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50 Self Care Ideas

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Self care is the act of taking care of yourself and putting your needs first. Most of us are taught that we must put others first and we watch ourselves fall further and further down out list of priorities. This negative mentality is bullshit, how can you look after others when you are burnt out, exhausted and unable to get out of bed?

Answer, you can’t. This is why in order to help others, you have to put yourself first. Its like when your on a plane and the captain says “In the event of an emergency, put on your own oxygen mask then any children you are travelling with”. If you started putting the oxygen mask on the child, you could pass out and then both of you would be helpless.

In order to prioritize yourself and find happiness, you must weave elements of self care into your routine. Self care was and still is one of my most important ways to combat depression and anxiety. Take some time everyday to try a selection of the self care activities below. Not all of them will work for you and that is okay. Find the ones that work for you and make you feel good.

Some of the ideas below will link to other posts. If you want to find out more details, click on the link.

My top 50 self care ideas

  • Go to the movies
  • Go for a short walk everyday
  • Make your bed
  • Read a personal development book
  • Take advantage of essential oils
  • Try yoga
  • Get creative
  • Start a journal
  • Tidy up
  • Mediate for 10 minutes a day
  • Spend time with family and friends
  • Develop a morning routine
  • Show kindness to a stranger
  • Listen to your favorite feel good music
  • Have a social media detox
  • Organize and clear out your old clothes
  • Plan your week
  • Watch netflix
  • Positive affirmations
  • Listen to a positive living podcast
  • Take a warm bath with candles
  • Sleep in
  • Practice gratitude daily
  • Mindful coloring
  • Rest and relaxation
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  • Learn something new
  • Say no
  • Plan a trip
  • Drink a cup of tea
  • Listen to an audiobook
  • Try Bach rescue remedy (my favorite is the comfort and reassure)
  • Start a blog
  • Draw or paint
  • Make a scrapbook
  • Make a list of inspiring quotes
  • Learn a new language
  • Write a poem/ short story
  • Create a self care box
  • Play with a pet/ animal
  • Lay in the sun
  • Drink 8 glasses of water
  • Make a smoothie
  • Unfollow negative people on social media
  • Go to bed early
  • Go cycling
  • Eat something yummy
  • Surround yourself with positive people
  • Treat yourself to some new PJ’s
  • Go on a nature walk
  • Watch an inspirational documentary

50 unique self care activities to encourage self love and mental wellness.
50 unique self care activities to encourage self love and mental wellness

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7 thoughts on “50 Self Care Ideas”

  1. I love all of these. I’m so bad at taking time for myself, even if it’s just a 15 minute walk, I should do that for myself. I feel like we’re always so busy that self-care goes out of the window so easily!

  2. Great ideas! I love that you started with going to the movies! That is truly one of my favorite self-care activities. I think I may go down your list one by one!

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