Our best tips to take care of yourself and find joy during this uncertain time.

Jessica Ball, M.S., R.D.
Updated March 31, 2020
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Now more than ever, it's important to take time for self care. Each day this month, we'll give you simple ideas for carving out time and finding small ways to care for yourself at home. Whether it's taking a social media break, sitting down to a hot breakfast or snuggling with your pet—we'll help you feel better this month. Plus we'll give you simple recipe ideas to feel good from the inside out.

30 Recipes To Practice Self Care This Month

Here are some of our calendar tips with more detail for those of you following along with the challenge:

  • Day 1: 5 minute meditation: Regular meditation can relieve stress, boost mood and improve focus. Try five minutes of guided meditation with an app, such as Stop,Breathe,Think, or simply take a few minutes to breath and notice how you feel, physically, mentally and emotionally.
  • Day 2: Try this DIY face mask: Bring the spa home with this hydrating and toning face mask. Made from pantry ingredients, like avocados and honey, this mask comes together in minutes.
  • Day 3: Play bartender and make a fancy cocktail: Try making an indulgent drink, like this Honey Buzz Cocktail, for your next virtual happy hour. Not much of a cocktail lover? Wine or beer works just fine. Fire up the video chat and catch up with those who are important to you.
  • Day 4: Get some movement: Moving your body can boost your mood as well as giving you an energy boost. Whether it is a YouTube video workout, a dance party or an outdoor walk, try to move your body today.
  • Day 5: Write down three things you are grateful for: One way to be present and boost your mood when you are feeling overwhelmed is to try and stay positive. Jot down three things (big or small) that you are grateful for today.
  • Day 6: Cook a 25-minute recipe: Even though we may be spending more time at home, that doesn’t necessarily mean we have more time on our hands. Try this 25-minute Shrimp Cauliflower Fried Rice for a delicious, easy meal that can be thrown together with pantry staples.
  • Day 7: Spend 20-minutes with a new book: Take this time at home to enjoy a new book. Bring on the zen by pairing it with this Soothing Ginger-Lemon Tea.
  • Day 8: Have a video chat with friends or family: Just because you are practicing social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t be social. Plan a video chat with friends or family to catch up during your time spent apart. Seeing those you care about will boost their mood and yours, while helping you feel connected in a responsible way.
  • Day 9: Make homemade pizza: Bring pizza night home with our Sausage, Pepper & Mushroom Pizza for a meal the whole family will love.
  • Day 10: Try this DIY hand salve: Washing your hands frequently can lead to super dry skin. Get ahead of it with this all-natural, herby hand salve made with sage and rosemary (bonus: it smells amazing).
  • Day 11: Sip a soothing drink: Treat yourself! Having a warm beverage, like tea, is an easy way to calm down anxiety and find some peace, even if it is for 10 minutes.
  • Day 12: Enjoy spring flavors: Bring in the season with our delicious Spring Vegetable Lasagna. Packed with vegetables and flavor, this recipe is a family favorite and makes great leftovers.
  • Day 13: Write down three things you are grateful for: One way to be present when you are feeling overwhelmed is to turn your focus to things that you cherish. Jot down three things (big or small) that you are grateful for today.
  • Day 14: Get some movement: Moving your body can boost your mood as well as giving you an energy boost. Whether it is a YouTube video workout or an outdoor walk, get your blood flowing today.
  • Day 15: Spend 20-minutes with a new book: Take this time at home to enjoy a new book. Bring on the zen by pairing it with this Soothing Ginger-Lemon Tea.
  • Day 16: 5-Minute meditation: Regular meditation can relieve stress, boost mood and improve focus. Try five minutes of guided meditation with an app, such as Stop,Breathe,Think, or simply take a few minutes to breath and notice how you feel, physically, mentally and emotionally.
  • Day 17: Try this DIY hair mask: This easy, homemade hair mask helps cleanse and moisturize your hair. Three ingredients and 10 minutes is all it takes to make your DIY treatment.
  • Day 18: Enjoy comfort food in a bowl with this Spinach Artichoke Dip Pasta: The creamy, cheesy pasta is balanced with nutrient-dense spinach and artichoke for a well-rounded meal that feels indulgent.
  • Day 19: Make a pancake breakfast: Mornings at home can mean more time for a homemade breakfast. Try our delicious Whole Grain Buttermilk Pancakes for something the whole family will love.
  • Day 20: Have a video chat with friends or family: Just because you are practicing social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t be social. Plan a video chat with friends or family to catch up during your time spent apart. Seeing those you care about will boost their mood and yours, while helping you feel connected in a responsible way.
  • Day 21: Sip a soothing drink: Treat yourself! Having a warm beverage, like tea, is an easy way to help calm down anxiety and find some peace, even if it is for 10 minutes.
  • Day 22: Relax with a movie: Whether it is a new release or an old favorite, bundle up and take the time to unwind and watch a movie. No multitasking or running around, simply sit back, relax and enjoy.
  • Day 23: Write down three things you are grateful for: One way to be present and boost your mood when you are feeling overwhelmed is to try and stay positive. Jot down three things (big or small) that you are grateful for today.
  • Day 24: Bake up some cookies and enjoy: What better to do with extra time at home than bake some cookies? The aroma will brighten up your house and we all deserve a treat every once in a while.
  • Day 25: Give a special gift: This could be sending a gift to someone who has a birthday this month. Also, think about ways you could give a gift to your community. Consider buying a gift card to your favorite restaurant or donating money to a local food shelf or hospital.
  • Day 26: Try this DIY body scrub: In any season, your skin can use some love. This Cranberry-Coconut Salt Body Scrub is not only rejuvenating, but also smells delicious.
  • Day 27: Make healthy nachos for dinner: These Greek Salad Nachos swap in pita for tortilla chips and play on Greek flavors like feta and olives for the ultimate fusion meal.
  • Day 28: Get some movement: Moving your body can boost your mood as well as giving you an energy boost. Whether it is a YouTube video workout or an outdoor walk, get your blood flowing today.
  • Day 29: 5-Minute meditation: Regular meditation can relieve stress, boost mood and improve focus. Try five minutes of guided meditation with an app, such as Stop,Breathe,Think, or simply take a few minutes to breath and notice how you feel, physically, mentally and emotionally.
  • Day 30: Make breakfast for tomorrow...today! Get ahead on your breakfast game with our Make-Ahead Broccoli Cheddar Quiche. Plus, is there a better duo than broccoli and cheddar?

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