What is Self-Care Day?

Self Care Day Sign on Pink Background

We’re sure that you’re well-versed and knowledgeable when it comes to taking care of others and making their lives easier. But, when was the last time that you took care of yourself in the same way? If you’re having difficulty thinking of the last time you put in the effort to have a moment or two for self-care, it has probably been too long. 

The good news for you is that Self-Care Day is right around the corner! And since it is an international holiday, you really have no excuse not to take a day to pamper yourself a bit. So, we have a few ideas for what you can do to ensure you have the best Self-Care Day imaginable.

What Is Self-Care Day All About?

You may be asking yourself, “so, what is self-care day all about?” Well, it’s a day that is meant for each person to focus on themselves. It should be a day where you show yourself some extra TLC and do things that will benefit your wellness. 

Most people don’t realize how much they can benefit physically, but also mentally, from taking a day alone (or even with loved ones) to nurture and care for themselves. Self-care days are meant to recharge, refresh, and rejuvenate you! And though we think you should have way more than one self-care day per year, if you only have one, you should make it worthwhile.

When Is Self-Care Day?

International Self-Care Day is on July 24th, 2021, so now’s the time to start planning how you intend to celebrate.

Why Do You Need a Self-Care Day?

There are so many things in our lives that can cause us stress and overwhelm us. Work, school, family, friends, paying bills, running errands, the list is endless. And because the list of stressors seems never-ending, you must actively work to somehow find balance. That’s where a self-care day comes in. 

Taking the time to put your mental and physical well-being at the top of your priority list allows you to restore your energy and peace of mind. That way, when those more difficult moments arise, you are better prepared to handle them with grace, patience, and self-kindness. When you’ve invested the proper time to heal and take care of yourself, you will be more physically and emotionally capable of handling everything life throws at you.

How Often Should You Have a Self-Care Day?

Since each person is different, it is hard to define a hard and fast rule of how frequently you should have a self-care day. But, a great place to start is by using July 24th as your template for change and self-growth. Once you have that one day under your belt, you can work on making it a habit of taking a day every month, or every few months, to focus on yourself. 

Though we think you should try to dedicate more time to me-time, we know it isn’t always easy for someone to take a day for themselves. So, if you can’t take full days, then why not try out an hour here or there to do something that makes you feel happy or relaxed, or better yet both? Work on finding ways to incorporate that self-love and self-care into your everyday life. 

Examples of Self-Care & Ways to Celebrate Self-Care Day

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Alright, now that you know how important self-care actually is, it’s time to start planning how you’re going to show yourself so much love on July 24th! Here are a few examples of how you can celebrate:

  • Exercise and move your body
  • Meditate
  • Get outside
  • Put your creativity to use and make something new
  • Sleep in or take a midday nap
  • Eat well (think along the lines of a fresh fruit basket or a hearty salad)
  • Read that book you have on your nightstand
  • Take a bath, do a face mask, and exfoliate
  • Do something that will brighten your day, like ordering some beautiful just because flowers
  • Plan out your next opportunity for self-care and me-time, and use a Self-Care Day calendar  to keep you on track

These are just a few examples of how you can relax on Self-Care Day. But really, anything that will help you recharge physically, mentally, or emotionally is a great place to start. 

How to Plan a Self-Care Day

How to plan a self care day

When it comes to figuring out how to have a self-care day, you want to make sure that you’re well-prepped and ready to go, so you don’t have to lift a finger when the day comes around. 

Everyone’s checklist will vary, but here are a few ideas to make sure your day goes by smoothly:

  1.   Determine where your self-care day will take place. Will you stay home, go to a spa, or maybe even book a staycation for one?
  2.   Decide what you want to do so that you can ensure you have all the necessary items purchased and appointments set.
  3.   Is anyone joining you? If not, do you need to make arrangements for them to be out of your hair?

Though there are plenty more factors involved, the three points listed above are a great place to start for that glorious, well-deserved me-time.

Celebrate Self-Care Day Your Way

We know it isn’t always easy to set aside the time to make your needs a priority, but we hope that you see the importance of self-care and its benefits on your mental, physical, and emotional health. This year on Self-Care Day, let FTD take your experience to the next level. From our florals and plants to sweet treats, we have what you need to treat yourself to a special delivery.