7 Easy Self Care Ideas You Can Start Today

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Add these 7 Easy Self Care Ideas to Your Daily Routine!

If you’re new to self care and need some ideas to get you started, then I’m really glad you’ve popped in!

Taking the time to make yourself a priority is crucial if you want to make your life simpler, more productive, and filled with purpose. It’s just a matter of implementing them with thought put into your actions.

There are so many benefits that come from practicing self care, and the ideas I’m sharing with you today are part of my own daily practices which I began implementing in order to get organized, focused, and grounded.

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Here’s why I practice self care …

To make a long story short, I practice self care because there was a time in my life when I focused too much on my career and on others that I neglected things I should have been doing for myself to stay healthy and happy. I did this long enough that I woke up one day to realize how unhappy it was making me.

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I was always exhausted and uninspired, and I realized I needed to make some drastic changes, so I sat down, reprioritized everything in my life by creating a simple and easy self care routine, and began implementing it right away.

It took a bit of work and dedication, but it wasn’t long before I was taking better care of myself and feeling so much healthier and happier, and I was so much more organized that things were getting done more quickly than they did in the past!

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I continue to practice this simple self care routine, and from time to time I will tweak it to fit as things change in my life. I can’t say I have it perfect but it has been a game changer for me, and I believe that a self care routine can benefit just about anyone, even if your life isn’t as hectic as mine was.

Make ‘ME TIME’ a Priority

So, I’m going to share with you my 7 easy self care ideas which are simple and easy to implement right away! Pick at least 3 or 4 from this list to get started. You can always add more to your self care routine later.

And if you’re interested in learning about some of the amazing benefits you’ll get from practicing self care head over to this blog post where you’ll find more easy self care ideas:

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7 Easy Self Care Ideas

1. Avoid or limit stimulants and get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night

Did you know that sleep is amazing for your health? It can boost your immune system, reduce stress, reduce your chances of heart disease and diabetes, enhance your mood, improve your memory, and so much more! 

Getting your nightly z’s can help you wake up in a better mood with more energy so you can be as productive as possible, and when you feel great chances are you’ll smile more and others are going to take notice.

Try to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night, preferably 8.

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If you have trouble falling asleep, be sure to avoid stimulants like alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine. While caffeine can stay in your system for up to 10 hours, nicotine and alcohol can stick around for days! 

I don’t know about you, but I need my morning coffee like many people. To be sure caffeine doesn’t mess with my sleep I only drink one cup between 7 and 8am so by the time I go to bed it’s flushed out of my system.

If you use any of these or other stimulants regularly, you’ll want to cut them out safely as there will probably be some withdrawal symptoms. Weening yourself off of them little by little may be the best action unless your doctor suggests otherwise.

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2. Drink plenty of water

We all know that water is essential for hydration and making sure our bodies function properly to stay healthy, but for some reason many of us don’t drink enough of it. I’m definitely guilty of that!

Infusing fruits and citrus made it taste nice but it still didn’t help me remember.

I even tried to imagine my toes shriveling up like raisins. As you may have guessed, that visual did not help either! It just made me not ever want raisins!

What helped me remember my water is simply… a 32 oz Nalgene water bottle, a gift from my husband who wanted to make sure I stayed hydrated!

I’m not sure why it made the difference since it wasn’t the first water bottle I’ve had, but it just tastes so much better, and I drink 2 to 3 bottles of water daily.

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3. Review Your Planner

A planner is so essential to have in my opinion! It’s been a life changer for me, and because it helps me to stay organized, remember dates, and events, it frees up some of my brain space for other things!

Remember how I said remembering to drink water was difficult for me until I got my water bottle? Well, the planner is also responsible for reminding me to do that.

I recently purchased an awesome planner by Planberry that has a section to track my habits which helps me keep an eye on things like my daily water intake.

Another great benefit of using a planner is that because it gets you organized, it’s also going to help you find extra time you didn’t know you had.

Oh yes, please!

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This is how …

If you write everything down in your planner then you’re always organized which means you won’t be wasting time trying to figure out when, where, and what you might need.

Even if this only saves you 3 minutes a day, that’s quite a lot! Take a look at this math:

3 minutes a day x 365 days = 1,095 minutes.

1,095 minutes / 60 minutes = 18.25 hours you get back in one year!

I can think of a million things I’d love to do with those extra hours and I bet you can too so I hope that inspires you to get yourself a planner!

Imagine if you were saving just 5 minutes each day… that would be over 31 hours you find in a year!

So get yourself a planner! 🙂

4. Take at Least 10 Minutes to Breathe and Meditate Each Day, No Matter What

A little quiet time is always a good thing to calm your mind, body, and spirit, especially when you’re stressed out, but it’s also great to do regularly.

Use this time to dump all of your thoughts out of your head and just focus on your breathing for at least 10 minutes or more.

By the end of your meditation and breathing you should come out of it feeling refreshed. Clearing your head of chaos will help you make better decisions.

Try this as a bedtime ritual to relax your mind before your head hits the pillow.

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5. Take a Nature Walk or Just Around the Block

I never miss a day of getting out and taking a walk. It’s bonding time with my dog and because she loves it so much I believe it’s also a part of her own self care routine!

Getting away from the indoors, from work, and other responsibilities for awhile will do you a lot of good mentally, physically, and spiritually.

You’ll also be getting a good dose of vitamin D which has many health benefits, including boosting your energy!

Sometimes I take my walk with a friend or my husband so it doesn’t always have to be a solo thing. It’s bonding time for me which is also an act of self care.

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6. Eat Healthy Meals & Stop Eating after a Certain Time

Okay, I sometimes cheat with this one, but no one is perfect, and it’s totally fine to indulge a bit from time to time, as long as it doesn’t become a regular habit.

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That being said, I usually, almost always eat healthy. I love my veggies and my smoothies. I also love my fish and steaks but it’s always a good idea for everyone to keep the portions of meat to a minimum.

Eating healthy meals in small portions is a great self care practice for your body which will thank you today as well as tomorrow.

When you overeat it changes the way your body processes food thus changing your metabolism which has to work harder. This can actually lead to chronic health issues like diabetes. Smaller portions means your body won’t have to work so hard. 

Eating before bed can cause weight gain, indigestion, and disrupt your sleep so if you stop eating around 6 and give yourself a couple of hours to digest before your head hits the pillow then you should be golden.

I’m not saying that you should go to bed hungry which can keep you awake. In fact, if you’re hungry a small snack is totally fine. Remember to brush your teeth afterwards, lol! 

Also, if you practice intermittent fasting which I do sometimes, it’s best to do some of your fasting while asleep and the earlier you stop eating in the evening the sooner you can eat the next day!

7. Write your Thoughts in a Journal

Journaling is a great way to gain more self awareness and clear your mind. Try writing in a journal for about 15 minutes a day in the morning or before bed. 

You can write about whatever is in your head, but if you notice you’re starting to focus too much on the negative try to shift it towards a more positive direction.

Your journal should be about personal growth and self care so focusing on the negative can give you the opposite effect and make you feel worse.

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Here’s an example of turning a negative thought into something positive: Instead of saying, ’I hate my job’ which focuses on the negative, consider what could make that situation better.

Something like, ‘I am updating my resume for my dream job’ is great because it has a much more positive tone and it also has purpose, something you can take action on to make your situation better.

Another reason for keeping a journal is that you may want to take a little trip down memory lane someday.

As much as we may want to remember the good times, sadly our memories do fade. If you write them down they’ll always be there.

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I hope some, if not all, of these 7 self care ideas make their way into your daily routine. Be mindful of when you are practicing them and do them with the purpose of becoming a better you.

Be positive and patient as things don’t change overnight, but if you put in the effort you will eventually start seeing the benefits of implementing self care practices into your schedule. 

Track your Self Care Practice with this Free Download…

I’ve made a daily tracker for the 7 self care ideas I mentioned, and you can download it for your personal use. This is a simple list for someone just starting off, and as you move forward you’ll probably add more to it.

You can track yourself for a week but if you want to go for longer just make several copies.

Please let me know how this works out for you…

❤️ Create, love, & be happy…

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