What is self care? I think of self care as making sure that your mind, body, and spirit are getting the support they need to thrive. Sometimes we do this naturally, but often in our hectic, modern-day lives, we need to specifically set aside time to make sure that we are taking aligned actions to maintain our health and happiness.

When it comes down to deciding what constitutes self care for you, you need to look at your lifestyle, your priorities, and what truly makes you feel good. Sometimes, we can mistake mindless activities like tv binging or social media scrolling for self care. It may be an escape from using our minds or being present with uncomfortable feelings, but is it really giving you the rest and rejuvenation you need? Only you can tell.

If you are looking for some fresh ideas ideas on how to incorporate more self care into your life, check out the list below. Use this list anyway you like – browse it for anything that jumps out at you, focus on one each week for the next year, use a random number generator to choose one for you… there’s no wrong way to do it.

Many of these ideas can be modified to suit your lifestyle and the amount of time available to you. For example, when we think about getting a massage, we usually jump straight to how much time and money that requires, but getting a massage doesn’t have to involve booking an expensive hour at a spa – it could be giving yourself a three minute hand massage while you sit at your desk. I challenge you to see how you can interpret and adapt these ideas to work for you!

  1. Take a group fitness class
  2. Do a free online movement class (check out Yoga With Adriene on YouTube)
  3. Epsom salt bath
  4. Eat more vegetables
  5. Drink adequate water
  6. Declutter your home
  7. Declutter your workspace
  8. Create a budget
  9. Turn off technology/screens 2 hours before bed
  10. Redecorate in a way that brings you more joy
  11. Create a skincare routine
  12. Diffuse or topically apply essential oils
  13. Create healthy boundaries with friends, family, and coworkers
  14. Schedule a date with yourself
  15. Schedule a date with a friend or significant other
  16. Eat fresh, local, seasonal foods
  17. Spend at least 1 hour each week on personal development/exploration
  18. Hire a personal trainer or life coach
  19. Get a massage (or give yourself one)
  20. Research your ayurvedic dosha
  21. Dance to your favorite music
  22. Meditate
  23. Take one hour to schedule all the appointments you’ve been putting off
  24. Outsource something (hire a cleaner, virtual assistant, buy a premade meal prep list, etc)
  25. Do something you loved to do as a child
  26. Plan a one day staycation
  27. Take a cooking class
  28. Try something new and totally outside your box
  29. Laugh
  30. Make art (even if you think you can’t)
  31. Sing (even if you think you can’t)
  32. Go outside
  33. Block your social media apps for an hour/day/month
  34. Stretch 
  35. Sit on the floor instead of the couch
  36. Wear something that makes you feel good
  37. Carve out space for some quiet time
  38. Listen to your favorite podcast
  39. Read a book that sparks joy and inspiration
  40. Forgive someone (including yourself)
  41. Create a vision board (physical or virtual)
  42. Eat more fiber
  43. Journal
  44. Learn about/practice Emotional Freedom Technique (aka tapping)
  45. Spend less (or zero) time with negative people
  46. Let go of some things from your to-do list
  47. Get curious about something
  48. Take a walk
  49. Give up caffeine
  50. Create a morning routine
  51. Create a bedtime routine
  52. Program some self love affirmations to pop up on your phone throughout the day

If you need any help creating a life you love that is in alignment with the health and happiness you desire, click here to head to the contact page and send me a message. I’ll help you figure out your next steps, whether it’s working with me one-on-one or pointing you toward other resources that are a good match for the support you need. ?