As the years go by there is always one thing we can all improve on: self-care. It is far too easy to get wrapped up in to-do lists, careers, kids, and doing our best to keep our heads above water, that we often forget about our needs.
Ever since I became a mom, I have discovered how truly easy it is to put ourselves last. I have also learned the hard way that putting ourselves last does nobody any good. We can’t perform to the best of our abilities as professionals, parents, friends, or lovers if we are lacking on self-care.
The good news here is that there are many easy ways to pamper ourselves. Self-care can be affordable, easy to fit into the schedule, and can even be done from the comfort of our own homes. Here are 14 ways we can focus on ourselves and start this New Year off with a clear mind and relaxed soul.
1. Take a relaxing bath
Turn it up a notch and dim the lights, light some candles, and add some essential oils. Bonus if there is a glass of wine involved. Try: DIY Sore Muscle Soak
2. Declutter the home
Although this is a lengthy process, there is nothing more rewarding than a little, or a lot of decluttering. Sort through your home, room by room, and focus on keeping only what is serving you and your family. Try: Declutter Your Life: Start With the Closet
Coloring can help you relax, reduce stress and boost mental clarity. Parents: your kids coloring books work just fine-no need to fall into the overpriced adult coloring book hype-trust me.
4. Go for an unplugged walk
Time spent in nature will be forever underrated. Nature heals. Take time to listen to the wind, the bird and the bees, and put a pause on anything involving earphones.
5. Go to sleep earlier
Sleep is a time for rest and restoration and let’s be real; most of us aren’t getting enough. Winding down for bed even 30 minutes earlier will make the world of a difference. Read: Sleep: Rest to Repair, Replenish, Restore Your Mind & Body
6. Stretch upon waking
Getting our circulation flowing freely first thing in the morning starts the day off on the right foot.
7. Read a paperback novel
Ditch the electronic books and magazines and kick it old school. Feel the pages turn between your fingertips and indulge in a captivating story.
8. Create a home café
Take your reading atmosphere to another level by turning on some soft acoustic music and making yourself the best damn latte that you’ve ever had. Try: Maca Love Cup Latte with Whipped Coconut Cream
9. Practice positive affirmations
Body image issues don’t escape any of us and we could all use some extra love when it comes to this department. Focus on the things you love about yourself, write them down and hang the notes up on your mirror. These are things we should never lose sight of. Try: 5 Mantras for Cultivating Joy
10. Say no more often
We all know that we can’t possibly “do it all” but despite knowing this fact we seem to keep trying. If there’s an opportunity or commitment you cannot or do not want to follow through with there is absolutely no harm in saying no. It is not selfish, it is self-care. Try: 5 Things to Let Go of Right Now
Writing down our greatest emotions can be so therapeutic. Journaling can honor feelings of all nature and helps to clear the mind. Try: 5 Tips to Get You Started on Your Gratitude Journal
12. Home spa treatments
A rejuvenating DIY face mask always does the trick for me, but a self-administered manicure and/or pedicure or hair treatment would be just as lovely. Try: All-Natural DIY at Home Spa Day
13. Get an indoor plant
I have sadly killed my fair share of plants, but luckily there are some varieties that thrive no matter what. My absolute favorite additions to consider are the spider plant, the dracaena, and a pothos plant. These varieties also all happen to be air purifying.
14. Catch up with friends
Nothing beats having the chance to let loose and spend time with those loved ones we don’t see nearly as much as we’d like to. Whether you set up a cozy date at home with a friend (or group of) or go out for brunch or drinks, it’s all time allotted for you and your missed ones. Read: Female Friendship: How to Find Your Tribe
How do you practice self-care in your daily life? M4 Ways to Make Space for Spirituality and Self-Care, 4 Things I do For Myself Every Day, Self-Love: Love Yourself Deeper with this Check-List.
CHANTAL URBINA is a registered Massage Therapist and Culinary Nutrition Expert. She is passionate about living a life full of health, love, and happiness and that all three start with our diet. “Nature’s healing properties will never cease to amaze me and it inspires me day after day to create and share recipes made with only real whole foods.”