25 Simple Self Care Actions for a Healthier Life

On April 2, 2013

[sigh] I’ve had a particularly rough month.  I’ve been working tons and getting ready for a very big move.  It’s all really great and exciting but this much change all at once can be really uncomfortable.  

It got me thinking about the little things I can do to ease that tension and take good care of myself and I make my way through this big transition.  I wrote this article/list/piece (?) many moons ago for Your Tango  and it has been really helpful for getting me back in alignment, so I wanted to share it with you!

But this is just the beginning of the list.  What do you do to take tender lovin’ care of yourself?  Let me know in the comments below!

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Because a little indulgence goes a long way when it comes to self-love!

Often times as women we are so busy taking care of everything and everyone in our lives that we forget to take care of #1 (ourselves!).

I’ve compiled a short list of simple little things that you could do everyday to show a little self-love. After all, you deserve it for all the hard work you do! It’s impossible to give unending love and energy to the people around us if we don’t have any for ourselves. So remember—fill your cup first! Start with one of these a day and build up from there…

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1. Take a moment of silence in the morning before getting out of bed to set an intention for the day.

2. Slow down and breathe. Especially while you are eating. If you need to relax, breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 6 and out for 8. Repeat this 3 times.

3. Use an incredible shower gel with lovely aroma that lifts you up and makes you happy.

4. Get yourself a luscious bathrobe that makes you feel like a queen.

5. Buy yourself some fresh flowers.

6. Start the day with a cup of fresh water with lemon for a gentle cleanse.

7. Have a hearty delicious breakfast that fills you up and makes you feel strong, why only eat well on the weekends? 

8. Get 8 hours of sleep or more.

9. Make a vision board, a collage with images that you aspire toward.

10. Stop to smell the roses. Literally, take a moment to stop, look around and appreciate the little vignettes of beauty no matter where you are.  It could be the view out of your window, a picture on your desk or a piece of jewelry you are wearing…

11. Stay in the shower/bath 5 minutes longer than usual.

12. Drink a cup of comforting herbal tea before bedtime.

13. Take a minute to be thankful for your food before you sit down to eat.

14. Jump on the bed like you did as a kid.

15. Drink tons of water (at least 8 glasses) to hydrate your whole system. Water is imperative for keeping your whole system in balance.

16. Repeat positive affirmations when you start to feel down or in the midst of self doubt. Mantras like “this is just for now, not forever” or “if hunger is not the problem, food is not the solution” or “my body is perfect just the way it is”… can really go a long way.  Check out 20 Reasons To Love And Appreciate Your Body

17. Change up the proportions of your plate so it’s 50% veggies, 20% whole grains, 20% protein and 10% good fats so you are eating for optimal health and energy.

18. Start the day with your favorite song. Get up and dance!

19. Open a window for a whiff of fresh air.

20. Surround yourself with life; plants will bring more oxygen into your environment and an added sense of purpose, as you want to keep them alive!

21. Stretch once an hour. Get up out of your seat and move your muscles. Your body will be grateful.

22. Keep a journal where you can express your thoughts and feelings.

23. Devote some time to a creative hobby.

24. Curl up a with a great book or to watch your favorite show.

25. Meditate. Take a moment to yourself to just sit, be quiet and still. 

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