Self-Care List: 71 Ways To Care For Yourself

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Self-care is essential to mental and emotional health and well-being.

To be your best self and to be able to give to others and to other areas of your life it is crucial to practice self-care. We all want to be our best selves and when we are feeling our best we are typically able to handle the challenges that life throws at us much better. We might respond to a bully at work with more dignity, class and assertiveness. Imagine coming out of a negative encounter feeling really proud of your response. If you hadn’t been practicing self-care you might just react to the situation from a weaker emotional state. Most likely that reaction might be one we might be a little ashamed of later on.

When a stressful situation hits us when we are at our best (practicing self-care) we look at it differently. We might see it as not so bad or not as big of a deal. Perhaps we remember that we can handle it because we are feeling strong and confident. We might realize we don’t really care that much about what that bully thinks or does. But when we are not taking care of ourselves we feel weak and that same situation can feel like the end of the world. We might assume worst case scenarios and feel as though those scary situations have already come true. We might take that bully’s behaviour personally. Feel good about yourself, be at your best, and allow that to ripple out into the world around you!

Self-care is so very worth it. Why go through life not feeling and being at your best?

Here are 71 ways you can integrate self-care into your daily life:

  1. Write a gratitude journal

  2. Meditate

  3. Surround yourself with positive and supportive people

  4. Go to bed early

  5. Netflix binge

  6. Cook and drink wine with friends

  7. Sit on a patio

  8. Write positive affirmations

  9. Take a nap

  10. Cuddle an animal

  11. Call a friend

  12. Plan your daily self-care for the month

  13. Eat a meal you really enjoy

  14. Spend time in nature

  15. Take a timeout

  16. Check in with your emotions

  17. Read a great book

  18. Get dressed up and go out

  19. Get outside

  20. Create a comforting home environment

  21. Make a vision board

  22. Say no to things and people that do not make you happy

  23. Practice mindfulness

  24. Do not check your phone

  25. Take a long bath

  26. Watch something funny: stand-up comedy, movie, Youtube video

  27. Stay away from triggers

  28. Get a massage

  29. Put on cozy pajamas and crawl into bed

  30. Play with your pet

  31. Plan a stay-cation

  32. Do a DIY project

  33. Read inspiring quotes

  34. Listen to a happy song

  35. Breath deeply

  36. Play a game

  37. Cuddle with your loved one

  38. Let go of anything that does not serve you

  39. Drink hot water and lemon

  40. Stretch

  41. Forgive yourself and others

  42. Reorganize and declutter your home, office, car, purse, etc.

  43. Weekend getaway

  44. Face mask

  45. Have a no electronics day

  46. Yoga

  47. Wear comfy clothes

  48. Make a healthy meal

  49. Sit in a sauna

  50. Go for a swim

  51. Laugh

  52. Go to a great restaurant

  53. Do not say negative things about yourself

  54. Hair deep conditioning for 30 minutes

  55. Go for a walk

  56. Listen to your favourite music

  57. Go for a facial

  58. Spend time in the sun

  59. Sleep in

  60. Splurge

  61. Read your favourite book

  62. Plan a holiday

  63. Stay away from triggers

  64. Make a hot cup of tea

  65. Burn a scented candle or aroma therapy

  66. Workout

  67. Try something creative: draw, colour, write, dance, sing, play an instrument

  68. Do a deep conditioning hair treatment

  69. Manicure and pedicure

  70. Close your eyes and think of a moment that you are proud of where you were at your best

  71. Remove toxic people from your life

What are your favorite ways to practice self-care? Let us know in the comments!

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