1. Comfort foods
One of the best things I do on my self-care days is to eat my favorite comfort foods that always leave me feeling hearty and full. It gives me a feeling of nostalgia that very few things can. My favorite comfort of all time is my grandma’s homemade mac n’ cheese. she uses four different kinds of cheese and a crisp bread topping that adds a nice buttery crunch. It makes me think of the good times I have had with my family and friends.
I have been meditating for the past three years and have seen such an improvement in my mood and overall life. At the beginning of my self-care days, I emphasize meditating because it makes the rest of my self-care day relaxing as intended. Meditating really elevates any self-care day.
3. Watch your favorite show/movie
I have often heard that watching the same tv shows/movies is a sign of trauma that may be unresolved, but I do not fully believe that. Watching your favorite tv show/movie on a self-care day is a great way to revisit some of the good times in life and reflect on how far you’ve come through any trauma you’ve experienced. My favorite show is The Office (2005), and it always makes me feel better when I am down and need a pick me up.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Napping is one of my favorite past times, and every time I nap, I feel rejuvenated and more alive overall. However, over napping can cause you to be more tired than you were before, so it is essential to nap for the recommended time of 1.5 hours or 15-30 minutes. This allows your body to go through all the sleep rhythms and wake up refreshed.
I love love love the spa. It is THE best way to relax and feel good on your self-care day. Going to a spa can be expensive, so having an at-home spa can be just as good, and I do at-home spa often because I am a college student. The best part of my spa days are the bubble baths and face masks. Walmart is a great place to find cheaper spa items that can give you the same effects as an actual spa.