Celebrate Self Care Month in September

National Self Care Month begins September 1 and lasts the entire month of September!

Spending time and effort on yourself is what Self Care Awareness is all about. Another key date is International Self Care Day observed on July 24th.

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Idea: Grab your friends and try a  7 day self care challenge.

DAY 1 Get Out In Nature

Be one with nature self care day.

Go for a walk in nature. Grab your friends and visit a nature park, botanical garden, or natural excursion.

If the weather permits, take your self care nature day to the beach!

Basically, grab your flip-flops, sandals, or sneakers and bottled water and get outside in the fresh air.

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DAY 3 Spa Day!

Pamper Yourself Self care day.

Spa day can be in your own home. You can grab the supplies you need from the nearest dollar-rama store (that's not real,

I don't think) but just grab some basics for mani-pedis and have a spa day at home. Invite your friends over and make it fun.

If you're a boss babe and budget doesn't matter, book a spa day for you and your friends at the nearest spa venue for massages, mani-pedis and facials.

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DAY 5 Do It For Yourselves

Challenge your friends to do something special for themselves. Something they wouldn't normally do. Most of us do nice things for others and put ourselves on the back-burner.

We buy nicer gifts for others than we would dare purchase for ourselves. Treat yourself (within your means).

Allow yourself to have something that you wouldn't normally do whether its dinner at a  fancy restaurant; a pricey blouse; or a nice plush bathrobe- even a bouquet of roses!

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DAY 2 Volunteer or Donate

Show some love self care day.

Give to something, someone, organization, that you feel passionate about. You and a group of friends can volunteer to work at a local woman's shelter, children's home, or nursing home, etc or come together to donate your designer clothes and shoes to a clothes closet for disadvantaged. Do something to support a special cause.

If you have a business donate your service or product.

This doesn't have to be physically exhausting  just do something nice that shows your nurturing giving side and makes you feel good while being a blessing to others.

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DAY 4 Body Temple

Nourish your inner temple self care day.

Healthy Eating Day! Physical health self care day. Surround yourself with fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, and the like. Try something new. Select a healthy recipe' prepare it; and bring it to a self care day pot-luck with your friends.

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DAY 6 Connect With Spirituality

Spiritual Self Care Day for mind and soul

Spend the day doing what fits your spiritual beliefs. Invite your friends to church, synagogue, worship, etc.

Join a meditation or yoga class together or host a meditation or yoga session in your home or at an outdoor location.

Spiritual self care benefits your emotional and mental health and helps boost your self confidence and self esteem.

DAY 7 Grab The Wine Glasses

Relax and enjoy wine self care day

Fun and entertaining self care day. Go on a wine tour.

Schedule a day out with your friends at your local winery or attend a wine-tasting event or class together.

Some venues offer classes that teach you about the ins- and outs of fine wines.

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How does self care help you?

Practicing Self Care will improve your self esteem; rejuvenate and energize you; teach you about yourself; help you cope with stress; and inspire you to invest time in yourself.

  • Improve self-esteem and a more positive outlook on the world
  • Rejuvenate and energizes you giving you more spunk to tackle your To-Do list
  • Teach you a lot about yourself
  • Help you better cope with stress and to prioritize what’s important
  • Allow you to take time to meet your own needs

The Benefits of Self-Care

There are lots of benefits to practicing self-care. Embracing this concept can be difficult for those who’ve always placed emphasis on the welfare of others.

However, giving all your energy to those around you without filling your own back up leaves you depleted and empty. That’s no way to live. Instead, spending time and effort on yourself rejuvenates and energizes you.

Taking time to indulge in your own interests demonstrates your worth, leading to improved self-esteem and a more positive outlook on the world.

It teaches you a lot about yourself and provides you with insight into what you need to be the best version of yourself.

Self-care helps you better cope with stress and to prioritize what’s important to you.

You’ll be better able to take care of others when you also take time to meet your own needs.

About Self Care Month, Why Self-Care Matters & Simple Ways To Treat Yourself

You’ve probably heard the term “self-care” used a lot lately. It’s become a popular buzzword in the media and in personal development circles. However, you still may be unclear on what it means.

While the concept does involve taking care of yourself, it actually goes much deeper. Read on to learn what self-care is, why it matters and how to get started doing it.
About Self-Care

Self-care covers a lot of areas with regard to caring for yourself. It involves nurturing your body, mind and spirit. It focuses on building yourself up so that your internal resources don’t become depleted. Essentially, self-care is being as good to yourself as you would be to someone you care about.

It requires you to show yourself some compassion and encourages you to be vulnerable with others, asking for help you when you need it.

What doesn’t fall under the umbrella of self-care are self-destructive coping mechanisms such as using drugs, drinking, gambling or retail therapy. These things only make you feel good in the short-term.

Ways to honor yourself during Self Care Month.

Self Care Month: Examples of Self-Care Days for September or Everyday Self Care Routines Ideas

There are countless ways to add self-care into your routine. The key is to choose activities that are most enjoyable to you and provide you with the most benefits.

The Seven Day September Self Care Challenge above, mentioned going for a walk in nature is great for those who enjoy the outdoors.

  • Other forms of exercise like yoga, running or going to the gym work well, too.
  • Spending time with friends can be rejuvenating, but so can saying no. Allowing yourself to decline invitations or favors when you’re feeling run-down is a big part of caring for yourself.
  • Treating yourself to a favorite, affordable indulgence like a movie, manicure or ice cream cone are all good examples. As is taking a bath or meditating. These are just a few of the ways you can easily incorporate self-care into your life.

Now you know what a self-care routine is and why it’s important. You’ve also got some ideas of how to get started, so you’re well on your way to adding this useful practice to your life.

Things To Do For Personal Self Care Month Activities

  • Pamper Yourself for Self Care Month

Taking physical care of yourself in a pampering way makes us feel good.

Pampering is a go-to for many people when it comes to their self-care routine.

Think of something you’ve never done before. It doesn’t have to be expensive.

A small act of indulgence can have the same effect as an extravagant one.

Maybe consider scheduling a manicure if you’ve never had one.

A bubble bath with candles can be soothing if this is something you don’t do very often.

If your budget will allow, a spa day with a friend could rejuvenate your body and spirit.

  • Enjoy the Little Things for Self Care Month

Self-care really doesn’t have to be on a grand scale. The tiniest gestures can be the most meaningful. Indulging in small free or low-cost treats allows you to spoil yourself more often.

What are some little things you’ve never done for yourself that you can start adding to your life today? Have you ever bought yourself flowers?

Give it a try. You’ll get a boost every time you see that beautiful bouquet on your table or desk. Think of your favorite food item, the one you have on special occasions.

Why not make one day a week a little more special by trying a new version of it? For example, commit yourself to tasting a new truffle each week at your favorite chocolate shop. Get creative with it.

  • Celebrate Yourself for Self Care Month

Most of us don’t buy ourselves presents very often or even give ourselves little treats. You can change that starting now.

  • Think of something within your budget you’ve been wanting for a while now.
  • Then give yourself permission to buy it. Maybe it’s that snazzy pair of shoes you’ve had your eye on or the cell phone upgrade that would make your life easier.
  • Give yourself one gift, no matter how small Giving to yourself can be a boost to your self-worth.

Adding new experiences to your self-care routine keeps things interesting and can also help make them more meaningful. Novelty will also expand your world and enrich your life. Plus, it’s just fun!

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