Learning to take care of yourself is at the very core of your healing process. It’s a way to demonstrate self-love and respect of yourself.

No matter how busy you get, making time to care for yourself—mind, body, and spirit—is a must. Neglecting self-care can have negative effects on body, mind, and spirit, leaving us depleted and out of balance. For this reason, it is important to have self-care strategies that address each of these parts of ourselves.

The active use of self-care tools is essential for boosting your self-esteem, re-charging your energy levels and living a balanced life. Make sure you don’t over-look these simple, but powerful ways to create positive change!

Start today to take advantage of these wonderful self-care tips.

Pick your favourite from the list and implement it into your life on a daily basis.

Here are some simple ideas to get you started:

1. Put your legs up and watch the cartoons on T.V.

2. Go for a short gentle walk in the

3. Play water bombs with the children.

4. Stroke and cuddle your pet.

5. Read a novel for 30 minutes.

6. Hire a funny movie and don’t forget your popcorn.

7. Sit in your garden and look at the

8. Put on your favourite music and lay down.

9. Paint your toe-nails.

10. Have a day in bed.

11. Write in your journal.

12. Lie on the grass and cloud watch.

13. Have a bubble bath and burn some essential oils.

14. Sit by the ocean. (My fav!)

15. Go to a park and swing on a swing.

16. Have a date night with your partner.

17. Draw or paint a picture.

18. Take a day off household tasks.

19. Buy yourself flowers or a plant.

20. Give yourself permission to sit and relax when tired.

21. Give yourself a facial.

22. Have a massage.

23. Buy an affordable treat.

24. Phone your friend.

25. Ask for the help and support you

26. Go to the movies or a show.

27. Have breakfast in bed.

28. Walk in the rain.

29. Write some poetry.

30. Visit the library.

55. Allow yourself to cry when you need to.

31. Change your cushion covers to a
brighter one.

32. Watch the sunset.

33. Read an inspirational book.

34. Write 5 things you’re grateful for
each day.

35. Have a swim, sauna or spa.

36. Tune into your heart and ask how
your feeling and what you need.

37. Stop and smell the flowers.

38. Sing! Loudly….then Louder!!!

39. Buy new sheets for your bed.

40. Write down your special

41. Knit, Sew or Cross-stitch.

42. Have a pedicure or manicure.

43. Browse a bookstore.

44. Try a new lipstick colour.

45. Sit in the sun.

46. Write about how you are feeling.

47. Create quite time for you by taking the phone off the hook and closing the front door.

48. Lie on the grass at night and look up at the stars.

49. Go out for lunch with a friend.

50. Create a sacred space or altar with your spiritual treasures.

51. Plant flowers.

52. Brush your hair softly for 5 minutes.

53. Take a nap.

54. Go to bed earlier.

Let there be more nurturing, joy and laughter in your living.

Author's Bio: 

Gail O’Keeffe is an Author and highly experienced Inspirational Mentor for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Gail helps women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse to fast track their healing and empowerment utilising cutting edge energy psychology techniques.

She has facilitated and conducted numerous online TeleClasses and Your Growing Joy Mentoring sessions.

Gail’s greatest gift is her genuine love of people. She has a very warm and nurturing personality, a wonderful sense of humour, in-depth intuition, with a natural ability to reach out to others and touch their hearts.

Gail has encountered many changes throughout her life. This stirred the passion to study and embrace tools, strategies and techniques that has enabled her to navigate her sometimes very difficult path of life.

She has now integrated that wealth of information with her own experiences and developed a common sense approach for overcoming the trauma of childhood sexual abuse.

Gail brings a special brand of empathy to her role as a Mentor, teaching empowering cutting edge strategies and techniques to women that assists them to lead happier and more fulfilled lives.

She specialises in mentoring, supporting, facilitating, and inspiring women to live successful, happy and content lives. Free of indecision, guilt, stress, confusion and painful histories.

Gail is also the founder of Care Notes: Discover the little joys of life!

A 20 week f'ree e-course for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Visit here to receive your weekly dose of self-care.

Gail resides in Brisbane, Australia with her husband of 23 years, her two children and cat.

Inspirational Mentor, Author, Survivor, Certified Life Transformation Coach and Teacher, Thought Field Therapy (TFT), Pellowah Healing Technique©, Kinesiology, Shell Essences, Aura Light Healing, Faculty Member of I.I.H.S.C., Undertaking Diploma of Counselling, Majoring in Abuse, Grief & Loss.