Do you truly take care of yourself? Most of us are quick to say that we do but struggle when it comes to thinking exactly how and how often we do it.

Society has convinced us that taking care of ourselves is selfish. Many of us feel guilty for hitting pause to do things that make us feel refreshed and ready to take on anything. Even when we think we’re taking care of ourselves, we’re not doing it enough and we tend to neglect what our minds and bodies really need. By putting “me time” on the back burner, it’s no wonder we often feel stressed, exhausted and overwhelmed.

What is self-care? Self-care is any activity that we purposely do to take care of our mental,emotional and physical health. Self-care is important for overall wellness. Here are a 12 self-care tips and ideas for a healthier life.

Setting aside time to unwind is so important for our overall wellness. Knowing when we need a break and when we need to hit pause, contributes to a healthier mind and body by allowing us to de-stress and recharge.

What is self-care?

According to Psych Central, “Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.” It’s important to remember that self-care looks different for everybody.

Why are self-care habits important?

An act of self-care is meant to refuel us and give us an outlet to reconnect with ourselves in the midst of a busy life. Have you heard the saying “You can’t pour from an empty cup”? We need self-care to nourish our mind, body and soul so we can reciprocate those positive feelings to those who surround us. Studies also show that good self-care activities are key to improved mood and reduced anxiety. It keeps us healthy, happy and more in tune with our minds and bodies.

What is self-care? Self-care is any activity that we purposely do to take care of our mental,emotional and physical health. Self-care is important for overall wellness. Here are a 12 self-care tips and ideas for a healthier life.

Tips for establishing self-care habits

  • Start simple
    If you’re just starting out, finding the time to do too much at once will be overwhelming. Commit to doing a small act of self-care at least once a week to start. Once you get comfortable and find your rhythm, you can decide how much or how little you need to fully recharge.
  • Know yourself
    Ask yourself what you really need. Remember, all self-care routines aren’t alike so you need to find what works for you. For example, going to the gym may not be your form of self-care but taking a walk around your neighborhood is! Be gentle with yourself, know what you like and don’t like, and give yourself what you need.
  • Plan it
    Self-care habits are so much more doable when you plan them out and not just let them happen. Get an agenda and pencil in that yoga session at 6 a.m., reading time at 6 p.m., and your unwinding time at 9 p.m. Make your self-care routine a non-reschedulable meeting with yourself. This will help you stick to your plan and hold you accountable.

Ideas for taking care of yourself

Here are a few simple ideas to get you started on your self-care routine:

  • Read a book
    Step away from reality and lose yourself in your favorite self-help book or novel.
  • Declutter/organize
    Tackle one area in your house that needs some cleaning up and watch the clutter disappear with your stress. Tidy spaces make for a peaceful mind.
  • Exercise
    Exercise is proven to help you release stress. Go for a walk, lift weights, swim, or do yoga – whatever floats your boat, just get your body moving!
  • Take a bath
    Diffuse your favorite oils (or light candles) and let the warm water soothe your worries away.
  • Pamper yourself at home
    Taking care of yourself doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Whip out the face mask you’ve been dying to use (or make your own), put some coconut oil in your hair, sip on some wine and just relax.
  • Watch your favorite show
    Binge watch the Netflix show you’ve been meaning to watch but haven’t had time to. (As a self-proclaimed Netflix queen, this is my go-to!)
  • Get a massage
    Check out Groupon for deals on massages in your area. Nothing like an hour-long massage to help you de-stress.
  • Get outside
    Sometimes taking a breath of fresh air is what we need to clear our heads.
  • Start a gratitude list
    Every night before you go to sleep, write down one thing that happened that you are grateful for. This will help refocus your thoughts on the small things that bring you joy, even when you don’t realize it.

Self-care is a fundamental piece to living a healthier life. Forming self-care habits helps us feel centered and refreshed when we need it the most. Taking care of ourselves helps us reconnect with who we are and will produce positive vibes in all areas of our lives.

How do you practice self-care?

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A Serene Pursuit was nominated for The Liebster Award

I’m so excited to announce that my blog was nominated for The Liebster Award!

I want to thank Hannah from Soft Skills Tips and Tricks for nominating me. Check out her blog!

The Liebster Award celebrates new blogs and is super cool because it’s an award passed on from one new blogger to another. It’s like a never-ending chain! The Liebster Award started in 2011 and in German Liebster means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. I’m so thrilled to be part of a blogging community that empowers new bloggers.

Here are my answers to the questions from Hannah’s nomination:

Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because I was looking for something that fueled my passions. I’m passionate about healthy living and taking care of your mind, body and soul. I also always loved to write so I said why the heck not?! I love being able to create helpful content and connect with like-minded individuals in the health and wellness industry.

Morning, noon or night? (When it comes to writing your blog posts)
Whenever I have some free time! It’s usually at night or during the day on the weekends.

How often do you post a new blog?
I try to post a new blog every week. I’ve been posting on Sundays but I think I’ll be moving to posting on Mondays. Further down the line, I plan to post more often during the week!

Why did you choose your niche?
I was always athletic and enjoyed going the gym, but as I got older I realized how important it is to give your body the nutrients it needs. The crap that I was eating was literally making me feel like crap. I went through a bit of a reality check with a health scare, and I knew then that I needed to make a change and take better care of my body from the inside out. I’ve been fascinated ever since with learning about nutrition and overall wellness for a healthier and happier life.

When did you discover that you liked writing?
I think it was 10th grade in high school. One semester, I had an English and a History paper due the same week. I remember that both my teachers praised me for exceeding their expectations and honing my writing skills. With a little encouragement, I realized that not only was I a good writer, but that I enjoyed to write. English had always been my best subject, so everything started to make sense! Of course, writing a blog for something that I’m passionate about is way more fun than writing papers for school. 😉

Drum roll please…I now nominate the following blogs for the Liebster Award:

  1. The Places The Faces
  2. Marching with Peonies and Passports
  3. Super Loud Mouth
  4. Surface Nomads
  5. Mommy Grace Blog

A few tips for the nominees:

  • Write about something that you’re really passionate about. Your readers will better relate to you this way.
  • Connect with other bloggers in your niche. Networking is super important in blogging!
  • Keep going! Blogging can be a lot of work but with a lot of grit and determination it’ll be worth it.

My questions for the nominees are:

  • What inspired you to start your blog?
  • Why did you pick your niche?
  • If you were an animal, which one would you be and why?
  • What would be a perfect day for you?
  • What do you do on your free time (besides blogging)?

To accept your nomination:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you (and link them) on a post in your blog.
  • Answer the questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 5-11 other new bloggers (blogging for less than 2 years and having less than 100 subscribers).
  • Create new questions for the nominees to answer and give them a few tips.
  • Notify all nominees via social media.

Can’t wait to read your posts! Happy blogging!

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