Self Care Day Ideas
Fun ways to spoil yourself and take care of your wellness.
Self Care Day Ideas to Support Feeling Your Best
What does ‘self care’ mean to you? What are you doing when you’re ‘taking care of yourself’? Does the term ‘self care’ immediately evoke thoughts of a quiet meditative space or a soothing bath at bedtime? At Saje, we believe that the evolution of self care can be as fun and rewarding to us mentally and emotionally as it can be beneficial physically. We wanted to highlight some of the perhaps lesser talked about ways that we can tap into our inner self and bring joy and light to our days. (Note: meditation and bath time are self care too!)
Self Care Idea: Dance It Out
Dancing is a fun and freeing way to express yourself and move your body. We love letting loose because it costs nothing and there is no right or wrong way to experience the release. Dancing can not only benefit our bodies but also our minds; like all physical activity, our brains release endorphins, also called ‘happy hormones’ to signal a reduction in our stressful feelings and an amplification of feeling zen and blissed out. Danced a little too hard? Roll Pain Release along the tops of the feet and ankles to help your muscles relax with the soothing, comfort-restoring benefits of rosemary and marjoram.
Self Care Idea: Envision Your Future
To manifest anything, it means that you must first be able to see it in your mind. One of the most talked about forms of self care in recent years is vision boarding. A vision board is a physical representation of the life you would like to see unfold in front of you, and does not necessarily have to include material items. Focusing on how you want to feel, it can look like envisioning your dream job, the city in which you want to live or a bucket list vacation to a place you’ve always longed to go. Take Brainstorm along for the ride; it contains an essential oil called clary sage that is known as a euphoric. Spiritually, clary sage is thought to help clear the mind of busyness and chatter that can prevent you from your most focused thinking.
Self Care Idea: Head to Toe Pampering
Taking care of our bodies is one of the most profoundly positive ways we can directly impact our physical and mental wellbeing. Two of the ways we love to celebrate our skin are through face masks and foot baths - truly pampering ourselves from head to toe! Our clay cleanse mask blends kaolin clay with bamboo charcoal and nurturing frankincense essential oil to help restore skin’s vitality. To support the feet to feel soothed and comforted, whether it’s long days or the wrong shoe, try a restorative foot bath! Fill a small tub (or your bathtub) with lukewarm water, swish a few drops of Peppermint Halo in the water and let your troubles melt away. Peppermint is cooling and soothing, while essential oils like lavender and vetiver will help increase your feelings of relaxation.
Self Care Idea: Give Back
The old saying goes, “it is better to give than to receive”. The truth is, this concept is easier on paper than it is in practice. There are a myriad of reasons why it’s quite simply so powerful to do something nice for someone else. Giving helps to communicate to others some of our worldviews; it lets others feel seen, heard, recognized and appreciated. Giving back, whether through financial means like donations or time commitments like volunteer work is rewarding and fulfilling. Consider this: in 2012, the journal Health Psychology published an article linking selfless, well intentioned volunteer work with longer lifespan.
Self Care Idea: Breathe Deeply
Breathwork is a broad term, and has come to encompass a number of breathing practices and techniques in which intentional, mindful breathing is thought to have powerful healing effects on both the body and mind. Any time we can use our own body to help improve our emotional health and de-stress, we are benefitting from choosing to be thoughtful in our approach to our own wellness. A quick google search will net many results in terms of suggested classes, courses or meditations you can explore to learn more about using your breath to impact your overall state. Pair Deep Breath diffuser blend to encourage relaxation and renewal through the comforting scents of eucalyptus and lavender.
No matter how you choose to take care of yourself… take care of yourself. Seek out ways to find joy, express your passions and to invest in your own growth and self improvement. Enrich not only your own life, but the lives of those around you.