10 Ways to Practice Self-Care

We live in a busy world. Sometimes time passes in a whirlwind, leaving you no time to stop and think. Taking care of yourself is often the last task on the checklist, but when you put everything else before yourself, you suffer.

You can’t take care of anyone else if you don’t take care of yourself, too. Self-care is not selfish, and it shouldn’t be a chore listed next to doing laundry and buying the groceries. You’re more important than that, and it’s time you started doing more for yourself. Here are 10 ways to practice self-care.

10 Ways to Practice Self-Care

Snuggle With a Pet:

Giving and receiving love is a mutual exchange. Sometimes it feels like others take too much, without giving back, but this is never true for pets. Your pets will forgive you for anything and love you unconditionally. Take a moment out of your busy day to snuggle with your pet.

Get Your Hands and Feet Dirty:

You need dirt therapy in your life. Forget gloves and forget shoes — get out in the garden! Dig in the dirt and plant new seeds with your bare hands. The microbes in the soil are good for the body, too. Feel the cool soil beneath your feet on a hot day, and enjoy your grounding connection with Mother Earth.

Enjoy a Hot Herbal Bath:

After getting dirty, pull some lavender from your garden and head in for a hot bath. Let the herbs steep in the hot water. Add candles, music, oils, and whatever creates the ultimate soothing experience for you. When the temperature is perfect, step in for a long and well-deserved soak.

Take a Class or a Tutorial:

Lifelong learning is important for the mind and your overall health. A curious mind is always pondering, taking apart things and putting them back together in interesting ways.

Take a class or a tutorial in something old or new. Brush up on your Spanish or French by listening to an audio tape in the car. Watch video tutorials on making your own clothes, and read articles about interesting historical figures between tasks. Keep your curiosity about the world alive!

Start a Journal:

When you’re busy taking care of business, the days tend to blend together. Keep track of your day, your thoughts and your feelings inside of a journal.

The entries can be long or short. Starting a journal gets your feelings out when no one is around to hear you, but especially when you need to listen to yourself. Many famous and enlightened people have kept journals, from authors like Mary Shelley to presidents like Barack Obama.

Clean Out a Closet:

On the surface, the house looks clean, but that’s because everything has been stuffed into the closet. Pick one, and clean it out. In your dreams, the house represents the self or the body.

People are used to compartmentalizing their feelings and boxing everything away. Maybe cleaning out the closet will herald another change for you.

Take One Small, Brave Step:

Take a small step on something personal you need to do — perhaps something you’ve been avoiding. Sometimes anxiety, fear, or confusion holds you back from something you need to do. If you break that large task into smaller steps, you will conquer it little by little. Sometimes fear is excitement in disguise.

Be Present With Your Emotions:

When you can, laugh. When you need to, cry. Do not try to fit into a picture perfect mold of what others expect you to be. Simply be yourself, because you are doing the best you can, and you’re human.

Take a Nap:

You deserve a nap. Feeling toasty in a blanket burrito sounds amazing, right? It is — as long as you don’t make napping a habit, because it could negatively affect your night’s rest. Regulating your sleep is important for your health.

Have a Random Dance Party:

Doing boring chores or errands? Crank up the music and bust out some moves, whether there’s someone watching or not. Shake it! You need to have fun — and sometimes release your inner child.

It’s not selfish to take a nap, let your emotions show, or run around barefoot in your garden. Embrace a little self-care every day. You’ll feel much more energized when you start your day — and more relaxed before bed.

Savannah Hemmings is a Philadelphia-based personal stylist and writes about style, wellness and fitness on her lifestyle blog, Sincerely Savannah. Her work has been featured on Hello Giggles, Bustle, Self Magazine and TIME.

Images via Gal Meets Glam.

21 Responses to 10 Ways to Practice Self-Care

  1. Love this! Why does having a spontaneous dance party always make everything better?!

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  2. Jordyn says:

    I definitely rely on exercise, hot baths and journaling (or blogging) for self care. It is SO SO important to take care of ourselves!

  3. Elly Leavitt says:

    Cleaning my closet always makes me more relaxed! x

  4. Mallory says:

    This was great. I love journaling when I need to clear my mind and being aware of your emotions is also key. Great post!

  5. Cristina says:

    I love that tip about getting your hands dirty – I never thought of that for self care!

    X,
    Cristina / cristinawashere.com

  6. Ashley says:

    These are amazing self care tips! Snuggling with my pup ALWAYS puts me in a better mood!

    xo Ashley

  7. Sarah says:

    I love taking a nice bubble bath it is one of my favorite things to do.

    Sarah || http://stylishsassyandclassy.com/

  8. Anna says:

    These are all great ways to practice self care! I especially love to cuddle with my cat and organize my room!
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  9. Great tips! Cleaning out my closet always makes me feel better!

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  10. Greta says:

    Snuggling with my dog always makes me feel better. Such good tips!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  11. I looooove journalling and I might love herbal baths even more! I love this article, definitely need to do some of these in the coming weeks.

    -Meagan | Love by Meagan

  12. Macarena says:

    I absolutely love this! Taking a nap is my favorite thing to do hahah.

    xo // http://www.thematerialgirl.co

  13. Sockwun says:

    I agree that self-care is important! Growing up, my mom used to tell my sister and me to take walks barefoot on the grass because the soil helps remove negative ions from our bodies or something. I’m not sure how scientifically accurate that is, but walking barefoot on cool grass is one of the best feelings, lol.

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  14. Kristin says:

    I love these tips! Snuggling with dog is one of my favorite things to do!

    Kristin
    The Blush Blonde

  15. Courtney says:

    These are such great suggestions! I find a pamper night and a bit of music always helps!

    La Belle Sirene

  16. I completely believe that journaling helps with everything! It lets you release feelings you may not otherwise be able to and I find that it always makes me feel better and more level-headed.

    xo
    Sami
    http://www.theclassicbrunette.com

  17. Shane says:

    These are all crucial to personal fulfillment and happiness. Great tips!

  18. Love this! Cleaning out my closet and having a hot bath are the ones that I can totally relate to. Great tips!

  19. mindy says:

    Such a necessity. Great tips!

  20. I love these ideas so much! Journaling is one of my favorite forms of “therapy.” Writing in general just helps me feel so much better. I love getting words onto paper. Also, pet cuddling solves so many problems. And wine.

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