Practicing Self-Care

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Practicing self-care isn’t something that comes naturally to most of us.

I know, I feel like I’m constantly on the move and forget to stop to take a breath.

We get so caught up in taking care of our daily chores, work, families and other responsibilities that we forget we need to be taken care of as well.

It’s important to make time for yourself. Take a few minutes every day to slow down and breathe. If we don’t, we’ll be left feeling overly stressed, anxious and burned out.

Practicing self-care doesn’t have to take a huge amount of time and it doesn’t need to be complicated either.

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Do something you enjoy

This will be different for everyone. Some like to read, others enjoy watching movies or hanging out with friends.

For me, sitting on the porch watching the birds and woodpeckers eat is so relaxing.

No matter what you enjoy doing, make sure it leaves you feeling calm and refreshed.

Dry Brush

I heard about dry brushing a few years ago and didn’t think it would do much, but I decided to give it a try. Let me tell you, it makes you feel really good.

Dry brushing improves circulation and lymphatic drainage. It removes dead skin and stimulates the nervous system.

Dry brush every day before jumping in the shower. Using a

Get Outside

Getting outside is a great stress reliever. Sit in the sun and soak up some Vitamin D.

Go to a nursery or botanical garden and smell the flowers. Enjoy the beautiful plants and the sounds of the birds.

Create a sanctuary at home that you can enjoy. What I mean is, plant small trees and plants in such a way that it’s like a life-size fairy garden. It’ll be a place you can go to unwind and relax in nature at home. The little critters outside will enjoy it as well.

Take a Mental Health Day

Sometimes we just need a break. It’s ok to take a day to refresh.

Unplug from electronics and use your hands. Creating something by hand is great for our mental health.

Sketching, painting, sewing, baking, whatever you like. Do something for yourself.

Meditation is beneficial for mental health as well. I highly recommend the app Headspace.

Other ways to practice self-care

Write/ Keep a journal
Take a walk on breaks/lunch at work
Eat Real food
Learn to say no (understand your limits)
Take a nap
Stay away from gossip and drama
Simplify (for me too much stuff = stress)
Dance/ Sing or Listen to music
Ask for help

Take care of your body and mind. Remember to take a few minutes every day for yourself. – You’re worth it.

How do you practice self-care?

Whitney Stokes

Whitney is a naturalist who started in 2018 to encourage natural and sustainable living.

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Tiffany

    Love this. A great reminder for us all. Thanks for sharing ♥️ ♥️ By any chance, are you interested in doing collabs? xx

    1. Whitney

      I would be interested. Feel free to email me!

  2. Nyxie

    Wonderful posts! Self-care is so, so important. It’s not just a buzzword; it’s fundamental.

    Thank you so much for sharing this.

  3. Sonia Seivwright

    Self Care is very important, especially for us ladies. We do alot of things that we even forget to take care of ourselves.

    1. Whitney

      This is so true! How can we take care of others if we don’t take care of ourselves?

  4. Jocelyn

    I keep telling myself that I need to start building more self-care into my life. I never do though or if I do it doesn’t become a habit.

    1. Whitney

      Start small. Maybe just sitting for a few minutes with a cup of tea and building from there. Self care doesn’t need to be time consuming. Just take a few minutes out of everyday to stop and rest.

  5. Andrea Arceneaux

    You shared some great self-care suggestions. I think people minimize the importance of self-care. It is crucial. I recently did a post on self-care myself. If you are interested in checking it out, go to

  6. Cynthia

    I’ve never heard of dry bushing before, but I can see how it would feel nice! I love your suggestions. I tend to go outside a lot when I’m stressed.

    1. Whitney

      I do too 🙂 Nature seems to make everything better!

  7. Kylie

    Gardening and doing face masks!

  8. Hannah Hiller

    Thank you so much for the reminder! Self care is not a priority when it should be. Great post.

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