This past Sunday night, I was convinced that I needed a weekend to recover from my weekend. Nothing terrible happened, and for that, I’m thankful, but it was just exhausting. Maybe you feel like that too sometimes. If so, take a look at my list below of twenty-five ways to practice self-care.
- Take a long, relaxing shower.
- Call someone you love.
- Do your makeup nicely. Or don’t do it at all. …Whatever makes you feel most like yourself.
- Read through some of your old journal entries and thank God for His faithfulness and your growth.
- Bake cookies. (Oatmeal dark chocolate chip are my favorites!)
- Find a pretty spot outside and sit there for a while.
- Make a list of things you’ve learned in the past year.
- Sing praise songs.
- Go for a hike.
- De-clutter your desk.
- Plan a vacation down to the details, even if you don’t plan on taking one anytime soon.
- Wash your face and put on a facial mask.
- Diffuse an uplifting blend of essential oils in your room. (I’d suggest 3 drops of Peppermint, 3 drops of Lemon, and 1 drop of Frankincense.)
- Write a list of things you’re grateful for.
- Help a loved one with a task that seems daunting to them. Lending someone a hand will not only brighten their day, but yours too.
- Take a workout class.
- Wear an outfit that makes you feel confident.
- Treat yourself to a coffee from your favorite coffee shop.
- If you usually pray silently, try praying out loud. If you usually pray out loud, try praying silently.
- Take your mom (or someone you love like a mom) out to lunch.
- Write a letter to someone. You don’t have to send it.
- Make a meal that you loved when you were little. (Shell pasta with butter and shredded cheese, anyone?)
- Turn on some fun music and dance. (This one’s one of my faves!)
- Buy yourself a bouquet of fresh flowers and display them in a vase on your kitchen table.
Self-care is not selfish, friends. To quote L.R. Knost, “taking care of myself doesn’t mean, ‘me first.’ It means, ‘me too.’” You cannot pour from an empty vessel, and sometimes, the best way to prepare to serve other people is to take a little time to care for yourself.
I hope my list gives you some fresh ideas of ways to do that, but I hope you remember that all true refreshment, contentment, and joy come from God alone. He provides ordinary means by which we can experience those things, yes, but they never cease to be gifts from Him. As you try some of the things listed above, thank Him for your life, your health (both physical and mental), and the opportunities you have to make the most of those blessings.
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31.