So you are taking this upcoming long weekend to relax and do some self care? That is amazing and will be a great chance for you to care for yourself and relieve some of the stress in your life. But if you don’t know what to do on your self care weekend then I have you covered! Keep reading for the ultimate long weekend self care routine.
Before we get into this ultimate long weekend self care routine I want to quickly discuss the benefits of doing 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.
So now that we have chatted about some of the wonderful benefits of self care let’s jump into these self care ideas.
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The Ultimate Long Weekend Self Care Routine
Ideas for self care to do this weekend:
Idea 1: 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 2: Take a quick walk
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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 weekend.
Idea 6: 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.
Idea 7: Have a cup of tea
Tea is my favorite drink when I want to help my mood! Remember- tea is a “smile in a cup”. It is healthy and unlike coffee drinks, it typically will not make you jittery which is not the best thing for you when you are feeling down and looking for some self care.
If you are new to the tea world then I highly recommend trying a tea variety pack so you can find out what your favorites are. This variety pack is by Tazo which is also where Starbucks teas are from!
Idea 8: Listen to a relaxing playlist
Relaxing playlists can be a self care items by themselves or can be combined into other ideas (like taking a walk). This is definitely one of my favorite quick and easy self care ideas.
If you don’t already have a relaxing playlist or if, like me, you aren’t that great at finding music and creating playlists then just use Spotify or Pandora and search for a relaxing playlist. Make sure to save if if you find one that you really like!
If you liked this post on the ultimate long self care routine then you probably (hopefully!) will find these helpful as well:
- The 6 Types Of Self Care To Start Focusing On
- Journal Prompts For Self Love To Build Your Confidence
- 25 Day Personal Growth Challenge To Really Challenge Yourself!
- 76 Inspirational Goals To Set To Live Your Best Life
- Self Awareness Activities For Your Personal Growth Journey
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