Ten Simple Ways to Practice Self-Care For Busy Women. Number Six Is One You May Have Never Tried!

1. Comfort Food

Alright, I know what you are thinking. “Encouraging pigging out on junk food?” But that’s not what I’m saying… unless that’s what you want to do. In that case, do your thing. It’s natural to find comfort in food. Some people love the process of making food. The smells that fill your home when you are making your grandma’s famous bread recipe. It brings back memories of your childhood. Or you may not love to cook food, but you adore the takeout place down the street that serves the best Pad Thai. Whatever meal it is for you, allow yourself to indulge. Savor the flavors and aromas of your favorite comfort food.

2. Spend time outside

3. Have some fun

Let loose a little. You could listen to music, read a book, watch your favorite movie or tv show, do a puzzle, play a game, draw, paint, or dance. You get the idea. Anything to get your mind off of current events and your list of to-dos. Focus on something creative and exciting. Something that makes you forget all your troubles and puts a smile on your face.

4. Have a drink

Along the same lines of comfort food, you may have a favorite comfort beverage. Some people love tea, some love coffee, some enjoy an adult beverage. Whatever it is that is your personal favorite, make an occasion out of it. For instance, the process of brewing a cup of tea requires some time and intention. You will be conscious of the fact that you are making the tea for you to enjoy. You can get yourself a fancy new mug or glass to drink out of. You can try a new flavor or variety that you’ve never tried before. Also, remember to stay hydrated with water. This is crucial to feeling your best, albeit not as exciting to talk about.

5. Pray or meditate

6. Heat/cold corn bags

Aches and pains bringing you down? Try some heat therapy. There’s nothing quite like the comforting feeling of hugging a toasty warm corn bag. Check out these awesome microwavable heat corn bags from The Jack’s Meow on Etsy. They come in all kinds of sizes and styles and can even be custom made with some herbs to add to the self-care element. One customer says, “These neck wraps are awesome!! I especially like the comfy flannel feel. Also, you can use these corn packs anywhere on your body that needs warmed up or cooled down.”

7. Decorate your space

Is your space cluttered? Is your comforter five years old, fading and tattered? (Hey, I’m not judging.) You are a practical person. Spending time and money on things that aren’t necessary isn’t something you do. But doing something as simple as freshening up your space can have such an impact on how you feel. A fun new throw pillow, a colorful art piece, fresh flowers in a vase, or a cozy blanket. You don’t have to do a complete room makeover, pick one or two things to start with and see how it makes you feel. Taking care of the space around you is a way to take care of yourself.

8. Aromatherapy

Adding a relaxing or invigorating scent to your space is a great way to boost your mood. The article “Influence of Fragrances on Human Psychophysiological Activity” states that our sense of smell plays an important role in the physiological effects of mood, stress, and working capacity. You can light a candle, burn some incense, or use some essential oils. This is a quick and easy way to change your atmosphere. It can make you feel like you are doing something special for yourself. Try a zesty citrus scent, calming lavender, or energizing peppermint.

9. New comfy clothes

At the end of a long day, there’s nothing better than coming home and changing into some comfortable clothes. Sometimes these clothes are not the cutest though if we are honest. A super-sized old t-shirt, some baggy pregnancy leggings, socks with holes at the heel. (Again- not judging!) Think how much better you might feel if your comfortable clothes were cute as well! Invest in a new matching pajama set, some soft slippers, or a plush robe. The difference when you look and feel amazing will be immense.

10. Pamper time

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