Hello, friends. I’m back after a short time away from the blog. I feel like I say that at least once a month, but this whole burnout thing is real. On top of managing this blog, hobbies, and keeping a clean house, it’s almost impossible to stay on top of everything. Add stress and lack of self-care into it, and it is impossible.
I struggled for so long trying to figure out what exactly my blog is about. I have friends or family ask and I always sort of stutter over the answer:
It’s hard to explain because there are so many things I love doing and so many things I want to share. And then a few nights ago I collapsed on the couch and sighed, and thought really hard about what is important to me. And all of a sudden, it hit me. My blog is about all things self-care.
I do yoga or dance every day because it makes me feel good. I usually eat a cookie every day because that also makes me feel good. Sharing recipes makes me happy, but so does sharing TV recommendations or lists of my favorite Amazon purchases. It all ties together in this weird way. And unknowingly, that’s what my blog has been about this whole time.
Self-care is a relatively new concept to a lot of people, myself included. I’ve struggled with being too mean to myself for so many years, and I hate admitting that, but it’s true. I pushed self-love to the side and made fun of it (it’s just some hippie mumbo-jumbo) until I realized about a year ago that I need it more than anyone. Self-care is nothing more than just taking care of yourself.
Self-care is literally anything that makes you feel better, anything that helps you to take care of yourself and recharge your batteries. Without it, we hit a wall, get that famous “creative burnout”, and even damage our immune systems. So without further ado, here are 30 self-care ideas for whenever you need it most.
1. Full-on spa treatment.
Fill a bubble bath, put on a face mask, light some candles, and give yourself the relaxing spa experience in your own home.
2. Go on a nature walk.
Getting out in nature has a way of calming me down instantly. Even just going for a short walk around the neighborhood will give you the same feeling!
4. Get a coffee at your favorite coffee shop.
5. Go to a park or the beach.
Sitting in a beautiful park or walking along the beach is the perfect way to calm your mind.
6. Unplug for an hour. Or two.
Social media has a way of completely overwhelming us, so it’s really nice to give your brain (and eyes!) a break from the screen. Spend an hour away from your phone and see how much more relaxing it is.
7. Read a book in bed.
8. Play video games.
On stream, I play fun, exciting games where I can laugh and talk to people. But when I want to relax, I’ll play house-building or exploring games, like The Sims or Fallout (just the house-decorating aspects, though!).
9. Take a small weekend getaway.
10. Do yoga.
11. Eat your favorite meal.
Whether that means spending hours in the kitchen cooking for yourself or ordering in your favorite Thai takeout, eating your favorite meal will definitely improve your mood.
12. Listen to your favorite music.
13. Lay on the couch and watch your favorite movie.
Snuggle up on the couch and give yourself permission to do nothing for a while.
14. Start a gratitude journal.
If you don’t want to start a whole journal, try just naming 10 things that you’re grateful for, right now. They can be small things or big things, or materialistic or not, just say the first 10 things that come to mind!
15. Play with your pet.
16. Paint, play an instrument, anything that sparks your creativity.
17. Take a nap.
When the burnout hits, you’re tired and cranky and lack any sort of energy. Sometimes the best solution is a good old-fashioned nap!
18. Eat a healthy snack.
As humans, getting stressed usually means reaching for the junk food. But eating a healthy snack instead will make you feel better for multiple reasons: it’ll literally help you feel better (vitamins and minerals!), and you won’t feel guilty afterwards. As I’m writing this, I’ve got a big bowl of carrots next to me, but boy did I want a slice of cake at first.
19. Paint your nails, dye your hair, do whatever makes you feel beautiful!
20. List 5 things that you’re good at.
Refocusing on yourself and your skills helps beat that overwhelming feeling of I’m not doing enough.
21. Go see a friend.
22. Get a massage or facial.
23. Take a minute to just relax.
Light some candles, burn some essential oils, plop down in a comfy chair. Take some deep breaths and relaaaax.
24. Learn something new.
Learning something new is not only fun and challenging, but also completely distracts your mind from stress.
25. Watch a funny YouTube video.
26. Garden (or get some new plants for the house!).
27. Clean the house.
Distracting your mind with cleaning will help you not only feel more relaxed, but you’ll also have a nice clean place to settle in at the end of the night. Two birds!
28. Find a new podcast to listen to.
29. Stand up and stretch.
This is the easiest thing you can do during the day. Take 5 minutes to stretch, and see how much better you feel.
Daydream about anything you want. It can be more serious, work-related things (you finally finished that huge project and your boss loved it!) or more freeing, adventurous things (I’m on vacation in Mexico with a margarita in my hand, and boy is it awesome). Daydreaming can help clear up your mind as well as reinvigorate you to push forward.