Self-Care for the New Year
If you want to practice self-care like a boss next year, you’ve got to think outside of the box. Self-care has been making major waves lately, and I’m so glad it is. If you’re not too sure how to actually do it, you practice self-care to help your physical or mental health. And it has to be something you want to do, not just adding another item to your to-do list.
If the “put on a face mask” kind of self-care just isn’t cutting it, take a look at these unusual ideas. They will make great self-care New Year’s resolutions for 2020! Or for any time of the year. They key with these ideas is that they are activities you wouldn’t normally do, but have great benefits.
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Try New Soothing Hobbies
Ever wanted to try something new? Set aside some time to give it a try. One easy way to practice self-care is trying a hobby that you will find relaxing. Some examples can be doing a puzzle, painting, reading a good book, or even crocheting! But it has to be something you’re genuinely interested in.
One popular hobby that’s been making waves in recent years is adult coloring books. I love to look at the mesmerizing patterns of them, and giving them color is surprisingly relaxing! You can check out my favorite coloring book suggestions, as well as some other hobby ideas below for your convenience.
For me, I have loved crocheting lately. I learned how to do it years ago, and Pinterest has been my best friend with finding new patterns! Finding fun new patterns online and turning them into gifts for friends (or myself), is one of my favorite hobbies in the cold of winter. The mandala yarn I have listed above comes with its own fun hat pattern!
Another hobby that I can’t live without is ballet! It can do wonders to both the body and the mind. You can read all about the benefits of ballet and how it can help you to see all the hidden gems. Ballet can also help you cope with everyday matters in real life. I learned a lot about how to handle stress and keep a level head on my shoulders. Read how I did it with 3 Ways the Challenges of Ballet Can Help You in Real Life.
Whatever hobbies you choose don’t need to have a huge amount of commitment like ballet. If you feel like reading a book for one hour every evening, then that’s great for you! Or you can spend 15 minutes a day working on an adult coloring book. It’s all up to you!
Engage Your Lesser-Used Senses
Practice self-care with some enriching brain stimulation! One of the senses that we don’t engage much these days is smell. And aromatherapy can be your best friend! I love to smell essential oils just because they have such great benefits! They give my brain a brief break from what I’m doing to enjoy something new. Plus, essential oils can dramatically change your mood.
I get all of my essential oils from Rocky Mountain Oils, one of the best essential oil companies out there. If you’ve never heard of Rocky Mountain Oils, you’re really missing out! They’re one of the few high-quality essential oils companies that aren’t MLM schemes. Click here to read my in-depth review.
My top three favorite scents are rose, lavender, and mint, in that order. And I love the different blends and roll-ons that they have to offer as well. I use them for anything from muscle soreness to lifting up my mood. And don’t worry if you’ve never dabbled in essential oils before. You can easily start out slow and work your way up with Rocky Mountain Oil’s customer service.
One of the first things I do every morning is diffuse some uplifting or calming essential oils to help wake myself up a bit. I can’t drink coffee (I know! But I’m honestly thankful for that), so I use the slightly healthier alternative of peppermint or orange essential oil to invigorate my nose.
Waking up to aromatherapy instead of coffee can be a great New Year’s resolution! If you find that idea completely repulsing over giving up your coffee, no worries. I’ve still got some great ideas for you. Simply adding essential oils to your daily routine is great too.
It Doesn’t Have to be Just Smell!
Of course, you don’t have to worry about just engaging your sense of smell. Especially if you work somewhere that has a very overwhelming scent all the time, like a coffee shop. Take a look at your daily life and try to figure out other senses that you don’t use all that much.
For example, if you work in an environment that doesn’t allow music, make it a priority when you get off. Or invest in some quality headphones. Check out my post on binaural beats, an amazing tool that helps your brain get in a calm, meditative state. And with little effort on your part!
The point of trying binaural beats is to stimulate your hearing in ways that you normally wouldn’t do. I instantly feel calmer when I’m overwhelmed and turn them on some headphones. The feeling I get is very hard to describe. Almost like my brain is getting a massage, if that makes any sense. I feel like I’m getting the right amount of stimulation that I need in that moment.
You can even get back in touch with your body by stretching a little bit each day. Everyone could use some daily stretching, what with how stationary we are these days! Try some easy ballet-themed stretches you can do every day. Stretching, especially on a daily basis, has amazing benefits of waking up your body after a long day of sitting at a desk not in use.
Practice self-care with one of its core principles, loving yourself. I know that this idea sounds very weird, but trust me when I say that doing date-y stuff on your own is very therapeutic. If you told me this a couple of years ago, I would have called you crazy!
This idea is probably the most stress-inducing, because no one wants to be judged for doing a public activity alone. But this activity could be the best way to practice self-care, because studies have shown that you can have just as much fun on your own.
You shouldn’t just wait for a friend or loved one to want to go on outings with you all the time. That waiting and wondering is just stressful. Instead, do what you want to do without the presence of others. Just start small and go during non-peak hours if you can. This could be watching a movie on a weekday, or grabbing lunch and eating in the park.
I really wish I had known this when I was in college. I wasted so many nights wanting to see who was up for doing something. What happened instead was outings I wasn’t thrilled about, or just chilling at home because I didn’t feel like asking everyone.
It’s very freeing to realize that you are a strong, independent person, who doesn’t need someone to have a good time (insert your favorite meme here). It’s also great personal development. If you need to “find yourself” for your New Year’s resolution, dating yourself is a great way to start. Who knows, you might even enjoy yourself!
Final Thoughts on Self-Care New Year’s Resolutions for 2020
Remember, if none of these things sound remotely appealing to you, you don’t have to do them! The biggest key to properly practice self-care is doing what you want to do that won’t seem too cumbersome. So if you don’t want to put in the extra work or effort to do a certain activity, don’t do it!
Sit back for a minute and think about what would make you happy and function a little better. That will be your ultimate self-care activity! Whether it’s aromatherapy or stretching every day, trying new self-care activities will always be a great new year’s resolution.
Simple self-care activities work wonders too. A great example of this could be bringing your favorite tea to work, so you have something to look forward to. Something as small and simple as that can greatly improve your overall wellbeing and mental health. That’s actually what I did to perk up my mood a bit this past week.
Self-care looks different on everyone, so try a few experiments and find out what works for you. Just remember to take care of yourself, both in mind and body. It will help you so much in the long run. Self-care is a great New Year’s resolution because it helps with resiliency and your overall health. So give it a try and let me know how it goes!
Do you have any self-care resolutions for the new year? Let me know in the comments below!
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