8 Amazing Self-Care Practices for Women
Self-care is a form of love that entails caring for yourself and fulfilling your needs. Life can get extremely busy at times, and it is quite common for women to neglect their basic needs and put self-care on the back burner. However, it is vital to slow down and focus on yourself to maximize your health and well-being and get the most out of life.
There are many different kinds of self-care, including physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual self-care. All components influence your daily feelings of happiness and contentment and are a crucial part of your wellness journey.
Here are eight of my favorite self-care practices that will reinvigorate your life and get you on the road to a higher vibration of self-love!
1. Treat yourself how you treat the people you love.
How do you interact with the people who mean the absolute most to you? Do you think highly of them? Would you do anything for them?
It’s about time you start thinking of yourself in the same way you think about the people you love. In fact, it’s about time you become one of those people you love.
Self-love is a lifelong journey. We all have our ups and our downs, our moments of certainty and our moments of doubt. One of the easiest ways to practice self-love is to treat yourself as you do those who you love most.
Take yourself on fun adventures, buy yourself little knick-knacks, smile at yourself in the mirror, and tell yourself that you can do absolutely anything you set your mind to.... all the things you don't think twice about offering to the special people in your life.
2. Make time for yourself.
Life is busy and chaotic. You may find yourself burnt out and exhausted from being constantly on the go. If this is the case, don’t be afraid to cancel plans or say ‘no’. Every woman needs a break every now and then. Sometimes the best thing for your health is staying home, lighting some candles, taking a hot bath, and watching your favorite TV show.
It’s important to put yourself first, even if you feel like you may be inconveniencing someone. Never let anyone force you into something that will cause you physical, mental, or emotional damage.
3. Treat your body as your temple.
Your body is your temple and you should treat it as such. The way you feel is heavily tied to your physical health. It is important to move your body often and to fuel it with healthy foods. Not only will you feel more energized, but you’ll be in a much better headspace for accomplishing your daily goals.
Exercise comes in many forms. You can join a weekly yoga class, go on frequent walks around your neighborhood, or hit the nearby gym. Do what is best for you and what makes you happiest.
4. Make time for healing.
Healing from past trauma is a critical part of every woman’s wellness journey. We all carry baggage around with us that can continue to affect us in our daily life. It’s important to set time aside where we can work towards healing ourselves and letting go of the past. This way, we will be better equipped to enjoy the present moment and all it has to offer.
Healing comes in many different forms; the way you choose to go about this journey is entirely up to you. Journaling, meditation, therapy, self-introspection, working with a life coach, talking with loved ones, and learning how to forgive yourself and others are some of the ways we find healing.
5. Practice gratitude daily.
In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. (Harvard Health Publishing)
Practicing gratitude is one of the best ways to lift your mood and find appreciation for the smaller things in life. You can practice gratitude by journaling things you are grateful for or implementing affirmations into your morning or nighttime routine.
Acknowledging what you are grateful for will make you more mindful in your everyday life. You’ll find that you are more likely to notice the beauty in things that might otherwise go unnoticed.
6. Go easy on yourself.
So much of the time women push themselves into always doing more. We kick ourselves when we’re down and we don’t celebrate our victories long enough.
It’s okay to not always feel 100%. It’s okay to be too tired to get your entire to-do list done. It’s okay to not succeed at something.
Acknowledge that you are trying your best. You’re not always going to be perfect and that is completely acceptable.
7. Treat yourself often.
Showering yourself with affection is one of the best ways to practice self-care. This includes treating yourself to some of your favorite things.
How you pamper yourself depends entirely on your personal preferences. Maybe you’ll take a trip, get your nails done or buy yourself that new outfit you've been eyeing.
Remember that you deserve to enjoy all the things you love about life.
8. Find your soul sisters to help guide you.
The journey towards a more fulfilling life is always easier with soul sisters by your side. Working towards healing and self-love with one another is one of the most powerful experiences a woman can have. Your soul sisters will be there to support you every step of the way, and you will get to be there for them.
You can find soul sisters in your best friends, your family, or in a support group. You can also find an amazing group of like-minded women at a women’s retreat.
If you are interested in finding a tribe of soul sisters to embark on the journey with, consider attending life coach Rachel Stokes’ Galveston-based Women’s Retreat. You will get the chance to meet women from all different places joining together with similar goals- to connect with one another, to empower one another, and to grow.
To learn more about the Galveston Women’s Retreat, you can contact Rachel Stokes at
713-515-7484 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.