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  • Writer's pictureEmmily Weldon

The Top 50 Self-Care Ideas

Self-care means that you are making yourself a priority; you are consciously making an effort to take care of yourself. Small steps matter. When we are feeling low energy it can feel impossible to even take care of ourselves let alone anyone else. Self-care allows you the ability to fill yourself back up so that you can be there to help and support others that you love and care about. Below are some ideas to get you started on your self-care journey!

1. Sleep

2. Shower

3. Create a nighttime routine

4. Balanced diet

5. Give yourself time in the mornings to do something you enjoy

6. Drink enough water

7. Wear something comfortable that soothes you

8. Taking medications

9. Clean - this may seem like an odd one, but organizing and cleaning can often put things in place in our minds as well.

10. Learn your triggers and find ways to manage them

11. Take breaks (especially from screens and social media)

12. Create a stress management plan with lists of your supports and coping strategies

13. Learn to say no and set healthy boundaries

14. Order your favorite takeout or have your favorite snack

15. Have your favorite drink or coffee

16. Read

17. Watch your favorite shows or movies

18. Allow yourself to be in a moment without having to be productive

19. Play video games

20. Play puzzle games like soduku, word fill puzzles, or number fill it in puzzles

21. Use a habit tracker

22. Listen to music or create playlists for your different moods

23. Light your favorite candle or use an oil diffuser with your favorite and most soothing oils

24. Meditate

25. Stretch or do yoga

26. Go for a walk

27. Be in nature

28. Try a fitness class

29. Join a sport team or art class

30. Go to the beach or a park

31. Meet with a friend

32. Get out even if you are by yourself being around others can help break out of your shell – go to a coffee shop or a store

33. Video chat or call an old friend

34. Join or build an online community

35. Play games with friends or family

36. Plan a trip – even a solo trip (they can be really healing)

37. Draw

38. Journal

39.Use adult coloring books

41. Try out a new DIY project

42. Cook or bake

43. Create a vision board

44. Do a jigsaw puzzle

45. Get or give yourself a manicure or pedicure

46. Get a massage

47. Buy something small for yourself

48. Buy yourself flowers

49. Volunteer at an animal shelter

50. Go to Therapy

To find a therapist best suited for you, using a directory such as mental health match, psychology today, or therapyden. To connect with me, you can book your free 30 minute consultation on our website or feel free to email us at

*Although I am a therapist by profession, I am not YOUR therapist. This article is for informational and educational purposes only, does not replace therapy and does not establish any kind of therapist-client relationship with me. I am not liable or responsible for any damages resulting from or related to your use of this information. To see more information about our disclamer(s):

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