20 Quick & Easy Ways to Practice Self-Care

Megan Zander | Feb 11, 2019 Healthy Living
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  • Move

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    We all know that exercise is good for our physical health, but moving our bodies in a way that feels good is great for our mental health, too. It doesn't have to be training for a marathon or taking a 90-minute hot yoga class. A quick walk with the dog counts -- anything that helps clear the head. 

  • Stick to a Bedtime

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    We stress the importance of a consistent bedtime to our kids, but we're not so great at following our own advice. Giving ourselves the gift of rest is a great act of self-care. Decide what time electronics are going off at night, and then it's lights out.

  • Moisturize

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    We might not have the time to follow a multi-step skin care routine like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But tossing a tube of hand cream on our bedside table to slather on each night is something even the busiest of us can do. Thirty seconds a day for smoother hands? On it. 

  • Hit That Unfollow Button

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    We all have toxic people in our social media feeds. Whether we disagree with their opinions or get jealous over their seemingly perfect lives, every post leaves us feeling worse than before we saw it. Let's stop subjecting ourselves to these feelings. The next time these joy-snatchers pop up in the feed, take a second to hit the unfollow button. 

  • Drink Water

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    It's advice we've all heard a million times, and yet, some of us still aren't great at getting enough H2O. Draw a chart, download an app that sends reminders to sip, splurge on a fancy water bottle -- the body appreciates the effort, trust us.

  • Try a Coloring Book

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    Sometimes, the best way to care for our adult self is to unleash our inner child. Grab an adult coloring book and some colored pencils (or raid the kids' art supplies after they fall asleep) and enjoy the Zen that comes with doing nothing more than trying to stay inside the lines. 

  • Make the Bed

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    Tidying up the bed each morning is a simple self-care act anyone can and should do. It starts the day off on a positive, "I can conquer the world" note and can help quiet the voice in the back of the mind that says the house is a mess. Plus it's so nice to get into a made bed at the end of a long day. 

  • Make a Chill Out PlayList

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    Rounding up a mix of feel-good songs to have on hand when we need a way to escape what's going around is is a great preventative self-care mood. Kids won't stop screaming the theme song to that annoying cartoon? Just slip on some earbuds and fade away for a few tracks. 

  • Take a Shower in the Dark

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    A nice steamy shower is always a lovely way to unwind, but try turning the lights off to kick the experience up a notch. The dark allows the eyes to rest, and the bathroom seems to melt away, making it feel like the shower is actually a warm waterfall in a secret forest. 

  • Try Alternate Nostril Breathing

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    We've heard that taking a few deep breaths can be helpful in times of stress. Alternative nostril breathing has the same benefits as deep breathing and can also help calm anxiety and relieve tension. It can be done anywhere and without any special equipment. 

  • Stop Scrolling

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    For those who find themselves spending hours each day scrolling through their phone without actually absorbing anything meaningful, consider putting down the device and picking up a hobby. Dedicate that nightly scroll time to a good novel, learning how to knit, or trying an instrument. 

  • Update Undergarments

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    Of course we make sure our kids have what they need when it comes to clothes, but are we showing ourselves the same level of care? Get rid of those holey socks and panties and say goodbye to gray bras that aren't holding up anything anymore. 

  • Eat Those Fruits & Veggies

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    Keto, Whole30, low-carb, no-carb, gluten-free or vegan -- no matter what kind of diet we subscribe to, the one thing we can all agree on is that fruits and veggies are good for us, and we should try to eat more of them. And yes, peppers and onions on pizza totally count towards daily veggie servings. 

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