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Self Care Activities For January

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Boost your happiness and sense of wellbeing with our self care activities for January

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. 

self care challenge checklist - 24 self care activities for January - full details can be read on the blog post

Free printable version available for you to download at the bottom of the post

So Here’s Our Self Care Challenge Activities And Feel Good Plans For January

1 – Set goals and intentions for the year

Sit down and take time to think about what you want to do in 2024 – focus on the “do more”, “be more” not on the giving up, deprivation and negatives.

And if this seems too much in one go, just focus on what you want to do in January. Baby steps still mean you’re moving forwards.

Want to lose weight? – Focus on eating MORE healthy dinners than junk. Be kind to yourself!

2 – Gratitude – self care activities

Write down five things that you’re grateful for – big, small, whatever. Just give yourself five minutes to think about what you’re really glad is in your life right now.

3 – Home spa evening

Treat yourself to a hot, deep, bubble bath, nice body moisturiser, face or hair mask, fluffy towels and an early night.

4 – Listen to an online TED talk

Get onto Google and find yourself a TED talk Youtube or Podcast that resonates with you. You don’t have to listen to it all in one go, just download and save to dip in and out of when you get time.

5 – Do a home workout session – wellbeing activities

There is SO MUCH to choose from now when it comes to home workout sessions, Apple Fitness+ is my favourite, there’s literally hundreds of different exercises to choose from, dance, core, kickboxing, HITT, strength, yoga and even meditation. They start at absolute beginners to hard.

You can also check out the App Store which has hundreds of fitness apps from lazy girl yoga, couch to 5K, weight training, running and a whole lot more!

Plus there’s always YouTube where you can find a work out on just about anything you fancy doing.

6 – Organize your closets and clothes – feel good activities

Any time is a great time to kick start being more organized. And personally I always feel better when my wardrobe is in order.

Empty everything out – get rid of things you no longer want or need. Then organize everything in a way that makes sense to you and how you use your closet.

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7 – Cook your favourite dinner – feel good activities

A quick self care win is to sit down and tuck into your favourite dinner. Just give yourself plenty of time to make and enjoy it without having to rush.

8 – Create some powerful affirmations- self care activities

Spend time thinking about the areas of your life you need a little cheerleading! Create yourself three powerful affirmations and be your own biggest supporter.

Affirmations are a great way to boost confidence and remind yourself just how great you can be! Head over to mind tools for some great tips on creating affirmations that feel right for you.

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9 – Get some me time!

I know, life is busy. But sometimes you just need to stop for 5-minutes and take time for you! Even if all you do with that time is sit with a cup of coffee and your feet up. Try to build a little me time into each day. You deserve it!

10 – Drink water in place of soda – feel good activities

A quick win! If you swap out the soda and sip water instead it’s more hydrating, and means consuming less sugar, sweetener and chemicals.

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11 – Take an outdoor walk 3-4 times a week – self care activities

Carve out time to take an outdoor walk at least 3 or 4 times a week (everyday if you can) again, start small, just 10-15 minutes will do. Not only does it help you hit your step-count but spending time out in nature is good for you full stop! It counts as exercise, and gets you into healthy habits.

12 – Read a motivational book – wellbeing activities

If you’ve been wanting to push yourself to be more motivated, active, efficient or whatever is niggling at you personally. Then make a start.

Make sure you spend at least 5-10 minutes a day reading a motivational book that means something to you. Those 10 minutes are going to pass anyway, you may as well fill them wisely!

Two of my favourites to get you started are The Five Second Rule by Mel Robbins and Atomic Habits by James Clear. Both of these books really make you think about life differently!

13 – Journal – feel good activities

Pick yourself out a nice notebook, and just spend a few minutes before you go to bed each night journalling your thoughts. It helps to get your feelings and thoughts down on to paper. It not only acts as a release, it just makes things clearer, and provides more focus.

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14 – Create a healthy bed time routine

Never underestimate the power of sleep! It’s key to feeling good! Do everything you can to create an environment that allows you to sleep, rest and reset properly.

Look at what you do before bed – don’t consume caffeinated drinks too late in the day, cut back on the alcohol, take a warm relaxing bath, air out your bedroom. Get into a good sleep routine, going to bed at a time that allows you to get at least 7-8 hours proper sleep.

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15 – Get your 5-a-day

Try to make sure you eat a rainbow of different fruits and vegetables. Fitting in at least 5 portions a day. Aiming for 7-8 is better but getting your basic 5 is a great start. And it doesn’t have to be difficult!

Add a portion of fruit to your breakfast, swap out a junk snack for veggie sticks and salsa, add vegetables to your plate at lunch and dinner. Serve fruit as desserts. It quickly mounts up.

16 – Buy yourself flowers – wellbeing activities

Flowers at home are always cheery and brighten up a space. Pick up some flowers at the shop today!

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17 – Try a daily 5-10 minute meditation – feel good activities

Squeezing in short meditations for me just means taking time to relax and reset. I like to use meditations from the Mindful Movement on YouTube or the Apple Fitness+ meditations. Both feel good!

18 – Eat a healthy breakfast

Cut the pastries and sugary cereal and start the day with a healthy, protein rich breakfast and portion of fruit. Those slow-release carbs will balance your blood sugar and avoid a mid-morning crash!

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19 – Go on a winter picnic or beach day – feel good activities

Winter beach trips and picnics can be a fun way to spend the afternoon – a blast of fresh air makes everything feel better. And when it comes to packing up lunch – go for flasks of soup and wholegrain bread for dunking.

20 – Give something back to nature – self care activities

Something as simple as feeding the birds, putting out a water bath, or creating a little area of your outdoor space that provides a home for nature. And if you’ve no space, just plant up a pot of wildflowers for the bees.

21 – Declutter and area of your home

Decluttering always feels good! In fact it can even be life-changing. Organising and cleaning your space is a real boost to mental health and wellbeing. And remember, even if its only baby steps, it’s still progress.

Try our declutter challenge to get you started!

30 day declutter challenge printable housework checklist

22 – Dance

Open the windows wide, whack up the volume on the music and dance for 10 minutes. And if you do this 10 minutes a day – that’s over an hour of exercise a week! Go you!

23 – Random act of kindness

There is always room in life to be kind.

24 – Freshen your space

Open up all the windows and let the air flow! Then take a look around your home, make a note of areas you’d like to tidy, clean, declutter or just freshen.

Once you’ve done a little home audit, and got your list, just work through and tick things off as you can – try to dedicate at least 30 minutes a week so that you feel a sense of progress.

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