A round up of ways to practice self care, as curated by the team at Do What You Love. 

“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort. ” – Deborah Day

Do you often find yourself working long days? Do you put your children’s, friend’s and/or family’s needs before your own? Do you rarely tune in and listen to your body when it’s craving rest? Self care is a real work-in-progress but when practiced, it can make our whole lives better. From easing anxiety to living each moment more mindfully, mastering self care rituals is as necessary to our daily lives as putting food on the table, and shouldn’t be ignored.

50 ways you can practice self care

The team here at Do What You Love try to practice self care daily and have curated a list of practices that you yourself can start today. See which self care rituals fit with what you love to do and the lifestyle you lead (or would like to lead) and try to implement one every day.

Slowly you will discover the many benefits that come with taking responsibility over your own health and wellbeing. Most of all, have fun with it 🙂

  1. Set a timer of 5 minutes to only listen to your breath
  2. Begin your day setting an intention that’s important to you
  3. Drink a big glass of water
  4. Read a great book
  5. Light a candle
  6. Go to watch the sunrise or sunset
  7. Decorate a corner of your home for you.
  8. Switch off notifications
  9. Get an early night’s sleep
  10. Draw something, create something
  11. Take a long soak in the bath
  12. Stretch
  13. Wear something that brings you joy
  14. Begin a gratitude journal
  15. Listen to a song that brings back fond memories
  16. Try a new fruit or vegetable
  17. Get lost in your favourite magazine
  18. Declutter your desk or wardrobe
  19. Play + be silly
  20. Dream something big
  21. Do an experiment
  22. Buy yourself a gift
  23. Take a walk or a hike
  24. Take a rain check. How do you feel? Write it down
  25. Do what you want (that may require saying no to somebody else)
  26. Watch something that makes you laugh
  27. Dance like nobody is watching
  28. Write 5 things you life about yourself
  29. Play a song and sing along
  30. Find your favourite place to relax, and relax
  31. Do something you loved as a teen
  32. Watch the stars tonight
  33. Buy yourself a bunch of flowers
  34. Say positive affirmations
  35. Watch a ted talk
  36. Set yourself a personal goal
  37. Moisturise your face and body
  38. Go for a coffee date by yourself (no phones allowed)
  39. Lie on the grass and stare at the clouds
  40. Drink tea from a tea pot
  41. Take an extra tea break
  42. Cosy up in a blanket
  43. Watch a movie that makes you feel great
  44. Switch off from work at the same time daily
  45. Make a smoothie
  46. Plan a spa day for you and a friend
  47. Cuddle your pet
  48. Schedule annual leave to be by yourself and do nothing
  49. Eat lunch outside
  50. Take a free class online

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