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Some Self Care Ideas

Posted by Andrew Huber on


When the schedule gets busy, it can be hard to find time for self-care.  Self-care is important for our mental and physical health. It can even help in being productive in other areas of life.  To some, the words self-care conjures up a bunch of people at the nail salon but there are many other ideas. Self-care activities can take a lot of time or very little time.  Some of them might not even seem like self-care. At its core, self-care is really about providing the space and time to recognize our innate value and reconnecting with who we are.  So try making a list of your own and care for yourself.

Here are some ideas of self-care activities to try:

  • Go for a walk.
  • Go for a run.
  • Go to the gym.
  • Take the family to a state or national park for a hike.
  • Join a debate team.
  • Have friends over for board games.
  • Read a book.
  • Write a journal.
  • Research a hobby.
  • Write down some things for which you are grateful.
  • Sing in a choir.
  • Start a family choir.
  • Clean one room of the house.
  • Whistle.
  • Practice some truthful affirmations about yourself.
  • Talk with a friend.
  • Research your family history.
  • Burn some scented candles.
  • Count down from a hundred by sevens.
  • Write an encouraging card to someone else.
  • Practice breathing for ten minutes.
  • Try bird watching.
  • Have a backyard picnic.
  • Use a mindfulness app like Calm or Aura.
  • Read the Bible or other religious book.
  • Read a comedic book.
  • Interact with animals at a pet shelter.
  • Re-arrange your furniture for fun.
  • Read to your kids.
  • Try a craft such as sowing or carving.
  • Do some stretches.
  • Try out yoga.
  • Practice mantras.
  • Practice throat singing.
  • Try making some art.
  • Try drawing with your non-dominant hand with crayons.
  • Practice a sport.
  • Find a place where you can watch the stars.
  • Get a massage.
  • Give a massage to someone else.
  • Watch a show or movie and then talk about it afterwards.
  • Have a safe party.
  • Write thank you notes to yourself.
  • See a therapist.
  • Listen to music.
  • Start learning a language.
  • Give and receive an appropriate hug for more than 40 seconds.
  • Apologize to someone.
  • Serve at a soup kitchen.
  • Have a let's-do-work-together party.
  • Join a boxing class.
  • Actually get through that stack of papers on your desk.
  • Stroll around a local park.
  • Take a dance class.
  • Dance around when no one can see you.
  • Take a photography class.
  • Do the laundry while singing Disney songs.
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