9 Self-Care Practices You Can Do at Home

Self-care is particularly crucial in a time of crisis. Sometimes you can’t get out into the world for a massage or an artist date, whether it’s due to the global pandemic we’re experiencing now or for personal reasons from health to finances.

Here are 9 things you can do to fill your own cup, from the comfort of your home.

Play with art. You don’t have to be “good at” art to experience the benefits. You don’t need to have fancy supplies. If you have paper and black ink, try some Zentangling. Use old magazines, glue, and scissors to make a collage. If you do have art supplies on hand, start an art journal, sketch the birds you see out your window, or make paper dolls. There are endless free YouTube videos on various art techniques – let yourself play, and enjoy the process without worrying about the final product. The point is to revel in the joy of creativity.

Take a shower or bath. Water has a powerful healing, relaxing effect. Start by cleaning your bathtub, an act of self-care in itself. Light some candles and play some music. Cleanse yourself mindfully. After you’re done, nourish your skin with some good-smelling lotion.

Read an inspiring book. Or listen to it as an audiobook, if that’s more your thing. Choose something that will uplift and encourage you. Here are some ideas.

Listen to your intuition. It’s rare that we take time to be still and listen to the quiet voice of wisdom within. Set aside a few minutes for meditation. Find a guided meditation or some instrumental music that can take you deep. Ask a question of your higher self, in your mind or perhaps in your journal. Allow yourself to listen for answers and guidance.

Refresh with nature. If you’re able to do so safely, go out for a walk or sit in your yard. Even if you’re in a big city, open the window or step out the door and take a few deep breaths. Soak up the sunshine or let the rain tickle your face. Being outside is an instant mood-booster. Let Mother Nature refresh your energies.

Learn something new. You know that self-led course you bought and never got to? Now’s a great time to dive in. Can’t afford to buy a course? Use YouTube tutorials, or check out e-books from your library’s website. Pick something you’re curious about, something that feels fun to you – no matter how obscure or geeky it might seem to someone else. This is your time.

Talk with a trusted friend. Sometimes the best self-care is to ask for support from someone who loves you. Reach out to a friend and set up a virtual coffee or tea date. Take turns deeply listening to one another. Share your joys and sorrows. Connecting one-on-one is a gift, even when you can’t share an in-person hug.

Cook your favorite meal. Nourish yourself through delicious, healthy food. Make something that you enjoy, or try something new. Pretend you’re on a cooking show, and ham it up, just for fun. Sit down to savor your meal slowly, with no screens and perhaps candles and a cloth napkin. Give thanks for the food.

Take a nap. Right in the middle of the day, if you feel like it. Catnap, power nap, or doze as long as you wish. Extra rest during a crisis is smart. Ignore any voices in your mind that say you’re being lazy or you don’t deserve it. Get cozy and enjoy your nap!

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