Looking for simple self care tips to help you feel amazing? Here are 17 tips to treat yourself and make you feel special.

self care tips


If there is one thing I’ve learned in my travels across life and this world that we live in?

The journey is full of speed bumps.

Sometimes they are small and you can just keep going.

But sometimes?

Sometimes they are so big and overwhelming that you have to press pause.

You have to take a moment to regroup and recenter.

You have to remind yourself that you are amazing.

You have to remind yourself that you are special.

And that’s where self-care comes in. So many times we are so busy taking care of everyone else that we forget that we need to take a moment to take care of us—so we can take care of everyone else.  So today, to celebrate us, I wanted to share some of the things I’ve been doing lately to make me feel special and incredible and loved.

Here’s how I treat myself.

Here are 17 self-care tips you can start today.

self care tips and ideas


1. Drink more water

Water doesn’t have to be boring.

My best tip? Someone gave me this water bottle as a gift. You can chop up fruit and add it to the inside of the water bottle and it diffuses the flavor. I also found this water-infused pitcher if you are having company or a party.

Here are some of my favorite combinations:

  • watermelon and mint
  • apples and lemons
  • lime and orange
  • strawberries and pineapple

You can see 10 of the best recipes for fruit-infused waters here.

2. Change out your sheets

I know this seems so simple, but it is SUCH a game-changer.

We have these sheets on every bed in the house. Everyone comments on how soft they are and they don’t wrinkle out of the dryer and they just feel so FRESH.

They are SO AFFORDABLE and also have over 250,000 reviews and there’s a 20% off coupon right now, too.

We spend an average of 8 hours a day in bed and you deserve the softest coziest bed ever.

3. Spritz your sheets with lavender

There’s just something about scented sheets that makes me think of Downton Abbey.

I used to use a lavender spray, but then I found this rosewater driftwood linen spray by my beloved Caldrea that’s super affordable and smells amazing.

You can see it here.

4. Treat yourself to a bubble soak

I think a bath soak sounds fancier than a bubble bath and this foaming bath soak with essential oils and Epsom salt is AMAZING and the perfect self care tip.

Plus it smells like you are in a claw foot bathtub in a hotel in England.

You can see a four-pack here.

self care tips and suggestions


5. Read a magazine

I know, right?

Doesn’t that sound amazing?

There’s something so delicious about treating yourself to a decorating magazine.

(total aside: our library has stacks of magazines they sell for almost nothing. You can also find them at thrift stores and second-hand bookstores, too.)

6. Make yourself a smoothie

I’m hooked on these. The recipe doesn’t really matter.

I just toss in fruit and some more fruit and ice and sometimes a package of low-calorie drink mix.

Have you seen this single-serve blender? It’s kind of a game-changer.

7. Take a nap

I’ve perfected the art of the 15-minute nap. It’s so indulgent and refreshing all at the same time.

I lay down and close my eyes and take a catnap.

You just need to give yourself permission.

My favorite place? That sofa upstairs next to the windows with the clouds floating by.

8. Just sit

If napping sounds too overwhelming?

What about just sitting for 15 minutes?


Just sitting and doing NOTHING.

You could close your eyes, too.

That’s when the nap sneaks in.


9. Treat yourself to a weighted blanket

Have you ever used one before?

They are the next best thing to a hug (maybe better if you aren’t a hugger).

I like this one because it comes in different weights. Choose the weight that works best for you. I have a lightweight one (12 pounds) because the heavier ones were too much for me. It also comes with a removable, washable cover so you don’t have to wash the whole thing.

You can see it here.

10. Wash your towels in something that smells good

These are the little things that make me so happy.

Like reaching for a towel and it smells amazing. It’s like a little treat that you forgot about until you open the linen closet.

This is my go-to best smeller. 

It’s one of my favorite smells.

I also love these towels (from the downstairs guest bath) and these blue and white towels.

11. Treat yourself to a new candle

And I have the perfect one for you.

I shared this candle with y’all last year. It’s the perfect smell for heading into fall and everyone who I’ve recommended it to (I need to add it to What I Bought Wednesday) raves about it.

This candle brand has tons of other scents, but this one is my favorite.

12. Add some fresh flowers. to your kitchen

You can cut them from your yard.

You can buy an inexpensive bundle from the grocery store and add greenery from your yard in this set of three vases.

You can even just cut branches from your yard.

The secret is to add something to water in a vase and put it on your counter.


13. Turn on some music


The twins and I do this all the time. We will turn on a classic that we know all the words to and sing it AT THE TOP OF OUR LUNGS. This is the portable speaker that we have that actually turns into two speakers for even better sound.

If you aren’t a singer?

Just dance.

14. Make something in an air fryer

Have you used one yet? I’m trying to teach this to myself right now.

This one is amazing.

It’s such a better way of cooking.

Have you ever made cauliflower tots?


15. Go to bed early

So many of these self care tips involve sleeping.

That and water are my two favorite treats.

If you find yourself yawning at 9:00?

Give yourself permission to go to bed early.

16. Write out a list of things you are thankful for

Sometimes life is happening so fast and we don’t even realize all the blessings that are going on around us.

They are there.

We just need to remind ourselves.

A list puts it all down on paper so you can see it and number all the blessings.


17. Tell yourself you are amazing

Remember when we discussed waking up and looking at ourselves in the mirror?

And telling that mirror self that we were amazing?

Just try it and report back.

The first step in convincing the world that you are amazing? Is believing it yourself.



Yes, you do. 🙂

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    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      Debbie, I'm so so sorry! I just fixed it! Here's the right link: https://amzn.to/43vtBWw Happy day! KariAnne

  1. Image for Sally Jones Sally Jones

    "Click here to get my five best secrets." was not available. Is this just a joke??? Interesting site, but unless it responds when clicked for more info it's NOT for me. Please explain.

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      Sally, I truly apologize that it wasn't working! If you send me your email you want the secrets sent to---I'll sign you up asap! Happy Day! KariAnne

  2. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    I love my weighted blanket on my couch!!! The idea that one has a cover is so unique and wonderful. Some days I live under it!!! So that's how I take care of myself.

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      LOL! I just slept in a little with mine---that's why I was a little late to correct the sheet link! Happy day! KariAnne

  3. Image for JL JL

    Could you be so kind to share your sheets link? The link in this post takes you to candles on Amazon’s site😬. Thank you & have a blessed day!

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      I'm so so sorry for the mix-up! Here's the right sheet link: https://amzn.to/43vtBWw We LOVE them! Happy day! KariAnne

  4. Image for Nancy Nancy

    Morning everyone and an especially Good Day to those who were very abrupt in the comment section. Accidents and mistakes happen . . . In case we haven’t noticed . . . To all of us at one time or another, myself included This article is about being kind to yourself and if we are not being kind to ourselves first then we can’t be kind to others. This world we are in today is crazy which means we need to have more patience especially with those like Karianne who are spreading good will to so many. Let’s save our non-patience for those that are not being nice in this world. Keep up the great work Karianne and we’ll hep you through the ‘oops’ that sometimes happen. Be kind to yourself and you’ll be kind to others. Have a good day and bless us all.

  5. Image for Jennie Jennie

    Couldn't agree more, Nancy!! Karianne is amazing and truly inspirational!! Loved your post, Karianne!! Can't wait to try Caldera Rosewater Linen Spray.

  6. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Very well said Nancy. People are so quick to jump, relax she will fix it. KariAnn is amazing! I love her posts so on-point everytime with what is going on. Thank you KariAnn YOU, are amazing!

  7. Image for Diana Clark Diana Clark

    KariAnne thanks. I always think I have treated myself to so much I can't find a reward until I read your post. The simple things can make such a difference. For instance just sitting quietly. Our time is always filled. Thanks for the reminder. I love a decorating magazine but holy cow they are $13 now! So again thanks for the suggestions of where we can find some.

  8. Image for Marti Marti

    Thank you KariAnne for investing so much of your time in your readers….you are appreciated! Please forgive us when we should be more considerate. Have a great day friend!

  9. Image for LeAnne LeAnne

    You look gorgeous in these photos! And if you have a chance, would you tell me your favorite low-cal drink mix to add to smoothies? I'm never quite satisfied with my smoothies and need a little something else... Thanks so much for your great ideas! I'm definitely going to try out that candle! It sounds fabulous.

  10. Image for June June

    You are amazing Karianne! Your posts are so full of great ideas there are days I can’t get enough of them❤️. Bless your heart for all that you do for your followers😍

  11. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    Oh so many simple wonderful ideas. I just made two flower arrangements this morning. Every other week I treat myself to fresh flowers. And I love clean sheets and great candles. Thanks for more great ideas.

  12. Image for Rizae Rizae

    My "me time" is early morning as I enjoy a cup of coffee on my patio. The dawn is creeping towards me, the sounds of day are beginning and I am so blessed to be able to just be ...

  13. Image for Ella Ella

    I too like all of your tips, especially the clean sheets tip. My day starts with a dog walk around the bay, while looking at the amazing beauty around me, it's hard to stay in a funk, I can't help but get a better perspective. My next favorite thing is to see your blog in my inbox, thank you so much!

  14. Image for Diana Diana

    Thank you for the ideas KariAnne . I'm going to try the water trick, I drink too much coffee anyway. Tomorrow I'm going to get a summer candle, can't wait. Love clean soft sheets too. If you think of something else let us know:)

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