Make this the year you embrace self-care (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

You already know we’re not big fans of the diet-themed New Year’s resolution.

Far better, we reckon, to take on a challenge that actually makes you feel good, and isn’t doomed to fail.

Perhaps that could be something as simple as prioritising your mental health, or carving out time for some proper self-care.

To help get you started, we chatted with health practitioner Gemma Hampson at GearHungry for her recommendations for the best self-care practices for each star sign to try.

Obviously, this isn’t a restrictive guide – it won’t do you any harm to do the task delegatred to Aries if you’re a Virgo.

Feel free to pick whichever one appeals to you. But if you’re stuck and struggling to work out how to treat yourself with care this year, let your star sign decide for you. Easy.

What star sign are you?

  • Aries: March 21 to April 20
  • Taurus: April 21 to May 21
  • Gemini: May 22 to June 21
  • Cancer: June 22 to July 23
  • Leo: July 24 to August 23
  • Virgo: August 24 to September 23
  • Libra: September 24 to October 23
  • Scorpio: October 24 to November 22
  • Sagittarius: November 23 to December 21
  • Capricorn: December 22 to January 21
  • Aquarius: January 22 to February 19
  • Pisces: February 20 to March 20

Aries

Sort out your emails, Aries (Picture: Getty)

‘An Aries is a natural born leader that applies unwavering focus and determination to each task in front of them,’ says Gemma. ‘They detest dithering and like duties to be completed in a timely manner, with a straightforward approach.

‘An Aries puts a lot of pressure on themselves. Their need for others to consider them as “number one” can be draining, so I encourage an Aries to be mindful of burnout.

‘The current climate can lead to an Aries working prolonged hours as they perceive it as an opportunity to reach new achievements. For this reason, carving out time to practice selfcare is crucial to an Aries.’

Self-care priority for Aries: Unsubscribe.

Make it your priority to tackle email anxiety this year.

Dedicate an evening to unsubscribing, deleting, and creating folders to organise messages – this will save you from daily stress in the future.

‘You will also see instant rewards – crucial to an Aries as they feel that this self-care practice doubles up as a productive task,’ says Gemma.

Taurus

Taurus, embrace indulgence (Picture: Getty)

‘A Taurus is very opinionated and can be incredibly stubborn’, Gemma explains. ‘Once a Taurus has a plan, they like to stick to it. They crave structure, routine, and stability.

‘They hold a higher level of determination than most which in turn, makes them strong-willed. A person that holds the Taurus sign loves calm, a luxurious home sanctuary and a chance to simply rest in a quiet environment.

‘They are often described as unmotivated characters that are lazy. A Taurus would argue that they simply favour self-indulgence and comfort. Although a Taurus may be perceived as laid back initially, they do stand up for themselves and can seem aggressive’.

Self-care priority for Taurus: Indulgence

Gemma says: ‘Meditation accompanied by scentful candles is perfect for a Taurus. The meditation aligns with a Taurus’ desire to position themselves in one place and the candles add a touch of luxury that the Taurus is accustomed to.

‘Frequent meditation reduces stress by suppressing the body’s production of cortisol. Meditation can help a Taurus grow to be more self-aware as it encourages participants to take awareness of their surroundings as well as the way in which one reacts to the movements, sounds and actions around them.

‘As a Taurus craves structure, I advise that they practice their meditation at the same time and in a designated area every time.’

Gemini

Embrace your fast pace, Gemini (Picture: Getty)

Geminis tend to be social sorts, enjoying getting to know different people.

They’re always on the go and can struggle to be nailed down.

Self-care priority for Gemini: HIIT workouts

‘As a Gemini is fast moving and loses focus easily, I strongly recommend HIIT workouts and/or circuit training as a means to boost energy levels and enhance a positive mindset,’ says Gemma. ‘This frequent change in exercises over the course of the workout will aid in keeping the focus of a Gemini and ensure that no two workouts are the same.

‘Studies show that HIIT increases the production of the neurotransmitters glutamate and GABA, both of which control the chemical messaging to the brain. Low levels of glutamate and GABA spark low moods and anxiety.

‘HIIT also boots BDNF, a protein that regulates brain function and mood. Practices that even mood while burning energy is the perfect self-care for every Gemini.’

Cancer

Cancers, take a bath (Picture: Getty)

‘Cancerians hold emotional depth like no other sign on the Zodiac’, Gemma tells us. ‘They have great emotional instincts, often rely on their gut feeling and are their social circles ‘go to’ people for advice.

‘Deep thinking is the norm for a Cancer, and they find it exceedingly difficult to open up to people. They love being at home, in their ‘safe’ environment and often analyse all of the possible outcomes of visiting a new place before they take the plunge and go there in person.

‘The Zodiac sign Cancer is governed by the moon, the celestial force that literally embodies self-care. Indulgent self-care practices come naturally to a Cancer. They fully grasp the importance of it and will purposely carve out meaningful time in order to obtain a practice that has a positive impact on their wellbeing.’

Self-care priority for Cancer: Baths

Gemma explains: ‘A cancer is naturally drawn to water. They feel at peace on the beach and floating in the sea comes naturally to them.

‘Failing a visit to the ocean, drawing a bath is an event in the Cancerian household. They can spend hours in it sifting through their thoughts, thinking of new ideas and deciding how to move forward with their week.

‘A warm bath increases the temperature of the body and in turn, relaxes muscles. As a bath rapidly has a direct impact on the body, instant relaxation ensues along with a suppression in anxiety and stress.’

Leo

Dance is the self-care for you, Leo (Picture: Getty)

‘Leos are never short of confidence,’ notes Gemma. ‘They are very sure of themselves, secure in their opinions and not afraid to rock the boat.

‘ They tend to own the room and exert passion and enthusiasm. Leos are extremely loyal and love to receive compliments. In fact, it is not unusual for a Leo to go fishing for them.

‘Ultimately, Leos endeavour to receive attention and they are extremely popular beings. They are known to host the best parties and give the best gifts as they are often the most thoughtful.’

Self-care priority for Leo: Dance

Atention-seeking Leos should go for self-care practices that allow them to show off their talents and encourage praise.

Try taking lessons or following YouTube tutorials, then when you’re ready, put on a show.

Virgo

Don’t be too hard on yourself, Virgo (Picture: Getty)

Virgos are perfectionists, which can result in harsh self-criticism.

‘A Virgo is highly creative and also a philosopher/daydreamer,’ Gemma adds. ‘They are artistic and often use it as an outlet to express their deepest thoughts.’

Self-care priority for Virgo: Art

‘A stickler for routine, a Virgo will thrive when practicing their act of self-care at the same time every day,’ advises Gemma. ‘Sitting in a quite environment and drawing and/or painting for a steady period of time is perfect for a Virgo and is an act of self-care and mindfulness.

‘Mindfulness inspires participants to be consciously present in the moment and alone with their thoughts. Art can serve as a fantastic mindfulness practice and is perfect for a Virgo.’

Libra

Libras, it’s time to try crystalwork (Picture: Getty)

‘Libras thrive in relationships,’ says Gemma. ‘They value companionship and appreciate the finer things in life.

‘Libras tend to be people pleasers and those closest to them can grow frustrated with them as they strive to keep everyone happy, including people that they consider acquaintances.

‘A Libra is not the best at making decisions and tend to be consistently indecisive.’

Self-care priority for Libra: Crystalwork

Ready to give crystals a go?

‘Short practices work best for a Libra as anything with substantial commitment can throw them,’ Gemma says. ‘As they appreciate the beauty in material things, working with crystals is a terrific self-care practice.

‘A Libra will not be alone in their crystal work as Adele, Victoria Beckham and Kylie Jenner have all talked about their work with Crystals. Crystal work can be practiced for 30 seconds or several hours and also be displayed around the home, perfect for a Libra’s aesthetic.

Scorpio

Embrace nature, Scorpio (Picture: Getty)

‘A Scorpio is fiercely protective of their loved ones,’ says Gemma. ‘They may not easily allow others to access their deepest thoughts or desires however, when they love they love hard.

‘Once a Scorpio has their mind set on something, there is no stopping them. They can forgive people pretty easily but, they never forget.

‘A Scorpio’s social circle are often surprised by their successes as they often keep their road to success a secret until they have achieved their goals.’

Self-care priority for Scorpio: Nature

Spend some time embracing nature, whether that’s going for a walk or doing a spot of gardening.

‘A Scorpio is at home in nature and at their best when they are outside,’ says Gemma. ‘Studies have proven that spending time in an outdoor space encourages a positive mood, boosts self-esteem, and increases the body’s levels of serotonin.’

Sagittarius

Sagittarius, you know how to have fun (Picture: Getty)

Gemma says: ‘Full of energy and a flare for fun, hanging out with a Sagittarius always guarantees a good time.

‘However, as they have a carefree nature, they are not afraid to be honest and often speak before they think.

‘Those who hold the Sagittarius sign loath deadlines and are terrible timekeepers. A Sagittarius prefers to live in an ideal world rather than a realistic one.

‘They may not achieve all of their dreams, but they are ok to keep the dream. A Sagittarius is great at getting themselves out of difficult situations and somewhat enjoy the thrill of it.’

Self-care priority for Sagittarius: Create a vision board

Bring some focus to your dreams by getting them down on paper.

This will help you to streamline your vision and work out what’s really important.

Plus, creating vision boards can boost energy levels and motivation, making you loads more productive.

Capricorn

Learn new things in lockdown, Capricorn (Picture: Getty)

‘Capricorn is synonymous with workaholic,’ says Gemma. ‘Capricorns are fiercely independent, self sufficient and ambitious.

‘Capricorns tend to see the negative before the positive however, this trait does ensure that they are realists, seeing that events rarely surprise them.

‘Capricorns are incredibly disciplined, once they put their mind to something, it is rare that they will swerve off course. Their minds tend to run at a million miles a minute and when they are completing one task, they are already thinking of the next.

‘Capricorn strive for success; they often climb the career ladder and are general overachievers. However, although accomplishing major success is the norm for a Capricorn, they will never shout about it or show off their success. They are very modest, easily embarrassed of the attention and stay steadily humble.

‘Craving instant gratification, Capricorns strive to conduct practices where the benefits are instant. Self-confessed workaholics, they are prone to burnout. As a result, self-care practices that serve as an energy boost are a must.’

Self-care priority for Capricorn: Learn new things

Gemma says: ‘Capricorns love to learn new things on an ongoing basis. Self-care practices that are never ‘completed’ and encourage participants to always find something new in their practices are pretty much made for Capricorns.’

Something like yoga would be a great shout.

Aquarius

If you’re an Aquarius, you likely love being creative (Picture: Getty)

‘An Aquarius thinks outside the box with ease and adores unusual activities,’ says Gemma. ‘They are natural eccentrics with a great eye for detail and very stubborn. They are great team players and are not afraid to make change and strive to make the world a better place.

‘Analytical and naturally clever, they are great problem solvers, and rely heavily on data.

‘Although an Aquarius may be a geek on the inside, they succeed in providing the shock factor amongst their social circles and trust people that allow them to be themselves. It can take a while for an Aquarius to trust you though, and they are often perceived as cold.

‘An Aquarius is always thinking. They are never likely to make a spontaneous decision and instead favour making considered choices.’

Self-care priority for Aquarius: Games and puzzles

Get yourself a puzzle or invest in a gaming console.

‘It may come as no surprise that an Aquarius will benefit from a self-care practice that is an ongoing game/puzzle,’ says Gemma. ‘The likes of Animal Crossing is pretty perfect for an Aquarius who wants to have some time out. It not only presents the opportunity to express their creativity but also use their analytical skills and communicate with others.’

Pisces

Try journaling, Pisces (Picture: Getty)

Gemma says: ‘A Pisces is deeply rooted in emotion and holds no judgement of others. They can pick up on the feelings of others with ease just by sensing their vibe.

‘A Pisces is a big crier. As they are so in tune with their emotions, it is no surprise that a Pisces is a romantic type.

‘A Pisces is often believed to have psychic tendencies and is often ruled by their gut feeling. They can be considered to be delusional by others however, they easily adapt to their surroundings.’

Self-care priority for Pisces: Journaling

‘With psychic tendencies and an inner wisdom, the most beneficial self-care practice for a Pisces is journaling,’ says Gemma. ‘Manifesting is second nature to a Pisces. Journaling accesses the left side of the brain, working to unblock the right side to create and feel.’

Get scribbling, Pisces.

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