1. Listen to your body.
It will let you know when you need rest or exercise or healthy food or sleep or pretty much anything, if you’re paying attention.
2. Get enough sleep.
If you’re not sleeping enough or getting good sleep, then you’re going to be pretty cranky and other people probably won’t like being around you much
3. Exercise.
You need to move your body regularly in order for it to feel its best.
4. Take your vitamins.
Doesn’t just saying you took your vitamins this morning make you feel energized and in charge of your health?
5. Spend some time outside.
If you’re working hard in an office, then you probably aren’t getting much fresh air or sun.
6. Spend time alone.
It’s how you’ll really get to know how to identify your needs and figure out what makes you happy.
7. Use your vacation time.
Don’t let it go to waste. You need time off from your job.
8. Use your sick time.
Don’t force yourself to go to work when you’re sick or not feeling great because it will be harder to recover (plus your co-workers won’t be too happy with you).
9. Read.
It’s self-care for your mind. And this doesn’t include work documents!
10. Meditate.
This is really relaxing and can be done anywhere — even five minutes of focusing on your breath makes a difference.
11. Practice mindfulness.
Allowing yourself to stay in the present and be nonjudgmental about your thoughts is the ULTIMATE self-care routine.
12. Forgive yourself.
Stop beating yourself up over things that happened in the past, because it’s going to drain your energy.
13. Forgive others.
Let go of past hurts because they are just going to weigh you down with negative feelings.
14. Get a manicure or pedicure.
This is one of my favorite self-care activities! You can even do it on your own and save yourself some cash.
15. Take a hot bath.
Pretend you’re at the spa and use your fancy bubble bath or bath salts. I tell a lot of my clients to take Epsom salt baths weekly to take out all the bad toxins and just to relax.