Self-care practices are tremendously helpful and they enable us to live a meaningful and healthy life. Go through our list of 50 self-care practices that will have a healing impact on your mind, body and soul.
- Daily meditation – Schedule 15 minutes daily for reflection. You can’t shut your mind off, but you can quiet your thoughts and channel your energy by meditating on your breaths.
- Connect with nature – nature is the greatest healer of all and your self-care practice should include more time connecting with nature. It can even begin with a plant-based lifestyle.
- Biking – Go for a bike ride to nowhere in particular. Not only is this healthy, it will lift your spirits and help you de-stress.
- The Sunshine Vitamin – Sit in the sun and let your skin create Vitamin D from cholesterol. Early morning hours are best.
- Breathe – Breathing has health benefits for your mind, body, and soul. It’s incredible how many of us do it incorrectly.
- Set boundaries – create healthy boundaries for all areas of your personal and professional life.
- Rest and repair – Give yourself permission to do something “unproductive” and don’t feel guilty about it. Relaxation is as important as action.
- Do a social media detox – less screen time can help you manage your dopamine addiction and focus on your health.
- Take adaptogenic herbs – Certain supplements and herbs such as ashwagandha help with both, your stress response and your thyroid. They have an apt name since they adapt to what your body needs.
- Drink more water – 8 glasses of water a day helps curb your appetite and flush out your kidneys. It will give you more energy and help nourish your skin too.
- Reduce your caffeine intake – Caffeine can increase feelings of stress and anxiety. It dehydrates the skin and also interferes with healthy rest and sleep.
- Drink less alcohol – set limits and make your house a temptation free zone.
- Use essential oils – Essential oils help reduce stress and anxiety, relieve headaches, promote better sleep. They also improve your immunity, respiratory, and energy levels.
- Walk every day – Take a leisurely walk at the park or around your neighbourhood to refresh your body and mind.
- Move – Make a point to get up and move at least once an hour. Your joints and muscles stiffen when they are stagnant for too long. Movement increases energy, helps clear your mind and works your body.
- Practice yoga – there are many forms of yoga and restorative yoga is suitable for beginners as well as practitioners of all levels.
- Take the stairs whenever possible.
- Practice gratitude – Gratitude is medicine for the soul. Being grateful improves both psychological and physical health. Gratitude enhances empathy, reduces aggression, and improves self-esteem. Start a gratitude journal and write down all the things you are grateful for each day.
- Reignite your passion – Remember what it feels like to have a deep passion for something such as a hobby or a philosophical idea.
- Take solitude to recharge – Alone time and stillness are key! We all need a break from responsibility to properly rest and rejuvenate.
- Take a mental health day—and don’t feel an ounce of guilt about it.
- Love your body – Your body is your home. It’s time to start treating it with kindness, respect, and gratitude.
- Listen to uplifting music – Music is an excellent way to relax and get in touch with your spiritual side. Uplifting music increases your heart rate and boosts your mood.
- Declutter a spot in your house that’s been bugging you. Self-care practices are these may seem small but they tend to make a big difference.
- Remove toxic people from your life – Being around negative people can increase negative thinking and increase feelings of anxiety and depression. Feed your soul by being around people who lift you up and encourage you to be the best version of yourself.
- Take a nap without an alarm clock.
- Develop a relaxing evening ritual.
- Finish this sentence every day after you wake up – “I love myself because I ___________.”
- Recite some self-love affirmations:
– I give myself permission to be happy.
– I love myself the way I am.
– I give and receive love freely.
- Seek help through a therapist – When life gets too much, it’s okay to ask for help. Talk to a therapist who can help you process your emotions and provide you a safe space for you to do so.
- Stop being your harshest critic – Allow yourself to make mistakes. It’s okay to do so because no one is perfect.
- Know your body intimately – Use a mirror and get to know your naked self. It’s about accepting and appreciating yourself.
Remember: no judgment.
- Remove any equipment or appliances that make you feel bad about yourself, such as the bathroom scale.
- Allow yourself to fantasize and daydream. A vision board is a fun activity that keeps you engaged and in a positive frame of mind.
- Book a night in a fancy hotel. Take a bubble bath. Get room service. Relax.
- Inculcate self-care practices such as softening your expectations of you and others.
- Create a piece of art – It could be a poem, song, painting or anything that gets your creative juices flowing.
- Eat your favourite comfort foods is a good self-care practice.
- Go out to see a movie at your favourite theatre, all by yourself.
- Hug Someone – Hug your kid, spouse, friend, or pet. Hugging boosts your oxytocin levels, increases serotonin, balances the nervous system and releases tension. Only a few seconds of hugging can put you in a positive mood.
- Stick to a rejuvenating sleep schedule.
- Practice forgiveness (towards yourself and others) – Corrie ten Boom, a famous Dutch writer said, “Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.”
- Maintain a healthy sex life – Not only does a healthy sex life help you increase closeness and intimacy with your partner, it also lowers blood pressure, improves sleep, boosts immunity and reduces stress.
- Avoid drama – Don’t allow yourself to get dragged into negativity.
- Turn down the lights, sit down, stare into space, and do absolutely nothing.
- Join a support group for people who are going through what you’re going through.
- Intentionally find five unexpected beautiful things on your way to work.
- Share with someone less fortunate, be it some extra lunch or clothes you no longer want.
- Empathize – Try to understand why others think, feel and react differently. Put yourself in their shoes and see how you would feel about their actions.
- Make your physical and mental well being a top priority. Do what’s needed to ensure you feel at peace and be mindful of your choices.
We hope these self-care practices give you the direction you need to improve your life.
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