33 Self-Care Tips in a Trying Time

Alright, we all know these recent times have been, well, tough. The political climate in the United States is certainly stressful for me, and I’m not the only one. During these crazy times where it’s easy to get wrapped up in what’s going on in the news, what move Trump is making next to further destroy the country, and what else could possibly be going wrong, it’s easy to forget to focus on ourselves. But self-care is SO important, now and always.

Maybe you already have routines, big or small things that you do to take care of yourself – or maybe you don’t. Either way, we can always use more self-care in these trying times, so check out the list of 100 self-care tips below! (And feel free to share in the comments what *you* do for self-care, if it isn’t on the list.)

  1. Treat yourself to a snack. What do you like? Chocolate? Something salty?
  2. Drink a glass of water – and really focus on it.
  3. Relax with a bath bomb. Plenty of different scents/ingredients that’ll leave you feeling refreshed & energized!
  4. Catch a comedy movie. Sometimes it’s good to just LAUGH. Even if it is only a 90-minute distraction from the ‘real world.’
  5. Make a playlist of your favorite songs. This one is good for anytime you’re feeling stressed!
  6. Take a walk, or try yoga, spinning or some other form of exercise. As Legally Blonde taught us, exercise gives people endorphins!
  7. Stretch your body. All too often I find myself holding tension in my shoulders or abdomen. Start at your head and work your way down, stretching each part of your body.
  8. Spend time with a loved one.
  9. Write something. A poem, a story, a letter, free write. Get those words out.
  10. Sleep.
  11. Do something spiritual or religious – if that’s your thing.
  12. Knock off something from your to-do list.
  13. Get outdoors. Nothing like fresh air!
  14. Slow down. Today’s world moves so fast, and it can make us feel like we have to rush all the time. Take a step back and slow down.
  15. Clean for 20 minutes. Your car, your bedroom, the bathroom, the fridge. Whatever you need to do.
  16. Unplug. It’s easy to get caught up in social media, always refreshing, always something new popping up. Not the best for an anxious time.
  17. Take three deep breaths.
  18. Try something new. Get adventurous. What do you have to lose?
  19. Practice your craft, whatever it may be. Guitar? Piano? Crafting?
  20. Cook or bake something. There’s just something about making something out of nothing that’s soothing.
  21. Do one thing for tomorrow. Spend just a few minutes doing something to prepare for tomorrow. Pick out an outfit, make lunch, etc.
  22. Clean out your closet… literally. Out with the old, in with the new.
  23. Get lost in a good book.
  24. Go shopping. Or window-shopping, whatever your budget allows.
  25. Take a long, hot shower.
  26. Sit down to a meal at a restaurant.
  27. Get your hair cut, a manicure, pedicure, or massage.
  28. Forgive yourself, or someone else.
  29. Cry. It’s okay to be stressed & it’s okay to feel whatever you need to feel. Sometimes you have to release that tension by crying.
  30. Dance. A good dance party won’t fix everything going wrong in the country, but it might be a good distraction & release tension!
  31. Write to an elected official. A lot of the tips until now have been distractions – but sometimes self-care means doing something productive for change.
  32. Volunteer.
  33. Say no to something. Sometimes it’s about dialing back and not stretching yourself too thin.

What else do you like to do for self-care? Share your tips in the comments!

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