self-care

Self-Care: Ideas For Home and Work

Whether you work from home or go into an office every day, self-care is important. I’ve worked remotely for over four years now, and while it has many perks and works very well for me, sometimes it can be easy to fall into the trap of not quite doing enough to take care of myself. The lack of commute or excessively early wake time give me enough of a break that I forget other aspects of remote work can make it necessary to take a breather and do something else.

Since I’m a firm believer in taking care of yourself and I’ve gotten to be quite good at it in my thirties, I’ve compiled a bunch of ideas for self-care to inspire you. Try the items listed here or use it as a jumping off point to make your own list.

Ideas for Self-Care at Home:

  • Get comfortable & listen to an audiobook or podcast.
  • Read for pleasure. (Try a romance novel, if you haven’t before!) 
  • Take a bath by candlelight.
  • Prepare an elaborate, delicious meal for yourself.
  • Keep a journal of lists of things that make you happy.
  • Stretch, meditate, or do yoga.
  • Bake yourself a treat and don’t skimp on the decorations.
  • Make something with your hands.
  • Stay in bed for 30 minutes after you wake up.
  • Have a 15 minute dance party with yourself.
  • Re-read/watch a favorite book/movie/show that makes you feel good. (I recommend Schitt’s Creek!)
  • Relax in a hammock or on a blanket spread over the grass.
  • Play a video or board game. (Animal Crossing is so cute and very relaxing.)
  • Declutter your house and make it more cozy.
  • Pet a dog.
  • Stare up at the sky. (Clouds or stars acceptable!)
  • Color.
  • Do a puzzle.
  • Exercise.
  • Write a letter to yourself or someone else.
  • Do a Random Act of Kindness.

Ideas for Self-Care Outside of Your House:

  • Go for a leisurely bike ride.
  • Treat yourself to a manicure, pedicure, haircut, and/or massage.
  • Go for a walk & take photos.
  • Take a class for a hobby. (Make sure it’s not related to your job!)
  • Eat at a favorite restaurant.
  • Spend a day being a tourist in your own city.
  • If you work remotely, spend a day coworking at a favorite local cafe.

Ideas for Self-Care During Your Workday:

  • Be mindful and set limits. (It’s okay to say no!) 
  • Ask for help when you need it.
  • Do nothing for two minutes. (Hands off your keyboard!)
  • Schedule time for yourself each day to do some of the items above.
  • If you work remotely, take a real lunch break. Log off, walk away from your computer, eat lunch, watch an episode of your latest Netflix binge, nap, do some stretches, and/or read a book. Basically, refresh for the rest of your day.

Start Your Self-Care Routine

Whatever you choose, find the types of self-care that help you feel the best and make them a regular part of your life. If you live by your calendar or have a to do list, add them in! I’m a bullet journaler, so I often include my self-care for the day in my BuJo, just like any other task I have to complete. Self-care isn’t less important than your other everyday tasks. Make it a priority!

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Hey, Bestie! Podcast: How and Why to Listen

Hey, Bestie! podcast is my podcast. (Did you know I have a podcast?) I co-host with my BFF, Kim, and talking to each other really is our top medium. Our podcast is all about pop culture, feminism, things we love, current events, life as women in Texas, and whatever else we decide. We’re not so much focused on a specific niche, but rather on being two voices on many topics from our unique points of view as thirty-something women. We want listening to feel like you’re chatting with your best friends about whatever comes up.

Hey, Bestie! podcast cover art

(Isn’t our cover art so, so cute?!) 

Some topics we’ve covered on Hey, Bestie! podcast so far:

  • Guilty pleasures (they don’t exist)
  • Romance novels
  • Bullet journaling (I also blogged a beginner’s guide here.)
  • Twilight (and our live tweeting extravaganza)
  • Realistic budgeting tips
  • The five movies we’d take with us in a bunker
  • Why summer TV is so great
  • My staycation tips
  • Healthcare struggles and the ACA
  • Presidential pets
  • Aging while thirty-something
  • Pets and dog adoption
  • Recommendations of favorite things
  • Wonder Woman
  • Tips for self-care
  • The Rock for President
  • Pros and cons of binge watching (with show recs!)
  • Our (accidentally romantic) trip to Connecticut
  • Gilmore Girls (Team Dean/Jess/Logan and 2017’s Gilmore Girls Fan Fest)
  • Texas Tribune Fest and politics in 2017
  • How cozy my house is and how I made it that way
  • Season two of Stranger Things
  • Best and worst episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • #MeToo (the movement and personal stories)
  • The return of TGIF shows
  • A study about how often women on the Supreme Court are interrupted
  • A bird that hates Kim
  • My magazine hoarding and how I’m fixing it in 2018

See? So much variety! We’re always on the lookout for things to cover and love to go from casual topics like a favorite episode of television to more serious chats about real life issues.

How to listen to Hey, Bestie! podcast:

If you have a podcast app on your mobile device, search “hey bestie” and it’ll probably come up. The feed URL is: https://heybestie.com/feed/podcast. We’re on Google Play, Stitcher, and Pocket Casts.

Have an iPhone or iPad? Hey, Bestie! can be found on Apple Podcasts here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/hey-bestie/id1250656093 or by search in iTunes or the Podcasts app.

If you don’t see us on an app you like to use, let me know and I’ll see if we can get it added there!

Or to listen on a computer, head to HeyBestie.com and you can listen right there anytime.

Whichever one you choose, we’d love it if you listen. And if you can, please like, subscribe, and leave a quick review so other people will find Hey, Bestie! and give it a try too!