Boosting my happiness and sense of wellbeing by focusing on some gorgeous self care activities at home this April
WHAT IS SELF CARE?
Simply looking after yourself – putting time and effort into choosing to do activities that make you feel good and promote happiness and wellbeing. It feels good to feel good!
WHAT ARE SELF CARE ACTIVITIES?
They can literally be anything that makes you feel good – as simple as spending 5 minutes meditating or 10 minutes sat with your feet up and a cup of tea.
Maybe taking a 10 minute walk each day or even just making a to-do list or organising your day so it runs more smoothly – anything that promotes good feelings and wellbeing.
SELF CARE IDEAS
We LOVE our feel good monthly challenges – it just takes a little focus and effort each day to make sure I always squeeze in something that’s nice, makes me happy or is just good for my wellbeing.
MY SELF CARE IDEAS AND SELF CARE CHECKLIST FOR APRIL
Remember – you don’t have to do them all, just do what feels good for you. This is a nice thing to do – it shouldn’t cause you any stress or pressure.
1 – Relaxing Bath
Fill the bath with deliciously warm water, pour in your favourite bath oils or bubbles, then enjoy a long soak. Maybe treat yourself to a glass of wine or cup of tea – light some candles, read a magazine or book, listen to some soothing music. Just do what feels good.
2 – Marmalade Toast
Marmalade toast always makes me feel happy – it has to be nice white bread that I toast and then I smother it in salted butter and then pile on the bitter sweet marmalade. Perfect for breakfast or with elevenses. It’s the little things that make me happy.
3 – Cook A New Recipe
Try something new – cook up a new dish it could be a dinner, an epic sandwich or just a delicious cake. Make what feels good.
4 – Box Set Binge
Ahhhh I love a good box set binge – pick a good one, something you’ve not seen or something you know you love and thoroughly enjoy.
5 – Eat Hot Cross Buns
Put the kettle on and toast the hot cross buns, you could be a traditionalist or…. you could be entirely won over by salted caramel and chocolate hot cross buns like me….
6 – Tai Chi
Have a bash at Tai Chi. If it’s good weather get out in the garden and soak up a bit of fresh air at the same time. There’s loads of beginners Tai Chi videos over on YouTube to try out.
7 – Breakfast In Bed
Treat yourself to breakfast in bed – try croissants, fresh berries with thick creamy yogurt and a coffee, load that tray up and take it back up to bed.
8 – Spring Clean
Freshen up your home by doing a top to bottom spring clean – get rid of any unwanted items and clutter and really clear up your living space – it feels so good once it’s done.
You can get our Spring Cleaning Checklists right here.
9 – Tech Free Day
Switch off the tech, put down your phone, turn off social media and have a tech-distraction free day. See how you feel at the end of it – Did you miss it? Did you enjoy it?
Maybe it’ll kick start a reset of how you use technology in future. Or maybe you’ll miss it and be glad to get back online feeling refreshed!
10 – Feed The Birds
You can feed the birds even in the tiniest of gardens or balconies – scatter some seeds, add a bird feeder or even make your own.
11 – Write Letters
Not seen someone in a while? Missing someone? Then write some letters – spend an afternoon writing to old friends or loved ones, updating them on your life, tuck in some photos or pictures the kids have drawn. Real letters are lovely.
12 – Line Dried Bedding
Slipping into bed at night under covers that have been freshly washed and dried outside on the washing line is one of life’s simple pleasures.
If there’s a nice windy day – strip the bed, wash and dry and look forward to an early night of shimmying in between those lovely fresh covers.
13 – Bring In Spring
Bring the spring indoors. A vase of daffodils or tulips on the table, a twiggy little display of pussy willow, a pot of hyacinths on the windowsill.
A basket of decorated eggs, little bunny ornaments hung around the house all add a happy spring feeling of new beginnings.
14 – Have a Film Night
Snuggle up on the sofa with an array of snacks and feel good films and totally enjoy your evening – everything else can wait.
15 – Give Something Back
Paying back kindness is something that makes me feel good – if someone helps me out then I like to repay that – to them or to the universe in general. Just pass on the kindness.
16 – Gardening
Get out in the garden and spend a morning tidying the place up, dig over a few flower beds, cut the grass, plant up some flower pots by the back door.
17 – Air The House
Nothing freshens up the atmosphere and vibe at home than changing the air – throw open the windows wide and really get the air blowing through the house.
It’s the easiest and most natural way to get your home smelling fresh and clean.
18 – Meditate
I like to squeeze in meditation every day – I love the Take A Break meditation app it has a 7 minute “take a break” meditation which is perfect for doing when you’re busy.
19 – Afternoon Nap
If I get the chance, then it feels just delightful to take an afternoon nap, to lie on the bed, maybe read for a while and just drift off to sleep listening to the world go by.
20 – Make Yourself A Little Corner
Create a little retreat corner – somewhere you can just sit, out of the way, for a little quiet time, make sure it’s comfortable, cosy and perfect for curling up in with a good book…. fairy lights would be good here!
21 – Create a Magical Outdoor Space
Get out into the garden and find a great space – add a little bistro table, bunting, fairy lights, lanterns, pots of flowers anything that makes it feel amazing.
22 – Garden Picnic
Spend the afternoon in the garden – pack some lovely picnic food – spread a blanket out on the grass and spend a full afternoon having a nice lazy afternoon picnic. There’s bound to be a sunny day in April – make the most of it.
We’ve got some great picnic food ideas here.
23 – Watch the Sun Rise
Get up early and grab yourself a coffee and toast, wrap up and head out into the garden, listen to the birds sing and watch the sun rise.
24 – Infused Shower
Tie a bunch of your favourite herb sprigs and lavender blooms together and hook over the shower head, let the water run over them and the steam infuse your shower with herby lavender scent.
25 – Jam Jar Flowers
Wash out a jam jar – get into the garden and just pick a few flowers or sprigs of greenery and arrange them in a jam jar. Simple things are beautiful!
26 – Don’t Complain!
Go through a whole day and don’t complain once – not once!
Get the music up loud and dance! It makes you feel good and it burns calories!
28 – BBQ Breakfast
This is one the kids love, so I’ll get out the fire pit and let them help cook up a BBQ breakfast in the garden. A bit like camping, but at home!
29 – Plant Some Vegetables
Get some packs of seeds and plant up some veggies in the garden. You don’t need acres of space, just a few tubs is enough to grow herbs, lettuce, strawberries or tomatoes.
30 – Sort Out Your Wardrobe
Empty out all your clothes – go through them and see what you still want and need – you could even organise it into outfits… Put everything back über neat and organised. It feels GOOD!