The medical definition of self-care is “to care for oneself.” There are lots of definitions for relax but I like “to cast off social restraint, nervous tension, or anxiety.” Now ask yourself how often you do either one.
I challenge you to schedule (yes, put it in a calendar) a relaxing self-care appointment 1-2 times a month. Try varying it – it doesn’t always have to cost money. I also encourage you to make it with just yourself. I know many of my suggestions you could do with a friend(s) or your partner, but the idea here is for you to take care of you and I tend to think that can be most relaxing alone. I will also warn you that this will feel very selfish at first, especially if you haven’t been doing it, but you need it . . . you deserve it . . . you can do it.
Please share anything else that’s worked for you in the comments.
20 Ideas for Relaxing Self-Care:
- A long hot bubble bath with candles and music
- A good book with essential oils diffusing
- A glass of wine and watch your favorite TV show
- A nap
- Dance, fitness, or yoga class
- Explore a new town
- A music lesson
- Lunch by yourself
- Roam Target or window shop
- Buy a new pair of shoes
- Spend a night alone in a hotel
- Hair blow-out
- Spray tan