Your friend is feeling super stressed and overwhelmed, so you tell her to have a bath - it always helps! At the suggestion alone, your friend's anxiety starts to rise. Sit quietly in warm water, stewing in my thoughts?! No, thank you!
There's a good chance that your coping methods and wellness ways won’t vibe with your friend, sister, or partner. Yes, we all have our preferences and personality traits, but some astrologists believe it really comes down to our sun sign.
If you aren’t well-versed in the world of the zodiac, you are likely familiar with the concept of a horoscope. Zodiac refers to a band of the sky composed of the sun, moon, and planets. Within this band, there are twelve distinct constellations. It is used in astrology and has been used in ancient civilizations to predict the future and understand the Universe. These twelve constellations are the zodiac signs we use to look up our horoscope. It represents the constellation the sun was in at the time of your birth.
Everyone has a zodiac sign, and the most commonly used sign is our sun sign. This is what is used for horoscopes and can also be used to determine the best self-care strategies for you. According to Madi Murphy, a professional astrologer and founder of CosmicRX, “every zodiac sign is an energetic archetype that has a blueprint and a map of how to honor yourself at the deepest level - mind, body, heart, and soul.” To understand this, you need to understand your sun sign.
Your sun sign is your solar power and will help you understand yourself better. For example, water signs such as Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio need to honor their emotions and begin the day slowly. Alternatively, Aries, Sagittarius, and Leo, which are fire signs, do well when they start their day with a sweat sesh at the gym or spin class. If your self-care routine feels more like a chore than a way to boost your well-being, look up your sun sign and check out the astrologer recommended strategies below.
Figuring out your sun sign is the most straightforward of your zodiac signs. All you need is your date of birth and to check where it falls on the list below.
Aquarius: January 20 to February 18
Pisces: February 19 to March 20
Aries: March 21 to April 19
Taurus: April 20 to May 20
Gemini: May 21 to June 20
Cancer: June 21 to July 22
Leo: July 23 to August 22
Virgo: August 23 to September 22
Libra: September 23 to October 22
Scorpio: October 23 to November 21
Sagittarius: November 22 to December 21
Capricorn: December 22 to January 19
If you want to dive deeper into the world of astrology, you can look up your moon and rising sign, but this requires more information, including your time of birth and location.
But, for the self-care tips below, all you need is your sun sign, so look up your sign and test it out for yourself. You may be amazed just how good you feel when you follow the stars.
Aquarius signs are ruled by the planet Uranus which is highly connected. These individuals tend to be rebellious, spontaneous, and think outside the box. Their elemental sign is air, and they are both enthusiastic and calm. When it comes to self-care, experts recommend unplugging. Outside energy is coming at all of us at high speeds. Emails, texts, calls, social media - it can be hard to listen to yourself when the outside world is so loud. Madi Murphy recommends putting your phone on airplane mode for at least an hour every day. This will amplify your brilliant Aquarius self and help you feel more energized and ready to take on the world.
Pisces are sensitive souls that are in tune with their emotions. They are highly sympathetic and empathetic and care about those around them. Although these are attractive characteristics, they can leave Pisces feeling depleted or overwhelmed if they don’t take care of themselves. For your self-care practice, unleash your imagination and creative spirit. A great way to do this is by putting pen to paper. You can write about your dreams, create short stories, or free-write, pouring your heart into your journal without hesitation. Astrologer Stephanie Gailing, author of The Complete Guide to Astrological Self-Care, recommends dream journaling. After you wake up, write your dreams down as you remember them and then spend time decoding them.
Aries are ambitious, assertive, motivated, and passionate. This fire sign does very well with movement. To clear your head and improve your mood, turn on some uplifting music and dance! Dance like no one's watching, and do whatever feels right. Or, if freestyle seems a little too strange, try a virtual dance class. There are plenty on youtube, or you could attend Zumba classes to get your body dancing!
Taurus is represented by the bull and is an earth sign. These individuals are dedicated, hardworking, and stubborn as a bull. Their intelligence and ambition can revive them at work or when chasing career goals. But if left unchecked, it can increase stress levels and deprive them of sleep. So for your Taurus self-care regime, you need to slow down. Spend 10 to 30 minutes on a meditation pillow daily, calming your mind and slowing your breath.
Gemini are extroverts! People are drawn to them just as much as they enjoy being around others. They are exciting, and you keep people on their toes because of your impulsive nature. As a Gemini, your curious mind can also use some excitement, and challenging your mind is good for your soul. Reading, learning a new skill, or solving puzzles can channel your energy in ways that make you feel good.
Cancers can be temperamental but are also very devoted and loyal. As a result, their emotions run high, and they can benefit from grounding and regulating these emotions. Working with crystals, especially those with calming properties, can help control these emotions. You can put the crystals on your bedside table, hold them in your hand when you feel stressed, or meditate with them. Crystals for meditation can help you feel more at ease and content and improve your sleep quality.
Leo’s are natural leaders. They are respected and have everyone's best interest at heart. However, their generosity can sometimes cause them to give much more than they receive, so they must also provide for themself. Instead of focusing your energy on others, focus on yourself. Find an activity that makes you a priority, like a spa day, buying yourself a new toy, or taking up a new hobby simply because it interests you.
Virgo’s are kind, sympathetic, and have an abundance of mental energy. Often this energy is channeled positively; however, it can also lead to tension and stress. In addition, it can cause Virgos to have trouble falling asleep at night because they can’t seem to shut off their busy mind. To quiet a busy mind, start by journaling. Get everything out of your head and on to paper. Next, follow a guided meditation that will help clear mental space and provide a great sense of clarity.
Friendly Libras are peacekeepers. They are charming, intelligent, and to the point. Naturally, they are well-balanced, so their self-care routine should help them stay that way. If you are a Libra, astrologists recommend you hit the yoga mat. Your sign is represented by the scales focused on equilibrium. Yoga is an excellent way to do this. It both calms and energizes the body while also practicing stillness. You can start your day with a few sun salutations, join a flow class, or practice at home with a mat and yoga pillow.
Scorpios are very determined and ambitious but can also be resentful, jealous, or fearless if they aren’t aware of their feelings. Scorpios can benefit from leveling up their spiritual practices and removing themselves from social competitions or the rat race of the corporate world - even if just for an hour a day. Meditating, tarot reading, crystal healing, or poetry can allow you to let go of the everyday stresses and the competitive draw you may be feeling.
Compassionate, loyal, and empathetic, Sagittarius are very reasonable and yet emotional. They are known for their incredible sense of humor, which draws others to them. Sagittarius is also a creative sign and is a great outlet. Allow your creativity and inquisitive nature to run wild with a new experience. It doesn’t have to be as extreme as sky diving but may simply be a walk in a new neighborhood, checking out a new coffee shop, or listening to a new podcast.
Capricorns are born CEOs. They are enthusiastic, driven, and goal-oriented. They can sometimes be perceived as ruthless or greedy and Capricorns can become devastated when their expectations aren’t met. No life should be all work and no play - especially for Capricorns! Make sure you set time to play with no other objective but to enjoy yourself. Pleasure is the only goal! You can watch a movie, have dinner with a friend or play a pick-up basketball game with some friends. Do whatever makes you happy, and then, if you really want, you can get back to being your productive self.