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)
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.
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!
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
Start of gratitude journal.
Stay hydrated drink plenty of water.
Give yourself an in-home spa treatment.
Take a long afternoon nap or sleep in. Even an extra 15 minutes can feel refreshing.
Make your favorite meal.
Take a long hot shower.
Order pizza or other take out.
Light your favorite candle.
Go to your favorite café, sip coffee, and write in your journal.
Go on a social media detox.
Binge watch your favorite series.
Try a new recipe.
Watch the sunrise or sunset.
Go for a hike.
Take yourself out to dinner.
Practice saying, no to extra commitments.
Go on an adventure. Take a long car ride or train ride to a new destination.
Practice deep breathing exercises.
Be a hometown tourist. Get out to see a new historical site or museum.
Go to church.
Make your weekly schedule.
Go to the library. Browse the books. Bring home something new to read.
Autumn is a perfect time to commit to taking care of yourself. Keep in mind; self-care is not being selfish. Work, school, family, friends, and other commitments can easily fill up your daily schedule. Yes, finding a moment to yourself in a challenging schedule is difficult.
The truth is self-care helps you maintain a healthy balance between your commitments and personal well-being. Find a way to make self-care a daily habit. If needed, put your self-care into your daily planner.
Self-Care Ideas for Fall
Rest: Sounds easy, but in a demanding schedule getting enough sleep is difficult. Go to bed early, take an afternoon nap, or sleep in. Getting enough sleep is critical to your health.
Relax: Spend time doing nothing. Take a long hot bath. Read a book. Curl up under your favorite blanket and watch a movie.
Stay Hydrated: Dink plenty of water. Try a hot tea or mulled cider. Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption.
Eat Healthy: Along with staying hydrated, eating healthy is essential for your physical and mental well-being. Go to your local farmer’s market to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables
Learn to Say No: Extra activities decrease time to yourself. Practice saying no.
Get Outdoors: Go for a hike. Go on a nature walk. Or just sit outdoors on your lunch break. Being outdoors can improve mental clarity, increase creativity, improve concentration, and raise your Vitamin D intake.
Get an Exercise Routine: If being outdoors isn’t for you, find a new exercise routine indoors. Ride a stationary bike. Take an exercise class. Learn yoga or other stretching exercise. If you are uncertain where to start, look up beginner’s exercise videos on YouTube.
Write in a Journal: A journal is a wonderful outlet for your emotions. Record your private thoughts, fears, and feelings about the world around you. Writing can reduce stress.
October is a great month to concentrate on self-care. Committing to taking care of yourself is critical to your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Do you need inspiration for October self-care ideas? Check out the following list.
Make a commitment to take care of yourself. Announce your dedication. Post it on social media. Let everyone know you plan to take time out for yourself.
Eat outside on a fall day to soak up the sunshine and enjoy the fall crisp air.
Take a long hot bath.
Take the time to listen to your favorite podcast. Yes, listen to the whole podcast at one time.
Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water. Try mulled cider or herbal teas.