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.

Self-Care Tips for Autumn

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.

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Self-Care Ideas for Fall

  1. 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.
  2. Relax: Spend time doing nothing. Take a long hot bath. Read a book. Curl up under your favorite blanket and watch a movie.
  3. Stay Hydrated: Dink plenty of water. Try a hot tea or mulled cider. Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption.
  4. 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
  5. Learn to Say No: Extra activities decrease time to yourself. Practice saying no.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

Remember, self-care takes practice.

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.
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