You work, shop for the needs of your home, take care of your family, perhaps go to school, participate in church or community functions, and much more.
But what about you? What do you do to make sure you are okay? Exactly! Crickets. Because you haven’t been taking care of yourself.
What is self-care and why is it so important?
Self-care is making sure you take care of yourself so you can obtain optimal health. Self-care is more than physical. It also includes your mental, emotional, spiritual, personal, and professional health.
What are some self-care ideas?
Having a hard time thinking of ways to practice self-care? No worries, I got you covered. Below are 55 Phenomenal self-care ideas to add to your self-care regimen.
Physical Self-Care Ideas
Go for a walk
You may think you are only performing a physical act, but walking not only helps improve you physically; it also helps to improve your emotional and mental health.
Eat healthier foods
Eating healthy foods such as fruit, vegetables, and nuts will provide you with many vitamins and minerals. This not only can help you lose weight and help your body become more healthy, but it will also improve your emotional mood and mental health.
Get enough sleep
We take care of our family, work our butts off and to help us wind down from the hard work some of us like to party and bulls***. Not leaving much time for sleep.
Get a massage
Massages help us to relax by helping our muscles to relax. No worries if you have an issue with strangers’ hands on you as you can purchase an affordable massager to use in your own space.
Keep your routine check-ups
Your health is your wealth. Make sure you make and keep your appointments with your doctor(s). Having a hard time physically getting to the office talk to your doctor about telehealth visits.
Enjoy physical intimacy
Sex and other intimate actions should not be the main thing that keeps a relationship, but it surely does help it along (wink wink). Check out some products that will help you connect with your partner.
Avoid destructive behaviors
For example, tobacco, drugs, excessive alcohol. It does not help your body thrive. Instead, it leaves your body open to illness and diseases.
A Starbuck’s frap may taste good, but caffeine has been known to cause horrible anxiety, a real caffeine addiction, and can be a crazy expensive habit. Try these alternatives instead to help you through your day.
Drink more water
Do your own makeup, makeup, and manicure. Look diva-licious while saving those coins.
Shower and get dressed
Some times washing the funk off you and putting on fresh clothes can make you feel like a brand new person.
The older we get, the more our bones tend to pop, and the tighter our muscles seem to be. Stretching will help you loosing up.
Clean and organize your space/home
Believe it or not, your clutter affects you on many levels. Clean up your mess and see how much better you feel.
Mental Self-Care Ideas
Fill the air with calming and soothing aromatherapy scents to help decrease your stress and help you relax.
Therapy or counseling?
Wonder why you are anxious, angry, or sad, and you can’t seem to snap out of it. It’s possible you haven’t faced your demons.
It’s okay to reach out for help. You are not crazy; you are a strong black queen.
Talkspace is a great way to discover and overcome the thoughts and behaviors that hold you back.
How does Talkspace work? First, you answer a few easy questions. Next, you choose your therapist from recommended matches. Lastly, you message your therapist and begin your journey to a better version of yourself.
Practice meditation and mindfulness
Find Serenity by clearing your mind of all the drama around you.
Start bullet journaling
You may think of journaling similar to the diary you kept the secrets of your crush and other childhood dreams, but as an adult, you have many forms of journaling that will help you improve your life drastically.
Playing certain games are a blast and will also keep your mind sharp. Dominoes, Spadz, checkers, U.N.O. just to get your mind jogging with ideas.
Coloring is not just fun and games for kiddos. Adult coloring is now a popular way for adults to unwind and reduce stress and anxiety. Adult coloring books themes range from funny, vulgar, inspirational, to creativeness, and more.
Put together a jigsaw puzzle
Take a break from social media
Social media will have you sprung, swiping for hours looking at people’s fake lives and drama. Take a break and find something productive to conquer. Here are ideas to be productive in your free time at home.
Emotional Self-Care Ideas
Spend time with friends and family
Spending time with family and friends is a great thing, but make sure they are not toxic to your emotional health. If your family and friends are not close in location, video is another excellent option.
Cuddle with your pet or loved one
As odd as it may seem, cuddling gets those feel-good emotions going.
Write a love note to yourself, hug yourself, make yourself your favorite meal, or schedule “you time” to do whatever the heck you want to do.
Express your emotions
Cry, laugh, shout, etc. Whatever you do, do not hold your feelings in. Find a safe place, and just let it out.
Acknowledge your emotions
We tend to ignore our feelings and push through our day because we do not want to face the reality of what we are really going through. The earlier you acknowledge your emotions, the sooner you can work through them.
Recite some affirmations
Affirmations are used to reprogram the subconscious mind, to encourage us to believe certain things about ourselves or the world or help us create the reality we want.
Deep breathing exercises
Perhaps it may sound too simple to be of use, but deep breathing exercises help to relieve stress.
Say yes to yourself
Stop denying yourself of a treat. It’s okay to treat your self every once in a while. Or more.
Be responsible for your actions
Stop blaming others for what is happening IN YOUR LIFE. Sometimes we are the cause of our own drama.
You are worth it!
Learn to say no
Because you can not be everything to everyone.
Spiritual Self-Care Ideas
Not forgiving can affect you in ways you didn’t even know. Just imagine that the other person has gone on with their lives, but you are still le what they did fester inside of you.
Spend time in nature
Nature has a natural way of grounding you.
Connect with a spiritual community
Go to church, Wednesday night study, or connect with whoever has the same belief as you.
Yoga has a way of helping you become one with yourself while improving your health.
Giving something back to the community or making a difference in the lives of others has a way of fulfilling you.
Read a scripture
Because sometimes you need to have a closer walk with your higher power.
Read inspirational and motivational quotes
Sometimes something this simple can be what you need to inspire and motivate you.
Be yourself because everyone else is taken.
Instead of focusing on what you do not have, but be thankful for what you do have.
Sometimes we are so busy talking and worrying about what the next person is doing, but what about you? Self-reflection gives you a chance to examine yourself and then improve yourself.
Personal Self-Care Ideas
Make a vision board
Talking about a goal or something you want is not enough to motivate you. Making a vision board will help you clarify, concentrate, and maintain focus on your goals, desires, or needs.
Get out of debt
Debt can cause a lot of stress in your life. Create a plan and start your journey to a debt-free life.
Set goals for yourself
Plan and set short and long term goals using the S.M.A.R.T. technique. The SMART technique will help you hone in on your goals so that you are more likely to meet them.
Read a book
Immerse yourself into a good book to expand your imagination or for education.
Learn a new skill
There are many online courses to expand your skill sets. Start learning on Udemy today!
Find a hobby
You work hard; why not play hard. Find a hobby that will help you have fun and relax after all your hard work.
Professional Self-Care Ideas
Take a full lunch break
This is time for you to unwind and refuel.
Leave work at work
It leaves you time to focus on your home life.
Take mental health holidays
You may not be physically sick, but who cares? Sometimes you need to take a day or two to take care of yourself mentally.
Use all your vacation and sick time
According to the job network, about 50% of American workers don’t take vacations for one reason or another. Don’t work yourself silly. Sorry to break it to you, but your job can easily replace you.
DO NOT let anyone take advantage of you or put you down in the workplace.
Take a class
Most company’s offer physical or online classes. TAKE advantage of them to sharpen your skills. You could increase your chances of promotions.
Plan your next career
Do not become complacent in your position as anything can happen. Always think about your next move.
Final Thoughts on Self-care ideas
Don’t half-a** take care of yourself. You are important. You are worthy. Add one idea, add many or heck add them all. There is no limit when it comes to improving yourself and finding Serenity.