Self-care (n): Any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health (PsychCentral)
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More Self-Care ACTIVITIES
Watch a funny YouTube video.
Get a mani/pedi.
Try acupuncture. Read up on it if you’ve never tried it.
Get a book from the library (free) or bookstore about some topic you’ve been interested in
Use a planner or a calendar to intentionally schedule “me time.”
Listen to music that inspires and motivates you.
Write a list of things you’re grateful to have in your life and post it somewhere you can see it often. We have a tendency to focus on the negative, so remind yourself of the good stuff.
Go through your closet and purge the clothes you haven’t worn in years. Donate them to a charitable organization.
- Engage in some type of exercise. This could include walking, biking, hiking, running, swimming, a fitness class, yoga, and/or strength training.
- Share a kind smile with strangers on your way to and from work. Some people may go all day without anyone acknowledging their existence.
- Start a cycle of encouragement. Tell someone near you what you appreciate about them. They may return the favor when you need it most.
- Buy yourself a fancy coffee instead of making your own
- Call someone you care about to talk
- For fun, dress your pet in a silly costume and take them on tour to make others smile.
- Learn a new hobby, such as sewing.
- Learn a breathing exercise and practice it for a few minutes each day.
- Intentionally reestablish contact with someone you’ve lost touch with and would like to reconnect.
- Try out a form of martial arts.
- Take a moment at the end of each day and consciously list a few good things in your life. This can help refocus your emotions on all the positive things that happen each day, even when it doesn’t seem like it.
- Turn off your phone and step away from the computer.
- Work on a puzzle or play a board game.
- Go out with friends.
- Start/write in a journal how you are feeling and what is going on in your life.
- Engage your creative mind with a form of art. This could also include coloring in an adult coloring book.
- Take a long shower, dry your hair, and put on clothes that make you feel good.
- Watch the sunrise or sunset.
- Ask someone for help.
- Attend therapy: individual or group.