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Self-care is a term that is growing in popularity for good reason. As modern life gets busier and more stressful, it is important to set aside time to care for yourself in order to prevent mental, emotional and physical exhaustion.

However, if your idea of self-care comes from social media, you may think it has to involve some sort of spa treatment. Spa treatments are nice for some, but if you’re on a budget or if you simply don’t care for that sort of thing, there are a lot of other ways to practice self-care.


Exercise can sometimes feel like a chore but it is actually a great way to invest in yourself and relieve stress. Choose a form of exercise you enjoy, even if it’s simply going for a walk.


Blast your favorite artist, album or soundtrack and break out your best dance moves. Our lives are often filled with background noise that we barely notice. However, taking the time to really listen to music you enjoy can lift your mood.


Light a candle, burn incense or diffuse your favorite essential oil. But don’t simply light a candle and walk away. Instead, sit and breathe deeply to reap the benefits of aromatherapy. A soothing scent can give you a feeling of calm and relaxation.


Turn your phone on airplane mode (or completely off) and close your laptop. Give yourself the freedom to be unreachable for an hour or two. Really need a break from your phone and the constant pings of texts, emails and social media notifications? Try unplugging for an entire weekend and you’ll feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

Take a nap

Afternoon naps feel super indulgent. Close your blinds, change into something comfy and cuddle up for a refreshing siesta. Just be sure to set an alarm so you don’t oversleep since this can cause grogginess.

Read a book

Because getting sucked into a good book is a great way to distract your mind from life’s everyday drama, reading is a perfect way to practice self-care. So, if you have a new book you’ve been wanting to try or an old favorite that is calling your name, set aside an hour or two of “self-care time” and read. Your local library is great resource for free books. Most libraries even offer downloadable electronic books and audiobooks if reading a physical book isn’t your thing.

Indulge in your favorite treat

Even if you are dieting or trying to eat healthy, it is important to be gracious to yourself and allow the occasional treat. Whether that means a glass of wine, an ice cream cone or a slice of pizza, self-care time is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself. Make sure to enjoy your favorite treat without feelings of guilt since caring for your mental wellbeing is just as important as your physical health. Therefore, an occasional treat (enjoyed in moderation) as a form of self-care is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.

Get back outside

Even if it’s just 10 minutes, getting back outside is so refreshing and rejuvenating – when it doesn’t involve chores that is. Take a walk, have a picnic, do your Pilates… make an effort to leave distractions behind and pay attention to your surroundings. You’ll enjoy a significantly lower stress level.

Watch a movie

Just like reading a book, having a movie night is a great way to practice self-care. Throw on your comfiest clothes, bring out the snacks and watch an old favorite or something new. A movie night is a great opportunity to escape from life’s everyday stresses.

Practice deep breathing or meditation

Even just 5 minutes of clearing your mind and focusing on your breathing can be beneficial. Meditation can help you feel calm, focus and peaceful. No need to feel intimidated by meditation if you’re new to the practice. There are numerous apps and other online resources to help you get started.

Self-care doesn’t have to involve expensive spa treatments or extravagant vacations. All it requires is a focus on caring for yourself in a way that is unique to you. And self-care isn’t just for weekends. Practice self-care regularly, even daily, to reap the benefits of reduced stress.

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10 Habits of Truly Healthy Women

by Erin Weaver

Good health is something that you owe yourself. Barring any outstanding physical and mental health issues, you deserve to strive for wellness in body and mind, even when it might seem difficult. While many of us have to try hard to stay healthy, some people just seem to find it simple. There are truly healthy women among us – you probably know some – who maintain naturally balanced good health without even trying. Try integrating some of these habits into your routine to move towards an achievable form of good health.

They Value Good Sleep

Healthy women understand that six to eight hours of restful sleep per night serves them well physically and mentally. Sleep helps to keep your emotions in check and your energy levels high.

They Follow Medical Advice

When you’re sick, the best thing to do is visit a doctor and follow their instructions until you’re better. Similarly, make sure to keep up with recommended checks like smear tests and breast cancer screenings.

They Don’t Drink Their Calories

Sticking to water instead of soda, coffee, or juices is much better for your health, keeping calories and sugar intake low. Healthy women tend to gravitate towards water throughout the day.

They Don’t Compare Themselves To Others

The truly balanced among us know that there’s no point in comparing themselves to others. You never really know someone else’s life anyway, so what’s the point in unhealthy comparisons?

They Aren’t Emotionally Attached To Food

By cementing the idea that food is for sustenance and enjoyment rather than comfort, healthy women easily maintain a balanced diet and say no to guilt about their eating habits.

They Prioritize Stress Management

Busy but thriving women understand that controlling stress levels helps them function better, even if it requires a bit of extra time. Meditation, pros-and-cons charts, and mindfulness are part of their routine for a reason.

They Find Exercise That Works For Them

Healthy women aren’t beating themselves up at the gym or struggling to get ready for dreaded workouts. Like them, you should find exercise you enjoy, whether it’s walking, horseback riding, or weightlifting, and embrace it.

They Treat Themselves

Small self-indulgences help to keep your spirits high, so healthy women make an effort to treat themselves on a regular basis. Even small, inexpensive or free treats will remind you of your worth.

They Quit Bad Habits

Truly healthy women don’t persevere with their bad habits. They quit smoking, they stop binge drinking, and they lose the crappy boyfriend.

They Practice Gratitude

To be healthy and at peace in mind and body, healthy women are grateful for the good things in their lives. By reminding themselves on a regular basis of the positives, they are better able to deal with anything that’s going badly.

These healthy habits will stand you in good stead throughout your life, so why not make them a part of your daily routine now? Who knows, you just might end up being one of those naturally healthy women too!

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