I got the idea for this post from Lucy Mary after she wrote about her weird self care habits a couple of months ago. I loved that post and it quickly got me thinking about my own weird and wonderful self care habits, away from the usual lighting a candle and having a bath. Today I’m talking about unusual self care ideas and sharing some of my own habits too!
Self care is such a broad topic. Made broader by the online space where bloggers are talking about it left, right and center. I love talking about self care. Almost as much as I love practicing it. And I’ve covered quite a few areas of self care on my blog, including:
- Basic Self Care You Really Shouldn’t Overlook
- 30 Self Care Ideas In Under 10 Minutes
- 5 Steps To Bringing Self Back Into Your Life
- How To Be More Mindful With Your Self Care
And much more, which I’m sure you’ll be able to find if you search “self care” in the search bar. But today, I want to talk about unusual self care ideas. Like I said, prompted by Lucy’s amazing post about her weird self care habits.
Now personally, I don’t think anything that aids your well-being in any way can be considered weird.
Different to normal? Yes.
But certainly not weird. I’m not a fan of the word weird at the best of times because humans are so diverse and so different, what’s normal to one person might not be to someone else but it certainly doesn’t make them weird.
However, there definitely are some things that I do and that you probably do too which you might consider, unusual forms of self care. Which is what I want to chat about today!
So what are my strange self care practices?
Sorting out the fridge
Lucy had this one on her list too and I was gob-smacked that I had found someone who finds organizing the fridge as therapeutic as I do! I’m a very organized person normally so this isn’t too much of a surprise but I love putting everything order, lining things up and making a bit of show of sorting out the fridge.
Tending to my feet
I guess this comes under the pampering umbrella of self care but we don’t like talking about hard skin and ingrowing toe nails do we? But I really quite like my feet and I take good care of them so they’re an important part of my self care routine! I have a chiropodist who I see around once every 6 weeks and I love giving myself a little foot massage with some nice oils.
Shaking it out
This is a trick I learned from my life coach and it’s something that’s served me well since. Kinda like dancing but shaking it out to music feels really good, especially when you’ve got a lot of pent up negative energy. Try just shaking your body, perhaps start with your hips or arms and see where it takes you!
For some reason I’ve created this mental link between sushi and self care. I think it comes from when my boyfriend would go out after work with his mates on occasion, I’d always order myself sushi that night and eat it in bed whilst watching a TV series and that relationship between the two has just stuck so yeah, eating sushi. Good for my soul.
Oh boy. I love vacuuming. Absolutely love it. I find cleaning very therapeutic and great for self care but vacuuming in particular gets my juices flowing. I just love seeing the physical dirt leave the floor. It’s so damn satisfying.
Now I’ve shared my unusual self care loves with you, I’d love to share a list of some more unusual self care ideas which you might find interesting and would like to try.
I’ve tried to cover all basis here from the slightly odd to the downright woo but remember, weird is NOT a thing. You are perfect exactly how you are, however you decide to practice self care!
These are just some ideas which you probably won’t find in your usual lists!
20 unusual self care ideas to try if you’re bored of candles and baths:
- Watching birds or wildlife
- Laying on the floor and feeling the support of the Earth
- Screaming (out loud or into a pillow)
- Working through your limiting beliefs
- Spending time with plants (but not necessarily gardening)
- Using a sensory deprivation tank
- Puzzles, crosswords and quizzes
- Writing a forgiveness list
- Collecting something – like stones, stamps, coins etc
- Scripting your perfect day
- Stay overnight in a hotel by yourself
- Ride rollercoasters and get the adrenaline pumping
- Do Yoga in bed
- Get dressed up for absolutely no reason
- Create your dream home on The Sims
- Re-organize the kitchen cupboards
- Do something you loved doing when you were a kid
So tell me, which of these practices are you going to try? Do you have any strange self care habits that you’d like to share with me? No judgment here, I promise! Let’s chat in the comments!
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