15 Self-Care Ideas

After having my daughter, I found myself feeling drained and just a little distraught. (Can any other new mamas relate?) I was giving so much attention to caring for my daughter that I was taking very little time to take care of me, and I was just out of steam. As selfish as I felt at the time, I started carving out a few minutes a day to take care of me – working out, reading a book, showering…And I quickly found that if I did take that time for me, I was a better mom and wife and just had more in general to give. Self-care. That’s what it is about. When I take better care of me, I take better care of them.Though self-care can feel selfish, it’s essential for establishing overall good health. Use these tips to improve your general health.

 

What Is Self-Care?

It’s pretty straightforward. Self-care is any intentional action you take to support and prioritize your physical, mental, and emotional health. Effective self-care is a challenge for most people. And, honestly, most women feel just a little selfish for taking the time for themselves.

People often overlook it or even forgo it for this reason, but it’s entirely necessary. It is an extension of overall health, which helps us avoid further health problems. It also benefits us be improving our physical and mental health through improved self-esteem, lowered stress, and better overall mental health. Self-care behaviors create balance and enhanced well-being.

Self-Care Ideas to Get You Started

Self-care is a very individual habit, so there is no one certain way or time to do it. That said, mental health professionals recommend taking at least 20 minutes a day to invest in self-care practices. If you’re lost for ideas on what to do to invest in you, consider these ideas:

  1. Get outside.
  2. Get in a workout.
  3. Volunteer.
  4. Breathe deep.
  5. Dance.
  6. Eat some fruits and veggies.
  7. Read a book.
  8. Listen to something funny.
  9. Take a nap.
  10. Get a massage.
  11. Do some yoga.
  12. Listen to music.
  13. Write in a journal.
  14. Do a little shopping.
  15. Unplug.

Though self-care can feel selfish, it’s essential for establishing overall good health. Use these tips and more to invest in yourself and improve your general health.

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