Sometimes what we think will help us actually goes against what will make us feel better. To help ensure you're practicing a particularly aligned and energy-supportive type of self care, astrologers Kyle Thomas and Lisa Stardust have tips. Below, learn the best self-care practice for each of the zodiac signs.
The best self-care practice for each of the zodiac signs, according to astrologers
Aries: Do a high-intensity workout
Fiery rams are all about racing toward their goals at breakneck speed, which can also lead them to burn out faster than anyone else. Thomas suggests these cardinal signs channel their aggression in another way: at the gym. “For Aries, scheduling time for lifting or cardio will help them feel strong in their bodies and allow them to get out of their heads,” he says.
Taurus: Prioritize quality sleep
Taureans are reliable, stable earth signs, and they tend to tire quickly. “Taureans need sleep more than any of the other zodiac signs in order to keep their strength and stamina up,” says Thomas. “Shutting off their phones so that they don’t stay up in bed all night will help .”
Gemini: Read for pleasure
These chatty twins are known for running around in different directions at once, which can wreak havoc on their emotions, Thomas says: “Taking time to read for pleasure will allow them to let their minds wander and relax, rather than stressing about their day-to-day demands.”
Cancer: Eat a nutritious breakfast
Especially when life gets intense for emotional Cancers, the cardinal sign can help themselves keep energy high by prioritizing a healthy and invigorating nutrition plan. “If anything, at least starting the day with a balanced breakfast will help center them,” Thomas says.
Leo: Adopt a self-care beauty ritual
Leos may not “feel happy if they aren’t presenting themselves well,” Thomas says. So to preserve a healthy sense of self-esteem and energy, he suggests a self-care-centric beauty ritual, whether that includes a multi-step routine or a few minutes with a facial roller. "This will allow them to unwind and recharge easily,” he adds.
Virgo: Pick up a creative hobby
The perfectionists of the zodiac, Virgos can be very hard on themselves. “They often become frustrated if everything isn’t exactly as they want it,” says Thomas. “In order to preserve their energy, they should pick up a creative hobby that doesn’t have set standards of ‘perfect.’ Think something soothing, like journaling or painting. This will allow them to let loose and embrace expression, rather than just logic.”
Libra: Get a massage
Libras are ruled by Venus, which means they enjoy the finer things in life. “Since Venus is the planet of beauty and romance, a massage is a Libra’s ultimate go-to for healing. They’ll let go of all their stressors and ignite their dreams,” says Stardust.
Scorpio: Take a swim
These water signs are deeply reflective and need plenty of time to be by themselves. “Believe it or not, swimming is the best activity for a Scorpio to beat stress,” says Stardust. “They’ll be able to relax and stretch out their worries in their natural habitat.”
Sagittarius: Spend time in nature
Sags are the travel aficionados of the zodiac, but realities of life (work demands, vacation days, money) rarely allow these fiery archers to stretch their wings and head away as often as they’d like. Still, Sagittarius can find other ways to satisfy their wanderlust. “To get outside their heads, it would be wise for them to take part in outdoor activities, such as long walks,” says Stardust. “This activity will not only allow Sagittarians to observe new scenery, but they’ll also let go of their daily triggers and annoyances.”
Capricorn: Do low-intensity exercise
Capricorns are known for prioritizing work, and sometimes getting carried away by things like stressful coworkers or their own immense workload. Stardust says they’d do well to incorporate some relaxing, low-intensity physical activity in their daily routine. “Light stretching, yoga, and Pilates will bring air into their muscles and bones,” she says. “This will do immense wonders to help a Capricorn’s emotional and mental stability.”
Aquarius: Take a tension-relieving bath
Often touted as eccentric and rebellious, this air sign often rejects structure and anything restrictive, which can result in a sense of tension. “A warm bath with Himalayan sea salt and lavender allows Aquarians to unlock the tension and tightness in their muscles, which is where they store all their frustrations,” says Stardust.
Pisces: Try a sound bath
Pisces are the most sensitive, intuitive signs of the zodiac, and they benefit from developing a spiritual practice to handle the intense emotions they feel so deeply. “Attending a meditative sound bath will help Pisces release anxieties and let them become more meditative,” says Stardust. “It will help them relax to the sounds of the music, and feel like a reset for their minds, which often envelop them in heavy feelings.”
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