It is a well-known fact that every person needs to practice self-care. Sometimes it may seem tedious or laborious—we engage in the same things: exercising, eating great, trying to do nice things for ourselves, but it looks like it does not have a positive effect on us, nor does it seem to get any easier. Sometimes it just feels selfish, especially when there are others who seem to be in a worse condition. 

Then, it is time to change things up. Let us look at some unique and interesting ways to practice self-care in ways that make you feel good about what you are doing.

Eat Right

You already know the importance of a good diet. Now consider taking it to the next level. Make a practice of looking for foods that are healthy and natural. Look for homegrown items at a farmer’s market or a whole foods place. Consider sustainable foods. Remember, maintaining a proper diet can have a beneficial impact on you. In addition, those around you will also benefit from your discipline and example.

Connect

Are you looking for a way to spoil yourself? Rather than indulge in shopping therapy or similar activities, invest time with others. Have lunch with a friend. The interaction that comes from this activity will have a positive impact on both your life and theirs. Isolation is the enemy of self-care. Stay connected with family, friends, and co-workers. Think of each day as a day to connect in a new way.

Express Your Emotions

Shutting down does more harm than good. Holding things in only leads to additional stress, higher blood pressure, and other adverse physical effects. Instead, look for ways to express how you feel. Look for outlets—run, walk, go to the gym, go to a batting cage, hit some balls, or do something that can help you release your emotions. Other activities could be visiting an art studio or a museum. You could also spend some time journaling. These activities could help you come to a better understanding of how you feel. Additionally, these activities could assist you in letting go of negativity.

Pamper Yourself

There is nothing wrong with a bit of pampering yourself. Try spoiling yourself with a spa day, a manicure, a facial, or even a massage. If finances are a concern, try something at home—a bubble bath, redo your nails, or dress up. Treating yourself well makes you more likely to treat others well. Make an effort to pamper yourself. You will see the benefits, and others will experience the same.

Stretch Your Mind

Self-care often includes reading a good book or watching a movie. Again, both are great ideas. Books are a great way to challenge yourself and to continue to learn. Read books that teach you a new skill or reinforce a current skill. Read an inspiring biography. Read books that will challenge your thinking. Such books will keep your mind active.

By following these tips, self-care becomes interesting again. Even more important, you start seeing how you can positively impact the world even when you are just taking care of yourself. 


If you are looking to incorporate more self-care practices into your life, Modern Wellness Counseling is the best place to start. We have licensed therapists who provide excellent online counseling in Texas. Be sure to give us a call at 210-706-0392 or you can conveniently schedule online.

By Jeralyn Rodriguez

Jeralyn is currently an intern at Modern Wellness Counseling and is in her second year at UTSA. Her classification is a junior and she is studying Psychology. With this opportunity she hopes to learn more about what it means to work in mental health practice and to help clients just like you.

Jeralyn Rodriguez

Jeralyn is currently an intern at Modern Wellness Counseling and is in her second year at UTSA. Her classification is a junior and she is studying Psychology. With this opportunity she hopes to learn more about what it means to work in mental health practice and to help clients just like you.

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