Self-care is more than a popular hashtag on Instagram – it’s a much-needed movement. As women, we are master multi-taskers which is why we need to take extra good care of ourselves in-between all that we do. To make it easier, I’ve compiled a list of the best self-care tips I could find from around the web. Plus a few of my own that I find useful.
By regularly caring for our mind and body we are keeping our vibes high and avoiding burnout and exhaustion. When we feel well, we can then fully show up to the things that matter.
Here are the most helpful self-care tips and resources I found across the web and beyond.
1. Make sleep a priority.
Did you know that women need 20 more minutes of sleep per day than men? According to sleep expert Dr. Jim Horne, women tend to multi-task and use more of their actual brain than men leading to a greater need for sleep. I love using this iPhone feature to help me stay on a schedule and also to reduce my screen time. No more feeling guilty for hitting snooze.
2. Put on a face mask and chill.
According to The Zoe Report, face masks are the new self-care. Apply a face mask and read a magazine for twenty minutes, soak in the tub, or all of the above. These simple routines force us to take a break and recharge. My favorite face mask at the moment is Tata Harper’s Floral Hydrating Mask.
3. Support your gut health.
Psychology Today shares how tending to your gut health can help boost your health and well-being and can be a great form of self-care. I love Dr. Susan Blum’s book, The Immune System Recovery Plan which dedicates a significant portion of her book to how to heal and support your gut through food and supplements.
4. Stop to smell the coffee.
Women’s Health Mag suggests to: “stop to smell the coffee–literally” as a self-care tip. Instead of going through the motions of making your morning brew without much thought, take a second to smell your coffee and enjoy the sensory experience. Finding joy in the little things matters.
5. Watch a comedy instead of the news.
The news is absolutely draining, especially the news from 2020. Constant exposure can slowly chip away at your well-being. I opt for watching uplifting comedies and shows instead as a way to recharge and boost my mood. Wedding Crashers on repeat anyone?
6. Schedule time off.
If you are one of those people who never takes time off because there is never the right time then this is for you. I am sometimes one of those people who needs to remind myself to take a vacation or even just a day. I’m always amazed by what a little rest and relaxation can do. While we cannot travel far at the moment, I’ve been taking local trips to farms and hiking trails to get out and decompress.
7. Take a social media detox.
Instead of aimlessly scrolling and liking on Instagram, use that time to relax and take care of yourself. Stop comparing yourself to others, counting your likes, and go out and enjoy life. If this speaks to you, I’ve put together a 3-day social media detox you can sign-up for HERE.
8. Turn up the tunes.
In this article, Greatist suggested, “turning up the tunes” to take better care of yourself. Listening to your favorite jams can be an instant mood booster. I like exploring new playlists on Spotify. Currently very into a french cooking playlist.
9. Have a creative outlet.
Creative outlets are my favorite way to decompress. They are simple ways to switch off from work mode and do something you enjoy. Paint, write, knit, whatever makes you happy.
10. Build a self-care kit.
Last but not least, I loved this idea from Wanderlust that talks about building a self-care kit. Creating a basket of some of your favorite things so you can indulge when needed. As I thought about this some more, I would fill mine with a face mask, pair of super comfy loungewear, a bar of HU chocolate (sea salt flavor), and an essential oil diffuser. Maybe I need a box instead of a basket?
When I think about self-care, I’m always reminded of when I’m on an airplane and you’re are instructed to put your oxygen mask on before helping others. When we take good care of ourselves first, it allows us to show up as our best possible selves to those around us. Self-care isn’t selfish, it’s essential.