26 Practical Self-care Ideas: The Self-Care Alphabet

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Y’all know I’m all about self-care! Since I’m all about self-care and spending the word, I came up with a fun and clever way to share. I’ve got 26 Practical self-care ideas -one for each letter of the alphabet!

The self-care alphabet! So fun!

Simple ways to start a self-care routine: self-care idea the self-care alphabet

What is self-care?

By definition, self-care is the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s health. And of taking an active role in protecting one’s well-being and happiness. Don’t you love that?

No one will do it for you -you’ve got to take matters into your own hands and take care of YOURSELF for YOURSELF—end of the story.

Self-care is more than just having a spa day here and there. Self-care is a way of life—an ongoing commitment to well-being.

26 Self-care ideas that are as easy as A. B. C.

26 self-care ideas. The self care alphabet

THE ABCs of Self-care (26 clever self-care ideas)

A – Aromatherapy

And the use of essential oils can improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both physical and emotional health.

I know that without a doubt-I can light a lavender candle or put lavender in my bath, and I immediately feel a sense of calm.

B – Bath

A nice long bath is proven to de-stress your mind and body. And go all out!

Create a bathing ritual for yourself. Light candles. Add some Epsom Salts or oil to your bath. I love a bubble bath myself.

Grab your favorite book and stay for as long as you can. Then, follow up with your favorite lotion. ENJOY!

C – Create

I believe we were each created to create.

Creating something with your bare hands is life-giving! It can be a simple craft or a complicated painting—It doesn’t matter. Big, small-Just get busy making something.

If you need inspiration-hop on Pinterest and browse awhile.

One thing that is super fun and very relaxing is coloring. There are some beautiful adult coloring books on the market these days. So get yourself a nice new coloring book and some high-quality colored pencils and crayons.

Coloring is good clean fun, and it’s cheaper than therapy!

The possibilities are endless!  

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D – Dry Brushing

Dry brushing is the bomb y’all!

I do it every day in the shower, and it has improved my skin so much! Using a body brush with firm, natural bristles, gently massage your body in an upward motion.

Dry brushing has a ton of benefits. To name a few- dry brushing brightens the skin, improves circulation, and helps in cellulite! That’s a win, win, win in my book!

Related article: Dry Brushing 101

E – Exercise

Move your body.

Take a walk, practice yoga, or jump on that new Peloton bike you’ve got parked in your bedroom corner. Maybe take the family for a hike and a picnic. Be creative.  

Mopping the floor or mowing the grass counts as movement. I got a lot of points on my Halo yesterday for organizing the garage, and it feels so good to get things done around the house!

F – Friendship

People come in and out of our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.

Reach out to an old friend or family member and have that long overdue chat. It will do you both some good. Maybe you can set a date and make a habit of it. 

When someone comes to your heart and mind – it’s no accident. So take the prompting and send a text or, better- call.

Life is short. And, we’re not getting any younger. Seize the day. 

G – Garden

Getting your hands dirty is just good for the soul! The earth is grounding, and planting & nurturing for living things is good clean fun.

The bonus is a beautiful garden-but it’s the process that heals.

H – Home

 Home is where the heart is! (It’s a clinique because it’s true!)

There is no place like home! Staying home where you are safe and comfy is the best self-care recipe I know.

Home is a shelter from the storms of life (work, traffic, noise, chaos.) So make your home your safe place. Fill it with the things that bring you joy, and then find rest there.

I – Imagine

-Imagine what the life of your dreams would look like.
-Create some space and meditate on it.
-Maybe put on some non-lyrical music and breathe deeply.

Use your imagination to see it in your mind’s eye. Now-grab your journal and write out the details. 

J – Journal

Writing in a journal is cheaper than therapy and oh-so rewarding! I highly recommend Gratitude journaling and Morning pages.

Practicing gratitude creates a positive mindset, and morning pages help unload the clutter in our minds to have more space for creativity.

Related article: How to start morning pages

K – Kegel exercises.

You read that right.

I have recently come to know that doing those good old Kegels is not only great exercise for your pelvic floor-they are also helps to calm your nervous system.

Sometimes I get anxious while driving on the freeway-and the Kegels have helped tremendously. Give them a try.

L – Laugh.

Laughter is just plain good for the soul!

The Bible says it’s good medicine, and I believe that to be true!

Pick some comedy from your Netflix watch list. Or buy some tickets for a local comedy show. A deep-down belly laugh-and cry until you think you may pee is just what the Dr. ordered. 

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M – Music.

Music is a gift-like a salve for our wounds and scars. If I were a doctor, I would prescribe it to everyone daily.

When we are tired and weary from our busy and sometimes chaotic existence- Music can soothe and uplift and transport- it can speak to us when we can’t or won’t hear anything else.

When we are lost, we can find our way back home through the melodies and harmonies- and the lyrics.

Let music minister to your heart.

N – Nature

Go outside.

Take a walk. Sit on a lounge chair and stare at a sunset or sunrise. Watch the birds at the bird feeder. Notice the leaves dancing in the wind. Look up at that big beautiful sky.

Breathe in the air. Deep, long-cleansing breaths.

Let the sun soak into your bones and your soul.

O – Oprah

OK! Yes. I am a huge Oprah fan. I value her and what she brings to the world.

I first learned about the transformative power of gratitude while watching her show in 1996. She has also written a few beautiful books filled to the brim with wisdom and love. LOVE HER!

self-care: prayer, meditation and breathing

P – Pray!

Having a heart-to-heart with the Man upstairs is always a good idea. The Bible says to pray without ceasing. So I take that as a clear go-ahead to pray anytime and anyplace.

I do my best praying in the car and while in the garden.

When we pray, we don’t have to filter our thoughts or what we say. God knows me inside and out, so it’s nice to be that I can be REAL.

I figured out that prayer isn’t just about talking to God but also listening to God. The more listening the better.

Praying is a conversation!  

Q – Quit Something. 

Quitting something is a big one!

Quit smoking. Quit comparing yourself to other people. Quit eating all that sugar. Quit working too much. Quit staying up too late and not getting enough sleep.

Quit that thing you know in your heart of hearts is not serving you. We all have things we can quit.

One thing on my QUIT LIST is the news and media in general. Too much is just toxic. For me, I have to cut way back on the news.

I still watch the news-but only about 1/4 of what I used to. I think it was sucking the joy right out of me. And nobody has time for that.  

Related article: Need a new hobby?

R – Read

Oh, man. How fun is it to get lost in a good book?

You know- when you can’t turn the pages fast enough? When you can’t wait to finish your day-to-day so you can find that comfy spot on the couch and get lost.

Reading is a healthy way to take a break and escape -depending on the storyline; you can go anywhere you want.  

S – Sleep

Sleep is of the utmost importance for well-being!

When we sleep, our bodies regenerate and heal. Our brains process information and store memories in the right places.

Good sleep was something I took for granted until I didn’t have it anymore. I recently got a Halo band and have learned a ton about sleep.

Getting a good night’s sleep on the regular is one of the best gifts you can give yourself (and the ones you love).

Do everything you can to get as much good quality sleep as you can. It’s simply a game-changer.

And when I say game changer-I mean to say it’s life-changing.

T – Take the trip 


Get out of dodge. Get that much-needed change in perspective!-Maybe its’ a day trip or a trip around the world!?

Please do what you need to do to make it happen, and then GO! Squeeze as much juice out of this life as you can.

the benefits of a digital detox

U – Unplug (digital detox)

Unplug from all the noise and the junk light—Do a digital detox! Unplugging yourself from your devices or making an effort to use them less can help improve your quality of life!

Just say no to the phone, computers, the TV, and video games.

Read a book, do a craft, take a walk, or a nap?! Do anything that doesn’t require a screen or power.

Have you ever looked at your phone’s screen time thingy? How much time do you spend on your phone? On social media? Tick-tock? Playing games?  

Take a peek at your screen time if your like me-it’s frightening! FRIGHTENING, I tell you!

Take advantage of that screen time thingy and set some time limits on the endless scrolling on IG we all love so much; It’s incredible how much time you will regain for yourself!

Related article: The benefits of a digital detox

V – Vegetables

Eat yo greens! I have been trying to sneak more veggies into our diets lately. I used to make just one veggie with each dinner- now I make a veggie AND a salad!

My husband is like, “what’s up with all this salad” LOL.

I also started having veggies clean, cut & ready to go in the fridge- And guess what!? We eat the veggies! HA! What a concept! Mind Blown.

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W – Water. Drink the darn water.

Making sure you are drinking enough water is more of the best (and easiest) things you can do for yourself.

Have a headache? Water. Feel grumpy and just blah? Water. Overweight and need to drop a few lbs? Water. Is your skin dry? Water.  

Water is excellent for weight loss, physical health, and mental health!

Water is the first line of defense for every ailment you may have. So drink twice your body weight in ounces every day and see how much better you feel.

I promise.

Related article: How to Increase Your Water Intake + Why You Should Know It!

X –Xtra Advice

Please leave me your ideas and thoughts in the comments below- What could start with an X related to self-care? I know one of you will come up with something!

Practice yoga-self-care ideas

Y – YOGA! (One of my favorite self-care habits!)

Yoga! I love, love, love me some yoga. It does my body, heart, mind, and soul a world of good. There are so many different kinds of yoga -there is something for everyone!

You can do it at home (I love this YouTube Channel for yoga at home! Adriene is the best there is !), or you can go to your local gym and yoga studio and give it a try.

Give it a few sessions before you decide if Yoga is for you or not.

Z – Zen your space

Your space should serve you. If a room doesn’t feel welcoming to you or doesn’t serve its purpose well-then, you should change it.

Maybe you need a complete do over-or perhaps you need to rearrange and add some comfort items. For me, candles, lots of living plants, cozy blankets, and photographs of my family always make a room feel cozy.

My self-care alphabet!- 26 self-care ideas for you to try!

I hope you were inspired by these self-care ideas!

If you enjoyed this article, you might want to head out to another post I recently wrote about how to start a morning self-care practice here.

How do you practice self-care? Which of the 26 was your favorite? Please share in the comments below.

Until next time,

Xo, Christine

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