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15 Self-Care Habits That Will Inspire Joy & Happiness In Your Life

15 Self-Care Habits That Will Inspire Joy & Happiness In Your Life

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Today’s post is all about self-care.  No matter which occupation you’re in or if you’re still in school, our lives are so busy and full of chaos in this day and age that a lot of times we put ourselves on the back burner and don’t properly take care of ourselves.

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Looking to recharge, improve your happiness, reduce your anxiety and stress levels, & be as productive as possible? Here are 15 simple self-care habits & practices to incorporate into your daily life that will inspire joy and happiness every day and change your life for the better! | self-love | inspiration | motivation | how to be happy | mental health | meditation | live your best life | healthy living | personal development | self improvement | growth mindset | healthy habits | live better
Looking to recharge, improve your happiness, reduce your anxiety and stress levels, & be as productive as possible? Here are 15 simple self-care habits & practices to incorporate into your daily life that will inspire joy and happiness every day and change your life for the better! | self-love | inspiration | motivation | how to be happy | mental health | meditation | live your best life | healthy living | personal development | self improvement | growth mindset | healthy habits | live better
Looking to recharge, improve your happiness, reduce your anxiety and stress levels, & be as productive as possible? Here are 15 simple self-care habits & practices to incorporate into your daily life that will inspire joy and happiness every day and change your life for the better! | self-love | inspiration | motivation | how to be happy | mental health | meditation | live your best life | healthy living | personal development | self improvement | growth mindset | healthy habits | live better
Looking to recharge, improve your happiness, reduce your anxiety and stress levels, & be as productive as possible? Here are 15 simple self-care habits & practices to incorporate into your daily life that will inspire joy and happiness every day and change your life for the better! | self-love | inspiration | motivation | how to be happy | mental health | meditation | live your best life | healthy living | personal development | self improvement | growth mindset | healthy habits | live better
Looking to recharge, improve your happiness, reduce your anxiety and stress levels, & be as productive as possible? Here are 15 simple self-care habits & practices to incorporate into your daily life that will inspire joy and happiness every day and change your life for the better! | self-love | inspiration | motivation | how to be happy | mental health | meditation | live your best life | healthy living | personal development | self improvement | growth mindset | healthy habits | live better

Think about it for a second.  Do you put your dog’s needs first before you?  Your kid’s?  Your significant other?  Your business if you’re an entrepreneur?  Your job?

No matter who you place first before you, it’s important to prioritize taking care of yourself because your physical and mental health are both one of the most important assets you have!  Without them, you don’t even have the ability care for yourself or your loved ones.

relax with a book

Now, when you think of self-care habits, what comes to mind first to you?

I’m not just talking about taking a bubble bath or watching a movie with a tub of ice cream in hand when you’re feeling down or need to relax and unwind after a long, stressful day!

Instead, I’m talking about smaller, more subtle self-care habits and practices that you can incorporate into your daily life that can make a huge, positive impact on your life and how you feel.

By putting more time and effort into taking care of yourself, you’ll feel happier, reset your anxiety and stress levels, recharge, and be as productive as possible.  Most importantly of all, your life will change for the better!

Looking to recharge, improve your happiness, reduce your anxiety and stress levels, & be as productive as possible? Here are 15 simple self-care habits & practices to incorporate into your daily life that will inspire joy and happiness every day and change your life for the better! | self-love | inspiration | motivation | how to be happy | mental health | meditation | live your best life | healthy living | personal development | self improvement | growth mindset | healthy habits | live better

Self-Care Habits For The Mind

Let’s first start off with healthy habits you should incorporate into your day to take care of your mental health.

1.  Write in a journal on a daily basis

If you need to release pent-up emotion or anger built up within you or you’re seeking clarity from a confusing or unhappy situation, writing all of your thoughts down can be magical and therapeutic.

I recommend freely writing down your thoughts in a wellness or gratitude journal.  You can also check out journals that can specifically help guide you in this area and will inspire positivity, balance, and joy in your life.  Check out my favorites below:

52 Lists for Happiness: Weekly Journaling Inspiration for Positivity, Balance, and Joy52 Lists For Happiness Journal

Good Days Start With Gratitude JournalGood Days Start With Gratitude Journal

practice you - a journalPractice You: A Journal

2.  Take time off

Hustling and working hard to reach your goals are really important but if you’re constantly burnt out, tired, and feel like you have no motivation and your passion now is turning into a dreadful time, it’s a signal that it’s time for you to take some time off.

Taking time off to recharge is not only great to help you feel more physically refreshed but it can also help transform your mindset so that you feel motivated and excited to hit the ground running again.

If taking time off means taking a 2-3 week long trip to travel the world and be in a new surrounding or just an afternoon off to spend time with family, your pets, or friends, do what feels right for you.

3.  Read self-help books

Our productivity and the way we look at the world all starts from within.  We all can gain a little something from a positive self-help book from time to time and this is especially true if you’re going through a tough time in life and need some guidance or perspective on life.

Reading self-help books are a great way to motivate you, bring some positivity into your life, and lift your spirits when you’re lost or down.  If you’re looking to get into positive self-help books and you’re not sure where to start, I definitely recommend giving The Happiness Project a try!

the happiness project

Don’t forget to also check out my post on 10 self-improvement books you should read this year for personal growth.

4.  See the positive side of things

Our world is a really negative place nowadays and constantly surrounding ourselves with it can be a huge damper on your mood and how you see the world.

Train your mind to see the positive side of things, that the cup is not half empty but half full, and focus on the good instead of the bad.  Learn to live an attitude of gratitude and you’ll be much happier and attract positivity into your life.

If you’re dealing with a lot of negativity in your life, read my post on things you should do to remove negativity from your life.

5.  Find some quiet time

Sometimes our lives are so busy that we don’t get any quiet time to ourselves to recharge with no distractions.

Whether you draw a nice hot bubble bath, sit down to paint, or fill out a therapeutic adulting coloring book (that’s right – coloring books aren’t just for kids!), take some time out of the day every day (say for an hour or so) to just make it all about you.  Silence your phone and learn to enjoy your own company and your own thoughts.

healthy coping adult coloring book and journal

6.  Immerse yourself in nature

Sometimes all we need to do to reset our minds and energy is to surround ourselves with nature.  Take a hike or go biking in a conservation area or ravine if you’re near one and take in the sights and sounds of nature.

7.  Positive self-talk

Often times, you are your own worst critic.  That little voice at the back of your head can get real nasty. 

You might notice that you unintentionally talk down to yourself by telling yourself you can’t do something.  Or you might say negative things to yourself that you would never say to anyone else if they were you.  Or maybe you always criticize minuscule details about yourself that other people don’t even notice.

Stop feeding yourself negativity because it isn’t serving you.

Instead, train yourself to have greater self-esteem, more confidence, and put yourself in a positive mindset by repeating positive statements about yourself in front of the mirror every morning.  Even if you don’t believe these statements at first, eventually you’ll start to believe them!

relax and meditate in a bath

8.  Meditate

Meditation is such a great way to refocus your thoughts and reset your mind.  Close your eyes and take some time to focus on breathing deeply.  You can also use techniques such as mindfulness to relax and clear your head.

the little book of mindfulness

9.  Write down positive compliments from others

Do you have those days where you feel down, unmotivated, or just plain awful about yourself?  I know we girls all have those days from time to time where we feel insecure or unworthy!

For those days where you don’t feel great about yourself,  start a habit where every time you get a positive compliment from someone, write it down in a notebook!

Whenever you start experiencing one of those days where you’re down, take a look at that list of positive compliments that you’ve accumulated.  Those are genuine compliments that other people have given you and are a great reminder on days where you need a pick-me-up that you’re awesome and worthy!

coffee and journal in a bed

10.  Hang out with positive people

We are who we surround ourselves with so take some time to figure out who is actually truly worthy of your time.  Find people to spend time with who inspire you to be the best version of yourself and are just positive people overall!

If you don’t feel the positive energy from them or you always feel down and unhappy when they’re around, it might be beneficial to you to reduce the amount of time you spend with them and find other people who are more like-minded.  Some people are toxic and having them in your life can be detrimental to your mental health.

Self-Care Habits For The Body

It’s not enough to take care of your mental health.  It’s also important to make sure your body is taken care of as well.  Here are 5 healthy habits to incorporate into your day.

1.  Get enough sun

I’m not telling you to literally lay out in the sun and start tanning!  But you should be getting enough exposure to the sun to get your body’s daily dose of much-needed vitamin D.

If you live in a cold climate where winter is pretty much present most of the year, you can get a light therapy lamp to lift your mood and take vitamin D supplements if you feel like you’re not getting enough sun.

Check out my post on further tips to beat the Winter Blues here!

oatmeal bowl

2.  Eat healthy & clean

A healthy mind and body starts with eating healthy and clean so try to get all of your nutrients from eating from all food groups.  A lot of times, we eat fast food frequently because it’s so convenient and cheap but eating out all the time can make you feel bloated, gain weight, less productive, and so much more!

Instead, try eating more at home by planning out your meals in advance.  It’s totally possible to save money on groceries while making great food at home and it’s great that you can control exactly which ingredients go into your food.

eat at home meal plans - meal planning membership

If you’re not great in the kitchen or just the thought of having to plan your meals stresses you out, I recommend checking out the Eat At Home Meal Plans if you’re looking to create cheap but healthy meals.

This meal plan membership includes access to ALL 4 of the following separate meal plans.  The great part is you can mix and match depending on your needs and tastes.

  1. Traditional – This plan is family-friendly and includes a variety of meats and veggies, and the occasional meatless meal.
  2. Wholesome Traditional – This plan places more emphasis on natural foods including a variety of meats, vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
  3. Slow Cooker/Instant Pot – This plan provides recipes that you can cook in your slow cooker and includes many Instant Pot recipes as well.  (Bonus: It includes 1 week of Slow Cooker Freezer meals that are ready to eat in an hour!)
  4. No Flour, No Sugar – This plan includes easy-to-prepare meals made from veggies and protein from whole foods with no flour or artificial sugars added.

Other great advantages of the Eat At Home Meal Plans include:

  • Meal plans provided at the beginning of the month so you’ll have time to plan and minimize shopping trips
  • 15-minute meals for super busy nights
  • Color-coded lists so you can swap out ingredients or whole meals when needed
  • Printable recipes for easy cooking
  • Printable menus which are perfect to hang on your fridge or near your calendar for easy viewing

These will help you save time so you don’t have to think long and hard on what to make at home and it’ll keep you focused on staying healthy. Definitely check it out!

eat at home meal plans - meal planning membership

3.  Get enough exercise

Get that dopamine into your system!  Getting enough exercise every week is so important to keep your body fit as well as your mind.  This is even more important if you’re constantly stressed because you’re juggling a stressful 9-5 desk job, kids, a family, chores, and more.

Even if you don’t have time to go to the gym, try to get up during your breaks or at lunch and walk 10,000 steps a day.  Giving yourself a spurt of awesome endorphins every day will put you in a better mood and you’ll feel happier, healthier, and more productive.

Don’t want to spend a lot of money on working out?  Check out my post on 5 fun ways to get fit on a budget.

apartment bedroom lamp

4.  Get high-quality sleep

Getting enough high quality sleep is so important even if you might just dismiss it as something that happens every night anyway.  But getting high-quality sleep isn’t always a given.  Do you ever feel like you wake up groggy?  Or no matter how many hours you sleep, you still feel tired?

High quality sleep isn’t always easy to achieve especially if you’re stressed or anxious and this can in turn change how you act and feel throughout the day.  Strive to get better sleep with my 14 tips and you’ll feel more productive and energized to take on the day!

5.  Focus on your posture

Our society nowadays is so technologically driven that we’re constantly hunched like turtles over our laptops and computers as well as straining our neck to look down at our cell phones.

Imagine sitting down sedentarily like that for hours a day (especially if you work at a 9-5 desk job!) and you can probably picture how much it can wreak havoc on our bodies!

Eventually, your body will get used to having bad posture unless you consciously change the way you sit and position your body.  So focus on your posture and remember to always stretch!

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Comments

  1. Sepideh says

    You covered most of the things that I do!!

    I recently created a morning routine that I do every day and makes a huge difference on how I feel the rest of the day.

    I also make sure to take deep breaths throughout the day to de-stress and bring myself back in the moment!

    Seppy | http://www.elleisforlove.com

  2. Britney says

    I like these! They are a little out of the ordinary, but completely doable. Thanks for the good read!

  3. Nicole C says

    These are great! Sometimes we need reminders like these, so that we can remember to take a moment to care for ourselves! Thanks for sharing! I’m def going to start some of these I don’t do already!

  4. Sheila Price says

    Great advice! Thank you for breaking this down into self-care for the body and self-care for the mind. 🙂

  5. Nathalia Casiano says

    I love all of these, but the positive self-talk really stood out to me today. I often catch myself being SO absurdly critical of myself when I should be my greatest supporter. Thanks for this list!

  6. Aayesha-bebe Mayet says

    With the stress of daily life. We forget to take care of ourselves. And it’s so important because that is where we get strength to help others

  7. Ann F. Snook-Moreau says

    I always find that taking time away, even for a weekend, helps me feel much better. I often feel cranky and restless if I don’t get out of town for awhile so a change of scenery helps me reset.

  8. Grace says

    I totally agree, Ann! Having downtime is super important and I feel better and more energized when I get back to work 🙂

  9. Samary says

    Self care is so vital + important! I find it challenging to fit it in, but continue to put it on my list of must do!

  10. Emma Lapierre says

    I love these tips! I’m a huge advocate for self-care, so I always welcome more ideas 🙂 Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to try them out!

  11. Rhiannon Day says

    I love these tips. They’re all fantastic. I especially loved the point about getting enough sun, because for me this was one of my biggest self care breakthroughs. I work from home and it’s so easy to spend all day cooped up inside. It insidiously eats away at your mood. I now make it a point to get outside at lunch, walk around my farm, tend to my plants and fuss around with all my animals. It has made a HUGE difference to my mood and afternoon productivity.

    • Grace says

      I totally get it! Staying cooped up inside for work can be so hard on your mental health. I’m glad that you’ve now found a way to get outside more during the day!

  12. Emily Aagaard says

    Such a good post! I love how you’ve included both mental and physical tips, as self-care isn’t only about the actions that you take but also the way that you think. Thanks for sharing!

    Emily Aagaard

  13. Tracy Yeager Cleland says

    Great tips! There are so many things we can do to help ourselves be more happy. Sunlight is so important—it makes a huge difference!

  14. Hannah Bliss says

    Love this list and the example ideas! I am curious about the list journals, been seeing these recommended lately. Sounds like they would really point your thoughts in a positive direction each time you opened it to write 🙂

  15. Nayna Kanabar says

    This is s really useful post with done excellent tips. I really need to use of of these tips and put them into action.

  16. MinaJoshi5409 says

    Just a helpful List . I was pleased to see that you included meditation – which is something I really enjoy and walking and listening music also helps me relax.

  17. Clair Mozingo Cook says

    Loving this list! I find myself feeling so much better and more positive when I have the chance to get a quick workout in. Crazy how something so simple can have such an effect on us!

  18. Aurora says

    I really love the tip about writing down positive comments people say about you. I should definitely try that! Sometimes all the negative makes us forget the positive. Thank you for sharing these tips!

  19. Faiza says

    I’m trying to implement more meditation into my self-care routine! Love these ideas. Thanks!