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Self-care date ideas

by Bonnie Gill

It’s likely you’re familiar with the term ‘self-care.’ The Psychology Dictionary describes self-care as “daily activities in looking after ourselves. The process of looking after one’s self. Avoiding all threats and issues that may make a person face irritable and uncomfortable circumstances.”

In today’s age of busy 9-5 jobs, over-stimulation with technology, increasing environmental stressors and every day wear and tear on one’s wellbeing – it’s important to stop and take time for yourself to completely rejuvenate.

To make it a little easier, we’ve curated our favourite things to do in Melbourne and afar that will help reset your energies and remind you to take time for yourself. Better yet – most are free!

Botanical Gardens
Pack some feel-good food (see here and here for inspo) and your favourite book and unwind at Melbourne’s iconic Botanical Gardens. Use this as an opportunity to slow down and practice your deep breathing in a beautiful setting.

Donation Yoga Class 
Spend your Saturday afternoon finding stillness, focusing on your breath and clearing your mind with a Yoga 213 donation class. Indulge in nourishing postures and movement that will ensure a relaxed state of mind and a quality night’s sleep. Donation classes run every Saturday at our Geelong studio.

Free Melbourne Walking Tours
Be a tourist in your own city and release endorphins by taking a free walking tour around Melbourne. Pop your phone on Do Not Disturb and take in all that Melbourne has to offer.

1,000 Steps
Nature and exercise = a match made in heaven. For those that enjoy a bit of cardio, take yourself out to the Dandenong Ranges for a 3km walk that is guaranteed to wake up your heart rate, release endorphins and distract your busy mind. Pack headphones and a good playlist and you’re set.

NGV and Ian Potter Centre
It’s free, it’s ongoing and it’s open daily. Stroll through and absorb all things art at NGV’s Collection of International Art. The collection features approx. 70,000 works spanning contemporary art and pieces from ancient civilisations.

Whatever activity it might be, make sure to schedule some you time to recharge.