I’m boosting my happiness and sense of wellbeing with my brilliant self care checklist for March
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 March
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 – Self Care Ideas – Take Photos
Take some photos of your loved ones, or pets, or just of yourself, just have fun and create something beautiful to look back on. Maybe do a photo diary of your day or head off out and take some photos outdoors.
2 – Self Care Ideas – 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!
3 – Feel Good Ideas – 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.
You could even mix up some homemade fat balls for the garden birds and tie them from the trees with pretty ribbons.
4 – Self Care Ideas – Try out a New Look
Mix up your style – try out something new, maybe a bold new lipstick shade, or break out of your eye shadow colour rut, perhaps try out a new outfit.
5 – Self Care Ideas – Be Kind
Do something that’s kind – it doesn’t need to cost a penny. It can be as simple as complementing someone on their outfit, telling a friend how much you admire her attitude or something she’s achieved.
Help someone out with babysitting or just taking time to chat to that mum who is always stood on her own in the playground.
6 – Self Care Ideas – Soak Up Some Nature
There’s literally nothing I find more uplifting for my mood than heading out doors – off to the the park, the beach or forest. Fresh air, nature and natural light are really good for my soul.
7 – Feel Good Ideas – Don’t Put It Off
If something has been niggling away at you – making that appointment at the doctors, booking your smear test, clearing out the cupboard of doom under the stairs, apologising to someone….
Then get it done. Don’t let it play on your mind any longer than necessary.
8 – Feel Good Activities – 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.
9 – Feel Good Ideas – Lazy Weekend Brunch
Put a little bit of effort into Saturday brunch – go continental and put together a little platter or croissants, fruit, ham, cheese, fresh juice and great coffee.
Or try buttery sourdough toast with cheese or salami… boiled eggs. Anything you fancy really.
Take Saturday easy and enjoy brunch with the family, in your PJ’s with no hurry necessary.
10 – Feel Good Activities – Beach Trip
I LOVE a beach trip – nothing resets my sense of wellbeing quite like a massive dose of Vitamin Sea.
I love the beach in any weather – just dress appropriately, take nice snacks, fill a flask and thoroughly enjoy.
11 – Self Care Tips – 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.
12 – Self Care Ideas – Walking
Just adding a 15-20 minute walk into my day really boosts my happiness. It’s great exercise and always makes me feel refreshed.
13 – Feel Good Activities – Spring Cleaning
Now we’re in Spring it’s always good to do a top to bottom clean of the house. Getting rid of any unwanted clutter, cleaning out and airing rooms. It makes my home feel fresh, uplifted and great to be in.
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14 – Feel Good Ideas – Add a Touch of 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.
15 – Feel Good Activities – Be a Tourist in your Own Town
Look at the place you live with fresh eyes – is there a park you’ve not visited in a while, or a new coffee shop or boutique store?
Or just head into town and soak up some local history – a little museum, the local library – see what’s out there.
16 – Feel Good Ideas – Climb a Hill
Challenge yourself to climb a hill – head off for the day, maybe take a picnic and do some proper walking – get outdoors, get your heart pumping and enjoy the view from the top.
17 – Self Care Ideas – Read a New Book
Treat yourself to an early night or an afternoon sat in a puddle of sunshine and enjoy reading a new book – maybe a new novel, something lighter than your usual read, perhaps a biography or a self help type book.
18 – Self Care Ideas – 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.
19 – Self Care Ideas – Splash in the Puddles
Never forget how fun it is splashing in puddles and splodging through the mud. Kick up the water, jump in and out of the puddles, life doesn’t always have to be quite so serious….
20 – Feel Good Activities – Gardening
Get out in the garden and spend a morning tidying the place up, dig over a few flower beds, prepare the garden for spring and summer planting. It burns a whole stash of calories and feels good to be outdoors.
21 – Self Care Ideas – 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.
22 – Feel Good Activities – Midnight Margaritas
Ever since I watched Practical Magic….Midnight Margaritas have been my thing! There’s nothing more magical or decadent than a cheeky little dead of night cocktail.
Don’t drink? No problem – enjoy the ritual of midnight cocktails but with an alcohol free Mojito instead.
23 – Feel Good Activities – Plant some Vegetables
Looking after yourself and eating well is important and there’s lots of herbs and vegetables you can easily grow at home with very little space or effort. Even the smallest windowsill has room for a little pot of herbs.
Look at your space and plant up whatever you fancy – some windowsill herbs, a pot of fresh salad leaves or even pots of peas and beans or a tub of new potatoes!
24 – Self Care Ideas – Cook a Spring Dinner
Take inspiration from the season and cook up something fresh, light and full of flavour.
Try a simple vegetarian spaghetti dish with purple sprouting broccoli or perhaps a spring quiche made with fresh eggs and herbs.
25 – Self Care Activities – Coffee Shop Trip
Self care in my mind is all about feeling good – and I feel good when I drink coffee and eat nice cake – heading off to a lovely local coffee shop only makes the whole thing better!
26 – Self Care Ideas – Duvet Day
Indulge yourself with a duvet day (or at the very least a long lie in) – totally enjoy waking up late, sipping coffee and flicking through magazines in bed. Take your day easily – live slowly.
27 – Self Care Activities – Girls Night In
Surround yourself with positive, happy supportive people and celebrate that with a girls night in – some food, some drinks, some chat.
28 – Self Care Ideas – Meditation
I enjoy meditation – I’m never 100% sure I do it right as I don’t tend to be able to stay in the moment – my mind wanders and I think of all sorts BUT – I do enjoy taking the time to just sit quietly and comfortably with my thoughts. It makes me feel good.
Sometimes I do guided meditations and follow the relaxation breathing techniques which again if you practice regularly really comes in handy when dealing with stress or anxiety in life.
29 – Feel Good Ideas – Dance Everyday
Just 10 minutes of dancing every day is BRILLIANT. Put the music up loud, and dance – you can mix this in with doing housework, cooking dinner or whatever.
Dancing and singing feel good (and are a sneaky fun way to add exercise into the day)
30 – Self Care Ideas – Buy Flowers
Buy yourself flowers – something as simple as a vase or £1 daffodils or flowers you’ve picked from the garden. They’re cheerful and you’re worth it!
31 – Feel Good Activities – Donate to Charity
Go through your unwanted clothes and belongings, pull out ones you really don’t need, bag them up and drop them at the charity shop. It makes your home tidier and less cluttered and feels good donating to charity.
You can get more Wellbeing Ideas here.