Self-care is whatever the hell you want it to be. (Yeah, say it again for the people in the back. ) There is this misconception that self-care has to be meditating or reciting positive affirmations or taking a bath.

There are so many ways to practice self-care, so here are just a few ideas you might not have thought to do yourself.

1. Go to happy hour
Now, I’m not saying the “drink-a-whole-bottle-of-wine-and-text-your-ex” kinda happy hour.

The “I-haven’t-talked-to-my-girlfriends-about-life-in-a-while” happy hour.

Spend some time catching up on work, what podcasts you’re listening to, or who you’re meeting on your apps.

 

2. Talk to a loved one on the phone
A long phone conversation is infinitely better than texting.

I’m impartial to a two-hour long convo with my mom, but this really works with anyone who can calm you down and make you take a step back for a little while.

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3. Trying a high-intensity workout
Yoga is a common form of self-care for people, but an intense workout, such as kickboxing, is equally as transformative.

There’s something about punching the air that is so, so relaxing.

4. Find a new coffee shop in your town
Your neighborhood has cute, Instagram-worthy spots, too!

Spend a little time on Instagram and  scope out the cute places in your area.

Grab your laptop, a book, or just yourself (because it’s OK to go to a coffee shop just to drink coffee!) and get ready to bask in all the cuteness.

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5. Compliment a stranger
Making others feel good has a positive effect on you.

Tell someone on the subway that you love his or her hair or his or her smile.

Let someone on the street know how much you appreciate his or her outfit.

You’ll feel amazing knowing you passed on the love to someone else!

As we all know,what goes around…

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