Sometimes we feel as though the whole world is crashing down on our shoulders due to all the responsibilities we have thrust upon us. Whether these responsibilities stem from school work, our jobs, or taking care of loved ones, it is so important that we take some time out of our hectic lives to focus on ourselves. There is absolutely nothing selfish about taking some time out of your life to concentrate on your own needs in order to find yourself in a healthier, more relaxed state of mind. Everyone deserves a break every once in a while, but what self-care method will specifically cater to your zodiac sign? Read below to find out!
As the first sign of the zodiac, those born March 21-April 19th are known to be the most determined of all the signs. Those who identify as an Aries are filled with a grand sense of fire and ambition which constantly allows them to get things done. Because the Aries sign has such a go-getter approach to life, it is vital for members of this sign to slow things down every so often and take a much-needed breather.
The best way to do this is to create a spa day dedicated to relaxation and winding down. You don't even have to pay for an expensive spa trip when you can recreate the whole experience in the comfort of your own bedroom. Put on your favorite face mask, play your most relaxing music, and simply let yourself rest.
The second sign of the zodiac, born April 21-May 20th, is known for its love of music. Being an Earth sign, the Taurus prefers music that is grounded in reality and "down to earth" rather than overtly loud jams which can often result in a headache.
Everything from Norah Jones to Lorde to Sufjan Stevens work as great musical inspirations for the Taurus, who find it almost therapeutic to put on their best pair of headphones and play their favorite songs while drowning out the rest of the world around them. Make a playlist of all your most relaxing tunes, find a comfortable spot to lay in, and let yourself become immersed in the glorious sounds.
As the third sign of the zodiac, those born May 21- June 21 are sometimes guilty of scattering their energy and emotions in multiple places at once. Sometimes it can be rather difficult for Geminis to focus their attention on one thing at a time, which is why it is so important for those in this house to practice meditation.
Meditation works to help people clear all of their negative thoughts and just be present. It can truly help Geminis find peace and relaxation because they greatly deserve the self-care that comes from this practice. There are several meditation playlists on Youtube to check out if you'd like, or you can practice on your own without guidance. Cater the experience to your own needs, and do what makes you feel the most comfortable and at ease.
Cancers, born June 21 - July 23, are known for their emotional intelligence. Being strongly in touch with your emotions is a beautiful thing and should be cherished. Yet at times, if you have feelings that are too intense on a consistent basis, it can become rather draining, especially if these emotions are overwhelming to the Cancer.
The best way to combat these intense emotions are to binge watch a light-hearted sitcom that has more laughs than it has heartbreak. Consider shows such as Friends, How I Met Your Mother or Broad City to put you in good spirits without emotionally draining you. All mentioned shows can be streamed on Netflix and Hulu, so laugh your way into a lighter state of mind!
Leos are known for their ability to ooze confidence and appreciate their self-worth, all traits that are admirable and should be deeply cherished by the house of the Lion. Yet sometimes the love that Leos have for themselves can come across as a tad arrogant, which is why it is very important for Leos to take the time out of their day to escape their own bubble and put themselves into someone else's shoes.
A fantastic way to do this is through reading fiction, where Leos will be able to immerse themselves into a whole new universe that will ultimately help them gain more empathy and consider multiple perspectives rather than simply focusing on themselves. In fact, studies show that people who read fiction are generally more empathetic. Reading has also been proven to lower anxiety, so what better way to relax than to dive into a lighthearted book? Turn off your phone and fall in love with the pages of that novel you've been dying to read but just haven't found the time for.
Virgos are known for their hard-working attitude, which is a wonderful trait that many people strive for. Yet, as sufficient and determined as Virgos are, their consistent "all work no play" approach to life can often make them fall victim to intense amounts of stress. Not only will this stress affect you and your mental/physical health, but it will take a toll on all of those around you who want you to be as healthy as possible.
This is why it is essential for Virgos to wind down as much as possible when it is appropriate. One of the best ways to do this is by taking a bubble bath! Fill up your tub with essential oils, light some scented candles, and put on some relaxing music. It can't get more relaxing than that!
Libras are extremely kind in nature and are often very giving individuals, yet sometimes this sign can be guilty of holding on to anger without properly being able to express their feelings to the outside world. It is 100% okay to feel angry, but the worst thing you can do is hold that anger in.
A great way to blow off some steam and get back to being that sweet and caring person you naturally are is to exercise. You don't even need a gym membership, you can just go for a quick jog outside while appreciating all the small details of nature surrounding you. Running is truly one of the best ways to release endorphins and put you into a more energetic and happier state of mind.
Scorpios tend to be very thoughtful people who have a lot going on in their minds. Being a water sign, those in this element tend to have a lot of emotional intelligence, yet sometimes these emotions can become overwhelming and ultimately feel like too much for the Scorpio to handle. That is why journaling can be a fantastic way for Scorpios to get all of their thoughts jotted down onto parchment so they can be fully aware of their feelings without being "secretive."
Getting all of these thoughts out there into the world—or simply on paper—can prevent them from constantly living inside their heads and thus can help them become more open to the outside world. Scientific studies prove how journaling can lower your stress levels and lead to a more healthy state of mind, both physically and emotionally.
The Sagittarius is known for its incredible sense of humor, so what better way to relax and enjoy yourself than to watch stand up comedy specials? As cliche as it sounds, laughter truly is the best medicine, so those in the Sagittarius house should feel free to wind down with a glass of wine or a cold smoothie while binging their favorite stand up comedians on Netflix. The Sagittarius is known for saying exactly what is on their mind (and sometimes getting into trouble for it), and this is what stand up comedy is known for. So go ahead, relax and enjoy yourself while laughing all your worries away.
Capricorns are known for being extremely responsible and have strong amounts of self-control, which are all sought after traits. Yet, sometimes it is necessary to let loose after all of that control, and what better way to do that than through dancing? Whether in a ballet studio or in the comfort of your own room, blasting gorgeous music while letting your feet and body move to the rhythm is a fantastic way to get rid of any levels of stress that you as a Capricorn might be holding. Plus, it is a great way to release endorphins in order to put yourself into a more positive state of mind.
The Aquarius sign is known for its strong sense of independence and because of this, those born January 20th - February 18th tend to spend much of their time alone. While alone time is healthy and often times necessary, spending too much time isolated from others can become incredibly lonely, even for those as independent as the Aquarius. This is why it is very important for the Aquarius to take out time in their aloof lives to bond with loved ones. There is no better feeling than hanging around with your favorite people after a long period of isolation, and ultimately, the Aquarius will feel refreshed and rejuvenated once they get to spend time with the people they are most comfortable with.
Pisces are born to swim, and not just because the symbol representing them happens to be fish. Swimming is an excellent way to escape reality and become one with the water while at the same time is able to provide a good work out. Pisces often want to escape the day to day life they live in, so what better way to do this than to get in the water and go for a dive? Aquatic therapy is a wonderful tool to relieve your stress and fears behind, so those who are born February 19th - March 20th should put on their favorite swimsuit and let it all go in the cooling water.