“Love yourself. Forgive yourself. Be true to yourself. How you treat yourself sets the standard for how others will treat you.” ~ Steve Maraboli
It’s human nature to seek out pleasure, especially during times of stress. The problem is that too often, we turn to food – unhealthy foods to be precise.
That’s why it’s called “comfort food”, but the irony is that while it comforts us in the short-term, it often hurts us in the long-term by increasing inflammation and sometimes kicking off an autoimmune flare.
So, here is a small list of “self care” treats that add to our health instead of detracting from it.
1. Watch a sunrise.
2. Watch a sunset.
4. Listen to a rainstorm.
5. Set up a bird feeder.
6. Go to the park and read under a tree.
7. Walk barefoot through the grass – grounding is so important.
8. Lie down and look for pictures in the clouds.
9. Lie in the sun.
10. Take a hike.
11. Take a nap.
12. Take a bath
13. Light some candles and turn out the lights.
14. Float on a river.
15. Swim in the ocean.
16. Lie in a hammock
17. Go for a walk WITHOUT your phone.
18. Do a day of Digital Detoxing
19. Seek out silence.
20. Play your favourite music.
21. Make yourself a happiness playlist
22. Learn to play a musical instrument.
23. Sing in the shower.
24. Diffuse your favourite essential oils
25. Dance in your living room.
26. Go to the movies
27. Have date night at home
31. Practice yoga
32. Jump on a trampoline
33. Watch a funny movie
34. Make a friend laugh.
35. Read a book
36. Read a children’s book
37. Browse a book store
38.Go on a book “blind date” – you pick out a book for a friend and have them pick out a favourite for you.
39. Watch an animated film
40. Watch a movie from your childhood
41. Have a Netflix marathon weekend.
42. Plan a game night
43. Do a puzzle
44. Lie under a tree in the garden
45. Snuggle with a pet.
46. Go to the dog park (even if you don’t have a dog).
47. Go people-watching at your special hangout
48.Play with kids
49. Collect hugs.
50.Go for a scenic drive
51. Write in your journal.
52. Write a poem.
53. Write a hand-written letter.
54. Call a friend you haven’t talked to in a long time.
55. Practice a random act of kindness.
56. Look through old photo albums.
57. Print off some favourite pictures from your phone.
58. Practice nature photography in your neighbourhood.
59. Do a photobook of happy moments
60. Make a chalk drawing in your driveway.
61. Create a vision board
62. Take an art class.
63. Visit a museum.
64. Put something beautiful up on your wall.
66. Get a massage
67. Try sound therapy
68.Visit a float tank
69. Visit a hot spring.
70. Relax in a sauna
71. Give yourself a home facial
72. Get or give a non-toxic manicure/pedicure.
73. Give yourself a compliment.
74. Garden or water the garden.
75. Pick some flowers or buy yourself a bouquet.
76. Pull our weeds
77. Buy yourself a stress ball
78. Visit the farmers market
79. Take a farm tour.
80. Go horseback riding.
81. Ride on a rollercoaster
82.Fly a kite
84.Go to the library.
85. Be a tourist in your hometown.
86.Plan a date night with your spouse or a friend.
87. Dress up.
88. Spend one entire day in your PJ’s.
89.Take a solitude hour.
90. Plan a solitude day.
91. Go to bed early.
92. Sleep in late.
93. Buy some new sheets
94. Learn a new skill.
95. Say No to something you don’t want to do.
96. Type up a mighty life list and choose the first one you want to check off.
97. Have a dinner party with good friends
98. Host a tea party
99. Try a new recipe
Extracts taken from www.phoenixhelix.com
Print this, stick on the fridge and try tick a few off. Live a little, have fun, stay health & safe everyone xx