Love The Little Things: 10 Self-Care Treats That Any Doll Can Do

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Self-care has been pretty hot buzz for a while, and we all know by now the benefits of paying attention to this type of emotional hygiene. But some of the suggestions floating around out there can be impractical for a lot of us, if not downright unpleasant. (Not everyone gets joy from the same activities.) With that in mind, we’ve made a list of 10  fun and--most importantly--accessible ways to add some dazzle to your day.

  1. Stretch your comfort zone a little. Studies show that anxiety and depression levels fall when we gain new experiences and skills. What better way to do this than a tiny, daily exercise? Talk to a stranger. Make a new dish. Meditate in silence for ten minutes. Everyone’s comfort zone is different, and the bigger it gets, the more comfortable you’ll be.

  1. 5-minute dance party! Put on your favorite album and get. down. By the end of the song, your endorphins will be flowing, your eyes bright, and your skin glowing. Headphones- and privacy-optional.

  1. Treat your skin.Ya, I know, you’re thinking, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. And that’s always a good idea. But your skin is one of your most sensitive organs and deserves something to cuddle, too. Throw on a piece of clothing that feels great next to your skin and reap the rewards.

  1. Be “selfish.” All too often, we’re conditioned to think that living responsibly means our needs should come last. But if you don’t take care of yourself, then who will?? Do one thing today because and ONLY because it makes you happy.

  1. Get positive feedback. Call a couple close friends and ask them to tell you 2 or 3 things they love most about you. If this feels too awkward, simply say, “I need a pep talk.” They will probably jump at the chance to share their favorite things about you--after all, it’s why you’re friends! And you’d do the same for them in a heartbeat. Sometimes, we just need a reminder.

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  1. Be your own best friend and have a kiki. How do you talk to yourself? Are you encouraging, generous, a champion? Do you give yourself the same great support and company you give your best friends? No? Well, it’s time to start! Think for a minute what you would say to You, if she were your bestie. Then say it! It’s that simple.

  1. Splurge where it counts. We tend to view mid-size purchases for our home or work as “needs,” and purchases for ourselves as “luxuries.” But you’re going to be around far longer than that job or car or living room, so value yourself properly! Find a way to say, “thanks for all the hard work,” with a simple, effective amenity like a spa weekend, or an all-inclusive pinup photo shoot--something you can smile at and say “I’m worth it.”

  1. Do something you’re good at. Rocking at something, anything, is ALWAYS an instant mood lifter. Doesn’t matter what. Pick a thing and do it, then watch your mood soar.

  1. Take a mini recess. Adults need play just as much as kids--something we forget once the daily grind kicks in. Schedule five-minute “play breaks” throughout the day to give your inner kid a reason to smile. Bonus! It can sharpen your mental focus.

  1. Channel Liz Taylor. “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” Truer words have seldom been spoken. Even the roughest days can be salvaged by looking fierce as hell.

So are you ready to treat yo’ self? Let us know how! We’re here for ya, doll.