Happy Saturday, readers–or shall I say, Self-Care Saturday!
It’s the weekend, which (hopefully) means that we’re all taking some time to slow down and process the busy, chaotic week we’ve just had. In light of this, I wanted to share some of my go-to ideas when it comes to engaging in self-care and personal renewal.
- Draw a hot bath, complete with a bath bomb, bubbles, and your favorite candles.
- Journal ten things that you are grateful for that day.
- Take a leisurely nature walk, noticing all of the sights, sounds, and smells that invigorate your senses.
- Take a nap, allowing yourself and your body to catch up on some zzz’s.
- Scroll through your favorite boards on Pinterest.
- Turn your cell phone off for an hour or two, unplugging yourself from social media and technology.
- Do some gentle yoga stretches to help recenter yourself and your focus.
- Listen to your favorite playlist on Spotify, or browse the “New Music” category to find some new go-to jams.
- Give yourself a mini manicure by filing, buffing, and painting your nails.
- Give yourself an at-home facial: Cleanse, exfoliate, face mask, and moisturize.
- Light your favorite scented candle.
- Cuddle up in your favorite spot of your house with a cozy blanket and a good novel. While you’re at it, brew yourself a cup of your favorite tea or coffee, too!
- Go for a light jog on a nearby nature trail, breathing in the sights you see.
- Watch a few episodes of your favorite Netflix series (I highly recommend Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls, The Office, Thirteen Reasons Why, and Grace & Frankie).
- Make a list of ten things you’ve learned about yourself in the past year.
- Prepare yourself one of your favorite, nourishing meals/snacks.
- Watch a Ted Talk on a topic that interests you.
- Create a “Worry Box”: Write down each worry-thought you have onto a slip of paper, placing each slip into the box. Doing this is a physical way of releasing your worrisome thoughts.
- Play with your pet (and take a ton of selfies with said pet).
- Book a professional massage for yourself.
- Do some artwork that you enjoy–coloring, painting, pottery, etcetera.
- Create a vision board for yourself.
- Volunteer your time to help others.
- Go outside and observe the clouds, trying to identify what each looks like.
- Go to a local park and find a swing (one of my favorites!).
- Retail therapy, or even simply window-shopping (admittedly, another one of my favorites).
- Put on your favorite comfiest sweats and just do you.
I hope you can find something on this list that would help in renewing your soul’s energy. I’d love to hear your self-care ideas, too! Feel free to comment and share.