150 Ways that you can practice self-care

Self-care is an important part of life.

Actually, let me rephrase that. Self-care should be an important part of life, but it’s often not because we’re either too tired, too selfless, or too caught up in our routines and general chaos of life.

There are plenty of reasons why we don’t take care of ourselves. It may be because we’re too damn tired, going through a depressive episode, busy with our spouse or kids, or too busy with work. Hell, there are plenty of other reasons, too.

Speaking from my own experiences with the lack of self-care, I either feel guilty for doing so, or we lack the money for me to be able to do much.

The reality is, we don’t have to have money or hours of free time in order to take care of ourselves. And we damn sure don’t need to feel guilty for it, either. None of us should ever go longer than a week without doing something just for ourselves.

I have compiled a list of ways that you can practice self-care in case you need some inspiration. I broke them up into different categories to make them easier to browse through, or in case you’re interested in a certain category of self-care. If you have any self-care ideas, please feel free to comment and I’ll add them to the list and share it with others!

 

Hygiene

  • Take a relaxing bath. Don’t forget a bath bomb, bubbles or a candle!
  • Take a longer-than-normal shower
  • Brush your teeth
  • Floss your teeth
  • Whiten your teeth with whitening strips
  • Brush your hair
  • Style your hair
  • Shape your eyebrows
  • Shave or wax your legs (or other areas)
  • Give yourself a manicure and pedicure
  • Wash your face
  • Exfoliate your face
  • Prone to blackheads? Use a pore strip to get the gunk out of your skin!

 

Pamper

  • Use lotion or body butter to moisturize your face, arms, and legs
  • Try a new brand or scent of lotion
  • Try a new brand or scent of hand or bath soap
  • Try a new brand or type of deodorant
  • Try a new brand or scent of shampoo or conditioner
  • Replace your bath rag, sponge, or loofah
  • Get your haircut
  • Get lowlights or highlights in your hair
  • Change your hair color
  • Get a professional manicure or pedicure
  • Get a massage
  • Get a facial
  • Get your eyebrows professionally waxed
  • Get your legs (or other areas) professionally waxed
  • Visit a department store and get your makeup done at the counter of a makeup brand
  • Spend some time in a Jacuzzi

 

Meals and diet

  • Give yourself a break from cooking and order take-out
  • Eat a nice, healthy meal
  • Pick a day and drink nothing but water
  • Treat yourself to your favorite snack or meal
  • Have a slice of your favorite pie or cake
  • Stop by Starbucks and get your favorite drink
  • Try a new restaurant
  • Try a new recipe
  • Do some baking
  • Indulge in a nice glass of wine

 

Physical Activity

  • Do some simple stretches for 5 minutes
  • Go on a 10 minute walk, whether it’s a slow or brisk pace
  • Go on a brief jog or run
  • Get in a good workout at the gym
  • Take a yoga class
  • Go swimming
  • Masturbate
  • Have sex with your significant other
  • Try something new during sex
  • Play a sport
  • Go for a bike ride

 

Activities and Hobbies

  • Draw a picture
  • Color in an adult coloring book
  • Color on your phone using the Recolor app
  • Paint
  • Play a game with a friend or your significant other
  • Play video games
  • Binge watch one of your favorite TV shows
  • Read a book
  • Write in a journal
  • Write a poem
  • Have popcorn and watch a movie
  • Do some scrapbooking
  • Knit or crochet
  • Learn a new craft
  • Do a DIY project
  • Do some gardening
  • Do a Sudoku puzzle
  • Do a crossword or word search puzzle
  • Go to the park and feed the birds
  • Put together a puzzle
  • Read some comic books
  • Go to a sports event
  • Sing or dance along to a song
  • Create your own gratitude list. List 10 or more things that you’re grateful for
  • Go outside and stare at the clouds or stars
  • Watch a comedy
  • Watch funny cat videos on YouTube
  • Take some silly selfies (you can share or delete them!)
  • Schedule a family portrait session with a photographer

 

Chores

  • Dust your home
  • Vacuum your home
  • Sweep and clean your non-carpeted floors
  • Wash dishes
  • Do laundry
  • Fold laundry
  • Hang up laundry
  • Empty the lint compartment in your dryer
  • Replace burnt out light bulbs in your home
  • Make your bed
  • Clean out your closet and donate the clothes and shoes you haven’t worn in the last 12 months
  • Empty all trashcans in your home and put it in your trashcan outside
  • Declutter your emails
  • Declutter the mail laying around the house
  • Throw out all socks, underwear, and undershirts with holes
  • Replace old socks, underwear, and undershirts
  • Clean out your medicine cabinet and throw out expired medications

 

Social and Family

  • Join an online support forum
  • Go to a counseling session
  • Go to a support group
  • Confide in a close friend
  • Sit down with your significant other and talk about how each other’s day went without any electronics on
  • Go to church
  • Visit a museum
  • Go to an art show
  • Go to the zoo or an aquarium
  • Have a date night with a friend or your significant other
  • Write a love note to your significant other
  • Send a check-in text to a friend or your significant other to see how their day is going
  • Go on a wine tasting
  • Call (not text) and talk to a family member
  • Play with your kid(s) with your electronics turned off
  • Play with your pet(s) with your electronics turned off
  • Visit a pet store and play with the animals
  • Visit a library or book store
  • Reconnect with an old friend or family member
  • Play in the rain
  • Search Pinterest for positive affirmations or inspirational quotes
  • Look at a photo album or scrapbook

 

Good for the heart and soul

  • Meditate
  • Cry
  • Pray
  • Say “no thank you” to something you want to say no to, without feeling guilty.
  • Go on a drive by yourself and listen to your favorite songs
  • Go on a mini road trip
  • Let yourself sleep in one morning
  • Take a nap
  • Go to bed early one night
  • Turn off all electronics, light some candles, and reflect on your day
  • Sit in a quiet space, close your eyes and take some deep breaths
  • Unplug — avoid social media for one full hour (or longer)
  • Look at yourself in a mirror and say something that you like or something positive about yourself
  • Look at yourself in a mirror and smile at yourself for at least ten seconds
  • Write a list of things that you like about yourself
  • Write a list of your strengths
    • Volunteer for a charity
    • Do something nice for someone
    • Say something nice to someone
    • Hand-write nice a letter to someone, and mail it
    • Write a nice message on a sticky note and leave it somewhere random

     

    You’re allowed to spend a little money on yourself, too

    • Buy yourself some flowers
    • Buy yourself a new shirt, pair of pants, or shoes
    • Buy yourself some new craft supplies
    • Buy yourself some new perfume or cologne
    • Buy yourself some new cosmetics
    • Buy yourself a new accessory (sunglasses, wallet, purse)
    • Buy yourself a new video game
    • Buy yourself a new book
    • Buy yourself a new magazine
    • Buy something that you’ve had your eyes on lately (assuming it’s in your budget!)
    • Buy a Himalayan salt lamp and place it in a room you most frequent
    • Buy something new for your home. Home decor, towels, air purifier, etc…

     

    Have any ideas for other ways that we can practice self-care? Please post them in the comments.

    A special thank you to my friends Jessica and Brianna for giving me their ideas for self-care to share with you!

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    2 Comments

    1. June 28, 2018 / 1:41 AM

      What a great list! I love that you have covered a range of options, like things you can do at home, or go out and do. I think I need to take some time to do a few of these things tomorrow. Thank you for sharing.

      • Nicole
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        June 28, 2018 / 2:16 AM

        Thank you! I had to rack my brain for some of them. I tried to think of budget-friendly things because, more often than not, me and my husband won’t have tons of funds for me to spend on things. I definitely wanted to emphasize that you don’t have to go out and spend a lot of money (or any money at all) to take care of yourself. 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to read my post! <3

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