Acts of Self-Care to Try at a Coffee Shop

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A cozy corner table in a coffee shop can be oh-so inviting. I can spend hours in The Black Cow or Manhattanville Coffee, and it’s because these spaces make me feel really comfortable. Heck, I wrote this blog post at the Peekskill Coffee House.

Maybe it’s the bustle of the morning customers in need of caffeine, the smell of steamed milk and cinnamon, or the endless stream of tunes that keep me coming back. The combination of these factors make the magical coffee shop a perfect place to practice self-care.

From one coffee-love to another, here are a few acts of self-care to try the next time you visit your local coffee shop.

Allow the Environment to Affect You

Why do I love coffee shops so much? The sights, sounds, smells, and tastes are generally pleasant at the majority of shops. One of the easiest ways to practice self-care is to put yourself in an environment that makes you feel good, and coffee shops just do that for me.

My favorite coffee shops emit warmth, play music to fit the mood, and are full of light. What environmental details matter to you when it comes to feeling good? If your ideal coffee shop has free WiFi, serves sandwiches, and sticks to a jazz playlist, then search for that spot and visit it often. Your coffee shop could become a self-care spot for years to come!

People Watch

This tip is related to allowing your environment affect you but deserves further explanation. I’m not suggesting stalking anyone in particular, but people-watching (and dogspotting) can be a wonderful way to reconnect with humanity and ground yourself. Simply grab a table and take in the fascinating human beings and animals around you while you sip your tea.

Relax, you’re not creepy – everyone people watches! Starting by simply observing the actions and reactions around you that catch your eye. Focus on the occurences that bring you joy and let yourself get lost in someone else’s universe.

Check Tasks Off of your To-Do List

In my opinion, the coffee shop is the perfect environment to complete tasks you’ve been putting off at home. Tax prep, studying, or finally organizing your inbox may be slightly more bearable in the presence of pastries. There’s also a good chance other people will be working around you. Let the atmosphere of productivity inspire you.

Complete that nagging task and take a sip of coffee. I always feel so good when I cross something off my list.

If the background noise becomes too distracting, I suggest listening to music, a podcast, or an audiobook while you work. You could try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks or Join Amazon Prime Music and start with a 30-day Free Trial.

Meditate

Some people prefer to meditate in a place that is totally silent, but I actually like to meditate with a bit background noise. Maybe you’ll like meditating in a coffee shop too!

I typically try to meditate alone at a table for a few minutes before tackling that to-do list. I start by focusing on my breath in relation to the various sounds and smells around me. I feel my body touching the chair and my feet resting on the floor. A few minutes of being aware of my environment creates the calmness that allows me to reach that tranquil place.

Order a cup of green tea once you’re done meditating and let the calm vibes flow!

Strike Up a Conversation

If you have extrovert tendencies and social interactions re-charge you, then take advantage of the friendly atmosphere that many coffee shops provide. Connecting with the person at the next table could make you feel really great.

Unsure of how to make that first move? Try respectfully complimenting a stranger, chatting with your favorite barista, petting a dog (with the owner’s permission), or making a silly face if a baby or young child looks at you.

Do you practice acts of self-care at your coffee shop? Share your personal experiences and favorite spots in the comments! 

10 thoughts on “Acts of Self-Care to Try at a Coffee Shop

  1. Verita Richardson

    All of these points are so creative & I haven’t thought about some advantages coffee shops have like a chance to meditate or network when visiting a coffee shop. I’m not much of a coffee drinker but have been considering learning more about my new town by coffee shop hopping. You’ve encouraged me to get my grind on at a coffee shop this week! *pun intended ❤

  2. Kristy

    I love put yourself in an environment where you feel good. It brings awareness to yourself and what is going on around you. Be in the now! Thanks for the great read.

  3. Tandra

    Wow, I never thought about doing any of this at a coffee shop! Usually I’m just rushing in to get my usual coffee order. I’ll definitely try relaxing the next time I’m in one.

    x Tandra | ablackgirlblogging.com

    1. George Simon

      Definitely try it out some time! It’s good to have a change of scene once in while. Thanks for commenting!

  4. Sierra

    Fantastic tips! I am trying to focus more on my self-care this year and I am more inspired by your article. I love people watching but find it hard to just strike up a converstation with strangers. But I am going to try to step outside of my confort zone. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. George Simon

      I know it’s hard to make that first move, but it can be soooo worth it once the conversation gets going. Thanks for commenting, and best wishes!

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