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7 Things You Can Do Right Now to Practice Self Care

Don’t forget the importance of taking care of someone special—you. Taking care of yourself will help you be able to tackle the day ahead of you.

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Don’t forget the importance of taking care of someone special—you. Taking care of yourself will help you be able to tackle the day of ahead of you. Here are some simple ways to make sure you’re paying attention to, well, you.

  1. Take a bath

    It’s hard to feel sad in a warm, enveloping bath. Put the negative ions in water to good use: they’re shown to improve mood.
  2. Get off social media

    A surefire way to feel bad about yourself is to compare your life to the lives of others. Turn off the computer, put down the phone, and bring yourself back to the present moment.
  3. Light a candle

    Let your favorite scent uplift your senses. There’s something calming about candles, and having their warmth and scent surround you is a treat.
  4. Say something positive

    If you’re like most people, your inner voice isn’t very kind. Take five minutes to repeat a few positive affirmations to yourself: “I’m kind” and “I’m a great person” and “I’m a necessary person” all work quite well.
  5. Find a luxury

    It may be wearing a favorite perfume indoors or eating a piece of chocolate or even eating a grilled cheese sandwich. Determine what your idea of a luxury is, and then treat yourself to that luxury for important self-care.
  6. Practice visualization

    Shut your eyes and escape to the world of your choosing. For five minutes, picture a perfect place and pretend you’re there. It could be a castle or the countryside—either way, give your brain an instant vacation.
  7. Read

    Grab a book and jump in. Reading is a great way to practice self-care and quiet nerves. If you want to really level-up your self-care, try reading in the bath for a double dose of relaxation.

Related: 10 Reasons Why Being in Nature is Good for You

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Jennifer Diffley
Jennifer Diffley is a SLC resident. She is a senior copywriter and has her MFA in creative writing from NYU. Jennifer is committed to health, but has an unhealthy fascination with outrageous shoes.