The Best Self Care Practice For You, According to Your Star Sign

There are more ways than ever to care for yourself – but going back to basics is a sure bet you'll see results. However, what works for others might not work for you, so take a moment to figure out which self care practice serves you best.

One way to find a self care practice that sticks by first considering your star sign. Whether it's high-quality sleep, high-intensity workouts, ocean swims or even writing lists and getting organised, there are simple ways to up your wellness game and make your life better.

ARIES (21 March to 20 April)

You should... get some exercise

You're fiery and full of energy, which is powerful – congrats! However, you could probably do with some slowing down every now and then. Not to worry, this doesn't necessarily mean you need hours-long meditation sessions or sleepy yoga classes. Instead, choose an activity that helps you release all that energy, like a game of touch football or some high-intensity interval training, aka HIIT, which you can even do at home. Effective exercise helps you sleep better and be more in control of your energy reserves while awake.

TAURUS (21 April to 21 May)

You should... get some sleep

You're a stable earth sign and you love your sleep. And guess what? Sleep is precisely the best self care practice for you. Sleep for self-care is different than "I'm so tired I could sleep for two full days" sleep or "I don't want to get out of bed because life is full of annoyances" sleep. We're talking quality, not just quantity. Take steps now to improve your sleep hygiene: cut off screen time one hour before bed, no stimulants (coffee, alcohol, certain medications) too late in the day, eat light dinners, wash or upgrade your bed linen, reconfigure your bedroom lighting and stick to a schedule.

GEMINI (22 May to 21 June)

You should... play a game

You are witty and competitive and always on the go. Play a game with friends – either something epic like Monopoly or something low-stakes like Heads Up. You'll know you're doing it right if there's lots of laughter in the room. 

CANCER (22 June to 22 July)

You should... meditate

For you, emotions run high and often. You'll benefit from a self-care practice that brings you closer to earth, so find yourself a grounding meditation video or class to centre yourself. And if meditation's just not for you, try a simple stretch routine every evening before sleep, or cook yourself a healthy, nourishing meal. Avoid going on autopilot by choosing a recipe you haven't made before – you'll be engaged and grounded in reality while you cook.

LEO (23 July to 22 August)

You should... pamper yourself

You likely have a healthy sense of self-esteem, which means self-care is best delivered through the pampering involved in beauty treatments and external body maintenance. Give yourself regular home facials, consult an expert about new products to try that suit your unique skin, or go all out and book yourself in with a beauty specialist for the top-to-toe works. It's definitely not always about you all the time, but right now it is.

VIRGO (23 August to 23 September)

You should... get organised

You're an earth sign, rooted firmly in the physical world, and yet you're always thinking and analysing. Get your thoughts organised: make lists and then use those lists to make decisions. Both the process itself and the progress you make will provide you with the catharsis and control you desire deep down.

LIBRA (24 September to 23 October)

You should... take up yoga

Yoga is a go-to self care practice for most people, but for you – forever seeking that perfect equilibrium – yoga could be a saviour. Combine group classes with home sessions and strive for consistency, since regular practice will help you maintain balance and harmony elsewhere in life.

SCORPIO (24 October to 22 November)

You should... go for a swim

It's true, you are highly attuned to the psychic realm. Your intuition can tend to exhaust you – your senses are always tingling. Swimming is a great way to snap yourself out of it, especially a swim in cold water. Interrupt the complex and sometimes overwhelming mess that is your own waking existence by diving into a cold outdoor pool or the ocean. You can do laps and increase your fitness as well your clarity, or simply bob and splash around.

SAGITTARIUS (23 November to 21 December)

You should... get some fresh air

You love to travel and don't love being in one spot for too long. Practicing regular meditation is a good reminder that you should probably chill out and press pause. It's a chance to look inward and get closer to your own thoughts – with regular practice this will happen whether you intend it to or not. If you struggle to get on the mat and stay there, take yourself outside for good walk instead, ideally alone and in nature, away from the hubbub of daily life. A solo coastal walk or hike through a national park can allow for incidental meditation and newfound clarity. You'll be more at peace before you even return home.

CAPRICORN (22 December to 20 January)

You should... take up Pilates

You might just be a workaholic. Turn off your email notifications, schedule in some social time with your non-work friends (and make it a point to not talk about work ad nauseam), and give yourself a regular dose of low-intensity yet structured physical activity – like Pilates. Your ability to set goals and reach them will be well utilised in the Pilates studio. Plus, you'll feel stronger and more physically capable than ever.

AQUARIUS (21 January to 19 February)

You should... have a bath

You're intelligent and independent – you march to the beat of your own drummer. But life is full of rules and restrictions. Why! You're a kind of visionary, but you're constantly irritated by the people in charge who are clearly doing their jobs wrong. You can either run for office and legislate change, start a rebellion and break the whole system down, or join a commune and be done with society altogether. While you consider your options, run yourself a warm, sea salt-filled bath and burn some incense – this is the self care practice you truly need.

PISCES (20 February to 20 March)

You should... socialise

Your love of community permeates your whole existence. Practice self care by surrounding yourself, wherever and whenever possible, with people who help you be the best version of you. In turn, you'll help them be the best they can be and the world will be a little bit better for it.

You spend a third of your life in bed, so make it your own. This is the perfect linen colour for you, according to your star sign.

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