50 Self Care Ideas
Collectively, we are learning more and more about the importance of self-care every day through constant streams on social media. Even places like schools, universities and workplaces have been catching on to this concept of self-care. But what is it? And why is it important?
It’s making sure that you’re caring for your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
That can be quite tricky to do, especially as we have high expectations from those around us and even ourselves! These expectations demand our effort and our time, and can leave us feeling burnt out and too tired to do anything for ourselves.
Though, when we do get a chance to do something for ourselves, some people report feeling ‘selfish’ for doing so because they feel their time should be spent helping their loved ones or finishing work.
My response is always that you can’t fill from an empty cup. Self-care should never be looked at negatively, because it quite literally allows us to nourish our bodies, minds and spirits! Committing to a solid self-care routine means that you can operate at your optimum, therefore being able to give your best and absolute 100% effort for those special people and commitments in your life.
What is self-care, really?
It’s a great idea to have a little brainstorm of all of the things you absolutely love to do so that you can make a proper self-care plan/strategy that is effective. Making a self-care plan that is effective can help you:
- Reduce stress
- Get to know yourself better by becoming mindful of the things you really enjoy and recognising why you enjoy them
- Become more relaxed
- Boost your productivity levels
- Build your self-esteem
- Feel like your life is on track (seriously, don’t we all feel that way after we’ve gotten our nails done? Ha-ha)
- Reduce overwhelm and anxiety
- Become mindful
- Fill your reserves
The trick with creating an effective self-care plan is to identify things that you love and that really work for you! Call it “selfish”, but this is a plan FOR YOU.
If you’re struggling to think of things, have a look at this list and highlight the ones that you think totally would work. You might even find something that you haven’t done before, but go into it with an open mind and you might be surprised by finding something that you might love!
- Sit and watch the entire sunrise or sunset while listening to a beautiful song. My favorite is “River Flows In You – Yiruma”.
- Write a list of all your accomplishments to date (a reverse bucket list!
- Write a bucket list of things you want to see and do, now and in the futur
- Do an easy yoga routine from a YouTube channel or app. I have Kayla Itsine’s “Sweat” app for my workouts, but there is a Yoga section in there that I didn’t love until I tried!
- Listen to calming sounds such as fireplaces, birds chirping, or rain. You could try to write in your journal while you do this, or simple relax and meditate.
- Drink a glass of lemon water – I’m typically not the biggest fan of this, but I know how good it is for me so when I do it, I feel great knowing that I’ve flooded my body with some amazing nutrients!
- Pick up the phone and call a friend or family member you haven’t spoken to for a while.
- Scroll through Instagram, We Heart It or even Pinterest and read some nice poems. They can be very inspiring! Atticus is definitely a fave!
- Sit down and reflect on your core values and beliefs. This can be a cool way to get in touch with your spiritual side by building awareness of yourself and what you stand for.
- Get creative in an app like Canva and create some cool pictures or even quotes of your own.
- De-clutter and organize an area of your home that’s really been annoying you. And then go to K-Mart. Always go to K-Mart.
- Scroll through the “Following” list on your Instagram and hit unfollow for all of the people that you don’t feel inspired by or are constantly posting negative stuff. Lots of us end up following hundreds of people we don’t even know, and the last thing we need is to be taking on negative vibes from people that we’ve never even met before!
- Do a spa-day where you dry-brush your skin before your shower or bath, and then coat yourself in a moisturiser that will have you smelling heavenly!
- Go for a walk and listen to some of your favourite tunes on Spotify.
- Maybe I’m odd, but I LOVE going to the gym. It makes me feel better knowing that I’m working on myself, for myself! Why not try it out – just view it from a positive!!
- Take the time to have a chat with your grandparents if they are still around. They usually love telling stories about their past, and it’s such a great feeling to connect with them on this level. I love visiting Baba and Dedo’s because I also know I’ll always be getting some yummy Kifli along with our chat! (Ha-ha, you will get this if you’re Macedonian).
- Watch your favourite YouTubers on YouTube! They really do the trick at giving me inspiration because I know that they are regular people that are showcasing some highlights of their life – it reminds me of all the fun things I can do, and I always feel like I’m having a chat with them. Call me weird, but I know you feel the same when you’re watching those chit-chat videos! My favourite’s are Renee Amberg, Isabel Palacios, and Mimi Ikonn.
- Do a nice thing for a friend or family member. Altruism makes you feel great!
- Definitely get your nails done. Mani AND pedi. Go!!
- Read a new book that is on a topic that you love. I really enjoy books about the law of attraction, mindfulness, gratitude, health and positivity. I have heaps of favourites!
- Soak in a bubble bath with magnesium bath salts! I recommend trying out Dr. Marina’s SOL Magnesium Bathsalts – they are organic, handmade in Melbourne, and all of the salts are sourced directly from the Dead Sea. Plus, she uses amazing essential oils and some fantastic ingredients like algae to add extra benefits.
- Create a vision board, or even a vision book! I’ve tried both, and they’re both equally as fun and inspiring to create. A vision book is great because you can take it around with you – you just need to find a book with blank pages!
- Sleep in.
- Write down the things you are grateful for. This is a fantastic practice to do daily – just think of 3 things in the morning and 3 things at night. as Alex Ikonn says, it’s like a toothbrush for the mind! I use The Five Minute Journal.
- Sit down and organize your life! Use the The Wheel of Life as a starting point, and then assess how you’re going in all domains. For finances, it might be worth creating a budget for yourself to avoid and prevent financial burden/stress. For relationships, it might be worth organizing some date nights with your partner or friends.
- Express your gratitude to your friends and family that have done some great things recently. It doesn’t have to be something they’ve done for you – it could even be something like “I’ve felt so inspired with your Instagram stories recently! I love what you’re doing!!” It will make their day, and yours!