Self Care

8 Simple Self-Care Habits That Will Change Your Daily Life


In today’s society, simply being a teenager causes a lot of stress. Teens are expected to be their best selves in school, extracurriculars, jobs, and family responsibilities. We work ourselves to exhaustion trying to attain success, unable to find a true balance between work and fun. Psychologists stress the importance of taking time each day to take care of ourselves and our mental health, whatever that may look like. Taking this time each day prevents burnout, overwhelming stress and anxiety, and even physical symptoms of stress. Here are 8 self-care habits that help me to maintain good health and I hope they will help you too!

  1. Going for walks 

Take 5 minutes, 10 minutes, however long you desire! Spend some time outside – play your favorite music, take in the beauty around you. Simply try to take deep breaths, relax, and unwind from a stressful day at school. 

  1. Exercising 

Exercising releases endorphins, which trigger positive feelings and can even reduce your perception of pain. There are endless possibilities – play your favorite sport, try something new, just move! Make it fun, join a friend, whatever best suits you. Not only will you be taking care of your mental health, but you will also be maintaining physical health as well. 

  1. Treating yourself to your favorite things

Something that has been so rewarding for me is treating myself to my favorite things after a long day. I will watch Netflix, go get my favorite snacks, or go for a nice drive. The key here is to recognize that you are a human and you deserve to treat yourself occasionally. Take the time to rest without beating yourself up for doing so. 

  1. Reaching out to a friend 

If there is one thing that I know about life,  it is that we need connection. Friends and family can be there for us in our highest and lowest moments. Reaching out to a friend allows you to release your thoughts and feelings, helping you feel lighter and level-headed to take on the next thing that comes your way. Not only that, but vulnerability strengthens relationships. Your friends and family will be the people you can turn to and rely on.

  1. Do something you enjoy every day 

Life is hard work – teens have school, extracurricular activities, sports, jobs, and other responsibilities. It is super important to take some time every day to do something you love, no matter what that may be.

  1. Hygiene 

Practicing good hygiene, like bathing and skincare, will bring you a sense of accomplishment each day. No matter what each day holds, you will find comfort in knowing that you are taking good care of yourself. 

  1. Practice positive self-talk

Teens often treat their friends with respect and kindness but don’t give that same respect and kindness to themselves. Teens are so hard on themselves and it is only hurting their health. Talk to yourself like your own best friend – love yourself, appreciate yourself, and be proud of yourself! Obviously, this is easier said than done. Some things that may help you begin are gratitude journals, practicing words of affirmation, and reflecting. 

  1. Prioritize sleep 

Sleep is the most ideal rest for the mind, body, and soul. Getting enough sleep is vital to your energy levels, stress levels, and physical comfort. You can prioritize your sleep by getting into bed early, removing your phone from your room, or even setting screen time limits. Cozy up under your blankets, watch your favorite tv, count sheep, anything you want! You will wake up feeling refreshed and ready to conquer your day.