Self-care has firmly entered our vernacular in the past year and we’re thankful for its timely emergence because otherwise surviving 2020 would have been a few degrees more difficult. Despite becoming an overused buzzword, self-care is an important topic, it’s an essential component of wellness, a tool to undo the burnout damage of hustle culture.
What is Self-Care?
Self-care is the act of deliberately taking care of our mental, physical and emotional health. Self-care isn’t all face masks and mani-pedis. They have a place in the recipe, but aren’t the main ingredient. Self-care involves prioritising things that are important to you, to set boundaries, to acknowledge yourself, to do things that make your soul happy. It’s the ability to put yourself first, even if just for a few minutes a day.
At first self-care might sound selfish. As women, we are thought to prioritize everyone else first, to make sure everyone is okay and then, if there is some time left, we can perhaps enjoy the great book we’ve been looking forward to. But it’s certainly not that. In fact it is quite the opposite. Self-care as a deliberate act allows us to recharge our personal batteries and make us a more efficient human being in every aspect.
Self-care is by its definition a personal thing. It’s all about prioritising what YOU love. If you haven’t had the sufficient time to dedicate to this self discovery or you just need some extra ideas to fill a full self-care Sunday, we’ve compiled a list of ideas for you. Don’t feel pressured to do as many things as possible, do less and feel more, indulge in yourself.
For The Mind
- Take 10 minutes to meditate. Use a guided meditation app, put on a youtube meditation video or just lie down on the floor with one hand on your chest and the other one on your belly and notice your breath.
- Clean out your social media accounts. Unfollow everyone who doesn’t make you feel better about yourself and the world.
- Clean out your closet and donate unwanted clothes. Surprisingly you will have more to wear when you have less stuff
- Marie Condo a room in your flat
- Read a new book
- Read an interesting magazine
- Buy yourself flowers
- Rearrange a room in your house
- Organize your computer files. Completely clean out the desktop.
- Listen to your favourite podcast
- Watch your comfort-blanket movie
- Create a meal from what you have in your cupboards only
- Do something creative (meal from scratch counts)
- Polish your shoes
- Learn a new skill
- Accomplish a small goal
- Restrain from the internet for a day
- Sit in a museum or an art gallery
- Create a vision board
- Do morning pages brain dump
For The Body
- Practice the Wim Hof breathing method
- Go for a 30 minute walk or a run
- Dance like a kid again
- Cook a healthy meal
- Treat yourself to a full-blown home spa ritual
- Get as much sun as you can
- Take a nap
- Do a face mask
- Shave your legs and apply a body oil all over yourself
- Listen to your body
- Drink more water
- Get plenty of sleep
- Do a slow yoga flow
- Go to your favourite fitness class
- Get a massage
- Take a bubble bath
- Do intermittent fasting to give your digestion a break
For The Soul
- Burn that candle you’ve been saving for a special occasion. The occasion is now
- Help someone
- Journal your thoughts
- Go on a date with yourself
- Splurge on something you wanted forever
- Create a bucket list
- Have a stay-cation
- Visit a library or a book store and read something that catches your eye
- Admire yourself in the mirror
- Make a list of short term and long term goals
- Smile to or compliment a stranger
- Hang out with your pet
- Go on a coffee date with your best friend
- Dress up for no reason
- Start a gratitude journal
- Enjoy the Japanese ritual of forest bathing
- Spend some time in nature
- Plan a vacation