If we don’t care for ourselves, who is going to do it? Relying on anyone else to care for us, give us what we need, or make us feel whole and complete will never work.
If you want to truly learn how to love yourself and fill yourself up with self-worth and empowerment, then you need to start practicing self-care.
In this article, we’re going to share several self-care ideas for women.
Self Care Ideas for Women
We can easily take ten minutes each day to show ourselves some self-care. The idea is to find something that brings you comfort and just makes you feel good — and make a point to do it daily. The great thing about self-care is that it doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. And it doesn’t have to take up hours out of your day.
We spend so much time thinking about everyone else that it can be hard to even think of something to do to take care of ourselves! So, to help you out, we’ve put together a list of 11 self-care ideas for women.
Here are 11 self-care ideas for women.
1. Say I’m Sorry – to Yourself
Forgiveness is powerful and can rebuild and strengthen relationships. And when we let things go, we free ourselves. Unfortunately, we always find it easier to forgive others rather than to forgive ourselves. Today, give yourself permission to say, “I’m sorry!” For everything. Or anything.
2. Have Coffee With Someone
As humans, we need connection. This doesn’t have to be anything formal. Simply meet a friend and connect over coffee (virtually or in person, according to your comfort level). This doesn’t mean sit and chat about the weather, but take the conversation deeper where you can start to open up and get to know one another on a meaningful level. This type of connection feels good.
3. Go for a Walk
We are not talking about going for a long walk or a fast-paced walk or even a jog. Simply strolling through your neighborhood or the park is a good way to get the blood flowing a little while breathing in fresh air, soaking up the vitamin D from the sun, and so on. A 10 or 15-minute walk is all you need to transform your day and breathe life into stagnation.
4. Buy Yourself a Bouquet of Flowers
We all love flowers. There is no reason why we should ever wait for someone to bring us flowers. If having a fresh bouquet of flowers sitting on your dining room table makes you smile every time you see them, then buy the flowers. Treat yourself to this small indulgence. You deserve them and all the smiles they bring.
In your room, turn on some feel-good music and dance. Let it out. Whether you want to waltz or booty shake, just let the music carry you away. Maybe even consider creating a playlist that is an instant mood-booster that you put on your headphones and go to town dancing. This can make you feel so good in so many ways.
6. Read a Book
Reading is one of those peaceful things that are nearly always available to you, but not always on the top of our to-do list. If you are like most women, you have a list of books you would love to read, but never have the time, right? Make the time. Make it part of your self-care routine. Even if it means only reading one chapter a day or setting a timer and only reading for 10 minutes – do it. This even works really well when reading self-help books that can help you grow.
Not much of a reader? No problem. Audiobooks are fantastic ways to get the benefits of a book without having to read!
7. Take a Bubble Bath
Escaping the real world some days sounds so enticing. But, let’s face it – it is not realistic. We can’t just disappear. Unless, you disappear in a bathtub full of bubbles! Light a candle, fill up the tub, turn the lights off, turn on some relaxing music, and soak.
Let the hot water melt away all the heavy worries, burdens, and stresses you carry.
8. Write an “It’s Done” List
When you write a list of all the things you have to do, life can suddenly feel so overwhelming. Even more than normal. Seeing those tasks in black and white is too much. So why not ditch the to-do list and start looking at the glass half full?
Write an “it’s done” list of all the things you have accomplished. This might include tasks you have completed today or this week or it can be all the things you have already accomplished in life.
9. Write Yourself a Love Letter
Keep a journal of letters to yourself. Spend a few minutes looking at yourself, your life, your day — and write yourself a love letter. Praise yourself for things you did and offer encouragement for things that maybe didn’t go so well. Keep it positive.
Do this regularly and watch how you become your biggest cheerleader.
10. Turn Your Phone Off
Our phones can be so distracting. In fact, it is hard to even have thoughts to ourselves without hearing a chime or a ding notification. Turn your phone off or put it on “do not disturb” for an hour or so. No calls, no texts, no emails, no social media. Just enjoy the uninterrupted time.
11. Watch the Sun Rise
Waking up early – when it is still dark outside – and watching the sun rise above the horizon with its breathtaking views can help, in some way, to bring perspective to life. It reminds us that the world is so much bigger – and that we are just a tiny little part of it. Our problems and struggles that we feel are enormous, are really not so big after all.
And, if that isn’t a bit of self-care, then we don’t know what is.
Try these tips for self-care or find some more on your own. Lots of people have ideas for engaging in self-care or you can choose something on your own that will make you feel good. The point is to find something and do it. Treating yourself well is one of the first steps toward finding whole-body wellness and balance in your life – and in recovery.