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40 Self-Care Ideas for a Healthy Mind and Body

40 Self-Care Ideas for a Healthy Mind and Body

Life sometimes can be exhausting.

We try to be nice to everyone around us, taking care of their needs but often forget about ours.

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You stay late in the office, offering an helping hand to your colleagues, but you seem to forget you need a rest too. Every time, you let your family decide where to go for a holiday, but you seem to forget there is a place you have been longing for.

But no one will realize your need when you don’t speak up. You will gradually find that no one, not even yourself, is taking care of your needs as you are so busy taking care of others.

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One day, you will eventually feel exhausted.

So, sometimes, you need to learn to care about yourself.

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Loving Others is Important, But Don’t Forget to Love Yourself

Self-care is a concept about maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself, in other words, self-love.

Sometimes we try to meet the needs of everyone around us but forget about ours. But what self-care means is to be conscious about our own needs, both physical and mental. Eating well, exercising regularly, meditating, journaling. These are all self-care actions.

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Self-care is so important in improving our well-beings and the quality of life. During the process, we do whatever is good to our body, to satisfy our needs and desires. This helps us avoid fatigue, stress, anxiety, and worry. To put it simply, self-care makes us feel satisfied and happy.

The ultimate goals of self-care is to maintain a good physical and mental health. With this, we will be more able to help and support others and therefore we will have more healthy relationships with others. Self-care also teaches us to give ourselves a break off from the tiring work. This might also help us to attain a work-life balance.

Here we have some ideas to help you practice self-care. Start right now!

10 Self-care Ideas for the Body

  1. Take a few deep breaths. Get yourself oxygenated. Breath into your abdomen and breath out the air from your stomach and chest.
  2. Go for a walk under sunshine. Especially when it’s cold. The warmth from the glowing sun often makes people feel better.
  3. Run for a few minutes. Let yourself sweat. It’s the easiest way to exercise.
  4. Take a quick nap. 10 to 20 minutes will do. Make up your sleep debt.
  5. Have a good laugh. Watch a comedy or have a nice chat with great friend.
  6. Look at the green and the blue. Grassland. Ocean. They do good to our eyes and clam our body.
  7. Wake up at 6. Enjoy the morning breeze and the slow pace.
  8. Make a small change to your diet. Drink an extra glass of water, or have a vegetarian meal. Do a body detox.
  9. Do a massage. Incorporate essential oils for your massage. Remove your tiredness and let your skin breathe.
  10. Be still for a few minute. Let your body rest. Stay still. Breathe slow. Move slow.

10 Self-care Ideas for the Mind

  1. Take another route to work. Breaking your routine in small ways makes your ordinary day special.
  2. Wander in the city. Discover the other side of the city. Look for its beauty you have never noticed.
  3. Unplug for an hour. Switch everything to airplane mode. Disconnect from the technology. Bring yourself back to basics.
  4. Get out of your comfort zone. Do something you have never done before. Like talking to a stranger.
  5. Keep an journal. Write down your thoughts and whatever you find interesting. Record your day with words.
  6. Have a self-date. Spend some time doing something you really like. Watch a movie, visit a museum, or enjoy the nature.
  7. Dine alone. Eat whatever you would like to eat. Forget about the calories for a moment. Enjoy the environment.
  8. Buy something new for the house. Refresh your home. Make it bright and new.
  9. Go cloud-watching. Relax and watch the sky. Perhaps with a bottle of fresh fruit juice.
  10. Do a mini-declutter. Recycle something from your house that you barely use.

10 Self-care Ideas for Work-life Balance

  1. Take a random day off. Have a day off without any planning or purpose. Just to be off from work.
  2. Plan for a weekend holiday. Go for a short trip. Escape from the routine.
  3. Get to work early. Avoid the rush hour. This also means you might be able to leave work early.
  4. Leave work early. Enjoy some free time when the sun is still there.
  5. Eat lunch away from your office. Take a little break. Breathe some fresh air.
  6. Have a small chat. Talk about something other than work. This makes your time at work less dull.
  7. Turn off work-related email notification. Make off-hour really off-hour.
  8. Wear your favorite outfit to work. Boost your happiness by a smart and refreshing appearance.
  9. Have some healthy snacks. Supply energy to your body.
  10. Listen to soft music. Relieve your stress with a soft background music.

10 Self-care Ideas for Healthy Relationships

  1. Speak out your thoughts. Don’t be afraid to say what you really think. No one will understand you unless you speak out.
  2. Tell others your expectations. People might fail you. But it’s fine to let them know so that both of you can adjust.
  3. Say NO sometimes. If saying yes makes you feel bad.
  4. Honor your emotions. Admit them and never try to hide them. They are gifts.
  5. Minimize people-pleasing. Unless that’s what you really want to do. You have no responsibility to please anyone.
  6. Free from restrictions imposed by others. Take them as advice instead of commands. You’re the only one who is in control of your body and mind.
  7. Be open to new things. Don’t be afraid that changes will make you into a different person. Perhaps they lead to a better you.
  8. Share your past. No matter it’s wonderful or awful. It’s your past which makes you who you are today.
  9. Be patient to others and yourself. Everything takes time. It takes time to quit a habit or to change something. Don’t rush.
  10. Leave some room for yourself. No matter what kind of relationship you are in, the most important one is the relationship with yourself. Work on it.

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Last Updated on December 3, 2019

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

There are so many lessons I wish I had learned while I was young enough to appreciate and apply them. The thing with wisdom, and often with life lessons in general, is that they’re learned in retrospect, long after we needed them. The good news is that other people can benefit from our experiences and the lessons we’ve learned.

Here’re 10 important life lessons you should learn early on:

1. Money Will Never Solve Your Real Problems

Money is a tool; a commodity that buys you necessities and some nice “wants,” but it is not the panacea to your problems.

There are a great many people who are living on very little, yet have wonderfully full and happy lives… and there are sadly a great many people are living on quite a lot, yet have terribly miserable lives.

Money can buy a nice home, a great car, fabulous shoes, even a bit of security and some creature comforts, but it cannot fix a broken relationship, or cure loneliness, and the “happiness” it brings is only fleeting and not the kind that really and truly matters. Happiness is not for sale. If you’re expecting the “stuff” you can buy to “make it better,” you will never be happy.

2. Pace Yourself

Often when we’re young, just beginning our adult journey we feel as though we have to do everything at once. We need to decide everything, plan out our lives, experience everything, get to the top, find true love, figure out our life’s purpose, and do it all at the same time.

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Slow down—don’t rush into things. Let your life unfold. Wait a bit to see where it takes you, and take time to weigh your options. Enjoy every bite of food, take time to look around you, let the other person finish their side of the conversation. Allow yourself time to think, to mull a bit.

Taking action is critical. Working towards your goals and making plans for the future is commendable and often very useful, but rushing full-speed ahead towards anything is a one-way ticket to burnout and a good way to miss your life as it passes you by.

3. You Can’t Please Everyone

“I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everyone” – Bill Cosby.

You don’t need everyone to agree with you or even like you. It’s human nature to want to belong, to be liked, respected and valued, but not at the expense of your integrity and happiness. Other people cannot give you the validation you seek. That has to come from inside.

Speak up, stick to your guns, assert yourself when you need to, demand respect, stay true to your values.

4. Your Health Is Your Most Valuable Asset

Health is an invaluable treasure—always appreciate, nurture, and protect it. Good health is often wasted on the young before they have a chance to appreciate it for what it’s worth.

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We tend to take our good health for granted, because it’s just there. We don’t have to worry about it, so we don’t really pay attention to it… until we have to.

Heart disease, bone density, stroke, many cancers—the list of many largely preventable diseases is long, so take care of your health now, or you’ll regret it later on.

5. You Don’t Always Get What You Want

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

No matter how carefully you plan and how hard you work, sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to… and that’s okay.

We have all of these expectations; predetermined visions of what our “ideal” life will look like, but all too often, that’s not the reality of the life we end up with. Sometimes our dreams fail and sometimes we just change our minds mid-course. Sometimes we have to flop to find the right course and sometimes we just have to try a few things before we find the right direction.

6. It’s Not All About You

You are not the epicenter of the universe. It’s very difficult to view the world from a perspective outside of your own, since we are always so focused on what’s happening in our own lives. What do I have to do today? What will this mean for me, for my career, for my life? What do I want?

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It’s normal to be intensely aware of everything that’s going on in your own life, but you need to pay as much attention to what’s happening around you, and how things affect other people in the world as you do to your own life. It helps to keep things in perspective.

7. There’s No Shame in Not Knowing

No one has it all figured out. Nobody has all the answers. There’s no shame in saying “I don’t know.” Pretending to be perfect doesn’t make you perfect. It just makes you neurotic to keep up the pretense of manufactured perfection.

We have this idea that there is some kind of stigma or shame in admitting our limitations or uncertainly, but we can’t possibly know everything. We all make mistakes and mess up occasionally. We learn as we go, that’s life.

Besides—nobody likes a know-it-all. A little vulnerability makes you human and oh so much more relatable.

8. Love Is More Than a Feeling; It’s a Choice

That burst of initial exhilaration, pulse quickening love and passion does not last long. But that doesn’t mean long-lasting love is not possible.

Love is not just a feeling; it’s a choice that you make every day. We have to choose to let annoyances pass, to forgive, to be kind, to respect, to support, to be faithful.

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Relationships take work. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s incredibly hard. It is up to us to choose how we want to act, think and speak in a relationship.

9. Perspective Is a Beautiful Thing

Typically, when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspective. Everything that is happening in our lives seems so big, so important, so do or die, but in the grand picture, this single hiccup often means next to nothing.

The fight we’re having, the job we didn’t get, the real or imagined slight, the unexpected need to shift course, the thing we wanted, but didn’t get. Most of it won’t matter 20, 30, 40 years from now. It’s hard to see long term when all you know is short term, but unless it’s life-threatening, let it go, and move on.

10. Don’t Take Anything for Granted

We often don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone: that includes your health, your family and friends, your job, the money you have or think you will have tomorrow.

When you’re young, it seems that your parents will always be there, but they won’t. You think you have plenty of time to get back in touch with your old friends or spend time with new ones, but you don’t. You have the money to spend, or you think you’ll have it next month, but you might not.

Nothing in your life is not guaranteed to be there tomorrow, including those you love.

This is a hard life lesson to learn, but it may be the most important of all: Life can change in an instant. Make sure you appreciate what you have, while you still have it.

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