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.