This Girl on the Go conversation about Self Care Ideas is brought to you by AT&T. All stories & opinions are 100% my own.
How often do you truly take time for yourself? You don’t need a massive time block every day, but you do need to be mindful of moments where you can focus on yourself and no one else. When you are constantly hustling like I am, it’s easy to pass up those mindful moments to keep working towards that next goal or thing on your to do list. I know I can be working at my desk and then “look up” and realize it’s lunchtime, only to realize I hadn’t moved in 4 hours. Do you know how bad that is?!? Yes, I’m focused on the task at hand but I’m not MOVING my body. So bad!! Can you relate??
It seems like I’m constantly either glued to my computer, phone or tablet. And it doesn’t matter where I am – there’s always an electronic device within reaching distance. Usually is right in my hands at all times. I rarely stop. I’m constantly going – whether it’s just my brain or me physically.
Recently my hubs and I decided to start decluttering. And when I say declutter – I’m talking about all aspects of life. Not only every single square inch inside and outside of our home, which includes all of our bills too. We have finally set some goals for ourselves since we both felt stuck in accomplishing them because of all the “stuff” around us – house/bills/debt etc. So we started tackling it all.
I can’t tell you how much stuff we got rid of that we’ve been hanging on to for way too long. I even managed to cut our bills in half because there was just so much waste. One area that I took a strong look at was our phone bill. I have been an AT&T customer since I received my first cell phone in high school. In college, I moved to my own cell phone plan and have been paying for that same plan since 2001. I think the only real change was when the iPhone came out and we had to add in those fees. Y’all – I was on the same plan, because I was TOO SCARED to switch. I finally made the decision to try out AT&T Prepaid specifically for my rental business. It gives me a dedicated line specifically for my business and allows my personal cell phone to stay exactly that. Personal. LIFE CHANGING.
After all the decluttering was complete, I started to really look at my day to day and realized how poorly I was treating myself. Remember when I said I could be working-working-working and look up and see I had been sitting still for 4 hours?! Yes. That’s horrible.
So, I’m challenging myself to be more mindful about taking care of myself on a daily basis to go along with all the free-ness I feel from decluttering all aspects of my life. I’ve come up with 50 self care ideas that are going to help me (& YOU!) because let’s face it – we have to take care of ourselves. And whatever that looks like for you – we both need to make it a priority. Because at the end of the day it is so important to replenish yourself so that you can continue hustling and being that girl on the go.
Our bodies are not endless. Take care of all of it!! Give yourself some self-care and reap the benefits in all of the other areas!!
1. Try yoga.
2. Take a bubble bath.
3. Go for a walk.
5. Bake a cake.
6. Sleep in.
7. Get a massage.
8. Read a book from start to finish.
9. Go swimming.
11. Buy fresh flowers for your desk or office.
12. Paint your nails or get a manicure.
14. Grab drinks with a girlfriend.
15. Write a letter to your best friend & mail it.
16. Unplug for an hour.
17. Indulge in a 15-minute dance party.
18. Light a candle.
19. Drink lots of water.
21. Write a love note.
22. People watch.
23. Drink hot cocoa.
24. Dress up for no reason.
25. Watch the sun rise.
26. Watch the sun set.
28. Buy yourself a cupcake.
29. Make a smoothie.
30. Hang pictures or quotes that inspire you.
31. Listen to good music.
32. Grab a coloring book & color.
33. Buy a new outfit.
34. Watch your favorite movie twice in one sitting.
35. Smile as big as you can.
36. Listen to a podcast.
37. Call your best friend.
38. Apply a face mask.
39. Watch your favorite TV show.
40. Look through your old pictures.
41. Go see a movie by yourself.
42. Host a girls night out.
43. Get up and stretch.
44. Go for a run.
45. Write down your goals.
46. Eat some chocolate.
47. Send someone a thank you card.
48. Book a mini-vacay.
49. Go to a State Fair or Carnival.
50. Cook a new recipe.
I hope this list gives you some ideas on how you can step back and begin to actively take care of yourself. Start with decluttering your life: your stuff, your bills, your debt. And then begin to work on YOU.
What do you do for self care?? Have you decluttered your life before?
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Betty Asphy says
I like listening to good music. You have listed many good suggestions.
These are all great ideas. I think self-care is really important. I like to practice by reading a book or watching something funny/silly. These are relaxing for me.
I love to go for a coffee ALONE and read or knit 🙂
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Tiffany Humfeld says
As @shootstarsmag said, “These are all great ideas.” I think we ladies should make our own list (or save time and borrow yours) and put it on the wall as simple reminders of things to do when the stress ball starts to form. Helping women enforce their own self-care is one of the important things I’m trying to do through Peace Love & Wine and my BOHO Boxes (self-care/sisterhood retreats in a box).