Looking to dive into a few new self care activities? Or are you just starting to make ‘you time’ a priority? I’m so excited for you! And I want you to know that self care doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated and it definitely doesn’t always need to take up hours of your time.
Whether you only have 10 minutes to spare or you’re looking for fun, simple self care options that you can do in the comfort of your own home this list is for you. Check it out:
Simple Self Care Activities That Will Rock Your World
You know what you deserve? A little TLC from one of the most important people you know – you. Yea, that’s right, you’re pretty freaking important and worthy of a ton of self care time. We often make time to shower everyone around us with love and attention, but it’s really easy to put our own well-being on the back burner.
How often do we really make time for ourselves? How often do we prioritize time to relax, unwind and feel good? If the answer isn’t “as often as possible” then we need to re-evaluate, because self care is about far more than bubble baths and massages. It’s about your mental and physical well-being darling. And that stuff is pretty important.
I know that we’re all pretty busy bees and sometimes the idea of making time for yet another thing (even if it’s you) can seem pretty daunting. But hear me out.
Self care is a form of self love, and that, my friend, is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. When you love and care for yourself everything changes. We make choices from a loving place and do our best to protect and care for our own well-being as fiercely as we do for those around us.
And hey, making self care activities a priority helps to boost your confidence and self-esteem. It reminds you that your feelings and needs are just as important as everyone else’s. And it provides an outlet and an opportunity to de-stress and boosts our mood. Total win, right?
And it doesn’t have to be expensive or even require that you leave your home. There are tons of cheap and easy self-care activities you can easily tap into.
Here’s a roundup of 5 of my favourites:
Colouring and Doodling
Pencil crayons aren’t just for kids yo! Colouring is super simple (no major art skills required). And we have so many awesome options available to us. Intricate, entrancing mandala’s, holiday themed goodies… even colouring books based on your favourite novels are all hanging out at the bookstore waiting for you.
And it’s more than just fun an games!
- Lower stress
- Foster creativity
- Increase relaxation
- Create a better night’s sleep
And hey, even if you skip the colouring books all together and doodle instead, you’re still winning baby!
Doodling has quite a bit of goodness to offer too:
- Helps you retain more information
- Brings your ideas to life
- Keeps you focused
- Reduces Stress
This is something anyone can do. And a real wonderful form of self care for parents. Take a little time to colour while your kids do the same – everyone’s hanging out and happy and you’re getting your self care on!
Ready to give doodling and colouring a try? Here’s a bit more about why they’re so awesome.
This is seriously one of the easiest self care activities there is, in theory. All you need to do is set aside 10 to 20 minutes a day, sit still and take a step back from the constant buzz of information we’re typically living in.
The purpose of mindfulness meditation is to focus the mind on the present moment. You can do this by focusing on a specific thought (like a mantra) or simply paying attention to your breathing. You can also focus simply on your body and its surroundings, centering your mind on your senses and the present moment.
But the funny thing is, as easy as it sounds, meditation can also be pretty damn hard. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with information and tackling a never ending to do list, being in the present moment can be pretty freaking difficult.
But the good news is, practice makes perfect.
Mindfulness meditation is free and requires no equipment or investment. Anyone can give it a go and the more you do it the easier it will become.
And there’s tons to gain
- Help to reduce anxiety
- Increase your focus
- Support your immune function
- Help to foster a healthy blood pressure
- Breed empathy
Does this self care option feel right for you? Great! Let’s talk more about how meditation works and how to get started. You’ll definitely feel better for it!
Jump Rope Workout
You’re probably thinking “this girl’s self care activities include a ton of childhood games”. Heck yes they do! There’s a lot of goodness that you totally shouldn’t leave in the past, jump rope and colouring included. This one is a fantastically easy way to have fun and get a good workout (which is a total win in my books).
But here’s what you get when you enjoy a jump rope workout:
- Amazing cardiovascular support
- Healthier bones
- Improved balance, coordination and flexibility
- Tonned muscles
Jump ropes are super cheap, easy to bring literally anywhere and require little skill to master. And did I mention it’s super fun? It’s basically workout heaven! If you’re feeling it, let’s learn more about why jump ropes rock and what they have in store for you.
This is probably the weirdest of the self care activities on the list, but hear me out… today we tend to exist in a constant state of go, go, go. Which is why meditation is a totally awesome option (and definitely a form of doing nothing). But there are other ways to relax and do nothing that can totally benefit you. A relaxing bath, daydreaming, time sitting in your back yard soaking in the great outdoors… whatever form of doing nothing is right for you, do that!
We all need to disconnect and relax sometimes. And it’s an easy thing to forget to do. But we are not meant to be in a constant state of doing; your brain needs a break from time to time.
Doing nothing is good for:
- Reconnecting with ourselves
- Reflecting and examining thoughts and emotions
- Increasing attention span and focus
- Breeding creativity
We all indulge in this one sometimes, but it’s actually a really important thing to prioritize. Doing nothing is sometimes the best thing that you can do for yourself.
Into adding ‘doing nothing’ to your to do list? Let’s talk more about it right here.
Dry Body Brush
I love this one because it’s awesomeness is two fold. Dry brushing is amazing for your skin and a great way to exfoliate. A dry brush will loosen up your dead skin cells and sweep them away, leaving you with gorgeously soft skin. And dude… if feels amazing. Awesome, right?
But this is also a fantastic time to work on self love and shush your inner mean girl. Because in order to get the most out of dry brushing, you gotta get naked. Dry brushing really forces you to get in touch with your body and focus on areas we often hate on, like our thighs, butts and stomachs. It’s the perfect opportunity to pay attention to those areas and be kind to yourself.
Try to combine dry brushing with positive affirmations while you focus on areas you normally hate on. Things like “I am beautiful”, “I love and honour my body”, “I accept myself as I am”. It may be strange at first, but after a while it will help to change your perceptions about yourself and your relationship with your amazing, beautiful body.
What’s in it for you when you pick up a dry brush?
- Self love and body positivity
- Boosted confidence and self-esteem
- Lymphatic and circulatory support
- Soft, smooth skin
Down to give it a go? Here’s how you can get started.
Now it’s your turn! What simple self care activities would you add to the list? Anything you’re excited to try? Let me know in the comments below.
Health and love,
Thought of the day: My own well-being is a top priority – I am worthy of the same love and care that I give to others.
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