Oh, how I’ve missed sharing these weekly posts with you, dear friends! How are you doing? Are you finding little ways to take care of you this week? This is something I’ve struggled with for most of my life. It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve made more of an effort to take better care of myself, and I wish I had started long ago. I feel so much better when I take a little time for myself. I’m a better wife, a better mom, a better friend – when I find little ways to take better care of me.
I can think of plenty of expensive things I’d love to do *wink*, but it’s difficult to think of things that would be simple and not break the bank. I brainstormed and came up with a list of FREE (or nearly free) ways that you can start taking care of yourself TODAY! Let’s look over the list and find something we can do! We can start right now!
Eat a healthy breakfast
Polish your nails
Light a scented candle
Fix yourself a cup of tea
Call a friend to chat and laugh
Turn peaceful music on to calm yourself
Turn upbeat music on and dance
Lie on the floor, close your eyes, and practice relaxing your body
Take a walk to take in the fresh air and sunshine
Get up earlier to enjoy a quiet time before the day gets crazy
Curl up in bed earlier than usual at night
Make a list of things you are grateful for
Put on real clothes and avoid only living in comfy sweats
Take a bubble bath or a hot shower
Say something NICE about yourself
Learn to say NO
Ask for help when you need it
Work on creating a routine
Eat less sugar
Stop comparing yourself to others
Take a break from social media
Relax and watch a TV show
Or watch less TV
Do something nice for someone else
Write an encouraging letter to someone
Watch your favorite movie – even if you’ve seen it 100 times already
Wear the perfume you’ve been saving for a special moment
Get a free makeover at a beauty counter at the mall
Put fresh, clean sheets on your bed
Peruse magazines at the library
Doodle or color like you did when you were little
Bake your favorite comfort food
Meet a friend for coffee
Buy yourself a new nail polish color
Grab a friend and go see a chick flick
Tackle a Pinterest craft you’ve wanted to try
Make an appointment to get your hair cut
Display special photos around you
Take multivitamins each day
Use essential oils
Get a massage
Sign up for a local art class
Go to a thrift store and buy yourself something that is new-to-you
Take 10 deep breaths
Organize your desk or workspace
Drink tea from a special mug
Cuddle with a loved one
Give yourself a scalp massage
Rub lotion into your cuticles
Play your favorite board game
Reread your favorite book from childhood
Try your hand at learning a new language
Treat yourself to a pretty potted plant or bouquet of flowers
Join a book club
Put on lipstick, even if you’re staying home
Go through your closet – organize, donate, and enjoy your new space
Make your own budget and health-friendly lotion
Clean out your purse
Save up for something you want
Host a Girls’ Night at your house
Drink more water
Learn about something you’ve always wanted to study
Use the fancy dishes
Rub lotion on your feet before bed
Make your own body scrub
Delete apps you don’t need from your phone
Visit an art museum
Sit outside and look up at the stars
Rearrange furniture in a room
Tackle an annoying thing that keeps getting put off
Grab a tennis ball and give yourself a foot massage
Put together a jigsaw puzzle
Memorize – Scripture, a poem, a famous quote or speech
Get a pedicure
Write down your thoughts in a journal
Buy yourself a new (well-fitting) bra
See your doctor for a yearly well-woman exam
Spend time with animals
Sit outside and look for shapes in the clouds
Practice not saying negative things about yourself
Drink a Nighty Night or Sleepytime tea before going to bed
Paint a room in your house a new color – or add color in other ways if you are unable to paint the walls.
Read Boundaries, by Cloud & Townsend to create healthy boundaries in your relationships and life
Use a foam roller or tennis ball to massage sore muscles.
Use a file to shape and care for your nails
Look up funny bloopers of your favorite TV comedies for a good laugh
Exercise by getting your heart pumping – The serotonin will follow!
Did you play a musical instrument when you were little? Take it up again!
Eat more vegetables
Make your bed
Treat yourself the way you treat the ones that you love.
AND… Embrace the wonderful person that is YOU! You are perfect, you are enough, and you are loved – just the way you are!
May I ask you to do something for me? Do you know anyone who would enjoy this post? Would you please share it with them? I would be so grateful! I’d love to spread the word and help other women find ways that they can start caring for themselves – even today!
I’d love to hear from YOU! What are a few ways that you’re going to better care of yourself this week?
If there is one thing that I want to leave you with – please know that you are worth it. You are seen. You are loved. And you are enough! Please don’t be afraid to reach out. You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep reaching forward, friend. I’m on this journey with you! Here’s to taking a little time for us!
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