The end of summer means the beginning of Virgo season
If there is one thing Virgos strive at it’s turning self-care into productivity. Whether it is working out to reach that daily step goal or to clear your head, there is usually a greater purpose to all of your self-care actions. This is what makes Virgo a truly unique sign. But it can also make it hard to find a self-care routine that works.
So, let’s put a little zodiac into self-care!
For our pragmatic, grounded, and practical Virgo, we’ve got a few self-care solutions just for you. If your self-care routine needs a bit of a boost*, give a few of these practices a try.
*Changing up your self-care routine is actually a great method of self-care for a Virgo. A stagnant routine does a Virgo no good.
Pick up a new creative hobby and a new skill. Being creative in your downtime can help you become more creative in your work. But working on a creative hobby doesn’t have to be a waste of productive time. It can be fun and practical.
Ever wanted that perfect item of clothing? Make it yourself! Sewing is a great skill. Just grab a second hand machine online and get started. There are plenty of online tutorials to help you along the way. While it might seem intimidating to start, the best part about sewing is that you learn something new from every project, so you are always adding to your list of talents.
Pottery is not only practical, but it can be decorative too! Throw yourself a new coffee mug or vase. Make a unique tray for your jewelry or keys. Create a personalized bowl for a friend’s birthday, or a pot for a garden plant. Create with a purpose, Virgo. Also, you’ll get to get your hands in some clay, made from your favorite element, Earth.
Virgo is an Earth sign and guided by the goddess of the harvest, so, naturally, food is an important part of a your life! This means that it’s an important part of your self-care. When Virgo needs a little pick me up, they should eat something they love. Or, better yet – get cooking!
These cookbooks are a great place to start your practice of food driven self-care.
Impossible the Cookbook
With this cookbook, not only are you able to cook delicious stress-free meals, but you’re also doing good for the planet. Virgos are not only Earth signs, but they are practical, so it only makes sense to combine a love of food with a way to help the environment.
This book is filled with recipes from the world’s top chefs using impossible, plant-based meat alternatives. So, this is great if you are considering cutting out or limiting meat in your diet. You can make tasty dishes that aren’t too different from what you’re currently making.
Magnolia Table, Volume 2, by Joanna Gains
While Joanna Gain’s first book was all about sharing her family recipes with the world, this book is all about creating new delectable dishes. These new dishes are first tried by the Gaines family, then offered at their restaurants. So, though they might be new, they are certainly tried and true.
Virgos love good, healthy, and delicious food as part of their self-care routine. Incorporate wholesome dishes into your everyday routine with this book. Of course, Joanna isn’t afraid of a few decadent desserts, which are truly a requirement for any self-care routine.
My Korea: Traditional Flavors, Modern Recipes, by Hooni Kim
While Virgos aren’t normally the type to step too far out of their standard routine, it can be self-care enough to try something new. So, why not step away from comfort food into a different kind of tradition – Korean. Known for being savory, spicy, and out of the ordinary for most kitchens, Korean food is a welcomed treat.
Hooni Kim won the first Michelin Star for a Korean restaurant and has finally debuted his first cookbook. These recipes use the three main ingredients in Korean food – doejang (fermented soybean paste), ganjang (soy sauce), and gochujang (fermented red chili paste) to create a number of amazing dishes.
Details, Lists, and Planning
Virgo is all about tracking, planning, and progress. If you aren’t sure why some self-care routines aren’t working for you, it might be because you aren’t able to track your progress. We’ve got a solution.
All you need is a blank journal, pens, and some inspiration. Though, a ruler, stickers, and colored markers are a fun way to personalize your journal.
If you need a bit of inspiration, here are some of our favorite Instagram accounts to follow. Each one has their own style and offers a variety of ways to track nearly everything in your life.
The Bullet Journal Method, by Ryder Carroll
The best way to describe a bullet journal is taking all of your thoughts, tasks, and schedules and organizing them in a way that works for you. Carroll created the method that has since gone viral. So what better way to start your bullet journal than at the source? This book will show you how to track the past, order the present, and design the future all in a way that works for you and your unique style.
If creating a whole bullet journal isn’t your thing, but you still want to track your progress, don’t worry, there’s a journal for that! These great little books are perfect trackers and organizers for specific parts of your life.
Eat Drink Move Sleep: A Health Tracking Journal
This simple journal allows you to track what you eat and drink, when and how much you move, and how long you sleep. Tracking these habits can show you where you need to work and where you are killing it! Each week is set up with daily places to track and offers weekly reflections so you can check in with yourself and make adjustments as needed.
Meal Planning Notebook: Weekly Meal Planning Calendar and Grocery List
Meal planning will not only save you time but also help you stay organized. You won’t have to worry about wasting food or whether or not the dishes are clean for cooking. All your meals, or at least however many you want to prep, will be ready to heat and eat. This notebook has pages for recipes and grocery lists.
The Guided Dream Journal, by Katherine Olivetti
Having strange dreams? It could mean you’re stressed. Keep track of your dreams and interpret their meaning with this journal. Interpreting your dreams can help you narrow down what is stressing you and help you find a solution.
Even if you don’t put much stock in dream interpretation, this journal is a great way to monitor your sleep by noting what nights you feel rested in relation to what you were dreaming.
Get in Touch with Nature
For a Virgo, self-care has to be practical, purpose-based, and health-oriented. Getting in touch with nature is a beneficial way to do all of those things.
Are you looking for a great place to relax and read your book? Why not take it outside? Grab a blanket and read in the park, or tie up a hammock and lay under the trees.
Go on a hike. Enjoy the relaxing benefits of spending time outside plus a great workout, too. Whether you are an expert hiker or are just looking for a nice walk, here are a few apps that help find trails near you.
All Trails – available for iOS and Android
Whether you’re traveling, or just exploring your local area, AllTrails will find hiking trails nearby. Simply enter in your area, or search by city or trial name. A map will appear showing you all of the trails in the area. From there you can filter by difficulty, length, elevation, and rating. This is perfect from expert and beginner hikers alike. So, grab your fitness tracker and get moving.
Charity Miles – donate to charity with every mile.
While not technically a hiking app, Charity Miles is a great app to have active while you are on the trail. For each mile you clock in the app, a small donation is made to a charity of your choice. You can also use this app while walking, biking, or running. It is a great way to get out in nature and donate to charity all at the same time. Goals.
Get your hands dirty and plant your own garden. Not only will you literally get in touch with nature, but you can enjoy the fruits of your labor in your own cooking. You can have fresh herbs and veggies right outside.
The best part about creating your own garden is that you can find easy guides to help get you started. Whether you’re looking to dig up a space in your yard, or just have a couple of pots in your window.
The Kitchen Herb Garden: Growing and Preparing Essential Herbs, by Rosalind Creasy
Have fresh herbs, but not quite sure how to use them? Want to start your own herb garden, but not sure where to start? Don’t worry, this book has all the answers for you. Creasy will teach you how to start your own small kitchen garden, with a single sunny window sill. You’ll also know which herbs are the most useful in everyday dishes.
Full of tips, tricks, and an illustrated encyclopedia of herbs, you’ll be an expert in no time. This is perfect for aspiring gardeners and chefs alike. Nothing beats fresh herbs in the kitchen, especially if you’ve grown them yourself.
Virgo like to have spaces that are well organized, practical, and comfortable. So, the best way to feel a bit refreshed is to reorganize parts of your home.
Workspace and office
Reorganize your workspace and desk. Make sure that everything on your desk has a reason to be there. Don’t clutter the space, but make sure that it is comfortable. Virgo want to feel comfortable in their space. So, make it special.
Wild at Home: How to Style and Care for Beautiful Plants, by Hilton Carter
Bring the outdoors into your workspace. Plants are a great way to bring design and comfort into a space, especially for Virgo. Make your home healthier and add dimension with indoor plants. If you’re nervous about keeping plants, Hilton Carter has you covered.
This book not only takes you through Carter’s own plant-filled home but also other lush spaces filled with a variety of plants. Plants aren’t just about filling your space with green, but with different textures, fragrances, and design.
Closet and Wardrobe
Organizing your closet is a long-term way to relieve stress. Tactics like taking stock of what you have, getting rid of anything that doesn’t serve you, assigning a home for everything, are just a few tips from these reads. Work smarter, not harder, Virgos.
The Capsule Wardrobe, by Wendy Mak
Learn how to make the most of your wardrobe by limiting your clothing options down to a mere 30 pieces. This is a great idea for practical Virgos because it shows you to make the most out of a few essential pieces. You’ll never feel like you are limited in your clothing options because everything will be so versatile. So, whether you are heading to work, out for drinks with the girls, or weekends at home with the family, you’ll have the perfect outfit without having a cluttered closet.
Treat yourself and incorporate these ideas into your routines. If you’re a Virgo, what is your self-care routine? Let us know on our socials and share it with your fellow Virgos.
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