19 Tiny Self-Care Tips That Will Nourish Your Body And Soul

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All those tips that promise you a more peaceful life require changing nearly your whole life. But what we have here are just small ways to feel a little better. These easy changes won’t even take 10 minutes!

1. Some of these may work for you, some may not. But what you should keep in mind is that there's no one true way to look after yourself – it's about what feels right for *you*.

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First, remember these 3 practical ways of nourishing your body - a little advice we can take from plants! 

  • Remember to stay hydrated.  

  • Always remain grounded.

  • Watch out for people, because they may destroy your natural habitat.

2. Relax with rain sounds.

Rainy Mood provides amazing sound clips just for this!

3. Put pressure on period cramps.

4. Try scent therapy.

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You can carry around an essential oils rollerball in your purse to rub on your pulse points or you can also use a pillow spray to help you sleep.

5. Try meditating.

Meditation and reflection looks different for everyone, and for some people, it's just not what they need. And that's OK!

6. Make your Instagram account a soothing space.

Make your Instagram account a soothing space.
Make your Instagram account a soothing space.
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You can use the "save" option to hang onto your absolute favorite dog pictures, or anything that makes you smile.

7. Lose yourself in your work.

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An article in the New York Times makes a fantastic point that a) not everyone has the luxury of being able to take long baths in the name of self-care (if that works for you, go for it!), and b) some anxious brains find relief in business rather than rest.

8. Write a note to yourself reminding you of the good you have done.

The next time someone sincerely thanks you for something, or you feel proud of yourself, write it down. You write down groceries in your notes on your phone so as not to forget them, why not write down things that make you feel good, too?

9. Try this simple yoga flow.

10. Take care of your skin.

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Take 10 minutes before bed every night (for a week at least) to put body lotion on. While doing it, try to be really intentional about it, focusing on having positive and affirming thoughts about your body. It’s a small act of self-love, but it will make your skin feel really soft while also giving your brain a mindfulness break by focusing in on the 'here and now.' It’s a great way to prepare for bed and you might notice how good your skin and body feel after just a few days.

11. Manage your expectations from both sides.

Self-care is important for everyone – not just people who are dealing with mental health issues firsthand. 

While your friend might be going through a difficult time, make sure you’re not neglecting your own well-being. Focus on being well rested and make sure you have someone else you can vent to. Also, pay close attention to your body. If you feel yourself getting ill or over-stressed, it may be time to take a break.

12. Try a pillow spray.

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You don't have to buy a specific sleep spray – You can also use ironing water or linen spray as well. The main thing is that you enjoy the scent.

13. Find your well.

Ask yourself, 'Where do I go to feel nourished and affirmed? To feel understood?' Maybe it’s a friend who always makes you laugh, someone who texts you loving things, a conversation with your mom, being in nature, meditation, prayer, or even watching a video of your adorable baby cousin. Just make sure you know what your well is and that you go there often, using it as a chance to take a moment to breathe and gather your strength.

14. Try an old-school puzzle.

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Focusing on a logic problem with a finite solution (and an answer page at the back!) is very reassuring.

15. Try some easy stretches.

16. Flip your perspective.

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When you're being hard on yourself, imagine it’s one of your friends in the same situation and you try to imagine how you would react to them (usually a lot nicer) and then duplicate it toward yourself.

17. Take pleasure in the achievements of others.

It is so wonderful to be able to feel happy for somebody else's successes and to know they are feeling the same thing for you when you do well.

18. Write down a compliment you received.

Sometimes it's hard to remember the nice things that people have said to you. So when you get a compliment, write it down in your notes on your phone, or in a little notebook. That way when you're feeling unsure of yourself, it's easy to access.

19. Call your person.

Maybe for you, that means calling your parents to check in and get an instant pep talk or maybe it’s your best friend from college. Or maybe it’s just a friend down the street you don’t see enough because of your busy schedule. It doesn’t even have to be a long phone call — just say hi when you have a free five minutes so your day is a little brighter.

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