Guilt-free self-care routine brings joy and reduces stress

May 8, 2022

The idea of self-care is a popular one, but sometimes, defining what true self-care looks like can get confusing.

There are no guidelines to follow – just do something for yourself that brings you joy and eliminates stress. A self-care routine is a boost for your physical and mental health, according to Bayhealth Family Medicine Physician Angela Debo, DO.

If the idea of practicing a self-care routine seems daunting, try starting small, with a 30-minute self-care routine each week. “Self-care is not only beneficial for your mental health, but also helps reduce burnout rates at work and with life overall, and self-care helps you recharge,” said Debo.

So, the next time you feel anxious or short-tempered, try planning some self-care time, and then enjoy it.

Here are 10 simple ways to practice self-care:

  • Go for a walk outside. If you are at home during the day, take a walk around your neighborhood. If you work in an office, take your allotted break time and lace up those tennis shoes. Track your progress on a fitness app to keep you motivated.
  • Listen to your favorite podcast. There are plenty of podcasts to choose from, including self-help, parenting tips, cooking shows, mysteries and more.
  • Go to your favorite restaurant on your lunch break. A simple change in routine once a week can have a big impact.
  • Find a quiet place to read a book. Maybe it’s a spot in your bedroom or sunroom, or even on a park bench, but finding a relaxing spot is key.
  • Meditate or pray. Taking time to center yourself and have a deeper connection will benefit you in various ways.
  • Get your favorite coffee and enjoy it by yourself. Go to your favorite coffee shop and sip on your favorite drink.
  • Take a relaxing bubble bath. Turn on your favorite music, throw in a bath bomb, and maybe even read a book while you relax.
  • Schedule a time to meet up with a friend; take time to reconnect with people who bring positive energy into your life.
  • Plan a weekend away with your partner or by yourself. Sometimes you need to get away, even if it’s just for one night.
  • If you’ve been thinking about starting a particular hobby – do it.

Self-care doesn’t have to be a solo activity. If you find joy from going on a walk as a family or going to a book club with friends, then that’s your perfect self-care routine.

“No matter what you choose to do for your self-care routine, it’s truly all about finding something that brings you joy,” said Debo. “And you must allow yourself the time and not feel guilty about doing something for yourself.”


Angela Debo, DO, cares for patients at Bayhealth Family Medicine, Dover. The practice is accepting new patients. To make an appointment, call 302-725-3200.

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