Revive Yourself With These 10 Self-Care Actions

Life can put us in a seemingly never-ending state of panic: commuting to and from work, squeezing in social engagements, and somehow finding time to pick up groceries in between it all. It’s surprising we’re even able to get by on the days we forget to grab a cup of coffee.

That’s why self-care is so important — taking time out of each day, even if it's just 30 minutes, to distance ourselves from the chaos and focus on our mental, physical, and emotional health. Enter: our commitment to imparting 10 self-care practices into our daily lives. Along the way, we'll treat ourselves in many forms, from organizing our lives in a Bullet Journal to paying it forward at the coffee shop. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Inspired by Brita’s “The Filtered Life” campaign, which is all about small steps people can make to filter out the bad and get to the good in life, here are 10 self-care actions to take for a better tomorrow, starting today. Click through, and get ready to Zen out.

Illustrated by Paola Delucca.
Minimal living has become increasingly popular in recent years. And for good reason: A lighter closet means we're no longer holding onto the clothing we don't wear — like that beautiful dress we only wore once. (Let's be honest: It could be enjoyed a lot more by someone else.) But a lighter closet also means less anxiety over what to wear and less laundry. To get there, take everything out of your closet. Then, sort through what you wear and what should go to a new home. If there's anything that's still in good condition, take it to the Salvation Army or look up other donation spots in your area.
Illustrated by Paola Delucca.
Are you constantly feeling emotionally and physically exhausted? It's not because the barista accidentally gave you decaf. It's probably because you're overworking yourself. That’s why personal days are necessary. And while we're all for spending a full afternoon binge-watching a show, you'll feel even better if you take the day to lend a hand at a local soup kitchen or plant trees at an elementary school. It’s a great way to hit the reset button in more ways than one.
Chances are you’re not drinking enough water throughout the day. And even if you are, that plastic water bottle habit leaves a pretty big dent in your wallet and the environment. Instead, forgo disposable bottles for a greener option: the Brita Grand Pitcher. Before heading out the door, use your Brita to fill up your favorite reusable water bottle. Your water will taste better, and you won't waste plastic while on the go.
Illustrated by Paola Delucca.
It's easy to feel overwhelmed by all the things you need to keep organized in your life, from work to social obligations. Instead of trying to remember everything, organize your thoughts with lists and calendars in a Bullet Journal. All you need is a notebook, some colorful pens, and your creativity. There’s even a community of BuJo devotees who take pictures of their favorite lists and trackers for inspiration. After a few months of this organization technique, you’ll realize that everyday stressors aren’t that stressful after all.
Illustrated by Paola Delucca.
Feeling a little lackluster from spending eight hours in a desk chair? It’s time to get active. Commit to getting up and moving more throughout the day. When you get to your office, opt for the stairs instead of the elevator. Use your lunch break as an opportunity to walk through the park. Finally, finish the day with a hot yoga session after work. A few extra steps might not seem like that much, but repetitive activity is good for long-term wellness.
Illustrated by Paola Delucca.
It goes without saying that our smartphones are our lifelines — at full capacity with social media apps, digital calendars, games, and virtual “wallets.” Suffice to say, we could all use a break. For one day, take a pledge to delete all (yes, all) of your social media apps, and use your phone the way it was originally intended: to call your friends or fam. It'll mean so much more to them than a Like or an email.
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Every once in a while, it’s okay to spring for that delicious mocha coffee drink that costs way more than any beverage should. But to make yourself feel extra good about your choice, take the opportunity to pay for the person behind you in line. It’ll make your coffee-shop visit (and their day) that much better.
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For many of us, we spend anywhere from 40 to 60 hours a week at our desks. We might as well treat the space with a little more love and care. After all, a clean desk promotes our best work. Take 10 minutes out of your workday to clear out old folders and toss unwanted decorations. And before you chuck everything in the trash can, make sure to sort through and find all the recyclables — you wouldn’t want all those papers to end up in a landfill.
Illustrated by Paola Delucca.
Once upon a time, our parents put us in time-outs so we could cool off and contemplate our actions. Think of meditation as an adult version of a time-out — an easy way to clear your mind. All you have to do is get comfortable, close your eyes, and steady your breath. Some people visualize the ocean. Others practice deep breathing. The best part? If you keep up with the practice, meditation can have a positive impact on your long-term mental health.
Illustrated by Paola Delucca.
It's natural to fall out of touch with people, but it's never too late to revive the friendship — especially when we need a supportive presence in our lives. Remember that best friend from your college French class? Your former next-door neighbor? Your favorite coworker from your first real-world job? Send them a text, and meet up for coffee. Who knows, maybe this could be the match that reignites a great friendship flame.
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