself is essential to your overall well-being.
Self-Care Ideas for August
Stay hydrated! Drink lots of water.
Get enough sleep! If possible, take a nap or sleep in for an extra half hour.
Go for a hike. Do not forget to bring the dog.
Go for a nature walk with your kids.
Go for a bike ride.
Pamper yourself with an in-home spa day. Paint your nails or give yourself a facial.
Take a long relaxing bubble bath.
Write a letter or send out thinking of you cards.
Call or chat online with a friend.
Do yoga or other exercises.
Meditate or pray.
Read a book.
Binge-watch your favorite television series or find a new one to enjoy.
Have a movie marathon, complete with popcorn or other treats.
Make a gratitude list, at least 10 things.
Try a new recipe or cook an old family favorite.
Listen to your favorite music, turn up the volume, sing along, or dance.
Order pizza or another type of take-out to give yourself a break from cooking.
Buy one new item to try at the grocery store. Your pick doesn’t have to be expensive. For example, buy a new type of fruit to try or a candy bar.
Do not be afraid to say no.
Listen to a Podcast or watch YouTube videos.
Declutter your space.
Go on a virtual tour of a museum, art gallery, or the zoo.
Self-care is being aware of your own needs and taking the necessary steps to meet them. The demands of work, parenthood, and other commitments often lead to stress. With the added health crisis, social media, and daily news, you may quickly be overwhelmed. Take a step back, breath, and remember to take time for yourself. Do you need ideas for self-care? Check out the following list for July.
Hydrate: Staying hydrated is essential for your health, especially in the summer. No, you don’t need to give up your morning coffee, just remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Don’t Forget Your Fruits and Veggies: Often, in the summertime, quick meals lead to unhealthy choices. Remember to get your daily intake of fruits and vegetables.
Go Outdoors: Yes, social distancing and other restrictions are still in place but even get outside. Go for a hike, walk around the block, stroll through the city park, or take an extra trip to the dog park. Being outdoors, even for an additional hour, is good for your well-being.
Happy Independence Day, USA! Watch the fireworks. Due to the coronavirus, many events have restrictions or canceled. Watching fireworks from your own vehicle is a safe way to enjoy the holiday. If you do not want to leave home, many PBS stations host 4th of July concerts with fireworks. Enjoy the show from your own couch.
Make a Summer Playlist of Your Favorite Songs
Start a Journal
Create a Vision Board: Fill your board with anything that personally inspires or motivates you. Then, take the necessary steps to transform your goals into reality.
Unplug: Step away from your computer, cell phone, or other electronic devices. Turn off the news. Unplugging for an hour, an afternoon, or a day can positively impact your mood.
Buy Yourself Flowers
Declutter Your Closet
Take a Long Bubble Bath
Give Yourself an In-Home Spa Treatment
Make Your Favorite Meal: Yes, it can be a dessert.
Call a Friend
Meditate or Pray
Do Morning Yoga or Stretching Exercises
Watch the Sunrise or Sunset
Take a Long Afternoon Nap
Go on a Picnic: If the weather is uncooperative, host a picnic in your living room.
Read a Book
Go to the Farmer’s Market: Great place to get your fruits and veggies while supporting your community.
Go for a Ride: Fill up your car and just drive.
Set Goals for the Second Half of 2020
Do Crafts on a Rainy Day
Learn to Say, “No”: Too many commitments can lead to added stress.
Spend an Evening (or Entire Weekend) Binge-Watching: Re-watch your favorite television series or discover something new.
Paint or Draw: Bringing out your inner artists does not have to break the bank. Head to your local dollar store and buy some necessary supplies.
Listen to a New Podcast
Buy Yourself Something New: Treating yourself can be as simple as trying a new type of cracker to purchasing an entire outfit. Just do something new for yourself.
Send a Friend or Family Member a Letter: Or join a pen pal organization and write to someone new.
Most people associate the first day of summer with the 3-day Memorial weekend. But technically this year, on June 20, 2020, the northern hemisphere will officially begin the first day of summer. Staying light longer, the sun will finally reach the furthest northern point in the sky. The summer solstice marks the longest day of the year. After the summer solstice, the days will begin to lose light.
Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice
Different cultures have a wide range of traditions to welcome the summer. Unfortunately, due to recent health mandates, social distancing, and stay at home guidelines, many festivals and celebrations are canceled this year. But do not let all the restrictions keep you from celebrating the summer solstice.
Go Hiking: Numerous parks are open to the public. Yes, social distancing still applies to the trails, but you still can enjoy the great outdoors. Hike a new trail. Spend an extra hour outdoors. Hiking is good for the entire family. Even young children can enjoy easy trails. Of course, don’t forget your dog.
Go for a Walk: A simple walk around the block can be refreshing. Walk to your local park. The playground equipment may still be inaccessible. But enjoy the different paths throughout the park. If you are working, go for a short walk on your lunch break.
Enjoy Nature: Take a leisurely stroll in your local park to enjoy nature. Take along binoculars and a camera to capture your view. If you are allowed, pick wildflowers, collect rocks, and other nature items to use for craft projects later.
Meditate or Pray: Sitting outside in nature is the perfect time to reflect. Give yourself time to meditate or pray.
Watch the Sunrise or Sunset: Taking a moment out of your day to simply watch the sunrise or set, gives you a chance to relax and destress.
Cook a Feast: Okay, a simple BBQ or a picnic will do the trick. But cooking a meal and enjoying the celebration as a family is a great way to honor the changing season.
Host a Bonfire: If you haven’t used your fire pit this year yet, the summer solstice is the perfect day to start. Build a small fire, watch the sunset, and marvel at the stars. Oh, and don’t forget the chocolatey, marshmallow goodness of S’mores.
Celebrate Virtual: Due to restrictions, many popular sites, including Stonehenge, are celebrating the summer solstice online. Watch the sunrise or set, listen to music, or watch an event.
Regardless of the way you celebrate the solstice, enjoy the summer day. Summer goes by quickly. Soon, the cold weather will return.
Self-care is essential for your physical, spiritual, and mental well-being. Whether you are working full time, practicing social distancing, or staying at home, you must take the time for yourself. If you would like some inspiration on self-care ideas, check out the following for June.
Go for a Hike: Check out a new trail, get outdoors, and do not forget to take along your favorite 4-legged companion.
Photograph Nature: You do not need a fancy camera to snap a picture of the sunrise or sunset. Spend some time enjoying nature. Photograph your journey.
Video Chat with Friends or Family Members on Zoom
Take a Long, Bubble Bath: Soaking in a warm tub with lots of bubbles is a great way to relax.
Write a Letter: Put pen to paper and write a traditional letter.
Buy Yourself Flowers or Chocolate
Turn Up the Music and Sing
Binge-Watch Something New
Draw or Paint
Try a New Craft
Meditate or Pray
Try a New Recipe
Start a Journal
Read a Book: Step outside of your usual reading genre and find something new to read. Yes, comic books and manga count as reading material.
Listen to a New Podcast
Clean, Declutter, and Reorganize Your Living Space
Take a Long Nap or Sleep In
Listen to an Audio Book
Call a Friend from School
Listen to the Sounds of Nature: If you cannot open your window to hear nature, find a live cam on YouTube or other platforms. Turn up the volume and just listen.
Watch YouTube Videos
Make a Video of Your Pet
Do an In-Home Spa Day: Paint your nails, soak your feet, do a facial, and hot oil treatment for your hair.
Sip a Cup of Hot Tea, Coffee, or Cocoa
Print Photos from Your Phone: Make a photo scrapbook, buy frames to hang photos on the wall, or send prints to friends and family members.
Go for a Nature Walk: Collect rocks, pine cones, or other material for crafts. Paint the rocks and hide around your neighborhood. For example, paint thank you or quotes on the rock and place in front of the hospital or other medical facility.
Get Take Out: Whether you order a meal for yourself or your family, take a break from cooking. Yes, pizza does count.