Self-Care Ideas for September 2022

Welcome to September! The days are growing shorter. The nights are bringing cooler temperatures. The chill in the air ushers in the beautiful autumn season. The changes are a perfect time to make a commitment to yourself for better self-care. If you need inspiration, check out the following ideas for self-care in September.  

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  1. Write daily affirmations in a journal.
  2. Make a cup of herbal tea, and sip slowly, while watching the sunset or sunrise.
  3. Try a new hiking trail. Or start hiking on a beginner’s trail. The fall season is a wonderful time to get outdoors.
  4. Read a book outside of your normal genre.
  5. Happy Labor Day! Enjoy your extra day off. If you’re working, come home and enjoy a long warm shower or bubble bath.
  6. Spend a day or afternoon doing nothing, just relax.
  7. Write out your goals for the day, week, month, and the rest of 2022.
  8. Binge-watch a new series.
  9. Go for a nature walk. Don’t forget your camera.
  10. Do crafts. (Autumn and Halloween items are already available.)
  11. Get extra sleep. Take a nap, go to bed early, or sleep in.
  12. Treat yourself to in-home spay day. Apply a face mask, paint your nails, soak your feet, etc.
  13. Go on a virtual tour.
  14. Spend time meditating or praying.
  15. Drink lots of water.
  16. Call an old friend to chat.
  17. Make your favorite recipe or try a new one. Your local farmer’s market is full of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  18. Splurge and order takeout from your favorite restaurant.
  19. Watch YouTube videos. Check out gender reveals, marriage proposals, surprise military homecoming, or pets.
  20. Eat breakfast every day.
  21. Turn up the music. Sing along to your favorite tunes or dance.
  22. The 1st Day of Fall! Enjoy the day!
  23. Declutter a room or closet. Or simply clean off the top of your desk.
  24. Find a new food to try, a different type of fruit or candy bar.
  25. Buy yourself flowers.
  26. Make yourself a warm beverage on a cool night.
  27. Unplug from your devices. Go on a social media detox for a day.
  28. Print out your summer photos and make a scrapbook.
  29. Volunteer. Helping others is great motivation.
  30. Practice yoga or other light stretching exercises. (YouTube has numerous beginner videos).

Have fun, relax, take care of yourself, and enjoy September!

Self-Care Ideas for August

Are you taking care of yourself? Self-care should be part of your daily schedule. Committing to your own physical, mental, and spiritual well-being is essential. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following self-care ideas for August.

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  1. Make a commitment to yourself to walk away from anything or anyone that doesn’t bring you inner peace. (Yes, this may take a while or repeat efforts.)
  2. Meditate or pray for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water or try different herbal teas.
  4. Keep a journal.
  5. Say no to any extra workload that feels overwhelming.
  6. Get plenty of sleep. Go to bed early or take a nap.
  7. Enjoy a long bubble bath. (Play soft music or light candles to set a relaxing mood)
  8. Visit a local farmers market to get fresh fruit and vegetables.
  9. Create a vision board.
  10. Declutter.
  11. Create a bucket list.
  12. Write goals for the remaining months of 2022.
  13. Light a favorite candle.
  14. Read
  15. Volunteer
  16. Go on a picnic.
  17. Buy yourself something.
  18. Get outdoors. Try Geocaching, hiking, or go on a nature walk.
  19. Go for a drive to just see the scenery.
  20. Listen to uplifting podcasts or YouTube videos.
  21. Try a new workout routine.
  22. Learn a new skill.
  23. Update your resume. Write your career goals for the next year and five years.
  24. Dip your favorite beverage and watch the sunset.
  25. Go stargazing.
  26. Do crafts.
  27. Go out to lunch.
  28. Cook/bake a homemade meal.
  29. Check in with your friends.
  30. Be yourself.
  31. Your choice.

Have a great month! Stay healthy!

Self-Care Ideas for July

July is here! Are you ready to spend time taking care of yourself? Self-care is essential for a healthy state of mind and body. If you need inspiration, check out the following self-care ideas for July.

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  1. Start the month by making a promise to yourself to engage in self-care. If you need to reassure yourself, write your intentions out. Tape it to your refrigerator door or on the bathroom mirror. Make time for yourself.
  2. Stay hydrated. Try ice cold teas or flavored waters.
  3. Keep a journal.
  4. Happy Independence Day! Enjoy the fireworks or spend the evening at home.
  5. Spend time outdoors. Go for a walk. Go for a hike. Go for a bike ride.
  6. Cook a homemade meal.
  7. Buy something just for you. (Yes, purchasing an outfit at the thrift store counts.)
  8. Go to the library or bookstore to find new summer reading materials.
  9. Take a nap or sleep in.
  10. Get a new haircut.
  11. Go to lunch with old friends.
  12. Binge-watch your favorite series.
  13. Make a cup of herbal tea and watch the sunrise.
  14. Order take-out from your favorite restaurant.
  15. Take a long relaxing bubble bath.
  16. Go for a drive and turn up the music.
  17. Declutter your living space.
  18. Volunteer.
  19. Listen to a motivational podcast or YouTube video.
  20. Try yoga.
  21. Meditate or pray.
  22. Spend a day at the beach.
  23. Find a new hobby.
  24. Unplug from your devices.
  25. When you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, say no to extra work.
  26. Take steps (make a list) to create your ideal future.
  27. Spend a day doing nothing, stay in your pajamas all day. Enjoy a peaceful day.
  28. Make a playlist of upbeat music.
  29. Buy yourself flowers.
  30. Go on a weekend getaway or overnight trip.
  31. Write a gratitude list.

30 Self-Care Ideas for June

Self-care is essential for your overall well-being. Start your self-care journey by making a commitment to take better care of yourself. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following self-care ideas for June.

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  1. Give yourself permission to take a break. Do not be afraid to just relax and enjoy your day.
  2. Stay hydrated. As soon as you wake up in the morning, drink a tall glass of water.
  3. Take a long relaxing bubble bath.
  4. Write down your feelings in a daily journal.
  5. Eat a healthy snack or make a fruit smoothie.
  6. Get outdoors. Go hiking. Go on a nature walk. Go for bike ride. Just get outdoors.
  7. Go on a digital detox for an hour, afternoon, or an entire day.
  8. Enjoy a sunrise or sunset.
  9. Declutter your apartment or house.
  10. Invest in a new hobby.
  11. Volunteer or donate to your favorite local charity.
  12. Paint or draw.
  13. Do meal prepping to save time and money.
  14. Meditate or pray for 15 minutes.
  15. Start a new exercise routine.
  16. Go on a day trip with friends.
  17. Watch your favorite show or movie.
  18. Call a friend.
  19. Create a playlist of fun songs.
  20. Go to the library to find a new book to read.
  21. Try a new recipe.
  22. Buy yourself something new.
  23. Listen to TedTalk or other inspirational videos.
  24. Create a vision board.
  25. At the end of the day, write down five positive things that happened.
  26. Go to bed on time. If possible, try to go to bed at the same time every night.
  27. Make obtainable goals
  28. Eat breakfast daily.
  29. Avoid toxic people.
  30. Get a new haircut or do an in-home spa day.

Have a great month! Remember to take care of yourself.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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