101 Ways to Practice Self-Care

101 Ways To Practice Self-Care

  1. Suggest a gathering with friends
  2. Call a loved one
  3. Drink a cup of tea 
  4. Write yourself a love note to find later
  5. Look at yourself in the mirror and say "Hey, I love you"
  6. Write it all down
  7. Play with an animal
  8. Stretch
  9. Go for a walk
  10. Play your favorite song
  11. Have a 3 minute dance party
  12. Take 3 deep breaths, slowly
  13. Declutter a space
  14. Meditate
  15. Go outside
  16. Do a random act of kindness
  17. Take a social media /screen break
  18. Make a to-do list & cross something off
  19. Research an unfamiliar topic
  20. Define what gives you stress
  21. Make a gratitude list
  22. Groom yourself
  23. Define a short-term goal
  24. Buy yourself something
  25. Hydrate
  26. Read a self-help book
  27. Watch your favorite show / movie
  28. Color in a coloring book
  29. Cook / bake yourself something you enjoy
  30. Do a facial
  31. Soak up some sun
  32. Watch a TED talk
  33. Say "No" to something
  34. Go to a local coffee shop
  35. Hit the gym
  36. Allow yourself to feel 
  37. Take a hot shower
  38. Take a nap
  39. Diffuse an essential oil (lavender is great)
  40. Watch the clouds
  41. Go to bed early
  42. Make a new music playlist
  43. Tell 5 people how much they mean to you
  44. Find a way to laugh
  45. Do one thing you have been putting off recently
  46. Smile - even if you do not want to
  47. Create something
  48. Read 
  49. Look at photos you have taken from happy times
  50. Plan something exciting to look forward to
  51. Curl up in a warm blanket
  52. Buy yourself flowers
  53. Indulge in your favorite dessert
  54. Sleep
  55. Light a candle
  56. Spend quality time with yourself offline
  57. Create a vision board
  58. Read inspiring quotes
  59. Schedule an appointment with a therapist
  60. Ask for help
  61. Foam roll
  62. Consider acupuncture
  63. Have a deep conversation with someone
  64. Hug someone
  65. Go for a drive somewhere peaceful
  66. Sing at the top of your lungs
  67. Plant something / garden
  68. Stargaze
  69. Allow yourself to forgive - others and yourself
  70. Take yourself out on a date
  71. Write down your wildest / biggest dreams
  72. Get a haircut
  73. Write a letter to someone who inspires you
  74. Ask loved one their favorite qualities about you
  75. Work on a puzzle
  76. Go somewhere without your phone
  77. Listen to a podcast
  78. Eat something nutrient dense
  79. Wear comfortable clothes / your pajamas
  80. Literally do nothing
  81. Go somewhere new / explore
  82. Paint your nails
  83. Dress up / make yourself look nice
  84. Lift weights
  85. Donate unused items
  86. Hydrate
  87. Do something you have been afraid to
  88. Make a list of the things you love to do - do them more
  89. Tune out / cut out the negative people
  90. Appreciate your effort
  91. Watch the sun set or rise
  92. Write affirmations on sticky notes for your mirror
  93. Go for a hike
  94. Drive/ walk around and take photos
  95. Reflect on your accomplishments 
  96. Take a family member out to breakfast
  97. Do something new
  98. Have a good cry
  99. Identify positives in your life
  100. Volunteer with an organization that means something to you

101. Remember self care is not optional, it is essential

In todays society  "take care of yourself" or "practice self-love" are common phrases. Personally, when someone says this to me my mind automatically goes "okay, yeah I get that I need to do those things.. but HOW??" This post was written to answer exactly that. Next time someone tells you to chose to love yourself today, or take care of yourself, instead of contemplating how, use this post as a resource.


Haley Lawlor