12 of the Easiest Self-Care Activities Ever

If you’re feeling like self-care is out of reach, take a look at these ideas before you give up

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Put your phone away from your bed at night

I’ll be the first to admit that I sleep with my phone on my nightstand. I have a 19-year-old son who gets up at 3:30 in the morning to go to work, so I like to have the phone close by in case something happens. But having the phone that close creates temptation, too. You get tempted to pick it up when you’re not asleep yet, when you wake up in the middle of the night, or first thing in the morning when you get up.

Forgive yourself when you mess up

There is never anyone as hard on us as we are on ourselves when we make a mistake. We relive our mistakes over and over in our minds, beating ourselves up and thinking about the things we could have done to avoid the mistake. We see each mistake as a sign of failure or lack on our part, rather than simply being human. And all that leads to decreased confidence, self-esteem, and faith in ourselves.

Lie in the grass and look up at the sky

Do you remember lying in the grass as a kid and looking up at the sky? Watching fluffy clouds float by in a crystal blue sky and seeing shapes in them? Staring at the distant pinprick sparkle of stars in the night sky, eyes hunting for a comet, meteor or shooting star? Do you remember how good that felt?

Savor some dark chocolate (or your favorite treat)

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Put up a bird feeder and watch the birds

Take a little time to build or buy a bird feeder and fill it with seed. Then whenever you feel the need for a little self-care or stress relief, go sit near the feeder. Sit really still and eventually the birds will come to feed.

Sit by some water

There is something so healing and soothing about the water. Luckily, you don’t have to go to the beach to get the effects. You can sit beside a lake or pond, a pool, or even a water fountain. Moving water, such as a fountain or ocean waves, is ideal, but any water can be good.

Place your hand on your heart

In a moment where stress, frustration, or anger is about to overwhelm you, try this simple self-care technique: place your hand over your heart and just breathe. You can close your eyes if you want, but you don’t need to.

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Create & follow a simple skincare routine

I rarely wear makeup. Most of the time, I wash my face in the shower using a konjac sponge. It’s faster and easier. But I also do a face mask on Sundays, apply Vitamin C serum and rose toner nightly, and do an overnight gel mask mid-week. These are all relatively small things. They only take a couple of minutes to do but they make me feel pampered, refreshed, and like I’m really taking care of myself and my skin.

Cuddle with the kids or a pet

A good snuggle might be all you need sometimes. When you feel stressed and overwhelmed, sometimes it’s just because you’re feeling disconnected and out of touch with the ones you love or the world around you. So try sitting down with the kids or your cat or dog and have a good cuddle.

Close your eyes and take a deep breath

Sometimes stress and overwhelm is simply the result of overload. There’s too much going on around you and you can’t keep up with all the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings. So if you close your eyes and take a deep breath or a few deep breaths, you can eliminate some of the overload.

Make space between your fingers and toes

We spend our days with our fingers bent over keyboards or clenched around pens or tools. Our feet are stuffed into shoes that, though they may fit, feel tight and stiff by the end of the day. There’s plenty of messaging about moving your body — get enough exercise, stretch your spine after sitting all day — but the hands and feet are often neglected.

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Lie down flat on your back and just breathe

Have you ever laid in Savasana at the end of a yoga session and felt like you were just melting into the floor? You just felt warm, gooey, and as if you and the floor were becoming one? It’s a good feeling, right? If you don’t have time for a good yoga session, skip straight to Savasana and get a similar feeling.

Bonus tip: Lengthen your exhales

Whenever you’re feeling tense, overwhelmed, or frustrated, lengthen your exhales so they’re longer than your inhales. This triggers your vagus nerve and signals your body that everything is okay, you can relax and let go of the stress, tension, or frustration.

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