Following my announcement yesterday of a change of direction here on the blog I figured the best way was to start as I mean to go… with a full-on, epic, detailed, committed list to taking care of myself better.
I think all of us could do with taking better of ourselves. Too often we get caught up in ‘being busy’ as we are metaphorically hung, drawn, and quartered by society’s pressures and ideals.
The world is a hectic place to be in, and the best way to cope is to have self-care strategies in place so that when we need to, we can withdraw, switch off, or just change gears a little.
It’s not only the kindest thing we can do for ourselves, but it’s also VITAL for our all round health.
Being kind to yourself = better health and wellbeing.
Your health and wellbeing is not just about physicality. It’s about mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. The stronger we are in ALL of those areas, the healthier and more joyful a life we can lead.
Join me over the next few months/years as I embark on a journey of discovering how best to take care of myself so that I can live the most positive, joyful and effective life possible.
Here are a ‘few’ ideas and inspiration to help us get started on improving our self-care routine. There’s a FREE printable at the end for you to download and keep.
Refer to this when you feel in a rut, in need of recuperating, or just a bit more juju in your life.
100 Things To Do For Improved Self-Care and Wellbeing
- Go for a walk
- Treat yourself to some luxury dark chocolate (I like this one)
- Have a homemade spa session
- Write in your journal
- Send thank you cards (I love these ones)
- Snuggle your pets
- Take a yoga class
- Eat the most epic and creative salad you can think of (I’m a fan of this one)
- Invite your closest friends over for a natter
- Take a digital detox (top tips here)
- Book a short break away (useful ideas here)
- Do something new
- Practise meditation
- Have a good cry
- Write a list of priorities
- Get on top of your finances
- Drink an epic green smoothie (ideas here)
- Go dancing
- Remove toxic relationships from your life
- Print out some photographs from your hard drive
- Batch make food for the week
- Take a bath
- Try a new walk (visit Walking Britain for ideas)
- Organise a cocktail party for friends
- Go foraging (my top tips here)
- Drink lots of green tea
- Listen to peaceful music
- Wear clothes that make you feel good
- Take a gratitude walk
- Or try a gratitude journal (like this one)
- Declutter your home
- Declutter your workspace
- Binge watch your favourite TV show
- Make a fort or den in your living room (inspiration here)
- Take an art or craft class
- Write a letter to your grandparents
- Go to a petting farm to hug a goat (like here)
- Go on a date
- Paint your nails
- Write a list of your goals
- Give yourself a compliment
- Light a candle (my current favourite)
- Invest in aromatherapy oils
- Choose tomorrow’s outfit before bed
- Experiment with a capsule wardrobe
- Treat yourself to one indulgence each pay day
- Cook a new recipe
- Indulge in reading a book for a few hours (I’m reading this)
- Hike up a hill
- Eat a big breakfast (inspiration here)
- Go to bed early
- Eat a frog (concept explained here)
- Replace each negative thought with a compliment to yourself
- Brainstorm and choose your life values
- Do some colouring in
- Take a roadtrip (I love this for inspiration)
- Slap on a facemask (my current favourite)
- Eat seasonal fruit
- Have a board games night
- Host a charity fundraiser
- Have an afternoon nap
- Buy yourself flowers
- Spend 20 minutes a day cleaning your home
- Create a cleaning schedule
- Watch your all-time favourite movie. Again. And again.
- Take an intense workout session
- Put your pyjamas in the tumble dryer for a minute before wearing
- Make your favourite meal
- Call someone you love
- Try new food
- Start the day with positive affirmations
- Go to a museum or art gallery (I’m a fan of Tate)
- Spend 10 minutes a day in the sunshine
- Go for coffee with somebody new
- Slow down
- Treat yourself to your favourite perfume
- Learn a new language
- Go to the seaside (British inspiration here)
- Try gardening
- Pray (or whatever your version of that might be)
- Say no when overwhelmed
- Say yes when stagnant
- Get up at sunrise
- Go on a photowalk
- Create a mixtape, like the old days
- Play a competitive sport
- Throw out and donate old clothes
- Volunteer for a cause that means something to you
- Treat yourself to the most expensive bottle of wine you can afford
- Go on a retreat
- Talk to someone about your fears
- Do a mindless chore or errand
- Create a scrapbook of your latest adventure
- Go to the ballet, theatre or comedy
- Cook up a big Sunday Roast dinner
- Celebrate a small achievement
WHAT WOULD YOU ADD TO THE SELF-CARE LIST?
Share your ideas in the comments below.
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