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A Self-Care Checklist

Liz Adams of Sequins & Stripes shares a few important ways to make space for self-care.

I think almost everyone can name a time they didn’t feel like themselves. Whether you’re a new parent, working long hours, dealing with relationship stress or some combination of all the above, it’s all too easy to reach a breaking point. But as the saying goes, “you can’t pour from an empty cup”—that is, you can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself. I loved Liz’s post on Wednesday about the importance of self-love during motherhood. I’m not a mom yet, but making time for myself is certainly a lesson I’ve learned the hard way—when you’re starting to feel run-down, it’s incredibly important (and healthy!) to put yourself first. Here are a few of my favorite, simple ways to emphasize self-care.

  • Light your favorite candle
  • Go for a long walk (and leave your phone at home)
  • Try a new workout class 
  • Phone a friend 
  • Make a list of ten good things that have happened lately
  • Plan a weekend of no plans (my fave)
  • Treat yourself to something small—like a new succulent, face mask, or essential oil
  • Cook a new, healthy recipe
  • And/or get doughnuts 
  • Put on your favorite playlist (always the Avett Brothers, for me)
  • Declutter: pick out three things to get rid of or donate 
  • Drink a glass of water 
  • Spend five minutes foam-rolling (I like to follow this routine)
  • Go to bed early (on fresh sheets!) 
  • Explore a new neighborhood 
  • Bring a book to a coffee shop 
  • Watch an episode of your favorite show

Liz Adams of Sequins & Stripes shares a few ways to focus on self-care

What are some of your favorite methods of self-care? Any go-to activities when you’re having a bad day? Let us know in the comments! We’re working on bringing lots more wellness-related content to the blog, so we’d love to know what other wellness content you’d like to see. 

Have the best Saturday! 
XO, Carolyn

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