Ah, self-care. It’s practically impossible to scroll Instagram these days and not see at least one face mask-wearing friend hashtagging #selfcare. While yes, self-care is a total buzzword these days, it’s also for a good reason. In a day and age of digital overload and constant stimulation, it’s not surprising that we feel a bit overwhelmed from time to time. Simply put, self-care is anything you do to be good to yourself and combat that feeling of overwhelm. It’s all about giving yourself a little TLC.
Self-care can look like a lot of different things, from Instagrammable face masks to elaborate spa treatments, but self-care can also be this totally free thing that’s easy to do every single day.
Ready to start your new self-care routine? Here are some things you can do for free tonight.
Write down 10 things you are grateful for today.
Journal for 10 minutes about your day.
Meditate. (Try these three anxiety-relieving meditations.)
Take a bath.
Light scented candles. (Make sure to use a safe, non-toxic, naturally-scented one!)
Go for a walk after work.
Put your phone on airplane mode for the rest of your evening.
Tidy up your home for 15 minutes.
Take a long, hot shower.
Text a friend to ask them how they are doing.
Read before you go to bed.
Watch an episode of your favorite TV show.
Give yourself a massage with a lacrosse ball or foam roller.
Do some gentle yoga moves to unwind, like cat/cow, spinal twists, and hip stretches.
Do a quick breathing exercise: Inhale for four counts, hold the breath in for seven counts, exhale for eight counts. Repeat three to four times.
Call up a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while.
Blast your favorite song and have an impromptu dance party.
Give yourself a manicure/pedicure.
Brew up some herbal tea and sip it slowly.
Take a nap.
Unfollow and unsubscribe from people who bring you down on social media and emails that clutter your inbox.
Make a playlist of all your favorite mood-boosting tunes. (Check out the Be Well Spotify channel for inspiration!)
Get creative and color — turns out coloring as an adult is super relaxing.
Write out your to-do list for tomorrow.
Write a “done-it” list — list all the things you accomplished today.