If you’re looking for some easy self care ideas, you’ve come to the right place. For those that don’t know, self care is the act of doing things that make you happy, energize you, and improve your own physical and mental well being.
For a long time I had never heard of self care, though occasionally I would still unknowingly do some for myself. It wasn’t until last year when I started taking a personal development course that I learned about this concept.
You should be doing some form of self-care weekly, if not daily (here is why). Luckily, it’s really not as hard or time consuming as you may think. You probably already do a ton of self care without even knowing it.
As you perform these simple self-care activities, remind yourself that it is self-care so that your brain makes the connection that you’re not just doing mindless things. You are actually taking care of yourself.
Morning Self-Care Ideas
- Use a sunlight alarm clock to help you wake-up peacefully.
- Count down from 5 to get out of bed ready to tackle the day.
- Energize yourself with a pre-workout drink or coffee (depending on if you workout in the morning or evenings).
- While you’re waking up, take a journal and write out your feelings or set goals for the day ahead. You can use a blank notebook or one with prewritten prompts like this.
- Crank up your favorite music to get pumped up.
- Complete a workout that challenges you but feels good.
- Take a hot shower (unless you work out in the evenings).
- Eat a healthy breakfast.
- Brush your teeth.
- Get dressed and accessorize in something that makes you feel good.
- Tidy up for 10-15 minutes so your home is more relaxing to come home to.
- Say some positive affirmations/mantras before you head out the door for work.
Self-Care Activities at Work
13. Get to work 10-15 minutes early if possible, or at least on time, to get settled in peacefully.
14. Play some gentle and soothing background music.
15. Set healthy boundaries with your coworkers. Be helpful but don’t let them take advantage of you.
16. Speak up when you have ideas or suggestions, even if they aren’t followed, it’s a great way to build confidence in yourself by speaking up.
17. Every hour or so take a quick walk around your office, building, or outside. If the weather is nice, going outside is the best option.
18. Take your lunch and actually use your lunch break to step away from your responsibilities.
19. Leave work on time if possible or try to set limits on how late you will stay. (I know for some professions this is more difficult).
20. Listen to either fun or relaxing music on your commute home.
Evening Self-Care Routines
21. Change into “home” clothes to get out of feeling that you are at work.
22. Don’t keep checking your work emails unless you have to.
23. Listen to some meditation music and do a little yoga to unwind.
24. Spend some quality time with household members and some time just for yourself.
25. Give yourself a mini spa night: apply moisturizer everywhere, wash and exfoliate your face, and paint your nails.
26. Limit how much TV you watch. Try reading a book or don’t other activities you enjoy.
27. Cut off electronics a half hour before bed for a better night’s sleep.
28. Pick your clothes and prep for tomorrow.
29. Get outdoors for a run, hike, sports, picnic, etc.
30. Get some things on your “to-do” list done early so you can spend the rest of the day doing things for yourself or loved ones.
31. If your schedule is tight, schedule yourself some time for you. Get it onto your schedule so you actually do it.
32. Have a spa day either at an actual spa or at home (hot bubble bath, give yourself a manicure/pedicure and a facial, etc.)
33. Write out your goals and schedule for the upcoming week.
34. Spend time decluttering and cleaning your home for more peace of mind.
35. Read a book or even work on writing one yourself.
36. Start or continue a hobby.
37. Learn a new skill like cooking, sewing, painting, or making crafts.
38. Say “no” to things you don’t want to do.
39. Visit with friends and family.
40. Take that nap you’ve been wanting to have.
41. Write out a list of all the ideas you can think of that make you happy and choose one or more of them to do.
Final Thoughts on Simple Self-Care Activities
I hope this post has given you some ideas on how to start your self-care but it’s in no way a definitive list. There are hundreds of ideas of things that you can do for yourself depending on your hobbies and what you enjoy.
I plan to make more lists like these in the future for more specific people (for example: self-care for those with no backyard – like myself right now). In the meantime, this should give you some general ideas for activities to do for yourself.
I also have 13 stress relief activities you may want to check out in addition to the ideas in this post.
Self-care can initially be hard to get into as you may feel guilt for doing things for yourself, especially if you have a lot of family or work obligations, but I will tell you that it’s very important for your physical and mental well being.
The more self-care I do per day or week, the better I feel. In the very least, you should take a half-hour (only 30 minutes!) for yourself every day. I’m going to set up a challenge soon to help you get into a self-care routine, so stay tuned.
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