I find self care falls into 6 categories. Keeping up with all 6 is important in staying healthy - in my opinion.
DIET & HYDRATION
Are you drinking enough water? Water is more important than anything! The average woman should be drinking at least 3L a day. Are you substituting processed and sugary foods for better alternatives? Tweaking your diet daily to balance it out and introduce healthier options is a good thing to stay consistent in for long-term goodness. Have you made yourself something nice to eat recently? Bake something perhaps? Make meals an event, pick a recipe off pinterest, pretend you're Remi from ratatouille and get your cook on!
Stay clean and focused! Make sure you've been showering enough, treat yourself to a bubble bath or bathbomb every once and a while. Wear fresh and clean clothes, even on darker days or lazy days - this will help boost your mood and potential for being productive! Brush and floss your teeth, this should be second nature. Care about your dental health, it'll automatically cause you to smile/talk/laugh more. Find a good skin care routine! If you feel good in your natural skin, it'll shine right through you!
Have you been moving around today? Have you exercised for an hour today? Gone for a walk? Had a workout? Played a sport? Go get up and do some exercises! Your body releases all kinds of natural endorphin when you exercise. It'll reduce your stress levels, help you sleep better and you may even find that it can be pretty fun!
Sleep is SO IMPORTANT, consistency also helps boost your health. So better sleeping habits, better health. Getting proper sleep helps improve your memory, it can inspire more creative energy from the rem state, it sharpens your attention span, and of course, reduces stress. Getting a proper sleep will be a game changer for you, Do you bullet journal? Consider a sleep tracker or a time tracker to help build better patterns.
"Treat yo self!" reasonably! Take moments to reward yourself for your hard work. With your finances in mind, consider ways to treat yourself to brighten your mood. I personally always get myself a box of fresh macaroons everytime I finish a client project. A little "good job on all you did" for myself, because I worked hard and I need to ensure I regonize that in myself. You don't need to save special things for special occasions, make the occasion special. Don't use this an an excuse to overspend on your budget because that'll only add to your stress!
Are you an introvert or extrovert? It's an important thing to learn about yourself to ensure you are recharging properly. I call myself an introvert extrovert. I am overly social when around people but I don't actually do well being around people for long amounts of time. To recharge, I need personal alone time. A night to myself to pour a glass of wine and sink into the bath. For myself, I had to learn to say "no" to Friday nights out sometimes because my health needed to come first and that meant unwinding alone. For someone like my mom? Well she needs to go out and visit with friends, or family. She likes to go out for the night as a way to recharge, a beer with a few friends at the bar is far more her speed than mine. However that's what works for each of us. Figure out when you are the least stressed, is it when you're around people? or solely in your own company?