6 Self-Care Habits Of Happy Women

There’s no “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to happiness. We’re all made up of different beliefs, preferences and styles, and that’s what makes us unique and beautiful. But one thing happy women have in common is a dedication to self-care. And just like happiness, self-care looks different for everyone. But there are a few common threads that weave us together, whether you expand on them or not. So while you can still be happy without following this list to the letter, here are a few common self-care habits of happy women.

She moves her body

Self-care doesn’t mean just bubble baths and face masks, although they certainly help. Self-care 101 is loving yourself enough to exercise. It should be our number-one health priority, but often it’s the most neglected. And here’s the thing; everyone knows they should be moving their body every day, but we don’t often follow those guidelines, which can result in subconscious shame and disappointment in ourselves. Happy women know that engaging in regular exercise is a vital form of self-care. When we put ourselves first and engage in regular exercise, many of the concerns we have around exercise and movement start to melt away. Additionally, there is a mounting body of evidence supporting the role of exercise in managing depression and anxiety and improving mental health, leading to a happier life.

She indulges in alone time

If you caught our monthly theme of introverts, you know we have no problem with this one. Alone time can be restorative and replenishing. Being alone is a time to recharge. We often get drained from work and family life, so spending precious time alone can help you refill your own bucket. When you spend time alone, you get to know, accept and ultimately love yourself better. You’ll also become better at empathizing with others and develop healthier, stronger relationships with your loved ones. Setting aside time for self-reflection and adopting a mindful approach can lead to an enhanced sense of wellbeing. It can also be effective in preventing and treating depression.

She has creative hobbies

Creativity is a crucial element of self-care and good mental health. It has been said that people who engage in creative hobbies enjoy better moods, feel more interested and have less stress and lower heart rates—even hours after you’ve completed the project. Having hobbies also helps you feel accomplished and boost serotonin. If you find yourself feeling stuck in a rut, hobbies can help break the dead-end routine. Getting yourself in that “flow” has all the positive benefits women need to feel more fulfilled and happier.

She treats herself daily

If you are constantly working your ass off without any sort of reward for yourself, this is a really good way to quickly burn out and end up in a persistent bad mood. And while you might think it’s counterintuitive, deprivation is simply not a healthy way to form good habits. A life without any indulgences is one that will only result in feelings of resentment, frustration and depletion. Instead, a reward or treat should be built into your daily routine so you can give yourself something to look forward to. And remember, these don’t need to be grand gestures or expensive investments, but instead small indulgences or treats can be just as effective in practicing self-care and to help yourself feel better.

She makes sleep a priority

Listen, if you truly want to be happy, it’s time to get some shut-eye. According to Harvard research, sleep and mood go hand-in-hand. Lack of sleep makes us cranky. An exhausted person is not a happy person. That’s hardly rocket science. Poor sleep affects your mood by causing frustration and stress, while healthy sleep can be the reason for good spirits and even happiness. And long periods of time without sufficient sleep may increase the risk of developing anxiety, depression or other mood disorders. At the same time, longer periods of time with good sleep makes you feel healthy, joyful and strong.

She values routine

I was hesitant to put this one in here because I know there might be pushback. Some people thrive on routine while others shun it. Yes, you can still be “free-spirited” and “spontaneous” while still being happy. But the truth of the matter is, self-care takes planning and repetition. A bubble bath once does not a happy person make. In order to do all the self-care items I listed out above, you have to install a bit of routine into your day. In fact, many women crave routine (even if subconsciously) because routines allow you to create structure and predictability in your life. They allow you to feel safe, and this makes us feel comfortable and happy. 


All artwork by Alja Horvat

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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram