17 Self care practices you can do at home

This article about self care practices was last updated in 2021.

Self care doesn’t have to involve a day at a health spa (although I wouldn’t turn it down).

Looking after yourself mentally and physically can be done from the comfort of your home … which is the only option for many in these crazy covid times.

See our suggestions for self care without leaving your home.

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17 Self care practices you can do at home

1. DO A DETOX

Start your self-care holiday with a body-cleansing and mind-clearing detox. By eliminating certain foods (especially those high in sugar and fat), you’ll increase your vitamin intake and boost your energy big time. Detox is great to do at home because you have no restaurant temptations. Try delicious detox drinks to cleanse the body naturally.

2. DESIGN A PEACEFUL SPACE AND MEDITATE

We can all use some mental clarity in these trying times. Create a peaceful meditation nook in your home with some cushions and candles. Make sure it’s a place where you can be alone and free from distractions. If you’ve never done meditation before, try apps like Headspace and Buddhify.

Further reading: Meditation for mums (no it’s not a joke).

3. EXERCISE YOUR BRAIN

Speaking of mental fitness, a good puzzle works wonders on the brain, no matter your age. According to Readers Digest:

“Puzzles improve imagination, memory and reasoning, and may help you relax and reduce stress.”

So, grab that Sunday paper and do the crossword, or play a fun game of sudoku or scrabble with the fam.

4. SORT OUT YOUR FINANCES

Money troubles getting you down? Even if you’re a finance whiz, spending a day (or a few hours) getting your finances under control can be a serious stress buster. If you don’t have one already, it’s the perfect time to start a budget. Download handy personal finance apps that guide you through the process and read the Barefoot Investor to get inspired.

Further reading: Our pick of personal finance apps to budget your spending.

The Barefoot Investor by Scott Paper

5. RETAIL THERAPY (ONLINE OF COURSE)

It’s natural to turn to comforting things when we’re surrounded by uncertainty. An occasional treat, like indulging in online retail therapy, is a great way to lift your mood while in isolation. Just make sure you only spend what you have available. For guilt-free shopping, check out shops offering frequent specials and free postage of course!

Further reading: 8 Brilliant online shopping hacks to save you money.

6. DANCE (AND MAYBE SING!)

Movin’ and groovin’ to your favourite tunes is one of those self-care ideas that makes you feel amazing instantly. Dancing and singing are a form of self-love. You don’t need talent or physical fitness to have fun and enjoy yourself. Getting lost in the experience is all it takes to raise the happy hormones.

7. PRACTICE GRATITUDE

Practicing gratitude is a powerful antidote to negativity and depression. Focusing on the good things in your life, no matter how small, trains the brain to be optimistic. It’s easy to get into the habit, a journal or gratitude app is all you need. Each morning or before you go to bed at night, write down three things you feel grateful for.

8. GET MOVING

It’s a well-known fact that exercise is good for the body. But did you know that it can also benefit your mental health? According to Healthy Living:

“Exercise helps with depression by blocking negative thoughts, lifting your mood, and improving sleep patterns.”

For home workout ideas, YouTube has heaps of free videos from yoga to Pilates to Zumba.


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9. GET SOCIAL

A strong support network is more important than ever in the pandemic era. Regularly reaching out to family and friends, even if it’s just a short text message or a quick video call, can do wonders for your mental health. Studies from the Mayo Clinic show that:

“People with more positive relationships have better physical and mental health as they age.”

So keep socialising even if you are unable to do it physically.

SELF PRACTICES AT HOME (CONT.)

10. ESCAPE INTO A BOOK OR A MOVIE

As far budget-friendly self-care ideas go, there’s nothing better than escaping into a good book or watching your favourite movie. Curling up on the couch with a riveting read or binge-watching Netflix shows (don’t forget the snacks) are great ways to turn off your brain, unwind and forget the world.

11. MINIMIZE

According to an article by Good Housekeeping:

“Stress and poor self-control are closely linked to a cluttered environment?”

That’s one of the reasons it feels so good to do spring cleaning.

Next time you’re feeling anxious, try clearing your cupboards, doing laundry, or organising your mail. Even better, make a pile of stuff you don’t need anymore and donate to charity.

12. START A JOURNAL

In the age of smartphones, there’s something about writing your thoughts with pen and paper that’s incredibly satisfying. Journalling is a brilliant way to de-clutter and organise your mind. It’s also an easy way to check in with yourself, be more mindful, and keep track of your goals. Get a journal with positive quotes and prompts to keep motivated.

Further reading: 66 Single mum quotes to inspire and uplift.

Self care journals from Cotton On

13. HAVE A SOCIAL MEDIA AND/OR NEWS HOLIDAY

Is news making you anxious? It’s important to be informed of what’s happening in the world and stay connected with the people you love, but spending too much time on the internet or social media can make your brain implode. Take a social media break and do a feel-good activity, like talking a walk or reading your favourite book.

14.BAKE

The feeling of pride after whipping up a batch of cookies or making an elaborate cake can’t be beaten. An article in Huff Post declares:

“Baking is a form of creative expression that relieves stress. Like painting or dancing, baking is an outlet that allows you to express yourself and create something that is uniquely you.”

And you get to eat it too!

15. RECREATE A SPA DAY AT HOME

A soothing spa day at home is the ultimate stress buster. Nothing says self-care better than a bubble bath and a massage. Recreate spa day at home with DIY facials, mani-pedis, a relaxing bath and some wine or herbal tea.

See these face masks which you can make with stuff from your kitchen.

16. DO SOME COLOURING (OR A JIGSAW)

Grab a colouring book and spend the day lost in pretty patterns and mandalas. The Cleveland Clinic says:

“Colouring is a free, simple activity that focuses attention away from yourself (and your worries) and onto the present moment.”

There’s no right way to do it, so go ahead and colour outside the lines!

17. LEARN SOMETHING NEW

Now is the perfect time to learn what you’ve always wanted to do but never had time for, whether it’s for fun or for professional development. Want to learn a new skill, language or instrument? YouTube has heaps of free tutorials on everything from cooking to coding. Or you can learn from the best in the business with paid online courses from sites like Udemy or Open University.

Further reading: 14 Free online personal development courses.

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Lucy Good

Lucy Good

Lucy is the Founder of Beanstalk Single Mums and sits at the centre of the think-tank of modern-day single motherhood. She is also the author of the popular "You've Got This" Single Mum eCourse, downloaded and loved by 1000's of single mums across the globe.

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