Stuck in a self care rut? I’m sharing with you a roundup of ten easy self care ideas that I’ve collected from other women – moms, daughters, sisters, wives. I hope these ladies inspire you to care for yourself in a way that feels simple and soul-filling, all without the guilt that can sometimes come along with taking a few moments of our day to ourselves.

TEN EASY SELF CARE IDEAS

1. For me, one of the most important things I can do to take care of myself is to make time to read. Even if I only fit in 30 minutes on a Tuesday night, those 30 minutes are just for me.
– Alex of Alex Can Read

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2. Making sure I am well-fed is huge for me. Whether that is meal planning or spending a little extra money on the whole, healthy foods to nourish my body is really important. I do my best to make sure I can cook at least one meal. Not only does that allow me to have time for myself but it makes sure I have the right fuel to get me through the week.

Jess of bloom.breathe words it perfectly by saying, “Food will be an act of self love, we will find rhythm in the seasons and we will bring magic back into our homes.”
– Ashley of Be My Wildflower

3. I start my day with scripture in bed before I get kids on the bus and then I really like to sit on the couch by the window (as my little boards) with a matcha and just have quiet in the morning before I tackle my duties. Only a few minutes, but it is enough to ground myself and just enjoy a moment of not being anything to anyone or doing anything for anyone.
– Carleeh of Healthy Socialite

4. I used to suffer from sleep guilt. I felt like if I was sleeping, I wasn’t tackling my to do list. This also led to sleep anxiety and not sleeping. Now I nap. I sleep in. If I’m tired, I take a break. It’s something so simple, and a better refresher than an afternoon cup of coffee – and I’m much better at work and in my personal life because of it. No more sleep guilt for this girl.
– Elise of Soles of My Traveling Shoes

5. I take a nap everyday! It’s so rejuvenating and I’m a much happier person when I’m well rested. Plus it just makes me so happy to snuggle into my blankets by myself for a little bit. It’s the one time of the day my kiddo and husband know not to bug me.
– Jess of Just Me Growing Up

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6. For self-care, I love to turn to writing, and specifically, writing to be reflective. A lot of times my stress and anxiety are a result of over-thinking situations that I’m in. if I’m not writing, I might engage in some skin care, or cooking healthy food or going outside for a walk! Something that allows me to engage in my outside environment but also with my inner thoughts is great.
– Aarti of Handmade Hearts

7. I have “#TreatYoSelf Thursdays” (if you follow me on Insta, you know all about this!). Every Thursday morning I go into work late (I have to stay late most Thursdays, so it evens out) and I find a new cafe or restaurant and treat my self to a fancy breakfast and coffee drink and just enjoy it without worries about money, calories, time, work, or my phone (aside from taking pics!). And then I walk to Pike Place and pick up fresh flowers for my desk and go to work. It is my favorite thing that I look forward to during the week.
– Amanda of Sweet Basil Thyme

8. I make my own skincare with natural ingredients and some essential oils. I take my time to apply them and cup my hands over my nose and deeply inhale when I apply my face oil because it has scents that I find calming, grounding and relaxing. I also prioritize exercising at least 6 days a week to keep myself sane.
– Erica of Erica K Jordan

9. Bath time. I’ve taken this from entrepreneurs that I follow and it does wonders for my body and mind. Bath time seems like a luxury but when you take time to soak away the stress, be one with yourself and have a glass of wine in hand it’s great. I find it also helps me sleep deeper at night and I wake up refreshed.
– Aiko of My Name is Aiko

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10. For self care, I see girlfriends almost every week day, but I am choosy about girl friends who don’t drain me.
– Midori of Midorilei

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Don’t be afraid to communicate your needs. For me, as a (recovering) people-pleaser, communication around what I deserve and am in need of isn’t always easy. When I make it a priority to make sure my communication is clear and well-received, I instantly feel grounded and a lot more calm.
– Carley


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Carley Schweet once worked in the intense corporate world of New York City, spending her workdays people pleasing and her nights and weekends reeling with sleepless anxiety. She realized her issues arose from being afraid to say no—whether out of reluctance to hurt others’ feelings or due to her own crippling anxiety and lack of self-care. She then quit her corporate job, enrolling at and subsequently graduating from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York. Today, she is a self care coach and author of the book Boundaries with Soul.

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