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100 Ways to Improve Self Care

100 Self Care Ideas, Inspiration and Activities

100 THINGS TO DO FOR SELF CARE

Self-care is all about creating an awareness about ourselves in a mental, physical and spiritual way and forming habits that help us live to our full potential. It’s not selfish to prioritise self-care, because we can’t be a fully productive member of society and our communities if we don’t take care of ourselves first. After all, we have to put on our own oxygen mask before helping others …

(a version of this post first appeared in 2016, it’s since been updated in 2019)

I think all of us could do with taking better care of ourselves. Too often we get caught up in ‘being busy’ as we are metaphorically hung, drawn, and quartered by society’s pressures and ideals.

The world is a hectic place to be in, and the best way to cope is to have self-care strategies in place so that when we need to, we can withdraw, switch off, or just change gears a little.

It’s not only the kindest thing we can do for ourselves, but it’s also VITAL for our all-round health.

Being kind to yourself = better health and wellbeing.

Your health and wellbeing is not just about physicality. It’s about mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. The stronger we are in ALL of those areas, the healthier and more joyful a life we can lead.

Join me over the next few months/years as I embark on a journey of discovering how best to take care of myself so that I can live the most positive, joyful and effective life possible.

Here are a ‘few’ ideas and inspiration to help us get started on improving our self-care routine. There’s a FREE printable at the end for you to download and keep.

Refer to this self-care list when you feel in a rut, in need of recuperating, or just a bit more juju in your life.

Enjoy!

100 Ways to Improve Self Care

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100 Ways To Practice Self-Care For Improved Wellbeing

1. Go for a walk and get some fresh air (check out this top 10 secret walks list for ideas)

2. Treat yourself to some luxury dark chocolate (I love these ones)

3. Spend time pampering yourself with a home spa session (try some gorgeous spa products like these)

4. Write in your journal (I bought this notebook to start bullet journalling) or start morning pages

5. Send thank you cards (I love these stamps)

6. Snuggle your pets (I adopted two RSPCA kittens recently! Read about them here)

7. Take a yoga class (find your local UK class here)

8. Eat the most epic and creative salad you can think of (I’m a fan of this one)

9. Invite your closest friends over for a chat and spend quality time with them

10. Take a digital detox (15 top tips here)

11. Stretch your body (inspiration on Pinterest)

12. Book a short break away (11 unusual places to stay in the UK)

13. Do something totally new (try this book for ideas)

14. Practise meditation (use a guided meditation app like Headspace and here is my beginner’s guide to meditation)

15. Have a good cry, it helps relieve stress

16. Write a list of your priorities

17. Get on top of your finances (try an app such as Mint or Home Budget)

18. Drink an epic green smoothie (ideas here)

19. Go dancing (dance therapy is recommended by some mental health organisations)

20. Remove toxic relationships from your life (read my post about relationships here)

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21. Print out some photographs from your hard drive (order them online here)

22. Batch-make food for the week (recipe ideas here)

23. Take a bath (treat yourself to some gorgeous bath oils)

24. Create a morning routine (try the miracle morning, or my favourite – write morning pages)

25. Organise a cocktail party for friends (tips for organising here)

26. Go foraging for fruits and herbs in your local area (my 10 tips for foraging here)

27. Drink lots of green tea (try this one) and any tea for that matter!

28. Listen to peaceful music (my favourite is Einaudi) or any music that uplifts, calms, or makes you feel grounded.

29. Wear clothes that make you feel good (I swear by my big slouchy jumpers)

30. Take a gratitude walk (the science bit)

31. Or try a gratitude journal (like this one)

32. Declutter your home (my tips to simplify your life and tips for decluttering your online space)

33. Declutter your workspace (organisation tips here)

34. Binge watch your favourite TV show (30 day free trial here)

35. Make a fort or den in your living room (inspiration here)

36. Take an art or craft class (or try online classes such as Udemy or Skillshare)

37. Write a letter to your grandparents (on some fancy stationery)

38. Go to a petting farm to hug a goat (I particularly want to go llama trekking on the south coast)

39. Go on a date with your favourite person  (see my 100 Valentines post for ideas)

40. Paint your nails (I’m a fan of O.P.I. polishes)

 

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41. Write a list of your goals (use a Goals Journal to help)

42. Give yourself a compliment (go on, you deserve it!) and extra points if you can look at yourself in the mirror and say it

43. Light a candle (my current favourite and I adore this one too) and take a moment 

44. Invest in aromatherapy oils (such as these organic oils)

45. Choose tomorrow’s outfit before bed

46. Experiment with a capsule wardrobe (explanation here)and an interesting ebook and planner here)

47. Treat yourself to one indulgence each pay day (this year I am hoping to save for this investment handbag usually I treat myself to a manicure!)

48. Cook a new recipe

49. Indulge in reading a book for a few hours (I’m reading this and this one)

50. Hike up a hill or spend time in the mountains, or natural landscape (I’m keen to visit Wales more this year)

51. Eat a big breakfast (inspiration here)

52. Go to bed early (and snuggle in some new cosy bed linen)

53. Eat a frog (concept explained here)

54. Make or buy a gift for a friend (this website is great for unique gifts)

55. Brainstorm and choose your life values (I like to pick a Word of the Year)

56. Do some colouring in (love this colouring book)

57. Take a roadtrip (this is great for inspiratiom and planning)

58. Cuddle (it boosts your immune system too)

59. Slap on a face mask (selection of face masks here) and take 10 minutes to yourself

60. Eat seasonal fruit (useful food seasonality table)

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61. Have a board games night (my favourites are Scrabble, Cluedo and Monopoly)

62. Host a charity fundraiser (how to organise here)

63. Have an afternoon nap (it’s totally natural and good for your health)

64. Laugh (I often stick on my fave tv show)

65. Buy yourself a beautiful bunch of flowers (or treat yourself to a flowers subscription)

66. Spend 20 minutes a day cleaning your home (10 things I learned from a Monk’s Guide to A Clean House and Mind)

67. Create a cleaning schedule

68. Watch your all-time favourite movie. Again. And again. (This is my favourite movie)

69. Take an intense workout session (online options here)

70. Put your pyjamas in the tumble dryer for a minute before wearing to bed

71. Make your favourite meal (mine is usually Thai food)

72. Call someone you love

73. Try a new food (I’m hoping to eat more plant-based proteins)

74. Start the day with positive affirmations (my list of mantras here)

75. Go to a museum or art gallery (I’m a fan of Tate)

76. Spend 10 minutes a day in the sunshine (even if it’s cold outside)

77. Go for coffee with somebody new (reach out to those new internet buddies you’ve been meaning to connect with)

78. Slow down

79. Treat yourself to your favourite perfume (I’m hoping to try this new one)

80. Learn a new language (try an online course)

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81. Go to the seaside (British coast inspiration)

82. Try gardening (advice here)

83. Pray or meditate (or whatever your version of that might be)

84. Say no when overwhelmed (how to say no)

85. Say yes when stagnant (watch this video for a pep talk)

86. Get up at sunrise

87. Go on a photowalk

88. Create a mixtape, like the old days

89. Play a competitive sport (ideas here)

90. Throw out and donate old clothes (find how to donate to Women’s refuge here)

91. Volunteer for a cause that means something to you (volunteering database)

92. Treat yourself to the most expensive bottle of wine you can afford (I like this shop or try this nifty subscription service)

93. Go on a retreat (inspiration here)

94. Talk to someone about your fears (or watch this talk about fear and imagination)

95. Spend time on your finances, create a budget spreadsheet, plan your pension, etc.

96. Create a scrapbook of your latest adventure (this one is lovely)

97. Go to the ballet, theatre or comedy (I go to the Nutcracker every year)

98. Cook up a big Sunday Roast dinner (my favourite slow roast lamb recipe)

99. Sing (it can literally massage your insides)

100. Celebrate a small achievement and take a moment to be mindful of the achievement

{CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THIS SELF-CARE LIST FOR FREE}

100 Ways To Practice Self Care

WHAT WOULD YOU ADD TO THE SELF-CARE LIST?

Share your ideas in the comments below.

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  1. I love this list!! Its so important to self care and take time out to focus on yourself! Its amazing how a few little things can aid in helping with it!

    1. Hi, over the past couple of weeks I’ve been feeling the “need” to seriously sort my life out! It’s not a bad life, it’s not particularly anything! And I began to realise it could be better…. last week I made a list of “things” to do (it wasn’t very specific but thought “it’s a start!!”…. the list has since been buried underneath mail, newspapers & takeaway menus!!!

      Then whilst idilly scrolling through FB (I’m sure cutting down on this past time was on forementioned list!) I came across this blog post & after delving deeper into your blog a lightbulb just went “pop”…. This is exactly what I need right now! These are the inspirational words I need to read! You are the person I can listen to to start my journey… so thank you so much for your words & I look forward to reading more from you πŸ™‚

  2. I love this list! I’m trying to take better care of myself and be a little kinder, so looking forward to indulging in some of these πŸ™‚

  3. It’s a great list full of ideas, thanks. Some of these I would never do, and some I’d add to my own list. My biggest tip would be to everyone to write their own happy-list, things that makes them feel better since we’re all not the same.

    Be well,
    /iHanna

  4. This is such a good list and a great post. I have printed it and will stick it on my office wall so I can see it every day. Oohh I might even laminate it πŸ™‚ xxx

  5. Hi Elizabeth, Just came across your page via the hibs100 list and wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading through it. I really enjoyed this post as wellbeing is something I believe to be so important, and often overlooked. I love exploring and writing about new ways to improve wellbeing and loved how many of your suggestions made sense to me. Thank you and take care!

      1. Yeah! I just looked at the link. It’s about doing the most important or worst job first. The one you would procrastinate on for the whole day/week/month etc then you have that sense of achievement and can get on with other things.

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