Self-care is crucial in all our lives. It still staggers me that we sometimes have to be REMINDED to take care of ourselves. But as the world has moved on, it’s become more and more normalized to put our self-care first. There are such small things we can do every day to benefit our physical and mental well-being and, in this post, I’m sharing how to make yourself feel good every day in 10 easy ways!

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My relationship with self-care comes in waves and it’s certainly not always been as healthy as I wish. For example, I tend to be able to focus more on self-care when I’m in a good place mentally. Which isn’t necessarily the time when you need to focus on self-care.

But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve established much healthier self-care routines for myself and I’m pretty good at figuring out what I need at any given time now. Of course, there are ALWAYS those times where I struggle and feel a bit lost and out at sea!

Self-care covers a huge range of angles, just some of the posts I’ve written recently include:

And more. But sometimes, it’s the littest things that you can do daily that can make the biggest impact, especially if they’re done repetitively and incorporated into a routine.

Want to know how to make yourself feel good every day? Here are 10 little things you can do!

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How to make yourself feel good every day in 10 easy steps:

Writing down something you’re grateful for every single day

Keeping a gratitude journal of some kind is a SUPER easy way for how to make yourself feel good every day. Gratitude practices get a lot of hype and whilst it’s important to remember that they’re not going to magically fix your problems, then can have a positive impact on your mental health by encouraging you to think of the positives in your life daily!

Drink enough water

I can physically tell when I haven’t drunk enough water throughout the day. It can make you feel sluggish, give you a headache and more. It’s such a simple and effective thing to help you feel that bit better every day and drinking water is just so good for you! If plain water isn’t your thing, you might want to try an infusion bottle to add fresh fruit to your water.

Stretch

If you don’t have time for a full workout or a full Yoga practice and, let’s be honest, a lot of people genuinely don’t these days, then at least take just 2 or 3 minutes in the morning to stretch out your body. Some simple neck circles, shoulder rolls and leg stretches will just help loosen you up before you start your day!

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However, if you DO have time within your day for a full Yoga practice, I would highly recommend trying to fit one in as they really will help you feel better both mentally and physically throughout your day. I always start to feel a bit stuck and stagnant when I’ve gone a few days without practicing Yoga!

It doesn’t even have to be a difficult – or long – Yoga practice. You can try searching for shorter and more restorative Yoga practices on the Yoga With Adriene Find What Feels Good Membership, which I use daily and absolutely adore!

Take care of your skin

Your skin is the biggest organ on your body – so take the time to look after it! I know it can be SO tempting to just splash your face and jump straight into bed after a long and busy day but it really will pay to take a little extra time to focus on your skincare routine and be consistent with it!

Eat breakfast

I know this point might not apply to everyone. My partner never eats breakfast and can often go the whole day without eating until he gets home from work and has dinner. I don’t know HOW he does it but if you’re like me and can’t function without breakfast, then make sure you’re eating a yummy and nutritious breakfast every morning to get your day off to the best start!

Put down your phone down

This is something I’ve really been trying to incorporate more recently and that’s switching off from social media for a few hours every day. Twitter will be there when you get back. Social media can have such a huge impact on our mental health, so it’s important to remember that your life ISN’T the one you portray online.

Related read: Why You Should Have A Digital Detox (+ What To Do Instead)

Read

As an avid book worm, books make me VERY happy and I always make a point to read at least a chapter every day of the book I’m reading. Perhaps you might want to try some non-fiction books or personal development books to get you into reading if you’re not currently a big reader!

Tidy up

A clear space means a clear head. One of the first things I do every morning is tidy my room (because I work from home). But if you work in an office, tidying your desk could have the same effect. Take pride of your space!

Related read: A Simple Guide To De-Cluttering

Do something you enjoy

Making a point of doing something you love every single day is important because it reinforces the fact to you that YOU matter, and your hobbies and interests should take up your time and space.

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Have these 10 ways of how to make yourself feel good opened your eyes to what you should be doing to improve your physical and mental well-being every day?

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90 Comments

  1. Love an excuse to buy a new notebook too. I’ve really started to enjoy reading wellness/ mindfulness magazines there is one called breathe which has little bits of things to do in to relax and give yourself me time.

    Jen xxx

  2. Since I moved to do my masters, I’ve realised how little I look after myself. I only read for uni, my sleep is all over the place and I’ve not been drinking enough water lately either! It’s about time I started looking after me so thank you for your top tips!

    Sian x
    http://www.theenglisheverygirl.com

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  4. Yes Jenny! Posts like these are so important as just little reminders that self-care often isn’t as hard as you might think! you can easily do a lot of these things in 5 minutes and they really will make a difference to your day, so thank you so much for compiling this list, you’re a star!

    Abbey 😘 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  5. I love this! I really need to get into eating breakfast again, i just can’t stomach food so early in the morning! X

  6. Jenny, I really, really needed this today. Its so easy to get caught up in things and try to think so hard about ‘bigger picture’ things to make you feel better when you’re right – doodling, sketching, stretching … it’s so nice to have time to do these things. I’ve been meaning to start a gratitude journal for ages too, I think it’s such a lovely idea!
    Bookmarking this for days when I’m in need of self-care 🙂
    Kate x
    http://www.findingkate.co

  7. I love this post. Self care is so important!! The one thing I struggle with is putting my phone down. It just has everything on it. Whether it’s texting my mum, blogging, Facebook, making plans, booking clients in… or taking photos of Jake… I am always off it when playing with Jake though so I guess that’s time away from it haha xxxxxxx

    lucylovesbeautyxo.com

  8. I could definitely use with doing the first one! I always forget about the good things on a day to day basis and it would be so helpful x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿www.kayleighzaraa.com

  9. This is absolutely fab Jenny! I definitely agree that having a few hours away from your phone can be hugely beneficial and I always have to have breakfast otherwise I can’t function properly x

  10. I’m such a big believer in turning off your phone in the evening and staying off social media and burying your head in a book for a few hours before you sleep. It honestly does wonders for my mental health, when I’m feeling overwhelmed with modern life! Loved reading your tips, so interesting to see how other people switch off! Self care is so important xx

  11. I’ve been doing number 1 the gratitude journal on and off for years, I tend to use it more when I’m more depressed to force myself to be positive, and less when I’m ok because I am able to acknowledge my happy positives whilst I experience them xx

  12. I’m definitely like you, in that I find it easiest to focus on self-care when I seem to need it the least. I think this is a really helpful post! ‘Stretch’ is definitely a helpful tip. Sometimes just getting up and having a walk around can make a difference. I also find that making my bed every day helps in that my room seems so much tidier and comfortable, and if I’m ever starting to feel like my mental health is starting to slip and I’m feeling like I’m slipping into a rut, I always go and brush my teeth. I don’t know why, but it makes me feel fresher and gives me a little bit of a boost.

    http://kittypann.wordpress.com

  13. These are all such important self care steps! So often we neglect the very basics, when life is so hectic! I’ve actually been trying to implement most of these things into my life, it’s crazy how hard it is, but I’m definitely getting there! Loved this post <3 x

    whatevawears.co.uk

  14. I love this post, really need to take aome more “me” time even if it is reading a book or taking care of my skin xz

  15. Number 7 is sooo good. Being online all the time can be a bit addictive as we forget about the things around us. I agree so much with this. Every time I switch off my phone I have suddenly so much free time and my mind can relax properly. 🙂

  16. I don’t practice self-care anywhere nearly as much as I probably should do. I drink lots of water and I read in bed but that’s about it from your list! That said, my “me time” is going out with my daughter when we don’t have anything in particular to do. That time together is so precious and I always feel joyful afterwards. I’ll have to try and incorporate a few more of your tips into my day though, it’s a fab list! X

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

  17. I really enjoyed reading this, self-care is incredibly important and is something that I personally need to do more. Some great tips and ideas, I used to love doing yoga daily but I haven’t done it for a year or so now. Xx

  18. This made me realise how little I care for myself when I’m feeling really low! I suppose that goes with the territory though. I definitely agree with reading- it really does soothe me, and takes me away into a different world for a little while.

  19. I love to do yoga with Adrienne 💕 I love Yoga Girl too. Great posts with good tips. I love reading too and drinking water is sooo important. Self care doesn’t need to be big stuff. It’s those little things which counts

  20. I enjoy escaping to my favorite park for a “mental boost.” I take a blanket and lay out. It’s so peaceful to me. It’s my way of taking a break from everything and everyone for a moment and sitting with myself to recharge.

  21. Until Dawn is so good!! Perfect game for this time of year. I love this list, I’m always bad at really taking care of myself, especially mentally. Gonna try a couple of these that I haven’t before (like stretching each day!) Thanks so so much for sharing ♡♡

  22. I totally agree with so many of these – particularly stepping away from social media! I find that when I’m really unhappy, Twitter just makes me feel more left out and sad. I need to work harder at breakfast though, but I’m finally in a skincare routine which makes me feel so much more productive and happy – it’s like those 15 minutes of properly looking after myself really make a difference to my mood.
    I love all your tips, thanks for sharing!
    Beth x

    1. Yeah Twitter does have a knack for doing that doesn’t it! 🙄 I agree I feel the same when I’m washing my face and doing my routine. It helps me switch off just for a little bit xxx

  23. I have to agree about the eating breakfast thing. I think it sets you up for the day. Popping an vlog on is such a great way to start your day.
    Love this list.
    Em
    Emmajaderamselll.wordpress.com xxx

  24. Even though it isn’t something “small”, I always relax and enjoy cooking. Or simply preparing to cook – since my boyfriend loves his spices and the actual cooking – by cutting up all the veggies and such. [Bonus: mostly healthy food, which also is a boost for me!]

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