50 Easy Self-Care Ideas

Self-care is a really trendy topic, and I’m happy that it is! Sometimes it can feel confusing though, especially because of social media. We often see a very glamourized version of self-care because it looks nice in photos. Self-care isn’t necessarily facials and candle-lit bubble baths. The important part about the self-care habits you choose to incorporate is that they are chosen specifically for you to meet your unique needs.

We all have different needs when it comes to feeling our best, so what works well for someone on social media might not be helpful at all to you. When you are working on adding in more self-care habits to your routine, start by setting an intention for what you want to get out of the habits you select. Maybe it’s more energy or a better mood or less headaches or feeling loved. Decide how you want to feel first and foremost. Then you can select habits that you know will get you that feeling. You can also experiment if you’re not sure that a new habit is going to work well for you. Do it for a week and assess if it moved the needle on the outcome you were seeking. If it did, great! Keep the habit and continue to be aware of how that habit affects you. We are always changing, so what worked last month may not work next month. Be flexible and open to adjusting your habits, and know that you don’t have to do them everyday for them to make an impact. Actually, you might feel overwhelmed or stressed trying to do some things every single day, which of course defeats the purpose.

Here are 50 self-care ideas for you to try out:

  1. Naps
  2. Drinking more water
  3. Going for walks outside
  4. Listening to music
  5. Giving yourself a massage
  6. Mindfully sipping a cup of herbal tea
  7. Setting an alarm for an early bedtime
  8. Setting limits on screen time
  9. Going to therapy
  10. Journaling your feelings
  11. Meditation
  12. Lunch with a friend
  13. Calling a loved one
  14. Rolling on essential oils
  15. Diffusing essential oils
  16. Going for a run
  17. Dancing to your favourite song
  18. Alone time
  19. Reading
  20. Listening to an audiobook or podcast
  21. Being in or near the ocean
  22. Going for a hike
  23. Spending time with animals
  24. Preparing healthy snacks for the week
  25. Turning off your phone
  26. Baking or cooking
  27. Setting/upholding a boundary
  28. Declutter your home
  29. Drawing, colouring, painting
  30. Yoga class or video
  31. Deep breathing
  32. Take a bath or shower
  33. Learn something new
  34. Schedule your week
  35. Write down what you’re grateful for
  36. Watch a funny movie
  37. Watch a motivational TEDtalk
  38. Communicate your feelings to a loved one
  39. Ask for help
  40. Lift weights
  41. Go for a swim
  42. Sign up for coaching
  43. Gardening
  44. Order a healthy dinner for a break from cooking
  45. Schedule your doctor & practitioner appointments
  46. Volunteer in the community
  47. Forgive yourself and others
  48. Watch your favourite show
  49. Cry when you need to
  50. Spend time in sunshine

Contributed by Melanie Maxwell, R.H.N.