Have you been looking for self-care tips? Let me share my 30 self-care ideas that will help improve and ensure your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. I’ll also tell you what the Bible says about self-care. Enjoy my Christian meditation and podcast included in this blog.
What Is Self-Care?
Self care is care provided “for you, by you.” It’s about identifying your own needs and taking steps to meet them. It is taking the time to do some of the activities that nurture you. Self care is about taking proper care of yourself and treating yourself as kindly as you treat others. Self care is the key to your mental health.
What Does The Bible Say About Self Care?
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
You are God’s. The Holy Spirit lives in your body.
Ask yourself: “Do I take care of my body with love and intention?”
1 Corinthians 10:31 says “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
Ask yourself: “Do what I eat and how I eat give glory to God?”
Proverbs 11:17 says: “A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.”
Ask yourself: ‘Do I fuel my heart with kindness so I can be kind or am I exhausted and cruel in my interactions with people and with that I hurt myself and others?“
Luke 10:27 says “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
For you to love others and God, you must first love yourself.
Ask yourself: “Do I love and care for myself with with all my heart, soul, and strength, so that I can love others and God from a place of inner abundance?”
James 1:5 says “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”
Ask yourself: “Do I spend time with God to pray and ask Him for wisdom since I don’t have His infinite intelligence but He knows everything? Do I ask God questions? Do I hear answers from Him to have clear direction for my daily life?”
Four Aspects of Self Care
If you want to show up and be your best in the world, you need to practice self-care.
You need to feed your mind with devotionals, positive affirmations, inspiring success stories, and information that helps your brain stay engaged and creative.
You need to feel your soul by spending quiet time with God so you can relax, be filled with the Holy Spirit, and hear from your Heavenly Father about your purpose and direction.
You need to take care of your heart by guarding it with discernment and wisdom you receive from God.
You need to exercise and feed your body healthy nutrients it needs to function properly.
You are a beautiful woman of God. You have your body, your soul, your heart, and your mind, and each aspect of you needs special attention and thoughtful care.
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Today we are talking about self-care ideas, activities, tips, and plan.
We often experience guilt and shame when we take the time to invest into ourselves. It appears as if we were stealing that time from our loved ones, careers, and families.
The reality is that if we don’t recharge our minds, refocus on true priorities, re-establish our direction, and regain our clarity and drive, we will have nothing to give.
We can’t be our best if we are exhausted. We can’t give love and care to others out of nothingness and emptiness in us.
So, I created this tip sheet called “30 Awesome Ways to Love Yourself”
Here are my 30 self-care tips for you. Want to get them for your daily reference? Simply go to annaszabo.com/selfcare as one word and you can download it as a PDF to print out.
Ready to hear them now? Here you go.
Tip Sheet with 30 Awesome Ways to Love Yourself
- Start each day with a positive affirmation or prayer.
- Fill your body with food that nourishes it and gives you energy to be productive.
- Drink plenty of water. Add lemon to it for additional health benefits.
- Examine your self-talk and practice my #52DEVOTIONALS based on Biblical truth about who God says you are and His purpose for your life.
- Surround yourself with people who love and encourage you.
- Start a Thanksgiving Journal and record your moments of gratitude there daily.
- End all toxic relationships. Build new ones with people who enrich your life.
- Journal your journey. Pay attention to your feelings and emotions. Feel them.
- Step outside of your comfort zone, try something new, live the charged life.
- Embrace and love the things that make you different. You are special, one of a kind, God made you unique for a purpose.
- Create a solid connection with a spiritual source of love, wisdom, and comfort.
- Take the time daily to calm your mind, breathe slowly, pray wholeheartedly, and meditate mindfully.
- Follow your passion. What do you love to do? What’s the calling that you feel in your gut? Art? Poetry? Dancing? Do it!
- Be patient but persistent. Set goals but have grace for yourself when things go wrong. Give yourself grace and keep moving forward.
- Be mindful of your values. Align your daily life with what’s important to you.
- Treat others with respect, compassion, kindness, acceptance, and patience.
- Spend time counting simple blessings. Every day.
- Reach out for help. Invite goodness into your life. Connect with spiritual mentors.
- Learn to say no. Set strong boundaries and don’t betray yourself because of others’ priorities or demands.
- Forgive yourself. Honor yourself. Respect yourself. Love yourself. Care for yourself.
- Be willing to feel pain and reflect on it. Analyze your past and present to avoid repeating mistakes in the future.
- Go on digital detox every evening before bedtime. Have quiet time. You-time.
- Give up the need for approval from others – they have their own insecurities.
- Find happiness, joy, bliss, and peace within yourself. Nurture it. Cherish it. Know how to access it when you need it.
- Get creative and express yourself in whatever way you like. For me, it’s poetry.
- Don’t dwell on your wounds. Learn from your mistakes, forgive, and move on.
- Take care of your body. Exercise. Eat healthy. Sleep well. Unplug regularly.
- Ensure your spiritual and emotional health. Get involved in the community of likeminded people.
- Maintain a list of priorities to help you in daily decision-making and don’t let others steal your time, focus, clarity, and energy.
- Have fun! Feel emotions! Live life to the fullest! Build your future success in your present right now! If you needed someone’s permission, this is it.
How To Start Self-Care
Spending time alone is very important when you want to hear from God, generate new ideas, reflect on your life, and experience breakthroughs. That’s why I created the “Must-Have Checklist of 10 Ways to Enjoy Your Own Company”
Want me to share it with you? Simply go to annaszabo.com/selfcare as one word and you can download it as a PDF to print if you want.
Must-Have Checklist of 10 Ways to Enjoy Your Own Company:
- Make yourself a healthy breakfast, set it up on a tray beautifully, and eat it in bed
- Take a peaceful walk and breathe slowly, look around, and just be…
- Treat yourself for a movie and then do a little shopping for something you wanted for a while
- Cook a healthy dinner for yourself, dress up, decorate your dining room with candles, and enjoy your own company
- Read your favorite book at the park, near the pool, or on the rooftop somewhere
- Take a trip to the beach and rent a bike, or treat yourself for a helicopter ride
- Try swimming with the dolphins, a heavenly experience I had in 2014
- Go skydiving, be bold, create amazing memories for yourself, I did it in 2014 and loved it
- Learn something new online, on YouTube, or on popular blogs you follow
- Get a massage and mani / pedi or make a trip to a luxury spa for a VIP facial
Self-care prevents you from over-stressing, experiencing burnout, exploding with anger, and having depression.
One important aspect of self-care and your mental health is forgiveness, which allows you to release your burdens of bitterness and resentment. So, in the next episode, we will talk about forgiveness: its meaning, its value, and its step-by-step process.
If you enjoyed this episode, please make sure to post a review. And here’s the new poem I wrote for you to help you make a self-care plan.
Practicing self-care brings inner peace
As trials and challenges you daily bear.
Your satisfaction with life to increase,
You for yourself must proactively care.
Intentional self-care includes healthy sleep,
Nutrition and fitness and time outside,
Practicing mindfulness and breathing deep,
Helping your mind in peace to abide.
Self-care requires also remembering
Who you are, whose you are, and why you are here.
When life gets too tough and when you are trembling,
Focus on prayer and God who is near.
Self-care includes the things you love doing:
Cooking and reading, applying a hair mask,
Writing and journaling, comedy viewing,
Or simply completing a homemaking task.
Going to church, talking with friends,
Getting your nails done, visiting spa,
Kayaking, hiking ... list never ends!
You deserve YOU-time to sharpen your saw.
You deserve quietness. You deserve peace.
You deserve space for mindful awareness.
Your overall health will surely increase
As your mental health has an impact tremendous.
Practicing self-care, you can recharge.
You can regroup and attend to your heart.
Of your mental health you are in charge.
Make a self-care plan and practicing start.
7/20/17 © Anna Szabo, JD, MBA
Frequently Asked Questions About Self-Care
Self-care is care provided to you by you. It’s about identifying your own needs and taking the steps to meet those needs. It is taking the time to do some of the activities that nurture you, relax you, and give you joy.
Self-care is about taking proper care of yourself and treating yourself as kindly as you treat others. Self-care is the key to your mental health.
Self-care can take place early in the morning (read), before bedtime (journal), while waiting for your appointments anywhere (listen to a meditation), at lunch break (spend it alone intentionally counting your blessings), and even during your commute (listen to an uplifting podcast). You deserve self-care, so make time for it.
Self-care looks like any activity that relaxes, recharges, refreshes, and restores your physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing. It may be a hike alone, a kayaking adventure, an hour of gardening, a quiet meditation, a prayer alone with God, a few moments of journaling, a massage session, a workout, or a bath with essential oils.
Self-care requires intention and attention. It doesn’t happen by accident. You have to plan self-care and actually take action. While watching a movie with your family, do a hula-hoop. When a friend wants to meet up, do a hike instead of a sit-down meal at a restaurant. While you’re running errands for hours, listen to an audiobook or a podcast that uplifts your spirit and challenges your curiosity. While waiting for a morning coffee to brew in the kitchen, do 20 pushups to tone your arms. While brushing your teeth, squeeze in 40 squats. Etc.
Self-care preserves your mental health and physical wellbeing. It allows you to recharge and regroup. It makes room for your creative ideas to flow. It helps you maintain a good relationship with yourself. It improves your productivity and effectiveness. It gives you joy.
Self-care forgotten leads yo0u to run out of gas, like your car. If your car runs out of fuel in the midst of you trying to operate it, you’ll become unable to function. You’ll be late, distracted, will need lots of help to deal with your car, and you’ll waste a ton of time. If you simply keep your car fueled with gas, it will operate and you’ll be able to function with its help. Your body, mind, emotions, and your soul are the same way. You need to fuel them through self-care, or else!
Self-care is not selfish. You can’t save anyone on an airplane unless you grab and put on your own air mask first. That’s what self-care does for you – it ensures that you’re alive and functioning properly so that you can give to others. Self-care is wise. It’s an essential skill for all women.
Anna Szabo is the founder of Online Discipleship For Women, a Christian ministry committed to alleviating suicide among women globally by sharing hope in Christ. Anna teaches how to create a joyful life by embracing God’s word based on her own journey of faith and fortitude.
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