Hygge Ideas on Ultimate Self Care will give you tips on making sure you take care of the most important person in your life – YOU!
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There’s a reason that Hygge has become the latest trend. We live in a busy world where carving out self-care for ourselves has been set aside.
How would your life change for the better if you could give yourself the nourishment you need in every aspect of your life?
Most of us make sure everyone around us is taken care of but end up neglecting ourselves.
I know what it’s like to be so worn out from life that it takes every ounce of effort to get up and start a new day on empty fumes.
My cousin moved to Montana and had been there for years before I finally made the time to see her because I was so busy.
Taking a long trip was not what I wanted to do, but I had put off visiting her year after year. Finally, I decided to go.
I was in the beginning stages of planning this blog. I still didn’t know what it would be about or what I would name it.
For the five days in Montana, I felt the stress evaporate. It was the first time in years that it had happened.
Wide-open spaces, no traffic jams, gorgeous scenery, and animals galore was what I found in her town. I was in heaven.
It was there I created my Pinterest account and named it Montana Happy. Other people must have liked the name too because I got followers right away.
I knew my new blog would be about creating a different type of life. A life that didn’t leave you depleted but instead nourished you from head to toe.
I’m still a work in progress, but I now work at home with my dogs curled up around my feet. Step by step is the way to transform your life.
“If you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too. It believes exactly what you tell it – through the words you use to describe yourself, the actions you take to care for yourself, and the choices you make to express yourself. Tell the world you are one-of-a-kind creation who came here to experience wonder and spread joy. Expect to be accommodated.”Victoria Moran, Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul for Lifelong Beauty
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Here are the Hygge Ideas on Ultimate Self Care:
1. Become your own best friend
Stop looking for that person that will always support you. You already found them. Just look in the mirror.
Learn to be your biggest fan. If you make a mistake, give yourself words of encouragement. When others treat you poorly, please don’t allow it.
One of the most essential ideas on ultimate self care is loving yourself UNCONDITIONALLY.
Realize that you’re an amazing person and offer the world your gifts.
2. Lead your life from the heart
Your head will give you great advice, but your heart will always guide you in the right direction if you put your welfare first.
Make sure all your future decisions are made for the life you want to create and not made because of old habits.
3. Make your own food
When you make your own recipes, you know exactly what ingredients go into every bite.
Keep in mind that restaurants and fast food places don’t always have your best interest at heart. They sometimes use poor-quality ingredients or add too much salt to make their food taste better.
Taking control of the fuel you use to power your body throughout the day will completely change your life.
Growing your food is also one of the best ultimate self care ideas. Not only do you end up eating more fruits, vegetables, and herbs – but just-picked produce are the healthiest ingredients out there.
4. Beneficial beverages
Instead of wasting empty calories on drinks that harm, rather than heal your body, change your beverages to ones that nourish your cells.
Drink herbal teas that help your organs do their job – I wrote a blog post called 7 Best Detox Teas for a Flatter Belly. You can make your own lemon ginger tea – recipe here, or make your own homemade hot cocoa with stevia, almond milk, and organic cacao.
I start every day now with green lemonade. I juice two apples, two lemons, one bunch of greens, one cucumber, half a bunch of celery, and 1/4 of a fennel root. It usually makes one quart of juice, and I drink it all morning.
5. Continued education
Just because you graduated from high school or college, that doesn’t mean you need to stop learning new things.
Use your commute to work to listen to podcasts instead of music. Take that online course that interests you. Sign up for continuing education classes.
Investing in yourself, both for work and pleasure, is one of the best ideas for ultimate self care to create a life you love.
6. Vision board
Create that vision board you’ve been thinking about for your life. It would be best if you kept your dreams in front of you at all times.
When you come to different forks on the road, refer to your board to make sure you’re making the right choices. Part of learning to self-nurture yourself means taking action on your goals.
7. Simplify your life
Commit to owning fewer things but better quality.
Make sure you love every article of clothing you have and that you’re comfortable wearing it. Are you happy with the quality of your bed and chairs?
If not, sell or donate the items you don’t love and make sure you’re cozy both in your home and your wardrobe. If you’re looking for more Simple Living tips, take a look at this article I wrote about changing your life.
8. Little luxuries
Spoil yourself with high-quality, inexpensive treats.
Buy a unique candle with a scent you love. How about a candle with a wooden wick that sounds like a fireplace crackling with the smell of maple syrup? You can find one on Amazon.
When you get a sweet tooth, indulge in a small box of truffles.
9. Wrap yourself in nature
Separating yourself from nature is unhealthy.
Houseplants dramatically improve air quality in homes and offices. They also add beauty to any room they grace.
You can get various types of plants and sizes to fit the size of your rooms. Make sure you select your houseplants based on how much light they need and how hard they are to keep alive if you’re just starting out.
10. Release negativity
It’s time to let go of the people in your life that no longer serve your higher purpose.
Just as you can have toxic items in your home, unhealthy relationships can be even more damaging.
You may also have a few people you have to forgive in your life. I wrote an article about How to Forgive and Move On that might help you through the process.
11. Daily plan
Create a plan of how you want to start your day, live your day, and how you end your day. Start by adding one idea at a time.
When you add a positive habit to your day, be sure to subtract a negative one simultaneously. I like to give each new good practice a week to take hold before adding another one.
Make sure you fill your day with kindness for yourself and others.
“Every single day, do something that makes your heart sing.”Marcia Wieder
12. Magical moments
Look for the amazing things going on in the world, and tune out the negative.
Finding those magic moments in a smile, the clouds, or even the beautiful notes of a song will enrich your life. Seeking joy in the most unexpected places, can put you in a state of gratitude that can make every day just a little bit brighter.
13. Give yourself permission to play
Did you know that training yourself to be more playful leads to greater happiness? A study in the journal Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being found there was a connection.
Dancing in the rain, splashing in puddles, riding bikes, skipping rope, swimming in the ocean, and roller skating are just some of the ideas to bring back into your life.
14. Get outside
One of the fastest ways to nourish ourselves is to get outside and walk in nature.
Listening to the bird’s chirp, the forest rustle, and immersing ourselves in the natural beauty can transform our mood instantly.
15. Create a cozy home
The world can be an exhausting place to be part of, both emotionally and physically. By making your home as cozy as possible, you will be able to get the rest you need to take on the day.
Instead of falling for the latest design trends, decorate your home with things you love and bring comfort to your friends and family.
How to Create a Hygge Home will help you get started on your overall home decor. Creating a Hygge Kitchen , Making a Hygge Bedroom You Never Want to Leave, and How to Make Your Bathroom More Cozy will help you with specific rooms.
Journaling is a way to relieve stress, organize our thoughts, tap into our creativity, and solve our problems.
If you’re unsure how to begin, I put together over 100 journal prompt ideas to get you started.
17. Gather your tribe
It’s better to have a smaller circle of friends that support you than a broader circle that exhausts you. Be cautious about who you let into your world.
18. Create a bucket list
Life is busy, and most of the time, we put ourselves on the back burner. Start a life bucket list, and check off a few ideas throughout the year.
19. Beautiful Music
Listen to beautiful music while you commute, clean, and even take a bubble bath. The right music can elevate our mood and create a more peaceful environment.
20. Live in a state of gratitude
Give thanks for all the blessings in your life every day. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a roof over their head and plenty of food to eat.
Here’s a list of gratitude quotes to inspire you.
21. Explore the world
If you find yourself in a routine that leaves you lacking inspiration, create a different path by exploring the world around you.
Take the more extended route home, which is a more beautiful path. If you live in a city, spend a weekend in the country at a bed-and-breakfast. Bring your bike and ride around town. The possibilities are endless on how to add variety to your life.
22. Make two lists
In one of my groups, a lady decided to make two lists.
The first list was the things that made her happy. She listed things like a bubble bath, watching a sunset, and petting her dogs.
On the second list, she put all the things that made her unhappy. Bugs, hot weather, traffic, crowds, and loud noises made her list.
Every day she focused on adding more of the things that made her happy and less of what made her unhappy. Eventually, she created a different reality for herself.
23. Start a Hobby
Immersing yourself in a hobby relieves stress and lets you tap into your creative side. Look for hobbies that you find joy in doing.
I created a list of ideas in case you don’t currently have one. You can find that list here.
Even something as simple as doodling can give you great pleasure and help you relax.
24. Join a Club
According to the researchers of the Journal of Happiness, your sense of well-being will increase significantly with every social circle you’re part of.
Whether you share your love for dog breeds, vintage cars, baking, or even foraging, spending time with people who share your interests brings you a better connection to the area in which you live.
25. Buy Yourself Fresh Flowers
Beautiful flowers makes everyone happy! Buy yourself a bouquet and turn it into smaller bouquets for your home and work. You can even put a little bud vase in your car to put a bloom!
26. Sitting Alone in Your Car
A question was asked in one of my groups,”What’s your idea of self care?” One answer received a lot of “likes.” It was sitting alone in your car.
Everyone had a different version of that idea. Some likes to park their car near water and read a book. Another person liked to stop for a 5 minute break on her way home from work to decompress.
27. Take Yourself on a Date to a Coffee Shop
Take yourself on a date to your favorite coffee shop. Bring along a notepad to start writing that book you know you have inside you, a coloring book to tap into your creativity, or that book you’ve been meaning to finish but never find the time.
Grounding is when you connect with the earth’s electrical charges. This ultimate self care idea is easy to do, simply go outside and stand in the grass with your bare feet.
This practice is also called “earthing.” Grounding is said to help improve mood, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders.
I recently watched an interview with a famous singer that set her phone alarm at intervals throughout the day to remind herself to stretch. She swore stretching helped both her body and mind.
When you don’t stretch often, your muscles shorten and become tight. Stretching can also help alleviate back pain and help with your posture. As a bonus, stretching will help you with your sleep.
We’ve reached the end of Hygge Ideas on Ultimate Self Care. I hope you enjoyed it!
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