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14 Self-Care Habits to Help De-stress

Practice showing love to yourself (or someone special)

Written by Coach Dianne on Feb 1, 2019

Or 14 last-minute ways to show you care (about yourself or your significant other). These habits are also helpful for relaxing and lowering stress.

1. Herbal foot bath

You know what supports you no matter what? Your feet. Yes, time to give them some TLC.

Choose a comfy seat. Fill a bucket or baking dish with hot water. Add in a few drops of essential oils like lavender for relaxation, slices of orange/lemon for rejuvenating steam, sprigs of dried or fresh rosemary, mint or eucalyptus.

Soak for 15 minutes. Rinse oils off, towel dry and enjoy relaxed muscles.

📸 Rayia Soderberg on Unsplash

2. Massages

Your muscles take a beating. From day-to-day living, work, and the gym. (Maybe from sitting in that one position for too long that you’re too lazy to reposition from.)

Massage away at the arms, neck, head, thighs and calves. Add in some stretching for good measure to limber up those limbs.

📸 Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

3. Scent some candles

Set something on fire for V-day 🔥 Like candles. (nothing illegal plz)

Nothing like the scent of Zero F*cks or Bottomless Mimosas to spice up your night

📸 Noelle Australia on Unsplash

4. Yoga (for 1 or 2)

Haven’t we harped on the benefits of stretching enough? Okay – it also helps release tension and elongates muscle fibers to warm up for more … vigorous activities later 😉

But seriously. Yoga focuses on balance and the push & pull of your systems. Great for centering yourself and increasing flexibility.

📸 Madison Lavern on Unsplash

5. Whip up 10 min Dark Chocolate Drops

You’ll need:
– ¾ cup dark chocolate
– ¼ cup nuts or seeds of choice – pecans, almonds, cashews, chia seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut shreds
– 1 pinch of salt (optional)

1) Melt dark chocolate in the microwave at 15 second increments, stirring each time, until smooth.
2) Drop ½ tbsp of dark choco on a parchment-lined surface. Stick on toppings.
3) Let firm up in the fridge for 8 – 10 minutes then Serve.

Wholesome treats to share (or not). Keeps up to 1 week in the fridge.


📸 Nordwood Themes on Unsplash

6. Pantry Pancakes

Ingredients are from – you guessed it – your pantry!
– 1/2 cup flour
– 1 tbsp sugar
– ½ tbsp baking powder
– ½ cup oat milk
– ½ tbsp apple cider vinegar
maple syrup

Optional add-ins:
– ½ tsp vanilla
– chopped nuts or seeds
– dried fruit
– coconut flakes

Directions:
1. Mix all into a smooth batter.
2. Heat a pan on medium-low and pour 2 tbsps of batter for each pancake.
3. Cook until bubbles have formed on the surface, about 2-4 minutes. Flip the pancake over and cook for 1-3 minutes more.
4. Serve immediately with additional toppings & mayple syrup to taste

Store in fridge for up to a week, or in freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat in toaster oven, airfryer, or microwave.


📸 Catalin Pateo on Unsplash

7. Netflix & chill in bed

We’re digging the Extreme Engagement doc-series – where a couple visits remote tribes to experience cultural marriage rituals as they contemplate their own future.

From spiritual possessions to jungle survival, the show challenges you to reflect on what it means to be committed.

📸 Creative Exchange on Unsplash

8. Warm up with Golden Milk

Skip caffeine-laden drinks & get antioxidant-rich with turmeric

Ingredients:
– 1½ cup almond milk (or your choice)
– 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
– ½ tsp cinnamon
– ½ tsp ground turmeric
– 1 dash black pepper to make turmeric bioavailable

Directions:
1. Heat milk in saucepan until warmed, stir in rest of ingredients until combined.
2. Serve immediately.

Or make hot cocoa by switching out last 2 ingredients for
– 2 oz dark chocolate
– ½ tbsp cocoa powder

📸 Sarah Gualtierion on Unsplash

9. Take a walk in the park 🌺

Fresh air and FREE flowers! Just don’t pluck them, okay?⁠

On a scientific note, walking in nature has been found to help reduce stress, boost immune system cells & improve mood by 2007 studies from Kyoto University & Nippon Medical School


📸 Matt Flores on Unsplash⁠

10. Make Nice Cream 🍨

It’s still cold but sometimes we just really crave ice cream – made nice by wholesome ingredients.

Ingredients
– 2-3 super ripe bananas, frozen in chunks
– 2-3 tbsp plant milk of choice, as needed
– 1 pinch salt
– optional vanilla & maple syrup

Directions:
1. Blend frozen banana chunks with plant milk until soft serve texture.
2. Add in flavors like crushed oreos, nut butter, berries, or 3 tbsp of cocoa powder
3. Serve immediately or freeze covered in airtight container for 30 min – up to 2 weeks.


📸 Vendela Larsson on Unsplash

11. Tortilla pizza

No 2-hour wait for the dough.

Ingredients:
– 2 tortillas
– 4 tbsp tomato paste (or 1/2 cup marinara sauce)
– 2/3 cup cheese of choice
– toppings you like

Directions:
1. Prep
Pre-heat oven to 425 F /218 C. Optional, toast tortilla in pan or oven for 2-4 minutes for a crispier crust.

2. For each tortilla pizza, spread 2 tbsp of tomato paste or ¼ cup marinara sauce evenly.

3. Sprinkle on ⅓ cup of cheese of choice (daiya, mozz, mix) and any toppings (mushroom, bell peppers, pepperoni).

4. Place pizza on a wire rack in a baking tray. Bake at 425 F /218 C for 8-12 mins until tortilla has browned & cheese has melted.

📸 Toni Osmundson on Unsplash

12. Make a fruit bouquet

Ditch allergen-causing flowers. Ok, maybe pollen isn’t our best friend.

But sometimes good things come out of it – like fruit!

Take skewers and stab them through pieces of strawberries, watermelon, grapes, or whatever’s in the fruit bowl. Arrange in a tall mug. Voila!

13. Host a game night

Start with relationship-testing Settlers of Catan, Saboteur or Super Mario Party. Gather your other very free friends and play virtual Pictionary or choose from tons of Jackbox Games

14. Get swept off your feet by Regency Romance novels

Library e-books are a thing. Did we mention they’re free?

The romance sections are chock-full of Mr. Darcy-esque novels ranging from innocent to scandalous tales.

Our guilty pleasures (or obsessions)?
– Secrets of a Summer Night
– My Lady’s Choosing
– Someone to Wed

If you prefer Sci-Fi or Fantasy, try
– The Faceless Mage
– Aurora Rising
– Magic Forged

📸 Toni Osmundson on Unsplash

If you try these, tag us @aricoachapp !

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