71 Self-Care Ideas

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Are you ever at the top of your priority list? Or does everyone and everything else always come first?

Do you have ‘me-time’ scheduled in your calendar?

Do you ask for help? Or are you the one helping others?

A healthy you means taking time to focus on yourself, so your mental, emotional, and physical self thrive.

Should you feel guilty for these times of pleasure? No. Self-care is not selfish. In fact, allowing yourself time to rejuvenate and heal will give you what is needed to handle another day.

The best part, self-care is not a one-shot deal; it’s an ongoing process, which means you get to allow yourself to take time to relax and enjoy the things that bring you happiness.

Pamper Yourself:

  1.   Take a nap
  2.   Get a body or head massage
  3.   Enjoy a leisurely bubble bath
  4.   Manicure
  5.   Pedicure
  6.   Facial
  7.   Acupuncture
  8.   Self-soothing techniques
  9.   Deep breathing exercises
  10. Aromatherapy
  11. Relaxation techniques
  12. Meditation

Get Your Body Moving:

  1. Stretch
  2. Pilates
  3. Yoga
  4. Dance
  5. Walk
  6. Run
  7. Ride a bike
  8. Hike, camp, backpack, kayak, canoe
  9. Self-defense class
  10. Use the stairs instead of the elevator

Engage Your Brain:

  1. Read inspiring stories
  2. Listen to podcasts
  3. Listen to audiobooks
  4. Listen to TED Talks
  5. Do crossword puzzles, sudoku, word search, jigsaw puzzles, strategy games, find fun apps on your phone
  6. Mindful exercises

Use Your Ears to Connect with Your Inner-Self:

  1. Meditative music
  2. Monks chanting
  3. Nature sounds
  4. Create a Spotify playlist that is spot on with your current mood
  5. Listen to the sounds of the city
  6. Listen to nature


  1. Karaoke
  2. Poetry reading
  3. Comedy club
  4. Call a random friend and catch up
  5. Lunch date
  6. Date night with a significant other
  7. Family movie night
  8. Spend time with your parents or an older relative
  9. Meet up with friends or family

Enjoy the Little Things:

  1. Buy/pick yourself a bouquet of flowers
  2. Light your favorite candle
  3. Place solar lights around your patio or balcony and enjoy them when the sun goes down
  4. Clean, fresh-smelling sheets
  5. Smile
  6. Watch the sunrise and set
  7. Take a picture of the sunset/sunrise every day from the same place – after a year, create a photo album
  8. Decorate your room with Christmas lights
  9. Enjoy a thunderstorm
  10. Find animals in the clouds
  11. Swing on a swing set
  12. Watch a loved one sleep

Do for Others:

  1. Compliment someone
  2. Pay for the people behind you in the drive-thru
  3. Volunteer
  4. Share your strengths – what are you good at?
  5. Help someone
  6. Pay-it-Forward
  7. Secret Santa – But on a random day!

A Little Bit Off the Beaten Path:

  1. Watch YouTube videos of cute animals, homecomings, flash mobs, kids doing funny things, etc.
  2. Lose track of time on Pinterest or TikTok
  3. Do something your mom told you never to do
  4. Enjoy the smell of books in a library or bookstore
  5. Use the talk-to-text feature on your phone – speak quickly and don’t edit the text before sending it
  6. Communicate old-style – send a letter, postcard, or care-package by mail
  7. Do something that in 50 years you’ll be glad you did – like dancing in a water fountain
  8. Paint fluorescent stars on your ceiling and watch them glow at night
  9. Watch nature shows

Believe it or not, taking care of you should be the most important thing on your to-do list.

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