The internet can be a scary place. We've all seen the impact that online bullying, negativity, and trolling can have on people, but if we choose to seek out sites where positivity is the goal, the world wide web feels a lot more comfortable. Through conversations with coworkers, friends, and family, in addition to lots of internet surfing and research, I have compiled the following list of the Top Ten Websites for Self Care. Check out the links below and let me know what you think in the comments!
This website features a choose-your-own-adventure style questionnaire that guides you through questions aimed at helping you figure out what type of self care would benefit you in the moment. It takes both physical self care and emotional self care into account and provides a very nonjudgmental and affirming sense of guidance and support as you explore your needs.
Pinterest is so important to so many people. After signing up and logging in, Pinterest users are able to browse photographs and "pin" images to virtual mood boards that they create. You can make boards devoted to anything; travel destinations on your bucket list, books you would like to read, decorating ideas, wedding planning, etc. This is helpful for organizing ideas, getting inspired, and exploring and looking at different aspects of your identity.
Physical self care involves eating enough and eating well. For some, this is easy and second nature. But for others, thinking up and executing healthy recipes for daily meals is a real challenge. The Food Network website features seasonal, healthy recipes that you can browse by the type of meal you're looking for, the amount of time the meals require, and the rating given by other Food Network website users.
Immediately upon entering this website, viewers are greeted by a nature scene and sounds of birds chirping in the distance. In addition to the scene that automatically opens when you first enter, there are more than 20 alternative options for soothing background views and sounds, including Rain on Leaves, Passing Clouds, Zen Ocean, etc. This alone would be enough for me to recommend this website, but it also provides timed, open ended, and guided meditations that you are able to play over your chosen background to deepen your sense of peacefulness and calm.
This website provides a refreshingly straight forward, no-nonsense approach to cleaning/organizing. With links to cleaning tips, challenges, checklists, and a Tumblr site (where you can access a more interactive experience), unfuckyourhabitat.com tackles the obstacles that often get in the way of our ability to keep our environment in the condition we want it. It acknowledges the difficulties in keeping a clean home that are brought on by chronic illnesses and mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. The theory behind this website is that our lives are messy and busy and stressful, but ultimately we deserve to live in environments that help us feel happy and comfortable, and that requires prioritizing the time we spend taking care of ourselves and our homes.
Started by fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson when she was just 15 years old, Rookie is an online magazine for, and largely written by, teenage girls. Although this is the original intended demographic, people of all gender identities and ages could benefit from Rookie's creative and dynamic tackling of a huge variety of topics, including diversity, LGBTQ issues, self care, self esteem, relationships, and art. Even the colorful, lighthearted nature of the web design contributes to the uplifting vibe of this website. In the past, I have personally turned to Rookie when feeling uninspired or unsure about how to explore certain areas of self care, and I have never been disappointed.
This beautifully designed website features a collection of mental health resources curated by Ida Sobotik. Along with a soothing color scheme and gorgeous videos and photography, the website has sections on stress, motivation, depression, anxiety, and building appreciation. As you browse through each section, it is clear that Ida has thoroughly and thoughtfully collected self care resources across a wide variety of topics, which lends a sense of trust and comfort to the project as a whole.
Whether you're feeling sad, stressed, uninspired, disappointed, or just bored, there is sure to be a TED Talk that will address your emotions and help you work through them in some way. In the form of short (18 mins or less) and entertaining speeches, experts on topics from happiness to depression to love share their research on this easily browsable site. With talks organized by subject, TED.com makes it simple to find and enjoy speeches that can serve as exactly the self care you're looking for.
With so much pain and suffering in the news all the time, it can feel exhausting and hopeless to continue staying up to date on all that is happening in the world. Sometimes we need good news to raise our energy levels and remind us that, when humans treat one another (and the earth) with kindness, a lot is possible. The Huffington Post responded to this need by creating their "Good News" website, featuring inspiring examples of kindness, bravery, resilience, and strength. It's important to treat ourselves to good news so that we can continue facing the difficulty that life brings and maintain our passion for improving our lives and the lives of others.
Henrik Edberg is a Swedish man who, over the past 10 years, has been devoting himself to self improvement and self care. He is not a therapist, and has no training in psychology, but he knows himself well and, as a journalist, he is skilled in communicating through writing about what has worked for him on his journey. He created The Positivity Blog to share his experiences and provide people with tips, encouragement, and inspiration. Edberg's goal is to help others achieve high levels of self confidence and contentment.
What do you think about the sites listed above? Know of any other good websites for self care? Let me know in the comments!