Self-Care is essential to managing mental health. It does not need to be a huge production. There are so many small activities that you can do throughout the day to help rebalance.
Here are 50 self-care activities:
1) Take a bath – enjoy a hot bath. Add some essential oils, dim the lights, read a book.
2) Read a good book – escape into another world for a little while.
3) Listen to music – put on your favourite songs.
4) Take a nap – ZZZZZZZZZ
5) Go for a walk – fresh air always helps.
6) Colour – get a colouring book and colour. Use crayons, pencil crayons or markers (or all 3)
7) Dance – learn the latest dance (hello floss dance!)
8) Go for a drive – explore your city or drive somewhere new
9) Call a friend – call someone you haven’t talked to in a while. Hate the phone? Email or text them.
10) Write a letter or card – write a letter or a card and mail it to someone. Everyone loves mail (that isn’t bills)
11) Meditate – listen to a guided meditation. My favourite app is Headspace
12) Flowers – flowers are pretty. Buy some or go pick some wildflowers (do not pick flowers from people’s yards – that’s douchey)
13) Bake something – creating something is relaxing and you will have something delicious to snack on (or share – sharing is caring)
14) Pet a furry creature – if you don’t have a furry creature go to your local shelter (win-win)
15) Build something – get out the Lego, build a model kit, DIY craft
16) Pinterest – create an affirmations board and find some inspiring quotes/images
17) Have a treat – Eat some chocolate, drink a milkshake, bacon wrapped scallops
18) Play a video game – shoot some zombies or collect Lego studs
19) Have sex (responsibly!) – with yourself or with someone
20) Yoga – go to a class, put in a DVD, find something on YouTube
21) Create a vision board – it will help create positive energy and support your goals
22) Hydrate – drink some water
23) Tidy your area – a clean space helps with a clear mind
24) Bullet Journal – write in your journal, create the next month’s pages, draw. Want to find out how to start a bullet journal.
25) Compliment yourself – make a list of things you like about yourself. Try to find a compliment for every letter of the alphabet.
26) Put on your favourite jammies – even better if they are warm out of the dryer!
27) Unplug! – turn off your phone, get off the computer/internet/social media
28) Light some candles – dim the lights and light some candles or eat supper by candlelight
29) Have a fire – outside in a firepit or inside in a fireplace or even on the tv! It’s so relaxing listening to the crackle of a fire.
30) Breathe – practice some breathing techniques
31) Hygiene upkeep – deep condition your hair, shave, use a face mask, paint your nails, etc.
32) Organize – Make a to-do list, organize a drawer, closet or cupboard
33) Watch your favourite movie – there’s something comforting in being able to recite every line
34) Order takeout – yum yum (and you don’t need to do the dishes)
35) Go on a scavenger hunt – nature is extremely beneficial for mental health. Find 6 free scavenger hunts here. Can you turn your findings into art?
36) Stretch – take 10 minutes and stretch your body
37) Plan a party or social gathering – it can be low key or formal. Create a fun theme or a potluck. It will give you something to look forward to.
38) Clean your home – it’s hard to concentrate with a dirty home
39) Change your sheets – a clean, fresh bed feels soooo good!
40) Buy yourself a small gift – You’re special and you’ve been working hard. Treat yourself to something small.
41) Go to your favourite place – mine is the beach!
43) Cook a healthy meal – eat something green!
44) Create a photobook – Put your favourite photos in a book so you always have it. I love Shutterfly.
45) Go to a sporting event – support your local team and cheer your face off!
46) Silence – sshhhh! Sit in silence.
47) Volunteer – it’s amazing how helping others helps ourselves. Volunteer at your local animal shelter, food bank, or literacy center.
48) Plant a plant – outside or in. Take care of a plant. (I suck at indoor plants, but always try – they make me happy)
49) Make a feelings list – being able to identify your feelings helps you learn what they are telling you.
50) Set some goals – create some goals (weekly, monthly, yearly). Having a goal makes the journey a little more certain (for those of us who hate uncertainty 😉)