Self-Care Ideas for May

May is here! For many the new month brings warmer weather, flowers, and lots of sunshine. Whether you are still staying home or starting to get back to a normal routine, engaging in self-care should always be a top priority. Do you need self-care ideas for May? Check out the following list.

  1. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  2. Take a long hot bath.
  3. Make a delicious homemade meal.
  4. Go for a long nature walk. (Do not forget your camera)
  5. Write in a journal.
  6. Get up early just to watch the sunrise.
  7. Sit outside at night to gaze at the stars.
  8. Burn a scented candle.
  9. Try yoga.
  10. Mediate or pray to calming music.
  11. Try a new craft. (Many local dollar stores have inexpensive crafty supplies to get you started.)
  12. Fill up your vehicle with gas and go for a line drive.
  13.  Bake cookies for yourself. Then, bake another batch to give away.
  14. Go on a picnic in the park.
  15.  Go to bed early, sleep in, or take a long afternoon nap.
  16. Spend an afternoon at an art museum or gallery.      
  17. Listen to a new podcast.
  18. Play the radio, sing loudly, and dance around to your favorite songs.
  19. Buy a magazine to read all afternoon. (A cup of hot tea or hot chocolate is great companion to this task.)
  20. Binge watch your favorite series. (Do not forget the popcorn.)
  21. Order take-out from a new restaurant.
  22. Unplug from your devices and just relax.
  23. Give yourself a pedicure, manicure, or homemade face mask.
  24. Go to your local library. Wander through the stacks of books to find your next read.
  25. Watch YouTube videos.
  26. Wear an extravagant outfit just for fun.
  27. Make a mood board.
  28. Plan your dream vacation.
  29. Call in an old friend just to chat.
  30. Volunteer
  31. Practice saying, “no” to extra work.                         

Self-Care for March

Self-care is critical to your mental, physical, and spiritual health. Do not hesitate to take time to nurture and care for yourself. Do you need some self-care ideas? Check out the following ideas.

  1. Get outdoors! Walk around the block, go on a nature walk, or go for a hike.
  2. Eat regular balanced meals (when possible)
  3. Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water.
  4. Before taking a long, warm shower, hang lavender in your shower. The smell will relax you.
  5. Keep a journal.
  6. Watch YouTube videos. (Cute animals or marriage proposals are always a good choice).
  7. Order takeout from someplace new.
  8. Draw (Stick figures count)
  9. Start a blog.
  10. Learn a new skill. From an instructional YouTube video to online classes, find something new to try.
  11. Take photos.
  12. Play a game.
  13. Binge-watch a new series.
  14. Pray or meditate.
  15. Take yourself out for lunch. (Yes, a drive-thru counts)
  16. Paint rocks to hide around your community.
  17. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
  18. Do Yoga
  19. Do a craft.
  20. Celebrate the Spring Equinox (Buy yourself flowers).
  21. Create a vision board.
  22. Volunteer or donate unused clothing to a local shelter.
  23. Eat at a local mom-and-pop restaurant.
  24. Call an old friend.
  25. Do something for someone else; small gestures have a large impact.
  26. Color (Adult coloring books are available).
  27. Treat yourself to an in-home spa treatment.
  28. Do nothing for an entire day.
  29. Learn to say “no.”
  30. Create a local bucket list.
  31. Write a grateful list.

Self-Care Ideas for February

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.

  1. Stay hydrated at all times, drink plenty of liquids, especially water.
  2. Call (not text) a friend just to chat.
  3. Take a long warm bubble bath on a cold wintry evening.
  4. Go on a nature walk.
  5. Write in a journal.
  6. Write letters or send out homemade cards.
  7. Give yourself an in-home spa treatment.
  8. Drink a warm beverage, herbal tea, or hot cocoa with marshmallows.
  9. Binge-watch a series of movies or your favorite television show.
  10. Meditate or pray.
  11. Listen to soft music while wearing headphones to tune out the world around you.
  12. Turn down the lights, light candles, or use flameless ones.
  13. Buy yourself flowers.
  14. Happy Valentine’s Day! Eat the chocolates.
  15. Go for a hike. Even if you are just starting, many trails are for beginners.
  16. Get take-out from somewhere new.
  17. Feed the wild birds, just to be outdoors for a few minutes.
  18. Do you have snow? Make a snow angel or build a snowman.
  19. Try a new workout regiment.
  20. Watch the sunrise or sunset without any interruptions. Put your phone on silent just for a short time.
  21. Take a nap.
  22. Try a new dessert recipe.
  23. Skip social media for a day.
  24. Do something for someone else.
  25. Get outdoors and take photos.
  26. Get crafty. Dollar stores have inexpensive crafting supplies to get you started.
  27. Try something new.

Self-Care Ideas for December

The holiday season can be stressful. The ongoing pandemic and social distancing increase the strain on your daily demands. During this time, self-care is essential.

  1. Stay hydrated; drink plenty of water or herbal tea.
  2. Go for a long nature walk after a snowfall.
  3. Watch Christmas cartoons.
  4. Go hiking.
  5. Put up Christmas decorations.
  6. Play soft music and take a long hot bubble bath.
  7. Meditate or pray.
  8. Check out beginner yoga or workout videos. (YouTube is a great resource).
  9. Go for a ride and look at Christmas videos.
  10. Call or host a zoom meeting with old friends.
  11. Paint or draw a Christmas scene.
  12. Give yourself an in-home spa treatment.
  13. Declutter a room.
  14. Snuggle under a blanket, sip a warm beverage, and binge-watch your favorite series.
  15. Do crafts.
  16. Keep a journal.
  17. Try a new recipe.
  18. Light candles (or use flameless ones) and put on your favorite playlist.
  19. Sleep in.
  20. Make a new playlist or Christmas one.
  21. Unplug from your devices for an afternoon or the entire day.
  22. Buy a small gift.
  23. Cut out paper snowflakes to hang on your windows.
  24. Christmas Eve—Watch It’s a Wonderful Life or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
  25. Merry Christmas! Relax and enjoy your day.
  26. Play your favorite songs and sing loudly. If you have neighbors, you may want to sing in your car.
  27. Make your favorite food.
  28. Buy a bouquet of flowers to sit in the middle of your table.
  29. Spend a day reading.
  30. Write your New Year’s Resolutions or create a bucket list.
  31. Happy New Year! Toast 2021.

Self-Care Ideas for November

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.

  1. Go for a walk (Nature walks are perfect this time of year).
  2. Take a long, warm bath or shower.
  3. Vote-make your voice be heard.
  4. Rent, stream, or purchase a movie from the 1950s, 1960s, etc.
  5. 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).
  6. Create a new playlist.
  7. Practice saying, “no.” You do not have to take on extra responsibilities.
  8. 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.
  9. Meditate or pray. Play inspirational music in the background.
  10. Go hiking.
  11. Make homemade hot cocoa to enjoy on a cold night.
  12. Order take out from a new restaurant.
  13. Spend an afternoon reading or indulge by re-reading your favorite.
  14. Get a new hair cute. Or learn a new style. (YouTube has lots of how-to videos).
  15. Call an older relative to just chat.
  16. Write a letter to a classmate from grade school, junior high, or high school. Reminisce about a favorite time.
  17. Go for a long drive. Play the music loud and sing along.
  18. Have a fall picnic. (Yes, having one in your living room with your dog counts).
  19. Spend an afternoon painting, drawing, or doing crafts.
  20. Start decorating for the Christmas season early.
  21. Give yourself a day to do nothing.
  22. Watch uplifting videos or watch Christmas shows on the Hallmark channel.
  23. Bake
  24. Give yourself an in-home spa treatment.
  25. Make a gratitude list.
  26. Happy Thanksgiving! Eat dessert.
  27. Eat leftovers, stay in your pajamas (or comfy pants), and enjoy your day.
  28. Declutter or organize a space.
  29. Try a new recipe.
  30. Write lists, plans, and other details for the upcoming Christmas season.

Self-Care Ideas for October

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.

  1. Get plenty of sleep, take a nap or sleep in when possible.
  2. Drink lots of fluids-water, tea, and maybe even a tall glass of apple cider.
  3. Buy yourself something new. (Yes, a dollar store Halloween figurine counts.)
  4. Take an extra-long hot shower or soak in a warm, bubble bath.
  5. Call a friend.
  6. Order take out from your favorite restaurant.
  7. Go for a walk to view the Halloween decorations in your community.
  8. Work out to a beginner’s video on YouTube.
  9. Unplug from social media for an hour, six hours, or an entire day.
  10. Grab your favorite fuzzy blanket and spend your Saturday reading a book.
  11. Write letters or send out Halloween cards with notes inside.
  12. Binge-watch Halloween shows.
  13. Go hiking
  14. Cook your favorite meal.
  15. Do Halloween themed crafts.
  16. Sip a warm beverage while stargazing.
  17. Use relaxing music to meditate or pray.
  18. Visit your local pumpkin patch. Carve and display your pumpkin.
  19. Give yourself a spa day-soak your feet, paint your nails, and apply a facial.
  20. Make a Halloween-themed playlist.
  21. Try a new food.
  22. Take a virtual tour.
  23. Keep a journal or diary.
  24. Go for a long drive and play the music loud.
  25. Take an online course. (There are numerous free courses or seminars available.)
  26. Eat your favorite soup on a cold autumn day.
  27. 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.
  28. Paint or draw a Halloween scene.
  29. Declutter a room, closet, or a junk drawer.
  30. Try pumpkin-related food or beverage.
  31. Happy Halloween! Give yourself a treat.

Baking Soda: A Versatile Household Staple

When most people think of baking soda, recipes of cookies, bread, or other delicious treats come to mind. Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is an everyday household staple. Yet, many do not realize baking soda has various other uses beyond cooking. Some of the typical applications may actually surprise you.

Cleaning

When using baking soda as a cleaner, simply form a paste with warm water and apply the mixture to the object. Rinse and dry. Acting as a soft scrub, the mixture works on all sorts of everyday household appliances, including the microwave silver. The other ways to use baking soda when cleaning include:

  • Unclog a Drain: When you mix baking soda with a cup of cider, you have the perfect mixture to unclog a drain.
  • Laundry: Adding a small amount of baking soda generally about a ½ cup to your wash, helps to refresh your clothes without harsh chemicals.
  • Flooring: Add about a ½ cup to your mop water. Baking soda can actually brighten your floors.
  • Remove Stickers: Mixing baking soda with water to form a paste, the mixture will clean the residue off from stickers or labels.
  • Stain Remover: Use baking soda to scrub the inside of plastic bowls or your coffer cup to remove unwanted stains.

Deodorizing

Sprinkling on various types of surfaces, baking soda acts as a natural deodorizer. From outdoor furniture to pet bedding, use baking soda to refresh odor-producing areas. If you want to try baking soda in other areas for deodorizing check out the following:

  • Carpets: Sprinkle baking soda on your indoor carpets or inside your car. Allow the baking soda to sit for at least 30 minutes, and then vacuum as usual.
  • Furniture: Baking soda is suitable for various soft surfaces. Evenly sprinkle the baking soda on couches or chairs, let set. Then, vacuum off.
  • Kitty Litter Box: When changing your kitty litter box, sprinkle baking soda on the bottom to help combat smells.
  • Tennis Shoes: Sprinkle lightly inside shoes to absorb orders.
  • Bathroom: Sprinkle baking soda in the tub, toilet, and sink. Let stand for at least 15 minutes, clean, and rinse. The baking soda can help remove unpleasant odors.
  • Refrigerator: Place an opened box of baking soda in your fridge to absorb unpleasant smells.

Personal Health

Use baking soda for your personal health.

  • Toothpaste: Even though the taste may not be up to your liking, you can use baking soda as toothpaste. Simply, dip your toothbrush into a small amount of the baking soda, brush, and rinse.
  • Antacid: Mixing around a teaspoon baking soda with a glass of water can reduce heartburn.
  • Relieve Pain of Insect Bites: Mix baking soda with water to create a paste. Apply the thick mixture to the area of bee or insect bite. Leave directly on the inflicted spot for around 20 minutes to stop the pain.

In addition to the list above, baking soda combats weeds. Sprinkle baking soda in between patio blocks to keep the weeds from regrown.

The low cost is the best part of using baking soda in your household. The next time, you are shopping and a box or two to your cart to help with everyday cleaning and more.

Self-Care Ideas for August

What is self-care? School schedules, work, home, and other commitments keep you busy. Setting aside time for you may seem impossible. Engaging in small self-care moments is a necessity for your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Practicing self-care is good for your overall health.

Do you need some ideas for self-care? Consider the following for August.

  • Keep a journal to express your feelings, goals, or recap of your daily routine.
  • Read a book.
  • Listen to music, sing along loudly to your favorite song.
  • Exercise, join a gym, go for a walk, or try yoga.
  • Paint or engage in other forms of crafting.
  • Skip being on social media for a day or a week.
  • Have a spa day. (At home or professional, spend an entire day pampering yourself).
  • Spend time in nature.
  • Take a relaxing bubble bath or a hot shower.
  • Take an afternoon nap.
  • Cook your favorite meal or dessert.
  • Write a letter to a friend or relative.
  • Watch the sunset or sunrise.
  • Spend an afternoon at the library or bookstore.
  • Learn a new hobby.
  • Take the afternoon off to go to the movies.
  • Buy yourself a new outfit. (Yes, thrift store finds count).
  • Go on a day trip.
  • Try meditation, prayer, or listening to nature sounds.
  • Go hiking with your dog.
  • Relax with Netflix and popcorn.
  • Write 5 reasons why you are grateful. (Feel free to write more than 5).
  • Take steps to stop comparing yourself to others. Your journey is yours alone.
  • Call an old friend.
  • Learn to say to tell people no.

Self-care takes practice. Learn to set aside a little time each day or week to care for you.