New Year, New Self Care! The new year is a great opportunity to work on bettering and improving your routines. And self care is no exception to that idea. Which is why today I am sharing ideas for your new self care routine. Taking this chance to work on creating a better self care routine can really help to set you up for an even better year. In addition to all of the other reasons that self care is so important!
If you are wondering about why you should make a new self care routine then let’s quickly chat about the benefits of self care.
What are the benefits of self care?
- Self care helps improve your mental and emotional wellness.
- Helps you prioritize your physical wellness.
- Assists with helping cultivate personal relationships.
- Self care helps you learn more about yourself.
- It actually helps you be in a better mindset to be more productive.
Now that we have covered the benefits of self care let’s just get right into this list of ideas for your new self care routine for the new year!
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New Year, New Self Care! Ideas For Your New Self Care Routine
Start of the year self care routine ideas:
Idea 1: Get fresh air every day
Even if it is chilly outside it’s still so helpful to get a little fresh air everyday. Walk the dog in the afternoon or drink some hot coffee or cider outside! Remember fresh air is so important for taking care of yourself even if it’s cold outside.
Getting into a routine of doing this during your self care routine has so many benefits to your long term and current health. And this is also some built in exercise for the day as well!
Idea 2: Daily gratitude journal
This is great for helping you stay thankful and calm during the new year. You can get one here!
Daily gratitude journaling is incredible for keeping you in a great mindset and is a very helpful idea for any self care routine.
Gratitude journals are a great way to bring some self care into your daily routine and they only take about 10-15 minutes out of your day. Try adding them either into your morning routine or right before bed.
Idea 3: Guided meditation
Try a new guided meditation- there are lots of free ones on YouTube. This is a wonderful way to relax yourself and practice regular self care. Making this apart of your daily routines has a ton of benefits for your mental wellness.
Idea 4: Unplug from your phone regularly
Unplug from your phone for a few hours as least a few times a week. Do a social media detox as well as part of this routine idea! Here is so me tips for this- How To Unplug From Your Phone Every Day.
Idea 5: Take more walks
This is one of the best self care options that you can do with little time because it has two big benefits.
The first benefit is that you get physical activity which is good for both your body and mind. A nice leisurely walk for 30 minutes will help your body waken up and it will give your brain a break from your normal views and routine which is incredibly helpful for if you are feeling anxious or sad right now.
The next benefit is the fresh air that comes with taking a walk. Fresh air is a fantastic way to make you feel better! If you can’t go for a walk then try either sitting outside for 30 minutes or if it’s too cold for that, try at least cracking open a window so you can breathe in some fresh air.
Idea 6: Journaling
Journaling is another self care routine idea that I could go on and on about the benefits of. But in a nutshell it is a great way to really get in touch with your emotions and thoughts. Which is so important for taking care of yourself.
Here are a few blog posts full of journal prompts that you can follow:
- 75 Self Improvement Journal Prompts: how journaling leads to self improvement
- Journal Prompts For Mornings: Start Your Day Journaling Ideas!
- 53 Journal Prompts For Improved Productivity
- 35 Journal Prompts For The Holiday Season
- 40 Journal Prompts For When You Are Stressed
Idea 7: Do a face mask
Self care is all about taking care of yourself. And your skin is one of the many parts of yourself that you should be taking care of! Plus, face masks are fun and a great way to feel confident when you take one off and your skin is glowing. And this is an easy to incorporate idea for your self care routine.
Here are some of my favorite for different situations:
Aloe face masks – cooling and calming for irritated skin.
Tea Tree masks – clarifying for acne prone skin.
Pumpkin masks – toning for uneven skin.
Lavender masks – relaxing, great for any skin unless you’re sensitive to floral scents.
Idea 8: Stretch or do yoga
Stretching and/or yoga are fantastic for your mental and physical health and can take anywhere from 5-30 minutes. Yoga especially can really relax your mind while helping strengthen your body and even can provide a great workout if you want. There are hundreds of different yoga routines you can follow that are online for free.
Stretching is a little simpler, I recommend trying to incorporate 5-10 minutes of stretching and focused breathing before heading to bed each night. This can replace the yoga or be in addition!
Idea 9: Write down 5 kind things about yourself
Self care should always be focused on being kind to yourself mentally and physically.
And one of the simplest and easiest ways you can be kind to yourself is by taking 10 minutes to write down 5+ kind things about yourself.
They can be about your appearance, your personality, your accomplishments. Anything that you can genuinely compliment yourself on is a healthy and wonderful way to be kind to yourself and perform self care. This is such a helpful idea for your self care routine this year.
Idea 10: Write a love letter to yourself
You can read it in the future when you aren’t having a great day! Self care routine items that will help you in the future are some of my favorites.
I have a bunch of prompts for writing letters to yourself that you can check out here for ideas and inspiration.
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