5 Self-Care Tips You Need to Know About

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What is a self-care list and why does everyone keep talking about it? What exactly does it entail? All I see when people talk about self-care is the hashtag of #selfcare followed by a picture of a giant piece of cake, or a vacation trip, or something else equally extravagant.

What happens if you can’t do those kinds of things because you don’t have the money, or worse, you’re stuck in quarantine?

What are the rest of us mere mortals to do?

If you’re like me, you are so busy you don’t even have time to think most days. Your days are full of schedules, and meals, and work, and doctor’s appointments And right now it’s likely full of homeschooling your small humans, and keeping everyone from killing each other.

(A herculean task in and of itself…you’re a hero!)

By the time you get done with the daily routine, you’re so tired and ready to just go to bed even the thought of doing something for yourself is laughable.

You say things like

  • “I don’t feel up to it tonight.”
  • “I’ve got to get this (insert odd job or task here) done before I can do anything for me.”
  • “The kids need me to do _____”

However, the whole point is that you need to focus on you and fill your lamp with oil before you can give it to anyone else.

But my friend, I’m here to tell you it’s all about finding small things that can bring you joy. It doesn’t have to be huge gestures, or a giant ice cream sundae (but let’s be honest, that sounds delightful!).

It can be something as simple as coloring with your kids. Or drawing with sidewalk chalk. Or simply reading a book, or taking an extra-long shower. All of these things are small but can be so powerful.!

Joy can be different things for different people, and that’s why I wanted to make this self-care list so you can have a bunch of different options when you get stuck and need to recharge.

(And if you read to the end, I’ll give you a special bonus with even more ideas for self-care that you can keep handy)

So without further ado, here is my self-care list for crocheters. A way to spend ten minutes on you.

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1. Crack open a book and read!

Either open up a paper copy, or your e-reader, but either way, this is a great idea to take some time for yourself. You don’t have to stay long in someone else’s story, but sometimes even ten minutes is enough to re-focus and take a much needed time out from your busy day.

One of my favorite genres to read is historical fiction. I love seeing history in a completely new way, presented through the eyes of fictional characters. (I”m a geek and I own it!) I’m also really into apocalyptic/after the end has come/how does society still function kind of novels. (morbid, I know…but also strangely appropriate right now…)

2. Sit on the front porch.

Just Sit. Don’t do anything. Just sit, and soak up the feel of the sun, the smell of the trees. Listen to the sounds around you. Do you live in a city? See how many different color cards drive by while you’re sitting. Are you in the country and no one is around? That’s great! Take in the different sounds of the silence all around you.

Just spending ten minutes doing nothing can be a gift. It’s a very simple form of self-care that is often overlooked, but in all reality can be super refreshing. Give it a try!

3. Coloring Books

(YES! DO IT!!) Coloring has been shown to reduce stress levels and lower heart rates. It’s also fun, and can be done in ten minutes! There are some great websites out there that offer free coloring pages that you can print out right at home.

Some of my favorite sites for coloring pages are Just Color which has tons of free adult themed coloring pages, and Art is Fun to name a couple.

I also love going to the Dollar Store (when we’re not dealing with a pandemic of course!) to grab some cheap coloring books and there are even apps on your phone specifically for coloring. This is personally one of my most favorite things to do. It is so relaxing and gives my mind a time out while I focus on getting that shade of purple just right.

4. Read a Magazine

They’re everywhere! At every grocery store checkout, they’re littering the aisles. You see them when you’re waiting in the doctor’s office. Pick one out that catches your eye and just flip through it for ten minutes. Letting your mind focus on some random gossip and fashion and food is not the worst idea you’ve ever had!

5. Crochet

(Of course, this has to make it on the list if we’re being real) Or knit, or do something with your hands that is enjoyable to you. Take that ten minutes and do a craft that you enjoy and just relax. Let the creative process pull you in. Feel yourself connecting to whatever you’re making.

If you need a great list of pattern ideas to get the creativity and excitement pumping, you can check out my Quarantine 2020 Pattern Roundup list here. There are seven great patterns you can check out, and most of them are free!

Final Thoughts:

Regardless of what you do to take care of yourself, or whether any of my suggestions were something you liked, it’s so vitally important that you do something to recharge your batteries. Everyone is going through a struggle right now and we’re all stressed out. So make sure now more than ever to carve out that time just for you every single day.

These are just a handful of ideas that are things I personally love doing. I know everyone’s zen is completely different than mine, that’s why I have an extended self-care list that I’d love to send you.

Click below to have my full list (25 additional ideas!) sent right to your inbox. Full disclosure here, I will be adding you to my VIP Club (AKA my mailing list!) But it’s okay…I send cool stuff, and I never EVER spam you. (I hate it as much as you do!)

I send out a weekly email letting you know when the blog has a new post, and every once in awhile I let you know of something cool that’s going on. Once you’ve received your self-care list you are always welcome to unsubscribe at any time.(But, it might make me cry a tiny bit…just FYI)

Click here to grab the full self-care list for crocheters!

Tell me in the comments below what some of your favorite self-care ideas are?

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30 Responses

  1. delma says:

    Many studies have shown that we can be more productive in our work if we do take the time for a break! At one of my jobs recognizing and taking appropriate breaks, and asking for help were qualifications in our evaluation. It is as important as feeding, exercise, and sleep in keeping us vital and productive.

    • Amber @ Craftaboo says:

      Hi Delma,

      This is such great info to have! I never knew that nurses had that as a pre-requisite in their jobs. How cool! So it’s not just me needing a time out, it’s everyone needing a minute to themselves. Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend.


  2. Sitting outside and reading, those are 2 of my favorite ways to unwind! Although, the chocolate cake you mentioned in your intro sounds pretty good, too. 🙂

    • Amber @ Craftaboo says:

      Hi Donna,

      Sitting outside reading sounds divine! And yes, chococlate cake sounds pretty fantastic right now! Hope to see you around again soon!


  3. Jamie says:

    Great tips!! I so wish that I could learn to crochet!

    • Amber @ Craftaboo says:

      Hi Jamie,
      Thanks, I am so glad that you enjoyed this list! Did you sign up to get the full list of 30? There’s more great ideas on there too. If you ever feel like you want to learn crochet, I am totally there for you! Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by.


  4. Mandy says:

    Reading and taking long naps is definitely my self-care, and I have been getting lots of it lately! Haha! But I am not complaining. I feel so much calmer.

    • Amber @ Craftaboo says:

      Hi Mandy,

      I feel you on that one! The naps and escaping into a good book are golden. There are certain things I’m loving about all of this craziness, and spending more time at home, naps, books and crochet are at the top of my list.

      And then I start daydreaming about getting my hair cut, and suddenly need a glass of wine and a bath! LOL

      Thanks for dropping in, and take care!


  5. Michelle says:

    Excellent ideas! I agree with you – self-care is important. Or as my pilot husband would say, “You’ve got to put your own oxygen mask on first.”


    • Amber @ Craftaboo says:

      Hi Michelle,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the list! And I was thinking about the oxygen mask thing as I was writing this post lol. Did you sign up to grab the full list of 30 ideas? I hope you can use a few of these ideas during this weird crazy time.

      Hope to see you around again soon!


  6. Great list! I love to do coloring books. It really relaxes me! It is so important to find some time for self-care. It really helps. Thanks for joining us at #kcacols 🙂

  7. I love these tips. Reading is definitely one I often do. I also class a bath to myself that doesn’t include my toddler self-care 😄 #KCACOLS

    • Amber @ Craftaboo says:

      HI Alex,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed these tips! The bath without a toddler sounds like a dream! Did you sign up to grab my full list of ideas? There’s more great ones on there if you’re in need of some toddler-free inspiration for your self care.

      Thanks for dropping by!


  8. Amber, these are so great! I have been reading so much more lately. And I love sitting on my front porch! The weather here has not been cooperative for front porch sitting though. I also have a tendency to become very lazy when I have no reason to leave my house so focusing on activities like reading and front porch sitting allow me to be lazy but still feel productive in some way. Wonderful post!


    • Amber @ Craftaboo says:

      Hi Shelbee,

      I was hoping that this list might help people do some self-care but also feel like they’re using this gift of time in a productive way. Our weather has been so bi-polar that I never knew from one day to the next if I can sit on the front porch!

      I very much enjoyed your blog and linking up to both of your parties. I hope some of your readers will get some use out of this post, and maybe grab the full list of 30 ideas that goes along with it.

      Have a wonderful week, and thanks for stopping by.


  9. Jill says:

    These are great tips! I love sitting outside and reading! Coloring is so therapeutic – I need to find my coloring books!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

    • Amber @ Craftaboo says:

      Hi Jill,

      I’m glad you enjoyed this list! Coloring was something I used to do a lot as a kid, and always felt weird about doing as an adult. Lately I’ve come to realize it’s really a legit way to zone out and decompress!

      I hope to see you around here again soon!


  10. Lisa notes says:

    I love your self-care list. I’ve been sitting outside on my deck and reading more (when the weather cooperates). And Facetiming (lots of Facetiming) with my kids and grandkids. 🙂

    • Amber @ Craftaboo says:

      Hi Lisa,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the list! I’ve been doing so much facetiming lately too with family. I’m grateful for the technology that keeps us connected, but miss being able to be with them in person. Did you grab my full list of 30 ideas? There’s lots of other great tips on there if you’re interested!

      Thanks for stopping in, hope to see you again soon.


  11. Kelly-Anne says:

    It’s so funny I honestly have been spending so much time on the porch since this pandemic. It is like my place to think and ponder. Thank you for linking up with us for #kcacols and we hope to see you next time.

    • Amber @ Craftaboo says:

      Hi Kelly-Anne,

      I think we all have been doing more porch time, and reading time since all of the craziness started! I’m so glad you enjoyed my list, and I hope to see you come back soon!


  12. Love these ideas! Coloring is one of my fav stress-relievers. #KCACOLS

    • Amber @ Craftaboo says:

      Hi Britt,

      Coloring is one of my all-time favorite things to do! That’s why I had to include it on this list lol

      Thanks for stopping in

  13. Such a great post. I needed this reminder.

  14. I enjoy reading (I love historical fiction as well) and today I just sat in the sun for 10 minutes with my eyes closed, I could listen to the birds and felt the sun on my face. It’s good to take some time for yourself. #KCACOLS

    • Amber @ Craftaboo says:

      Hi Clare,

      Oh wow, that sounds divine! I would stay out longer than ten minutes lol!

      Have a great weekend!


  15. Women and mums can be so bad at self-care always looking after someone else and then burning out. Self-care is selfless as it equips us to look after your loved ones better when we are refreshed and have had some vital me time. I love the front porch idea as a sort of mindful exercise. The others I do apart from crochet which I would love to get back to if I can remember how. Might need a tutorial, book or something. Yesterday it took me ages to stop doing and start reading – managed just 50 pages but a start! #AnythingGoes

    • Amber @ Craftaboo says:

      Hi Katie,

      You are so right! Women tend to look after everyone else in the world before we take any time for ourselves. I know I personally struggle with the guilt when I am taking time for me. I’m thinking about all the other people/things I need to be taking care of instead. But the thing is, if we don’t fill our lamps with oil, we have nothing to pour from for those we love. Especially right now during these weird times.

      I have some great tutorial videos and lessons right here on the blog if you’re ever interested in picking up your hook again. And yay for reading! That’s my all-time favorite escape from reality.

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope to see you around again soon.


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