The best way to show yourself love is to prioritize your health. After all, making time for yourself is important for stress management and making more informed decisions. Developing a healthy practice shouldn’t feel like a waste of time or effort; it should be simple and intuitive to incorporate into your everyday routine. This healing ability can be boosted by aligning your self-care habits with your zodiac sign, allowing you to take care of yourself on a deeper, more intrinsic level. Here’s how to practice self-care according to your astrological star sign.
VALLEY doesn’t need to remind you that your thoughts are racing at a breakneck pace. You’re the epitome of a trailblazer because you’re always enthusiastic about whatever job you’re working on. Even so, the million tasks you’re managing at the same time can still overwhelm you. When you’re having trouble concentrating, go for a run to harness excess energy and redistribute your attention. A good burn while exercising is a sign of your strength and determination, as well as a reminder that focusing on yourself leads to positive results.
Taurus, it’s time to treat yourself. Nobody understands the value of hard work like you. You don’t bat an eyelid when you take on additional assignments, run late, or pull an all-nighter. Even the hardest worker, though, gets tired at times. When you’re tired, adding a little glitz to your daily self-care routine will help you relax. You can pamper yourself both inside and out by getting a mani-pedi, playing with your makeup or adding in a face mask to your nighttime routine. Looking good for yourself is a type of self-adoration that can allow you to indulge in the aspects of yourself that you enjoy the most.
Your chatty nature strives high when you’re able to talk out their emotions, and your superpower lies in your big ideas and ability to express them. When you’re out of control, it’s easy to get disorganized, which is why keeping a journal is an excellent self-care strategy for channeling your passionate energy. Try free-writing for 15 minutes every day, with the intent of being fully immersed in the present moment. Instead of trying to solve problems, remain present with a thought until it’s completely fleshed out — this is when insight emerges.
You’re a sensitive, caring, and loving person. You have a keen intuition and are able to anticipate people’s thoughts and motivations before they act on them. Since you’re vulnerable and open to picking up on other people’s vibes, it’s crucial to look after your inner well-being. If you love helping those you care for, you must also support yourself and welcome help from the universe. Consider meditating and focusing on your mind for a moment. Allow yourself the time to think and release any pressures you might be experiencing.
As the most imaginative of the zodiac signs, an artistic activity will be the best form of self-care for you. Painting, jewelry design, knitting, drawing, collage and origami are all great ways to express yourself creatively. You can express all of your frustrations and release all of your emotions and stresses through art, all while making something beautiful.
Virgo, you’re a hard worker who is realistic and capable of accomplishing almost everything. You know exactly what needs to be done thanks to your well-organized to-do lists and meticulous attention to detail, but you can quickly lose your composure if anything seems off. Try spending 15 minutes a day to clean and make it a routine to return items to their proper locations at the end of each days. While doing so, reflect on the day’s activities and what made you the happiest and most fulfilled. Then, allow your cleaner space to reduce stress and restore a more peaceful mind.
You seek balance and harmony in your life. You’re intelligent and kind, and you go out of your way to keep the peace throughout the week, which might mean you neglect your own “me time.” To center yourself, try some yoga. Yoga will help you focus and calm any nerves you might be experiencing by allowing you to focus on the balance within you. Taking this time for yourself will allow for the positive energy you exude to flow back into your body, and will give you time to reconnect with your surroundings.
You are determined, creative, and emotionally intelligent. If you get annoyed, you can quickly feel like anything and everything is driving you up the wall. Slow down by going for a walk to provide yourself with both a needed break and a sense of accomplishment. Spending time outside will promote a healthy mood, increase your self-esteem, and increase your serotonin levels.
Sagittarius, you’re self-sufficient, smart, and strong-willed, and you’re always looking for new ways to broaden your horizons. To help relax at the end of each day, set aside some time to do some reading. Reading memoirs and nonfiction books will provide some inspiration for the big dreamer in you to keep your ideas flowing. Reading will provide you with a variety of new perspectives, and will offer an excellent opportunity to take a break from the stresses of daily life.
You’re the epitome of determination. Intelligent and hard working, nothing will stop you from achieving your objectives. You hold yourself to high perfectionistic expectations because you are committed to your work and seeking a greater purpose. Self-care for you is about taking a step back to checking in on yourself. By writing everyday intentions, you will shift your mind away from performance and outcomes to focus more on feeling fulfilled and nourished. These daily intentions serve as guiding principles for aligning your expectations with your behavior. Since you probably already have a busy morning routine, set aside 5-minutes when you first wake up to do this, and then keep your intentions in mind during the day.
Analytical and a leader, you often have an extremely engaged mind. Between the news, social media, and keeping up with all of your friends, it’s hard to stay grounded. When you’re feeling like you need to take a deep breath, do a tech detox — that means no computers, phones, or other forms of digital contact. Whether you spend an hour online, or all day, it’s important to take a break from digital rabbit holes. During your time away from screens, try going for a stroll, cooking or solving a puzzle — do something that brings your mind, body and spirit in a state of flow.
You’re super creative, empathetic and generous — especially with your time. You’re always there for your friends, but sometimes you need to be there for yourself, as well. Take a day off with nothing planned, to show yourself some self-care. Stay in your pjs, load up on groceries and spend the day binge-watching the show you’ve been wanting to see. Often self-care is as easy as showing yourself the same affection you show anyone else.
Incorporating some of these practices into your daily routine? Tweet us, @VALLEYmag, and let us know how you’re aligning your self-care with your zodiac sign!