12 Practical Self Care Tips + Ideas

Simply + Fiercely

For much of my twenties, I was very wary about self-care. It felt a bit indulgent and selfish.

I had a picture in my mind of pampered women wearing fluffy robes with clay face masks, drinking tea from tiny cups. It sounded nice … but it wasn’t something I could imagine incorporating into my daily routine.

By my thirties, my feelings began to change because I noticed a pattern. Whenever I had a bad day (a fight with my husband, a stressful day at work, or just a generally bad mood), I could almost always trace it back to not taking care of myself.

I realised that it was time for a change and I set out to make self-care an active part of my everyday life. Finding organic ways to incorporate self-care took a lot of time and practice.

It’s the mental equivalent of starting a new year or turning to a fresh page in your journal. Once I’ve completed this routine, I feel like I can let go of the past and start fresh in a better state of mind.


This is a go-to trick when I’m feeling anxious but can’t define why: I go somewhere that makes me feel small. I prefer to get out into nature, but I can also invoke the same feeling by getting lost in the city.


Try creating playlists that remind you of happy times (like a relaxing holiday) or use special scents that signal to your brain that it’s time to relax.


I am a very sentimental person, so one guaranteed way to put a smile on my face when I’m feeling down is to write a love note. I like to write to myself, my husband, my babies or even my friends.


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