Today, I want to chat about something really cool and a bit different. You know how we always hear about taking care of ourselves with things like bubble baths or watching a movie? Well, I’ve been diving into some unique ways to look after our minds and bodies that you might not have tried yet. These are not your everyday self-care tips!

Why Try Something New?

Before we jump into these cool ideas, let’s talk about why it’s awesome to try new self-care practices. First off, doing the same old thing can get boring, right? When we mix it up, we stay interested and excited about taking care of ourselves. Plus, our brains love new stuff—it keeps us engaged and happy. And who knows? You might find something that really clicks with you and becomes your new favorite way to chill out or feel good.

7 Cool Self-Care Practices to Explore

  • Forest Bathing: This comes from Japan and it’s all about being in the forest and really noticing everything around you—the trees, the air, the sounds. It’s not about hiking or jogging; it’s about being super present and soaking in the peace of nature.
  • Sound Healing: Ever lay down and listen to calming sounds like singing bowls or gentle music? That’s sound healing. It can help clear your mind, make you feel relaxed, and even help balance your energy. It’s like a bath for your ears and soul!
  • Flotation Therapy: Imagine floating in warm water in a special tank where you can’t hear or see much. It’s super relaxing and can make your muscles feel amazing. It’s a bit like being in space, where you’re weightless and can just drift off.
  • Laughter Yoga: This one’s fun—it’s about laughing on purpose because even when we make ourselves laugh, it still makes us feel good. You do it with a group, and it’s a mix of laughing and breathing exercises. It’s a great way to lighten up and feel happy.
  • Color Therapy: Colors can make us feel different ways—calm, energized, happy. Color therapy is about using colors to help us feel better. You can wear certain colors, paint your room a soothing shade, or even just imagine colors that make you feel good.
  • Loving Kindness Practices: This is a meditation where you send good thoughts and wishes to yourself and others. It’s about being kind and wishing well for everyone, even people you might not get along with. It can make you feel really warm and fuzzy inside.
  • Ecstatic Dance: This is dancing like no one’s watching, where there’s no right or wrong way to move. You just let the music take you and move however you feel. It’s great for letting go of stress and connecting with others who are dancing too.

How to Start

If any of these sound interesting, just pick one and give it a try. You don’t have to be perfect at it—just have fun and see how it feels. Maybe set aside a little time each week to explore and enjoy. Remember, the point is to feel good and take care of yourself in a new and exciting way. Adopting these practices into my daily life has been a journey of patience and persistence. 

Here are a few tips for those curious to explore:

  • Start Small: Choose one practice that intrigues you and begin there. Allow yourself the grace to explore without expectation.
  • Create Space: Dedicate a specific time in your routine for this new practice. Even a few minutes can make a significant difference.
  • Be Patient: Transformation doesn’t happen overnight. Give yourself time to adjust and connect with the practice.

Let’s Chat

I’d love to hear if you try any of these or if you have other cool self-care practices to share. It’s all about finding what works for you and having fun with it. So, what do you think? Ready to try something new?

Until next time, take care of yourself and keep exploring all the ways to feel awesome.


Chris McDonald

Links and Resources