The Ultimate Guide to Self-Care


Isn't it strange how when we need self-care the most we usually feel too burned-out, overwrought, and generally incapable of carving out 15 lousy minutes to do something for ourselves? If you're anything like me then just the task of deciding on what the hell to do can feel like too much when you're cresting on overwhelmed. Instead, you settle in with something sugar-laden and your old buddy—the remote—and you don't resurface until Netflix asks if you're still watching. I'm fairly certain they use that black screen of judgement on purpose. I get it, Netflix. I need to do something with my hair. Can I just get back to my binge of Santa Clarita Diet, please and thank you?!

Sometimes crashing out can be just the ticket to feeling rested and restored. But many times what we really need is something nourishing for the mind, body, and/or soul to feel rejuvenated. Fortunately for you this witch loves herself some lists, so the hard work is already done for you! 

Brew yourself a mug of motivation and let's explore some easy ways to give yourself some much needed self-love. And don't forget to bookmark this bad boy for those kick-you-in-the-ass kinda days! ♥

Books


Beautiful You by Rosie Molinary
For a when you need a reminder that you're beautiful, baby! ♥



Bliss to You by Dean Koontz
Who's better suited to give you life advice than a dog? I keep this book on my nightstand. Love it!


Journey to the Heart by Melody Beattie
Thought-provoking insights to deepen your spirituality.


Heart Thoughts by Louise Hay (Illustrated by Katie Daisy)
Not going to lie, Katie Daisy sold me on this. I adore her illustrations; they make my heart happy! And the reflections or "heart thoughts" are gentle reminders for self-love. 


Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig 
"You want to win? You got to fuel like a winner!" -Dwight Schrute, The Office

But seriously, self-care isn't just cupcakes and lattes. Nourish yourself!


Four-Fold Path to Healing by Thomas S. Cowan and Sally Fallon
Fantastic companion to Nourishing Traditions, especially if you struggle with autoimmune illnesses where self-care is dire!



Journals


Start Where You Are by Meera Lee Patel
I love, love, LOVE this journal! It's a beautiful guided journal with short but thought-provoking prompts, which makes it a lovely go-to for when you want to spend some time writing but don't want to commit to an afternoon of self-reflection.


Good Days Start with Gratitude by Pretty Simple Press
A simple guided journal to encourage an attitude of gratitude. You know, like the title says! =P


Let That Sh*t Go: A Journal for Leaving Your Bullsh*t Behind by Monica Sweeney
An acerbic journal loaded with swears? It's pretty much everything I seek in a friend. 

Videos

Think Vitality
I flipping LOVE QiGong, but I had zero clue what the heck it was until I stumbled upon Jeff Chand's AMAZING Youtube channel. I mean ah-mazing, ya'll! Seriously. I can feel you doubting me! Stop that right this instant and put that energy toward Calming and Grounding the Mind. This 15 minute routine for Stress and Vitality is a go-to when I'm feeling, well, stressed or unvital devital less than optimal. =D

Yoga with Adriene
I've mentioned Adriene on the blog before. That's because she's wonderful! And she's got yoga for just about every complaint. 

For when you're angry...
In need of mental balance...
After work (my favorite!)...
Have a migraine...
Grieving...
Self-Care

See? I would never lie to you. 

Indulgences


Numi Roobios Tea
A cup of this on a rainy day. Add a touch of honey and a splash of cream. Oh geez... I'm going to need a moment...



Andalou Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask
This mask smells amazing and makes your skin vibrant! But fair warning, you won't be able to keep your husband away from you. I'm going to be honest, I think it has less to do with my face than that I smell like pie.


Everyday Witch Tarot
I've mentioned this deck several times on the blog. The reason is simple—I absolutely love it! Stunning artwork. Easy to read. Relatable interpretations. I adore this deck! 


Celtic Tree Oracle
Wisdom from Irish trees. ;)

Blogs

Jessica Dimas
This lovely lady is a blogger friend who has her s#!t together when it comes to self-care. Not sure where to begin with self-care? Check out her post on How to Get Started with Self-Care. If you're an empath, then you know just how important self-care is! Take a peek at her article on Self-Care for Empaths. And since I love her just oh-so much, here's a third post on Easy Self-Care During Stressful Times. 

OtherWordly Oracle
This is a great resource for all things witch, but I particularly enjoy her Witchy Books and Tea Pairings series. I'm *pretty* sure there's no better act of self-love than carving out some time for a page-turning read and a delectable cup of tea! 

Yes and Yes
Admittedly, this isn't a blog I frequent regularly. BUT this article on self-care vs self-sabotage is a must read! Because sometimes we do need a cupcake and an afternoon off. But Death by Chocolate is a slippery slope, my friends. A slippery slope! 

Awakened Soul Perspective
Sara is arguably one of the sweetest bloggers around! And I just love her post on how to Quiet Mind Chatter, most definitely one of the most necessary aspects to self-care! You should also check out her article on Positive Affirmations.


If you're looking for more digital self-care, check out my Pinterest board dedicated to just that!

Pampering

Rose Sugar Scrub from Homan at Home
The name says it all. 

Tea Foot Soak  from Happy Mothering
Tea for your feet!

Lemon Mint Foot Soak from Ruffles and Rainboots
Sounds soothing on a hot day!



Emotional Rejuvenation Bath
Because people are stupid. *Innocent smile*


Tea cures all! 

Lavish yourself with goodies from your kitchen!


Whether you spend an hour sipping tea and reading tarot or simply take ten minutes to sit in silence, never underestimate the value of self-care. Or the rejuvenating powers of an occasional Netflix binge. =P

The possibilities are endless! What is your favorite act of self-care?


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2 comments:

  1. Michaela! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this wealth of self-care treasures! I intend to spend part of my day indulging myself, and I am not even gonna feel guilty! Blessings to you, Peggy

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    1. Hello there, Peggy! So very glad you enjoyed the post. But I'm MOST excited to see you won't feel guilty! Hope you have a wonderfully indulgent, restorative day! ♥

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