Simple Ways To Practice Self-Care

Here are a few simple ways to practice self-care. Taking care of yourself is very important and you should make it a priority! @thefeliciarenee

During my short hiatus, I realized that I needed to focus more on what serves me instead of giving my time and energy to things that don’t. Because it’s not good to neglect yourself and it is important to take time out to do things that are enjoyable. I’ve realized that once you begin taking care of yourself on the inside it begins to translate to the outside.

Recently, I noticed that I was guilty of the fact that I didn’t consider myself important enough to take care of myself. This was really hard to be honest with myself about, but necessary. I was too busy focusing on my career, making more money, and literally running myself into the ground. Instead of taking a moment to stop and think about if i’m actually taking care of myself to achieve what I want out of life.

I used to find so much joy in taking an entire Saturday to practice self-care and treat myself. But somehow I allowed other things to take priority and it doesn’t make me feel satisfied at all. So with the theme of this year I’ve decided to shift my mindset and focus on things that are important to me. Because let’s face it, no matter how “selfish” it may sound – our wellbeing is important!

Here are a few simple ways to practice self-care. Taking care of yourself is very important and you should make it a priority! @thefeliciarenee

It is important to take care of yourself because it allows you to stop giving energy to things that no longer serve you. It also decreases burnout and your stress levels begin to lower.

simple ways to practice self-care:

make sleep a priority

I’ve been doing this a lot lately by turning off all electronics at least thirty minutes before I want to sleep. It makes a huge difference when you get enough sleep. You’re able to be more productive and energized the next day. Another thing I’ve been doing to guarantee that I get enough sleep is going to bed fifteen minutes earlier than planned. I’m also working on an evening routine, which includes making reading before bed a priority.

begin journaling

I got a newfound love for journaling when I took part in the 100 day project. It was a great way to learn more about myself and decompress. Journaling is also great to check in with your goals, plans, and aspirations. As well as a great way to practice gratitude and be more thankful in general. I love using the 52 Lists For Happiness journal as a weekly self-care check-in.

practice wellness

I’ve become interested in wellness a lot lately. Especially when it comes to being more intentional with everything I do. There will be post on this very soon!

I will also admit that the healthy part of wellness is the biggest challenge for me. I don’t like going to the gym, nor would I choose to eat a sweet potato over french fries. Just being honest with all of y’all! However, during the month of August I decided to not drink any Pepsi (my addiction), or eat ice cream. I noticed that it made me feel better so I’m starting to care more about what I put in my body. I’m trying to make wellness more of a priority as a means to take better care of myself wholly: mind, body, and soul.

get a hobby

I love hobbies. I never realized how important they were until I decided to embark on a journey of figuring out what I enjoy to do just for me. One thing is super simple like coloring in an adult coloring book. It is very relaxing and something I can do while listening to music, or catching up on one of my podcasts.

plan a self-care day

I love self-care days. I’ve been working on getting back to having a self-care day at least once a week. By creating a self-care spa day, making my favorite body scrub, or painting my nails. Even trying new body products I have stored is a great way to treat myself to some relaxation.

SOMETHING TO REMEMBER // Making yourself a priority is not selfish at all, it is one of the best things you can do for your mind, body, and soul. It clears your mind and allows you to relax by focusing on what’s important. Everyone needs to take a break at times and we all need to realize when our breaking points occur.

Sometimes you just need a moment to pause, breathe, and relax. So, choose a day each week that’s just for you! Turn of your phone for an hour, declutter that junk draw you’ve been avoiding, or lay in bed and listen to music. Whatever works best for you – do that!

how do you practice self-care?
do you have any tips?

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  • Thank you for sharing these amazing tips! This week I start my new semestr and let me tell you practising self-care at the uni is way more hard. So, I found these tips very useful, more preciously this 100 Day project, it sounds really interesting. 🙂

    Have a lovely day,
    Lucie |

    • Ahh, I’m glad! I completely understand. I neglected myself way too much during my time in undergrad!

  • Oh, just the other day I was holding a coloring book filled with cats. I am thinking about starting coloring again, because it is very relaxing. Also, sleep! And my best self-care tip is reading. When I read everything else around me fades away.

    • I love to read! I just need to make it more of a thing I do consistently again.

  • I don’t get enough sleep at all. It’s something I should really work on. I’ve been saying that for years… maybe the rest of this year/next year will be the time I actually do that.

    • Yeah, it’s definitely a process, but you got this!

  • Ohhh heeyyy new found coloring bestie! Sleep is huge for me. When I don’t sleep, I turn into a super crazy person. Also, I need to check out these journals and I am the same way about eating and working out. For me, I get too addicted to working out (I know it sounds silly but like we’re talking hours and hours a day and can’t do anything else until those workouts are completed) so I kind of just avoid working out and try to take some walks here and there while making somewhat okay food choices. You know… like a salad with a side of fries… that kinda thing lol

    • Yes! haha & that’s good – you have to listen to your body and do what it needs instead of overworking yourself. But I completely understand either I hit the gym all the time, or don’t go at all.

  • Anna Hubbard

    I like /need/ 8 hours of sleep to function like normal human being. Luckily my current school schedule is very accommodating with that! I also agree that making healthier habits is a great way to practice self-care!

    • That sounds so nice! I think my schedules were always messing with my sleep haha

  • Making sleep a priority is HUGE! When I don’t get enough sleep (especially for days on end, I’m pretty useless and not myself).

  • Getting enough sleep is such a big one! It’s amazing how much better I feel when I get 8 hours of sleep even vs 7.

    • It’s crazy when you realize what your body actually needs. Mine loves 9-10 hours, which is a struggle at times cause I hate going to sleep early ha

  • Self care is key!!! I try to make sure that I schedule a massage at least once a month for myself. I have found though that on the health side of things I have slacked a lot. I need to get back into shape and take better care of myself again. So I have been making it a priority to go to the gym more often. Great list girl!

    • Thanks. I’m glad you enjoyed it! I think I need to start getting a massage every once in a while too.

  • Kristen Jones

    Oh i just love coloring books! I used to color all the time in college when I was stressed! Also, sleep is SO important. This week I let myself sleep in and get as much sleep as I needed and I feel SO refreshed and I’ve been way more productive.

    • That’s great to hear! Coloring makes me feel like a kid again, but I love it haha

  • I need to practice sleep! I am so horrible because I feel like I’d rather get stuff done but then I’m tired all the time!

    • It’s tough. I was the same way, but lately I’m like I gotta make it a non-negotiable.

  • Trish

    I have actually never had a whole self care day, but love this idea. It sounds very comforting and rejuvenating! I do love journaling for self care and find it so helpful. It is a great way to stay in touch with my feelings.

    • Exactly – that’s why I enjoy journaling too. You should definitely try doing a self-care day they are amazing!

  • Yes! Love when people advocate for self care because it is SO important! I also love that you included physical wellness – most people think its just about buying things for yourself and letting yourself take time for a bubble bath. It is SO much more than that.

    Over at the facebook i&e squad group for we are actually doing a self care challenge in October. Feel free to come over and check it out!

    • I couldn’t agree more, Amy. I’m glad you enjoyed the post!