11 Self Care Examples to Revitalize Your Soul
When I was first told that I needed to take care of me on a deeper level, I was really confused. I already eat well and exercise, what more was there to do? That’s when I was told about self care and I was still confused. I’ve worked through it and wanted to share a few of my favorite self care examples that help me disconnect from the anxiety and stress and feel better in crazed moments.
I (along with what I’m guessing is the majority of you) make decisions every day to help others, but not for ourselves. It’s time to stop the self-neglect!
Did you know: It’s been proven that self-care makes you more emotionally and physically capable of taking care of others.
Self Care Examples
A hot bath – this one is a no-brainer for me. It’s one of my favorite ways to remove myself from a stressful situation that could not only lead me to snap or emotionally eat myself into a binge.
Moisturizing – When I first heard about this in therapy, I had no idea that it could be related to self-care. I personally use AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Body Yogurt Lotion in Vanilla & Oats. It’s formulated with Active Naturals Oatmeal and enriched with the nutrients found in Greek yogurt It leaves my skin feeling as if I left the spa. The unique formula penetrates dry skin while leaving it feeling moisturized. As many of you know, I suffer from chronic hives and the oats help me with the itch that comes with it.
Go for a walk – Not only does it remove you from stressful situations, but it also gets you out in nature. Breathing in fresh air and noticing your surroundings is therapy in itself. I like going for a walk as I’m limited to exercise right now since my accident back in December. If you’re not limited, try some yoga, or even pick up the pace on your walk to a jog!
Wash your face – sometimes it’s the activities that we take for granted that can make a difference. Next time you’re washing off your makeup, take some extra time and pay attention to how it feels. Spend an extra minute while you massage your moisturizer in. Make it a spa experience.
Get lost in a book – I’m talking non-fiction. No self-help, no business tips, nothing that gets your brain working to the point of stress. Look for an easy read that you can dive into, bonus points if you’re cozy on the sofa with a blanket and you have a scented candle going nearby.
Window shop – When I feel overwhelmed, I like to go to the local shops and look around. I get lost in imagining a future house with some of the decor items I find or think of some baking I can do with luxury goods in kitchen stores.
Meditate – I have been told that I need to do this, but I have a hard time getting started. It’s on my list of things to work on. Even though it’s difficult for me to get started, it may not be for you. Personally, I’m working towards meditation by sitting in a quiet spot (my bed) and thinking about things I’m grateful for and how I feel in the moment.
Do your nails – Take an hour and have a mini mani/pedi morning. If budget doesn’t matter, go to a spa.
Learn something new – Whether it’s taking 10 minutes a day to learn guitar, crochet, or woodworking. Learn something new that takes you out of your element. I’m currently learning Spanish with the Duolingo app (the app is free, give it a try).
Journal – Get your feelings out on paper! It doesn’t matter if your stressed, happy, sad – you will feel better when it’s over. Don’t forget to add something you’re grateful for!
List making – This is a huge one for me. When I make to-do lists, it’s an act of self-love. It keeps me focused, organized, and less frazzled. I also see menu planning as an act of self-love. Don’t forget to download my free menu planning worksheets.
All of these little breaks matter and please remember that you are worth this time. It makes you a better mother, wife, friend, and member of your community.
Looking for some extra help? Check out these self care worksheets and resources.
Share with me your self-care examples and activities in the comments.
Disclosure: this post was sponsored by AVEENO® and Blog Meets Brand. All opinions are my own.
I absolutely agree with “get lost in a book”, that is my all time favorite way to take care of myself. Two of my other favorites are sing along to my favorite CD and watch a television program I love while eating indulgent ice cream.
These are all great ideas. I love a nice, long hot bath. It’s so soothing.
I love to journal. It really helps me work through my emotions, especially on particularly hectic or stressful days. Great tips!
This is such an important topic! We moms always push ourselves way too hard. We think we’re super women for it, but we’re really just grinding ourselves into the dirt.
Great tips. I have been trying to take better care of my skin. I recently purchased a journal too. Lots of great ideas for self care!
I have about 20 journals…I just need to write in them 😉 haha!
Self care is so important! I always enjoy a long hot bath and some epsom salts and candles.
My favorite rejuvenation is reading a book down by the lake. It is so important to take the time for me once in a while. I also love your ideas on going for a walk and taking a hot bath. Both of which I try to do often! Great tips.
Hot baths FTW! Your idea sounds heavenly though.
I always feel better after doing my nails. They go so long neglected, that when I take a little time to make them pretty again, I feel amazing every time I look at them.
Very important topic. Very good list. Definitely worth reading and sharing.
I’m incorporating mediation into my daily tasks. I’m not good but it definitely helps. Great tips
I’m trying to do this but my mind wanders and then I get bored. I’m working on it though!
I get my nails done every 2-2.5 weeks, it’s my me thing. I do love to read and keep promising myself I will give myself more time to actually do it.
I love a hot bath! Taking a bath always makes me feel better and more relaxed.
List making is huge for me! Just giving myself a big ole brain dump revitalizes me! And there is nothing better than a long walk outside in fresh air!
With all the busy days I’ve been having lately, this post was really good to remind myself to stop and have some me time to relax a bit too.
I love a relaxing bath. I feel so much better afterward. I am always up for a mani/pedi.