53 Easy Ways to Practice Self-Care
Self-care is highly important, whether you spend a few minutes here and there pampering yourself or taking a whole weekend to unwind. If you're looking to change things up during your relaxation time or are struggling to find an activity that you enjoy, check out these 53 ways to practice self-care:
1. Check something off your to-do list.
What’s been on there the longest? Being able to check it off will be like taking a breath of fresh air.
2. Take another route to work.
Leave a few minutes early and be adventurous. Changing a routine creates new neural pathways, which keeps your brain healthy. Who knows – maybe you’ll find a new shortcut that will come in handy when you’re running late.
3. Schedule five minutes of play.
Browse Pinterest, doodle, or put your feet up.
4. Fix an annoyance at home.
Maybe it’s a lost button, a drawer that’s stuck, or a light bulb that needs to be changed.
5. Have a mini de-clutter session.
Donate/sell clothing that you aren’t wearing, clean your desk space, or spend ten minutes tidying your bedroom.
Turn off your phone or leave it in a different room for an hour or two. You’ll thank yourself later.
7. Edit your feeds on social media.
Unfollow or mute negative people, especially news broadcasts. Very rarely do they report encouraging and uplifting articles. You might be surprised at how much more happy you feel.
8. Learn something new.
What topic are you interested in? Visit your local library/bookstore or read articles about that topic online. It might be more fun than you think.
9. Have a spa day at home.
Mani-pedis, clay masks, hot showers, soaking your feet – the possibilities are endless. Pinterest has tons of DIYs for an at home spa.
10. Create a budget.
Being able to keep track of your money is great, and it could even reduce your financial stress.
11. Rearrange your furniture.
Change is healthy. Why not switch things up?
12. Listen to a podcast/audiobook.
Whether you’re cleaning or have nothing to do, play a podcast or find a book that interests you. For maximum relaxation results, wrap yourself in a blanket and enjoy your favorite beverage while listening.
13. Run or take a walk.
Breathe in the fresh air and get some exercise at the same time. You can even go up and down the stairs a few times if you aren’t able to get out of the house.
14. Eat healthy.
Let’s be honest – eating healthy may not happen overnight. Start by choosing a couple of healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for the week. You’ll feel refreshed, and so will your body.
15. Go on a picnic.
Pack up some of your favorite foods and hit the local park!
16. Get more sun.
Who doesn’t want to get a little extra color? Lay in the grass or stretch out on a lawn chair. Pinterest has several DIY sunscreens and bug repellents that are pretty and smell good.
17. Lend a helping hand.
Volunteer, help carry in your neighbor’s groceries, or ask someone what you can do to make their day easier. Giving is good for the soul and mind!
This could be as simple as jotting down your thoughts or writing a whole journal entry. Do what relaxes you!
What’s something you’ve always wanted to buy? Maybe it’s a new outfit or a dessert you’ve been craving lately. It’s okay to spoil yourself every once in a while!
20. Have a self-date.
What are your favorite things to do alone? Going to a movie, shopping, or treating yourself to a fancy meal? Maybe you’d rather watch your favorite TV show with a bowl of popcorn or go to a coffee shop and read a book. It’s a self-date, so it’s your decision!
21. Pack extra food in your lunch bag.
Share the extras with someone less fortunate or with a co-worker who forgot their lunch. You never know how a simple act of kindness could affect their day!
Smile at strangers. Practice smiling when you’re by yourself, or if you’re having a bad day. It’s hard to be sad when there’s a smile on your face!
23. Send a care package.
Who doesn’t love a surprise? Care packages are an excellent way to show those you love that you’re thinking of them.
24. An incognito act of kindness.
These are so fun to do. Whatever it is, make sure they can’t track it back to you!
25. Write an encouraging note.
Stick it on your bathroom mirror, your dashboard, or your computer. Pinterest’s Quotes section has thousands upon thousands of sayings to choose from if you can’t think of anything off the top of your head. Little things go a long way!
26. Take an Epsom salt bath.
Whether you do it while reading a book, listening to music, or with a candle or two, take time to soak and relax!
27. Plant something.
Go shopping for pretty flowers or buy seeds to start a fruit/vegetable garden. Not only will the end result look/taste great, but it’s an excellent way to soak up some sunshine.
28. Go out on the water.
Is there a body of water nearby that’s accessible? If so, grab a buddy and go kayaking, canoeing, or water skiing. Remember – wear a life jacket!
29. Take a bike ride or go on a drive.
Find a new bike trail or drive down a road that you’ve never gone down before. Who knows - you could find a new hang out spot, coffee shop, or tasty restaurant.
30. Sleep in.
Turn off your alarm clock (or set a later alarm). You’ll be happy you did!
31. Book a hotel.
Spend a day or a weekend relaxing at a hotel outside of town. Take time to explore and enjoy the sights!
32. Start a blog.
It may seem like a daunting task, but a blog is a great way to express yourself. The best part? You can write about anything. Your blog could be about cooking, book reviews, or fashion. Or, you know, all of the above.
33. Go camping/backpacking.
Feel like you need to get away for a while? Camping is a great way to unplug yourself from the busyness of everyday life and recharge. If you’re not comfortable going alone, ask a few friends or family members to tag along.
34. Have a family night.
Being around those you love is a great way to relax and unwind. Pop in a favorite movie, play some board games, or go on an outing together. The possibilities are endless!
35. Take a bubble bath.
Have someone take the kiddos while you sit in a hot bath. Check out Pinterest for some awesome spa/pampering DIYs to make the experience even more enjoyable.
36. At home manicure/pedicure.
Put on a good movie or TV show and give yourself a mani-pedi. After all, what else is there to do while waiting for your nails to dry?
37. Adult coloring books.
Coloring is a great way to quiet your thoughts and relax your mind, and there are even adult coloring books so you don’t have to feel childish. Check out the selection on Amazon and pick your favorite!
38. Girl’s night.
Call up the girls and plan a get-together. Have a movie night, go out to dinner, or book a spa day.
39. Light a candle.
This is such a simple way to establish a peaceful atmosphere. Pick out your favorite scent, throw on some comfy clothes, and do another relaxing activity while it burns.
40. Have a coffee date with a friend.
Whether you’re catching up or exchanging major life events, call them and see when they’re available to meet!
41. Go to bed early.
Go to sleep an hour or two early if you prefer to not sleep in. Or, you know, go to bed early and sleep in.
42. Try a new workout.
Browse the Internet for new routines, yoga poses, or exercise techniques. You may find something that you enjoy doing!
43. Make your own body care item.
Feel like shaking up your body care or makeup routine? Check out Pinterest for hundreds of different DIYs. Chances are, most of the ingredients are in your fridge or pantry.
44. Listen to your favorite music album/artist.
Find those earbuds and relive all of your favorite moments from that album or song.
45. Take a class.
Enroll in an evening class or find one online. Learning new things (especially ones that you’re interested in) is an excellent way to stimulate your mind.
46. Take a day trip.
What’s nearby? An old town, the mountains, or windy backroads? Taking a day trip, whether by yourself or with a friend, is an awesome way to take your mind off of things.
This could mean anything – doodling, practicing calligraphy, drawing your favorite Disney character, or creating your own designs like you would find in an adult coloring book.
48. Watch a comedy movie.
Who doesn’t need a good laugh? It’s the best medicine, after all.
49. Relax at the beach.
There’s nothing like spreading out a towel and laying on the sand or feeling the water brush over your feet. Don’t forget sunscreen!
50. Bake/eat your favorite dessert.
Baking can be a relaxing activity. And you get to eat the delicious treat once you’re done. Yes, please.
51. Indulge in your guilty pleasure.
Seriously. Do it. You’ll be glad you did.
52. Tuck away your spare change.
Whether you keep it in a piggy bank or an old box, save your change! You never know how much it could add up to in time.
53. Browse a bookstore, whether online or in-person.
Walk down the aisle and brush your fingers along each book, reading the titles until you find one that speaks to you. Or, scroll until a title/book cover grabs your attention, all from the comfort of your own home.