13. Start planning.
While we cannot plan for everything that happens in our lives, we can try to create some structure. Start planning your days to give yourself peace of mind and lower your anxiety.
14. Get some plants.
There is so much plants can teach us about self care. By caring for something as fragile as a plant, we can remember to care for ourselves.
15. Write down your goals.
At the beginning of the week, set aside five minutes to write down your goals for the week. They don’t have to be grand gestures. If your goal is getting up at the same time every day, that’s more than enough.
16. Start using affirmations.
Find a few affirmations that you can tap into for emotional support. Learn about the power of affirmations and how you can use them in your daily life.
17. Consider an app.
If sticking to a self care routine seems too challenging, consider a self care app to help you stay accountable.
18. Set some “me time.”
Life can get hectic. There’s no doubt about that. If you’re committed to your self care journey, then block some time for yourself each week.
19. Eat something healthy.
Self care isn’t just about manicures, and you know that. Today, do your best to cook a healthy meal and start incorporating healthy foods into your diet.
20. Cut the sugar.
On the subject of foods, start by eliminating sugars from your diet. Most refined sugars and processed foods are incredibly inflammatory to our bodies, which can result in many issues, including depression.
21. Forget about your weight.
While we’ve been taught that the number on the weight scale means everything, it does not. Instead of looking at your weight, look at your health to determine how you’re doing.
22. Be grateful.
Make sure to practice gratitude towards those around you and your progress. Set a few minutes to write down three things you’re grateful for.
23. Watch out for burnout.
Sometimes we try to do more than we can, eventually struggling with burnout. Watch out for the burnout signs and be mindful of how you’re spending your time.
24. Read a self-help book.
It’s likely that through your self care journey, you’ve become aware of specific areas of improvement. Find a self-help book to help you progress in these areas.
25. Let go.
As we continue to grow, we have to make room for our new self. While it might be difficult, we have to let go of the baggage we all carry if we want to push ourselves forward. Consider what the things you want to release to help you walk more comfortably are.
26. Write something to yourself.
The next time you sit down to journal, instead of writing how you feel, write a thank you note for yourself.
27. Try a new workout.
Step out of what you know with a new workout routine. Sign up for a fitness class that you wouldn’t usually go to.
28. Learn something new.
When we keep pushing ourselves to learn something new, there’s nothing that can stop us. Find a new set of skills or language you’d like to learn and commit to it.
29. Check your gut health.
It turns out your gut health dictates everything else in your body. Take some time to see if your gut is healthy and see what needs to change.
30. Do something out of your comfort zone.
Our comfort zone is warm and, well, comforting, but the magic happens when we step out of it. Give it a try.
31. Make a motivational note.
Write something encouraging on a post-it and put it where you will see it every day! Or write directly on your mirror: “I am beautiful and brave.”
32. Admire nature.
Set your camera to macro and take close-up pictures of bugs, flowers, and anything else that catches your eye outside your home or in a public space.
33. Visit a pet shelter.
Bring a little cheer to your local animal shelter. Pet the kitties and walk a dog. You don’t necessarily have to take one home with you.
34. Smile at a stranger.
Share a kind smile with strangers on your way to and from work. Some people may go all day without anyone acknowledging their existence.