Your perfect self-care routine, according to your star sign

Give yourself the gift of an astrologically perfect self-care night by syncing your routine to your zodiac sign.

Taking time for yourself has never been more important. Thanks to overloaded work schedules, social crises (like the harrowing coronavirus outbreak) and the always-on nature of social media, mental health issues like burnout and anxiety have never been higher. Because of this, nurturing your body and mind are essential for protecting your physical and mental health – but how do you know the right way to do it?

Just like your morning routine and evening schedule, tapping into your zodiac traits can help you find the perfect self-care rituals for your personality. Here’s how to do it:

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Aries (March 21st-April 19th)

Natural-born leaders, Aries are renowned for their go-go-go attitude, but what goes up must come down. While it can be tempting to work yourself into the ground, relaxing both your body and mind is essential for achieving your goals. Honour your energetic fire sign with a boxing class or outdoor run, then sweat your worries away with a sauna sesh. A weekly yin yoga class will help quiet your mind and reset your nervous system, and don’t forget to sneak in a cheeky glass of red wine every now and then.

Taurus (April 20th-May 20th)

Lovers of luxury, Taurians don’t need any convincing when it comes to taking care of themselves. Since you respond more to physical touch, line up a full-body massage or indulge in a soothing facial treatment to nurture your body as well as your mind. If you can’t make it to the spa, a relaxing bubble bath with essential oils or an at-home gua sha massage is a must – as is allowing yourself to curl up on the couch and watch your favourite TV show.

Gemini (May 21st-June 20th)

Ruled by Mercury (the messenger of the zodiac), Geminis are keen communicators, which means their love for chatting, analysing and researching can make it hard for them to switch off. To show yourself some TLC, find a cosy nook in your home or outside and get lost in book you’ve been eyeing off. Since being social actually fuels you, pencil in a girls’ night at home so you can reap the best of both worlds.

Cancer (June 21st-July 22nd)

You might be tough as nails on the outside, but inside you’re sensitive and easily affected by others. As a water sign you take on the thoughts and feelings of those around you, so protect yourself with a guilt-free day at home. Try therapeutic cooking or baking or give yourself a DIY mani. If you feel like leaving your abode, get to the beach or local pool to re-energise.

Leo (July 23rd-August 22nd)

You never feel more like yourself than when you’re out socialising or dancing, so why not do both? Hit up your friends for dinner or sign them up for a dance or pottery class – you’ll thrive on the competition and spotlight. If you’re feeling under the weather, slip on a hair mask, turn on your diffuser and listen to a guided mindful meditation.

Virgo (August 23rd-September 22nd)

Ever the perfectionist, Virgos find a deep sense of calm when their life is in order, so go ahead and colour-code your drawers, re-organise your fridge and clear out your wardrobe. Low on energy? Write a list of what you’ll accomplish tomorrow then treat yourself to Marie Kondo on Netflix or Ikea’s ASMR video of people tidying up their bedrooms. Seriously – you’ll love it.

Libra (September 23rd-October 22nd)

As the scales of the zodiac, Librans live and breathe balance, so centre yourself with a yoga class and then get outside and go for a hike. Practices like earthing are perfect for realigning your spirit and helping you recharge, and activities like painting or colouring in are a great creative outlet.

Scorpio (October 23rd-November 21st)

Brave and headstrong, Scorpios can be intense and are guilty of taking themselves a little too seriously. To lighten your mental load, give free freeform journalling a try. Unlike gratitude journaling, which requires you to reflect on everything you’re thankful for, freeform journaling allows you to let your thoughts flow. Simply put pen to paper and write whatever comes to mind and don’t get hung up on form – it can be a list, a poem, a journal entry or a drawing.

Sagittarius (November 22nd-December 21st)

An adventurous fire sign, Sagittarians are always thinking about their next trip or goal, but this can mean they often miss what’s right in front of them. Like Scorpios, you can nurture your body and mind with journaling – but you should stick to gratitude journaling. This will help you focus on what really matters and allow you to stop chasing the next best thing. Of course, you can’t sit still for too long, so a long hike or beach walk will help satisfy your need for action.

Capricorn (December 22nd-Jan 19th)

Although soaking in the tub can be relaxing, as a Capricorn, you’ll probably find more joy in getting outside of your comfort zone. Try an activity that engages your analytical mind but also allows you to disconnect from the chatter in your mind. Think rock climbing, learning an instrument, crocheting or sketching.

Aquarius (January 20th-February 18th)

You spend a lot of time in your head so a self-care routine that focuses on your physical body is just what you need. Sign up to a Pilates class to reconnect with your limbs and ensure you’re taking care of yourself by scoring quality shut-eye and loading up on healthy eats. Since Aquarians are the star gazers of the zodiac, spend an evening under the stars to help you disconnect from your phone.

Pisces (February 19th-March 20th)

Pay tribute to your elemental sign by taking your workouts to the water. Not only will your body thank you for it, your mind will too as being surrounded by h2O will help settle anxious thoughts. The daydreamers of the zodiac, Pisceans can benefit from the use of crystal grids to help focus your goals and intentions.