This winter has had quite a lot in it for me. There has been a lot of changes and things to do. I finished my internship and started working part time. I have been writing my Master’s thesis and I am getting closer to finishing it. There has been ministry opportunities and studying the Bible with sweet ladies.
Now I come to you with these self care ideas, after having been sick once again. It all started after Christmas when I got the first cold. After that, I was hit hard with another cold that took me to bed for days. It took me quite a while to get better with that and then I was taken down with a stomach bug that started with me fainting. I am now realizing that it’s finally time to slow down and to take better care of myself. Which is harder for me than you would think.
Self care does not exactly come easy to me. I tend to be an overachiever; so I push myself to my limits and stop only when I am completely exhausted. Even then, it usually takes me getting sick that I finally stop everything I am doing and honestly rest. So I decided that this year would be a year of focusing more on self care. It was then that I got the word for this year: be still.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Maybe it is too easy for me to skim over the verses in the Bible that focus on taking care of ourselves. Just think of Jesus drawing away from the people to pray every day. Or how we are told that the Sabbath was made for man (Mark 2) — that God desires mercy before He wants sacrifice. He wants our hearts before our actions.
I collected some of these for you as well, friend, to give you inspiration. Maybe you are great at self care, which is awesome! I would love to hear any suggestions you have! But if you are anything like me, you might need some inspiration from time to time. Just remember, friend: you are important and so worthy of it.
30 Self Care Ideas For The Winter
- Light up candle when it gets dark. I love the lightly scented ones, which bring warmth and that good fragrance without being too overpowering.
- Go outside for a walk. Fresh air is good for you.
- Visit your favorite coffee shop. Have a pastry or a piece of cake, too. Let the world calm for a while and enjoy that cup of coffee (or tea!).
- Buy yourself some flowers.
- Make yourself a cup of hot chocolate. Tea or coffee are good as well!
- Curl up underneath a blanket and take a nap. It’s okay to take a nap every now and then. The world won’t stop, I promise.
- Go to bed early.
- Spend a whole day in pajamas.
- Set aside all the electronics and read a book for an hour. Here are some recommendations.
- Read a magazine. Magazines require less commitment than books, which is why I love reading one every now and then. I mostly read food magazines; but go with what you enjoy!
- Learn something new. Maybe try lettering or drawing? How about knitting or wood working? Or maybe now is the time to learn how to cook or bake?
- Listen to some calming music.
- Stay away from social media for a day.
- In fact, turn off your phone for a whole day.
- Write in a journal. Here are some journal prompts for you. Or maybe write down some of your favorite quotes and lyrics.
- Listen to a sermon.
- List 20 things you are grateful for. There are so many things to be thankful for.
- Plan your morning or evening routine. Routines in general make life a little easier. I find that waking up early is a lot easier when I have a routine for my mornings during the week.
- Meal prep. Now I don’t meal prep the whole week or every meal of even one day. But I am preparing at least two meals, to take with me for lunch to work and to have easy dinners ready for a few nights. I have also started to keep cut up, ready-to-eat vegetables in the fridge.
- Bake some granola or bread to enjoy for breakfast. A delicious breakfast is always good — for your body and soul.
- Cook a hearty meal. Think comfort food, and go for it. It’s okay to eat meals that make your soul feel better every now and then.
- Bake something delicious. Because dessert is totally okay (at least every now and then). Put on some great music and enjoy your time in the kitchen.
- Drink water. Your skin will thank you. And you will feel so much better.
- Moisturise your skin. Again, your skin will thank you.
- Take your vitamins. I eat healthy but I still take a calcium supplement and a multi vitamin as often as I remember.
- Apply a face mask.
- Organize your closet. Or even your whole place.
- Watch an episode of a feel-good TV show or a movie. Gilmore girls are my favorite for this, as is When Calls The Heart. Also Hallmark movies make me smile.
- Reach out to a friend. Maybe exchange some encouraging messages. Or talk for a few minutes. Sometimes love is exactly what we need.
What about you, friend? What do you do for self care?