The old adage said it best: new year, new you. That's right, a new year is just around the corner (good riddance, 2017), which means it's time to start thinking about resolutions. That's never an easy task, I know. While no one can really have any real idea of what the new year will have in store for them, the one thing we can all count on is ourselves and our goals. That's why this is a great time to start thinking about how we can all be slightly better about practicing self care routines in 2018.
Let's face it, 2017 was rough. It did a number on so many of us, and that's an understatement. So, anything involving self-care that aims to improve mental and physical well-being is important to think about as we move into 2018 and begin to heal the wounds 2017 left behind.
While self-care certainly means something different for everybody, if you're in need of a little inspiration, there's no better place to turn that the stars. It is written after all — and your zodiac is one of the easiest places to start if you're looking for a little resolution inspo. As a Taurus, I know for a fact that my stubborn and sometimes overly-brazen attitude can leave me feeling exhausted and overwhelmed, it's just the Taurus way — so, one of my resolutions this year will be to slow my roll a bit and really make it a point to treat myself to a foot massage or a facial every now and then.
So, without further ado, read on for a few of the best ways you can start planning your 2018 self-care routines — all based on your sign.
Aries, much like their animal namesake the ram, is one of the most competitive star signs. So, if you're an Aries, try and slow down in 2018. Maybe start by treating yourself to a nice long bath every now and then, or even schedule a facial or two for yourself. It's important to remember to step back a little bit when things get rough, and indulge yourself in the simple pleasures in life.
Libra is all about balance, and you know what else is? Yoga! So take control in this new year and resolve to get some extra zen in your life. If you can, challenge yourself to some hot yoga style classes, or maybe even alternative hip-hop yoga classes — whatever seems appealing to you.
This sign is relentless when it comes to work. It's that bullish, never give up, fight to the end attitude that makes it especially important for every Taurus to treat themselves in 2018. Whether that's through a full body massage, a foot massage, or a pedicure every now and then, make sure you're getting in some relaxation time to keep you feeling calm and zen.
Scorpios are an all systems go high intensity kind of sign, which is why taking a day out of your busy schedule every now and then is important. Resolve to take a day off here and there and do something completely unrelated to work. Maybe go to a museum, or a park? Whatever makes you feel good, that's what you should do.
This sign is perhaps the most emotionally in-touch in the zodiac, which is why 2018 may be a good opportunity for Geminis to channel some of that emotion into something artistic. Take a cooking or photography class — whatever appeals to you. Using your hands as well as your mind will help you create more balance in the new year.
Sagittarius are the highly intelligent thinkers of the bunch — and with so much technology around them, they can feel overloaded pretty quickly. So, the best thing this sign can do for a little self-care in 2018 is to go on digital detox. That's right, I'm talking fully detaching from phones, TVs, and any other digital devices and getting outside. Be one with nature, grasshopper. It will pay off in the long run.
Cancers tend to take on a lot of baggage, especially from other astrological signs. They can't help it — they're the loving, empathic, do-gooders of the group. This is why cancers need to resolve to be more selfish in 2018. Get better at saying no to others, and focus more on yourself and what you want to do. Doing you more often and not feeling bad or guilty about it is the greatest gift you can give yourself this year.
Capricorns are perhaps the most goal-oriented and driven of all the zodiac signs, which is why letting loose is a good resolution for 2018. Try your hand at a new activity like rock-climbing, or maybe take an improv class — whatever suits you. The point is to challenge yourself in a way that's a little out of your element and not within your general "life plan."
Ahh, Leos. The good-hearted, natural-born leaders of the zodiac. Leos love to live luxuriously, so why not resolve to embrace that in 2018? I recommend Leos take some time to themselves a few times a year and head to a luxury resort for a night (or a weekend). A holiday in the sun (or snow, whatever floats your boat!) will be much-appreciated.
This sign is one of the most selfless of the zodiac. They can't help it — its in every Aquarius' nature. But what ends up happening is that they tend to help everyone else but themselves. That's why meditation is going to be a great way for every Aquarius to take a step back and get back to being one with themselves in 2018. Embrace the silence every now and then, and find your center
Cool, calm and collected, Virgos are very much a live and let live type. When it comes to their hobbies, Virgos tend to stick to the same routine day in and out — which is why introducing something new in 2018 will not only be healthy, but keep things fresh as well. Consider taking up a Tai Chi class, or spice things up with dance lessons. Whatever calls to you, go for it — just make sure it's different.
Pisces are generally more more prone to daydreaming than other signs, so why not turn some of those dreams into a reality in 2018? Plan a trip somewhere you've always wanted to go, and enjoy every second of it. If you're really feeling adventurous, maybe make it a solo trip. That boost of self-confidence will be the best self care you can give yourself in the new year.