By Amelia Quint
We’re all doing our best to adapt to life post-COVID, but it’s only natural to experience some burnout from that transition. Fortunately, astrology can help! Your moon sign explains your emotional nature and how you feel your feelings, so it’s the perfect foundation for your self-care strategy.
Not sure how to find your moon sign? Pull up your favorite astrology app and grab a copy of your birth chart. Got it? Read on!
Ready to get moving? Your moon sign shines brightest when you engage your physical body through exercise. You’re competitive and love any activity that allows you to smash a personal record; the feeling of achievement is a massive mood booster for you. Weight training can provide that sense of accomplishment as you feel yourself getting stronger with each session, even if it’s just a small step forward. If you aren’t feeling up to a full-on workout, deep breathing and meditation support both your body and your mind in tough times. Your energetic sign can get easily frustrated, so taking a moment to stop, relax, and actively release the tension can work wonders.
Some people might see beauty rituals as frivolous, but not you. In fact, your beauty and skincare regimens are the lifeline of your self-care routine, and a constant reminder of your commitment to yourself. It’s deeply comforting to take a moment that’s fully yours as you start and end your day, whether that means applying a perfume with a scent that instantly relaxes you or taking a hot bath with soothing salts. You’re conscious of the value of things as well as their impact on the environment, so you’re most likely to stock your kit with items that are sustainable for both your wallet and the wider world.
Even if your body needs a rest, your mind is always in motion. That’s why your favorite self-care strategy is catching up on all the media you missed while you were hard at work. Listening to a podcast on a topic that you’re curious about, reading a book, or bingeing a show that’s been on your to-watch list for ages gives your busy brain something else to focus on instead of spinning its wheels. The new inspiration you generate in the process pushes you forward with added momentum. If it’ll teach you a new skill or tidbit for trivia night, even better. You’re already clever, and since learning is the way you unwind, you’ll always stay one step ahead of your competition.
With this moon sign, home really is where your heart is. You take care of yourself by curating a living space that’s also a personal sanctuary, and you can make even the most modest space feel cozy. Start by adorning your abode with decorations that are reminders of your favorite things, like pictures of loved ones and items that have a story behind them. After that, be sure your bedroom is as soft and comfy as can be, with plenty of blankets and pillows to cocoon in when you need to recharge after a long day. Finally, stock your kitchen with comfort foods that are as delicious as they are nutritious for easy access if you’re having an especially busy week.
Leo is the zodiac’s performer, so if this is your moon sign, you feel your best when you’re putting on a show. For self-care, give that creative energy a channel, whether it’s making music, movies, or another artistic medium. You could get your friends together for karaoke night, or rally the crew to take your own glamour shots. Style is an important form of self-expression for you, so if you’re feeling down, put on an outfit that you know looks amazing and do your model walk on the way to the coffee shop. It’s not about getting approval from others. It’s about presenting yourself to the world in a way that makes you hold your head high and feel good, no matter the situation.
Your analytical mind is always running at a million miles an hour, so when it comes to self-care, writing through your ideas in a journal can be a major stress reliever. Keeping a diary can help you track your progress towards goals, whether they’re career milestones or emotional accomplishments. Record a couple of bullet points about what felt important that day, and over time, you can use your excellent pattern recognition skills to see which parts of your life (and yourself) could use a little more TLC. Staying organized is almost a spiritual practice for you, so treat yourself to a notebook and pens that feel satisfying, whether it’s leather-bound or bullet-style.
It might be called self-care, but that doesn’t mean you have to do it alone! Your relationship-focused sign thrives when you can unwind with the people you love, whether it’s your romantic partner, a best friend, or a work colleague. If you notice your social circle’s on the brink of burnout, you love coordinating ways for people to blow off steam together, from game night to brunch. Yes, you’re an expert party planner, but it’s more about understanding people’s deeper drive for connection, including your own. A voice memo to a loved one can make as big of an impact as a full-on family reunion, as long as it comes straight from the heart.
Let’s be honest, thanks to your intense moon sign, your emotions run deep. It can be overwhelming at times, but you’re not afraid to dive beneath the surface and figure out what’s at the root of your feelings. That’s why therapy is your go-to self-care strategy. When it comes to working on your mental health, there’s no stigma in your book. You’re naturally curious, and applying that curiosity to your experiences with the help of a pro instead of judging yourself can help you move through even the roughest of rough patches. And if you’re not ready to reach out, reading psychology books or downloading a therapy app can help you take the first step on your own.
Feeling boxed in? Go on an adventure! Taking a journey is your ultimate form of self-care, whether that’s a literal trip or exploring a new culture or idea through reading or study. You need to know that there’s something out there that’s wider and bigger than your current world. Expand the borders of your life by visiting a new city or discovering hidden gems in your own, learning a new language, or immersing yourself in your favorite sci-fi or fantasy stories. (Hello, “Game of Thrones” rewatch!) There are few things you love as much as a museum, so if you need a reset, see if there’s one in your town or visit one virtually for a mental pick-me-up.
Self-care can be a tricky subject for you, because the truth is, you’re most comfortable when you’re working. But even your ambitious sign has to take a rest sometimes! Even then, you’re probably going to ask yourself if what you’re doing is going to pay off, so you may as well spend the time indulging in things that will make your productivity soar. Ultimately, it’s an investment in yourself. This can look like courses that’ll position you well for your next career move, or items that’ll give you more time and save you money (espresso machine, anyone?). But know that putting on your out-of-office responder and truly taking time off to recharge when you’re beat is just as valuable.
It might seem like a contradiction, but when it comes to self-care, your internet-savvy sign really can happily co-exist with technology. So long as you set clear and defined boundaries around your social media habits, you’re at your best when you’re plugged in. You love a good gadget, especially when it improves your focus. Syncing up all your devices and setting timers to keep your workflow in check takes away the stress of wondering where everything is or how long you should spend on each task. Your unconventional moon sign also loves delving into niche topics, so giving yourself time to explore those rabbit holes without getting lost in them is essential.
You’re super sensitive, and that’s a good thing. That emotional intelligence is a superpower when it comes to relationships, but it also means you can get burned out more easily than other people. When it comes to self-care, your dreamy sign needs good sleep to recover from the day-to-day stresses of life and the feelings you sometimes pick up from people in your orbit. If you don’t have a bedtime ritual, it’s time to start one! It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it does need to be consistent. Try your best to turn off your screens at roughly the same time each day. After that, light a candle, do yoga, pull a tarot card, or do whatever else will help you wind down and rest up.