Applying Self Care to Your Daily Life

As I have mentioned before, during the month of September, I really want to focus on Self Care. I gave a brief explanation of the meaning, and a few small ways to get started in your own life in my last post, titled, “Self Care.”

Since then, and if you follow @mcrowstyle on Instagram, you probably have seen my new Story Highlight, “self care.” Every day or two, I have posted a short list of ideas that I think are extremely easy and wonderful to include in your day to make it simply more enjoyable! Since starting this highlight, I have had so much positive feedback, as many of my friends and followers have told me they love to screenshot them, and save them for when they need a “pick-me-up!”

So, I decided to post the first five “self care” stories here, as well as add onto them just a bit, because I cannot fit to much on just a small screen!

Follow along!

Self Care #1: Movie Night Favorites for a Feel Good Mood

  • The Help

  • Marley and Me

  • Wonder

  • How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days

  • Mamma Mia

  • Bride Wars

  • Safe Haven

  • 27 Dresses

  • Endless Love

  • Bridesmaids

  • 13 Going on 30

  • Sweet Home Alabama

  • Steel Magnolias

  • Serendipity

  • New Years Eve

  • The Blind Side

  • Footloose

  • The Fault In Our Stars

  • Frozen

  • Freaky Friday

  • Mean Girls

  • The Last Song

  • Wedding Crashers

  • The Greatest Showman

  • We Bought a Zoo

  • The Best of Me

  • Me Before You

  • Soul Surfer

  • Dolphin Tale

  • The Bucket List

  • The Notebook

Self Care #2: Make A Monthly Bucket List (and hold yourself to it!)

My September Bucket List…

  • Clean Out Closet/Declutter

  • All A’s in every class on October 1st

  • Exercise daily

  • Go to a pumpkin patch

  • Spend less on fast food

  • Blog photoshoot at my apartment

  • Frame and hang pictures

  • Post at least 3 articles per week

  • Read at least 2 books and review them

  • Eat candy corn/marshmallow pumpkins

  • Try new restaurants

  • Have a bake day

  • Travel to at least one new place

  • Drink more water

  • Take more pictures

  • Have a spa day

  • Wake up earlier to get more done

  • Go on a fun date

  • Surprise someone

Self Care #3: A Spruce Up Your Monday Mood Playlist

  • This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) - Natalie Cole

  • Kiss Me - Sixpence None the Richer

  • Wonderland - Taylor Swift

  • Something Special - Colbie Calliat

  • I’m Scared - Duffy

  • Crash Into Me - Dave Matthews

  • Rock & Roll - Eric Hutchinson

  • Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae

  • Better Together - Jack Johnson

  • Hold Back The River - James Bay

  • Tongue Tied - Grouplove

  • Pumpin’ Blood - NoNoNo

  • Heart’s Content - Brandie Carlile

  • Bennie & The Jets - Elton John

  • Cough Syrup - Young the Giant

Self Care #4: 10 Things Under $10 To Brighten Your Day

  • A Steel City Pop - $3.00

  • The “Intergalactic” Lush Bath Bomb - $7.95

  • Sugarfina Champagne Bears - $8.50

  • An Evelyn Henson stationary card - $4.00

  • A Chic-Fil-A ice cream cone - $1.25

  • Mario Badescu Facial Spray with aloe, cucumber, and green tea - $7.00

  • A mixed assortment dozen Krispy Kreme donuts - $8.99

  • A pint of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream - $6.99

  • An OPI nail polish - $10.50 (my favorite is “Cajun Shrimp”)

  • A hand-painted and hand-glittered Verrier Fashion card - $9.00

Self Care #5: Things To Do Every Day for 5 Whole Minutes

  • Morning prayer

  • Clean up your space before you leave and before bed

  • Social media break at meal times

  • Take a walk

  • Call your mom, best friend, or grandmother

  • Make a to-do list for tomorrow

  • Organize your work space

  • Rest your eyes

  • Wash your face

  • Ask someone new how their day is going, then congratulate or comfort them

  • Do something you enjoy (draw, listen to music, bake)

  • Exercise

  • Write in planner/ cross off completed things

  • Talk to someone you love

  • Read a book/daily devotional

  • Be outside

  • Delete old emails/respond to new ones

  • Do something genuine for someone else