It’s difficult to go on social media for more than a few minutes without being barraged by messages about self-care. It can feel like an elite influencer club that you’re not a part of. But the truth is, self-care doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. You shouldn’t have to take out a second mortgage and run away to Bali in order to feel better about yourself.
Read on for 25 little ways you can love yourself and practice self-care every day.
Get dressed up for no f**king reason
Take self-portraits of yourself. It’s a fun and creative way to capture your essence and learn more about your own face in the process.
Paint your nails an insane color. No, more insane than that.
Have a dance party to the songs you listened to and loved in high school.
Stretch for 5 minutes before bed.
Buy your own damn roses. Or even better, your own damn rose tea.
Write a physical list of all the things you like about yourself. Read it aloud whenever you start to doubt how great you are.
Wink at yourself whenever you pass a mirror.
Move your body, but only in ways that feel good to you. Stop forcing yourself into exercise routines that you hate.
Purge your closet of clothes that no longer serve your body, style, and life.
Take time and space away from loved ones to reset.
Learn to say no in 5 different languages and then practice saying no to things you don’t want to do.
Binge-watch your guilty pleasure show.
Develop a twice a day skincare routine and enjoy the process of tending to your gorgeous face morning and night.
Floss!! To quote Sarah Silverman, “Death creeps in through the gums.”
Drink a huge glass of water. Better yet, drink out of a healthy-sized water bottle.
Remove people from your life if they don’t treat you with kindness and respect.
Eat the damn cheeseburger.
Forgive yourself for that embarrassing thing you said. Absolutely no one is still thinking about it.
Take a bubble bath.
Put on some red lipstick.
Keep track of your successes and stop obsessing over rejections/failures.
Learn a new cake recipe and bake an entire cake for yourself.
Take an extravagantly long nap.
Breathe in, breathe out. You got this.
Now you have some fresh ideas on little ways to practice self-care. At the end of the day, self-care is just checking in on you. Figuring out what it is you want in the moment and not depriving yourself of what you need.