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6 Concrete Ways to Practice Self-Care

Self-care is a huge buzzword right now, but it’s a vital aspect of mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. It isn’t a trend and it’s not all soft, easy aesthetic.

There are listicles everywhere that give you tips on self-care, and I’m going to add to that huge amount of content with my own six ways to conduct self-care right now.

1: Clean something in your space

Do your laundry, make your bed, or arrange your desk. Pick one area in your space, big or small, to tidy and freshen up. You can choose however deeply you want to clean. I start off my day by making my bed. I finish my day by tidying my desk so it’s a clear space for the morning.

2: Clean something on your body

Brush your teeth, wash your face, have a shower, or put a wet cloth on your skin. If you’re up to it, a bubble bath can be a great treat and way to care for yourself. But something as simple or routine as washing your face can be all the self-care you need. You don’t have to go through a whole pampering routine to show some love to your body.

3: Freewrite in a journal

Use a prompt from online, focus on one feeling you have, set a timer and write. You can do this for yourself, for a writing project, or for a writing exercise itself. I love doing this for my feelings and emotions.

4: Exercise, stretch, or do physical therapy

Go for a walk or a jog, lift some weights, do yoga, do some gentle stretching, lie down and rest your body. Show your physical self some love! Sometimes that may be moving it through exercise. Other times that may be giving it a time for ease through rest and gentle stretch. If you have a physical disability or chronic illness, you may have some individual physical therapy to help with your body.

If the only thing you can do for your body is sit up straight, gently move your neck, and take a deep breath, that’s caring.

5: Play a game

I love certain gaming apps for winding down and stimulating my brain. Puzzle apps and games are the best for getting some mental stimulation if you’re stuck in a social media refreshing cycle. Video games and card games are good too. Sometimes, when I’m really stuck, I’ll play a game of solitaire with a deck of cards.

6: Finish something on your to do list

This is the best self-care you can do for yourself. Getting something done will free up your time in the future a well as get something off your plate right now. What’s something small you can check off for today? If you have an errand to run, now is a good time to do it.

Self-care is anything you do to make your life easier without falling back on coping mechanisms like avoidance.

You can claim “this is self-care” to lie in bed all day, and sometimes it is. But if it’s a way to avoid laundry, feeding yourself, or personal hygiene, it’s not self-care.

You’re worthy of being cared about, so take some time to show yourself and your environment some love.

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  1. Georgie says:

    I actually really like this post! Especially #5 – playing a game and stimulating the mind is something I’ve never really thought about as self-care.

    I’m kinda big on self-care, and I think I do a lot of it without really realising. Of course, I’m a big gym nut, but I always take my time in the shower and have a little skincare routine that I absolutely don’t mind spending the time on daily.

    I am also trying to get into the habit of a night routine, so stuff like tidying up my desk and folding laundry are the ways I wind down. And I guess I kinda am taking care of my mind and body by letting it wind down at the end of a day.