When it comes to self care, we always think we’re going to tackle it, eventually. But first we have a to-do list to check off, obligations to fulfill, friends to see and Netflix to watch. By the end of the day, we’re exhausted and depleted. That’s why it’s so essential that self-care become a daily practice; something you’re actually excited to do.
Whatever self-care strategy you pick, it should be one that resonates with your soul. After all, if it sounds tedious, what’s the motivation for doing it? To clue into the best self-care strategy for you—one your soul will love—let your sign guide you. For best results, read both Sun and Rising recommendations!
Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn – Earth
Earth signs are the most grounded of the zodiac. But “grounded” isn’t code for boring. After all, both David Bowie and Michael Jackson were earth signs (a Capricorn and a Virgo.) Earth signs need to make it a priority to connect to the physical world on the regular—a “grounding” habit that can help their spirit take flight. So get out in nature! Go on a hike, take a walk along the beach, or get your hands dirty in your garden. If you’re living in a concrete wonderland, try bringing the outside in by adding plants and fresh flowers to your living space. Another option (for inside, probably): Self-pleasure! (You don’t need any instruction with that, do you?!)
Gemini, Libra, Aquarius – Air
Sometimes Air signs get a bad rap for being flighty or flaky, but you’re not! You’re just always drawn to possibilities—including the ones that many other people may not be able to see. That’s why it’s key for air signs to learn how to cut through the noise and tune into their own true thoughts. One way to do this? A daily meditation practice. Not comfortable sitting cross-legged with your eyes closed? Try lying down—there’s no rule that says you must sit in lotus to get the benefits of meditation. To keep focused, try a guided meditation (Calm or Headspace are two great apps to try.)
Air signs also may be drawn to sound healing, aka grooving to the deep restorative vibes of a singing bowl or two. Google an event in your area; you may be surprised how much you love it.
Aries, Leo, Sagittarius – Fire
SHAKE OFF THE STRESS
When you’re fueled by Fire, you need activity, intensity, and energy to keep buoyant! That’s why you’re more likely to feel jazzed on life after a good cardio session than a cry in the bathtub. You might also enjoy having an audience, so I recommend dancing as a perfect self-care activity. Get into your most sparkly outfit and hit the dance floor. After shimmying your way through your feelings, you’ll feel like a brand new babe. And if you want another option, karaoke—either in a private booth with your BFFs or gathered around a bar—can do the trick, too. All by yourself? You can still turn on some tunes and shake it off.
Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces – Water
FEEL THE LOVE
Water signs like to go deep. You’ll never be afraid to plunge into the depths of your psyche! In fact, that’s where you like to be. To get there, fast, I recommend a delicious session of acupuncture. While it might sound like it could be painful, it isn’t, and by the time you’re done, you’ll feel like you’re walking on water. Trust me. If you want to amp up the self care, get a massage! While you lie on the table, visualize all the pain and fear sliding out of your body. Nothing feels better!