Ready to revitalize your routine and turn every day into regular recharging rapture? It’s easy to get overburdened in your daily life, especially when responsibilities start mounting at home and work. But here’s one item you can add to that to-do list that will actually take a weight off your shoulders, without taking much time: schedule in some self-care.
Step 1: Give yourself permission
The premise behind self-care is simple: intentionally taking action to improve your emotional, physical, and mental health.
Though it can be hard to shake the sense that doing something for yourself is selfish, especially when others need you, it’s actually incredibly responsible. After all, you’ve got to put on your own oxygen mask before helping those around you. Self-care equips you with tools you need to keep yourself healthy and happy – and when you’re your best self, you’re better able to care for your loved ones, too.
Step 2: Figure out what you need
This sounds like a tall order, but really, it just boils down to, “What feels good to you?” Everyone’s different, and so your self-care activities will be, too – what feels like a relaxing treat to one person may feel tedious or like work to another. So take all the items on this list of self-care activities as suggestions, and bookmark any that strike your fancy. Self-care is all about doing what feels good for yourself.
Step 3: Pick your pleasure
Ready to step up and start self-caring? Check out this simple list of self-care ideas and self-care tips for inspiration, and get going!
Set good intentions with journaling
If you’re new to self-care, the first and best gift you can give yourself is to set clear intentions. In what areas would you like to focus and grow? Where are you overextending yourself, and where could you cultivate more self-kindness?
Chew on that food for thought with the therapist-curated, self-discovery writing prompts and guides from MindWander, which include exercises to reduce stress and anxiety, promote well-being, improve self-esteem, and more. And be patient – self-love may take a while, but you can start self-care today.
Write it out
Journaling, whether guided or stream-of-consciousness, can provide instant therapy and is a huge boost for your mental health and self-care routine. It’s not just about the relief that comes from getting things off your chest – it’s about intentionally recognizing that your relationship with yourself is complex, important, and worth cultivating, just as much as any other relationship in your life. So get off social media, banish those negative thoughts, and dial back into the simple goodness of hand-writing on paper with luxury stationery and journals – you’re worth it.
Dial in some gentle therapy
Sometimes, especially when we’ve got a lot of responsibilities on our plate, we just want to be taken care of. That’s why we love TheraBox, a monthly subscription box curated by therapists to promote happiness. Each box is a beautifully packaged gift containing a research-inspired “wellness activity,” plus 6-8 self-compassion goodies like candles, bath salts, dark chocolate, tea, and more. Give yourself the gift of opening a present each month, with the best of intentions.
Bless for bliss
Take your emotional self-care to the spiritual level with the ancient arts of crystals, oils, and rituals for intention-setting, clarity, and balance. The monthly Tamed Wild Box subscription delivers magic and earth medicine via ritual tools, essential oils, herbal tinctures, teas, candles, and more. Like all spiritual self-care, you get out what you put in, so take the time to make a sacred space for you.
Do a vinyasa
Yoga offers practitioners a wealth of benefits, including improved physical health and flexibility, stronger bones, decreased blood pressure, and an enormous boost to mindfulness and well-being. For mental as well as physical self-care, fold a weekly pilates or yoga class into your schedule, or establish a simple practice at home. (The Do a Shot of Yoga box is great for home practitioners, delivering yoga supplies, inspo, mini-classes and more.)
Take a therapeutic soak
Let’s take a moment to recognize the OG of self-care: the hot bath. This well-being wonder is great for sore muscles, stiff joints, stress relief and for much-needed me time. Keep it simple with Epsom salts, jazz it up with essential oils and bubble bath, or go for the gold with a luxe spa-in-the-tub experience. Bath Blessing Box is a great option, delivering 5-8 luxury items each month like artisan bar soaps, body butters, shower steamers, bath bombs and more.
Unwind with crafts
For the simple joy that comes of making something with your hands, give arts and crafts a spin. They’re not just for kids – in fact, The Adults and Crafts Crate is designed specifically for grown-ups, and delivers complete project kits for on-trend, handmade beauties like macramé wall hangings, Pinterest-worthy wine caddies, custom wood-burned messages, and more. Perfect for the hands-on self-care artiste.
Satisfy your sweet tooth
For the best self-care, treat yourself to something sweet – and elevate your experience with DIY, scratch-made goodies. When you bake it yourself, you get the satisfaction of learning new skills (and impressing your friends), and indulging, so preheat those ovens! Red Velvet NYC makes home baking easy and fun by sending you complete baking kits for two new recipes each month. Learn new techniques and abilities as you whip up white chocolate cake with sparkling cranberries, gluten-free chocolate pecan tortes, pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting, and more.
Go (home) gourmet
If you're more of a savory cook, treat yourself to some quality time cooking each week, and splurge on one or two fancy or adventurous ingredients. You can also up the convenience factor by signing up for a home-chef meal kit subscription like International Meal Kits by Takeout Kit, which specializes in hard-to-find ingredients and spices for bold international recipes. So get cookin’, good-lookin’!
Put your best face (mask) forward
Let’s all sigh together: spa, ahhh. Nothing gets right to the heart of self-care like a little pampering, and nothing says I’m having a home spa day like the sweet simplicity of a luxurious face mask. If clay masks are too messy for you, try a selection of super trendy Korean sheet masks, which deliver skin-boosting ingredients like vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, peptides, and more for no-fuss cleanup. FaceTory offers a great monthly K-Beauty mask subscription for the fraction of the cost of a trip to the spa.
Color outside the lines
Give yourself permission to get a little messy! Adult coloring books make for aesthetically beautiful and meditative unwinding sessions – a gentle, no-stakes way to unleash your creativity and let your mind float. Elevate your experience with Coloring and Classics, which combines elegant adult coloring books with brain-sharpening activity books and a new hardcover book in the genre of your choosing each month!