Tired of the ordinary? Discover 100+ self-care ideas that break the mold! If you want to live a blissful life, this is the list for you.
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Why You Need Over 100 Self-Care Ideas
Not because you have nothing to do; you have plenty.
No, you feel a deep-seated exhaustion.
You wake up, get your cup of coffee, get the kids ready for school, take them to school, come back home, work, eat lunch, work, pick kids up from school, cook dinner, eat dinner, get kids ready for bed, get kids to stay in bed, get kids to sleep, get yourself ready for bed, and collapse in bed yourself.
Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you get to look at your phone at night. You see what’s going out in the world. You regret looking at your phone because there’s never any good news. And then you sleep.
You wake up the next day to do the same thing all over again.
But today, you wake up and you wonder – is this really what life is about? The endless grind?
It used to provide you comfort, this routine. A sense of stability and accomplishment. Pride even.
But now? You realize that this is what life is going to be like for the rest of your life.
And you wonder, is this…really…it?
Ticking boxes off your to-do list? Going through the motions?
And if you’re just going through the motions, are you really living?
That – right there – is why you need this 100+ self care list that go beyond the usual advice of “Lather on some lotion. Get a face mask and a pedicure. Take a bubble bath. Go to a spa.” Off the top of your head, these are probably the first things you can think of.
But you want something different. Exciting. Off-the-beaten-track. New.
You want the unusual.
This blog post will give you exactly that.
Let’s get started.
Note: Some of the recommendations on this list aren’t simple self care ideas. Some can be pretty hard to do (like learning something new). If you’re looking for simple exercise, please read:
- Your 10-Minute Morning Self-Care Routine For A Successful Day
- 20+ Quick & Easy Ways To Practice Self-Care During Lunch
- The Ultimate Bedtime Self-Care Routine For A Restful Night’s Sleep
Also because this is a crazy massive list, I’ve categorized all self-care activities under the eight pillars of self-care. That said, please remember that some of the best self-care tips (like meditation) can fall under multiple areas.
The Eight Pillars of Self-Care
Did you know that there are eight types of self-care, often called the eight pillars of self-care? These pillars represent different aspects of a person’s life and provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to well-being:
This pillar emphasizes the importance of maintaining physical health and well-being, and recognizes that taking care of your body can significantly improve mental and emotional health.
An intense and stunningly beautiful form of yoga, Acroyoga combines yoga, acrobatics, and Thai massage to build strength, flexibility, and trust while connecting with others. Try this fun Acroyoga beginners course for a taste test.
Attend a martial arts class
If you’re feeling restless and want to meditate, but sitting still is not your cup of tea, why not try a martial arts class? A form of active meditation (like yoga), martial arts combine physical movement with mindfulness. I’ve done Shotokan Karate, Arnis, Capoeira, Muay Thai, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and boxing – and I highly recommend them all.
There are usually gyms or dojos you can join. If you can’t leave the house, there are martial arts classes online – believe it or not! I can’t vouch for their quality, though, as I believe martial arts are best learned from a master teacher face-to-face.
Become more flexible
If you’re physically, mentally, and emotionally stiff, life can seem slow and uncomfortable. The easiest way to become more flexible is to start stretching your body (that’s why this self care tips is under this area). Yoga can help (and I swear by Yoga With Adriene) improve your range of motion, relieve stress, and promote overall well-being. If you’re working long hours in front of the computer, this could also be useful.
Mental flexibility, on the other hand, requires you to be open to new ideas and perspectives. Improving neuroplasticity is a great way to facilitate that.
Finally, emotional flexibility asks you to develop – and master – emotional resiliency.
Do some hydrotherapy
If you want to splurge a little bit, then hydrotherapy, mineral baths, sauna, and steam rooms are not to be missed. These therapies can offer stress relief, ease muscle tension, and promote overall well-being.
Drink some shrooms
Intrigued by the healing potential of mushrooms? Taking mushrooms (like Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, and Reishi), under professional guidance, may provide therapeutic benefits for mental health. Explore this emerging self-care trend responsibly and safely.
Engage in diaphragmatic breathing
Diaphragmatic breathing is a technique that engages your diaphragm while inhaling deeply, and helps slow your heart rate, lower your blood pressure, and calm your mind. It has tremendous health benefits, so next time you’re feeling tense, breathe deep and feel the difference!
Enjoy deep touch pressure
If you’re craving some comfort (and, really, who doesn’t?), try deep touch pressure. It’s believed to increase the release of feel-good hormones like serotonin and oxytocin while decreasing cortisol levels. So, snuggle up under a cozy weighted blanket or share a firm hug with a loved one – it’s a simple but effective way to care for yourself.
Float in a body of water
In need of some relaxation? Floating in a body of water, whether it’s a pool, lake, sea, or ocean, can be incredibly soothing. I live close enough to the sea that I can go to the beach three times a week; I can vouch for how beneficial it can be! The sensation of weightlessness allows your muscles to relax, and the quiet environment promotes mental calm. So, take a break from the hustle and bustle of life and enjoy a serene float.
Give yourself a massage
Who says you need a spa day to enjoy a massage? Learning self-massage techniques can help you relieve tension, improve circulation, and indulge in some much-needed self-care regularly. So go on, show your body some love – you deserve it!
Go to a sauna
There’s nothing quite like a sauna session to help clear your thoughts, sweat out toxins, ease muscle tension, and promote relaxation – as long as you practice sauna safety. So, treat yourself to a regular sauna visit and let the steamy heat work its magic!
Ground or earth yourself
Feeling disoriented, anxious, and overwhelmed? You may be disconnected from the world around you. Realigning your electrical energy with the earth by walking barefoot on grass, sand, or soil is a powerful way to reconnect. If you can’t or don’t want to go barefoot, you can use special earthing sandals instead. You could also try earthing mats, sheets, blankets, socks, car seats, chair seats, and even pet beds, so you – and your pets, are always aligned with the earth.
Improve your sleep hygiene
Have you ever been too tired to function that you go to bed only to realize that you’re also too tired to sleep? Make sure you’re getting enough sleep by creating a regular bedtime routine (interestingly, this helps you wake up without having to put on an alarm too!). To learn more about the importance of regularity, listen to Matthew Walker, professor of neuroscience and psychology at UC Berkeley talk about the science of sleep.
Learn and practice good posture
Good posture not only benefits your physical health but can also boost your confidence and mood. Becoming aware of your posture throughout the day and making adjustments as needed is a great way to practice self care. You might also try posture exercises to strengthen your core and back muscles. Stand tall and proud – your body and mind will thank you!
Practice mindful eating
Ever feel like you’re rushing through meals? Slow down and eat mindfully.
Savor every bite, appreciate the flavors, and tune in to your body’s hunger and fullness cues.
Practice Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)
If your muscles tend to feel tense and sore, try Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR), a technique where you tense and relax muscle groups in a systematic way. This practice helps release tension and makes you feel as relaxed as a purring cat. Perfect when you’re going through periods of stress, insomnia, or anxiety.
Practice slow jogging
Want to establish a regular exercise routine that’s not too intense? Slow jogging is a low-impact, mindful form of running that prioritizes enjoyment and relaxation over speed. By focusing on your breath and maintaining a comfortable pace, you’ll experience both physical and mental benefits. So, lace up your shoes, hit the pavement, and embrace the joy of movement.
Practice strategic napping
Strategic napping can provide a much-needed energy boost – especially if you’re struggling with energy slumps – and enhance your cognitive performance. Aim for short naps (10-20 minutes) in the early afternoon to maximize the benefits without disrupting your nighttime sleep. By incorporating strategic naps into your self care routine, you’ll become more alert and productive – giving you the recharge you need to tackle the rest of the day.
Rebalance your vagus nerve
Never heard of the vagus nerve until now? You’re not alone. Few people outside of the medical field seem to talk about it, despite being a key component of your body’s relaxation response. Rebalancing your vagus nerve through practices like deep breathing, singing, or meditation can help lower stress and promote a sense of calm. You can learn more about how to nurture this vital nerve in this Daily Om class.
Simulate laughter therapy
Ever noticed how good a hearty laugh feels? Laughter therapy is a practice that harnesses the power of laughter to release endorphins, reduce stress, and boost your mood. So gather some friends, share a funny story, and let laughter be the best medicine!
Trigger ASMR tingling
Ever experienced a tingling sensation while listening to certain sounds? ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response, “describes a tingling, calming sensation some people report experiencing in response to close personal attention or certain audio or visual stimuli.” Give ASMR a try and let it melt your stress away like butter on a hot skillet. The video below is a great example:
Try Cold Exposure Therapy (CET)
Ready for a chilly challenge? Cold exposure therapy, such as cold showers or ice baths, can boost your mood, increase focus, and improve circulation. Embrace the cold and feel invigorated!
Curious about your body’s inner workings? Biofeedback is a technique that helps you gain awareness of and control over your physiological responses, such as heart rate or muscle tension by using specialized equipment. Incorporate biofeedback into your self-care routine, and develop a deeper understanding of your body and mind.
Use stress balls, fidget toys, or worry stones
Stress balls, fidget toys, and worry stones are small, portable tools that can help you relieve tension, channel nervous energy, and get a handle on stress. Keep one at your desk, in your bag, or by your bedside for a quick, calming distraction whenever you need it. Squeeze away your worries and find a sense of calm amidst the chaos. I use a honey calcite worry stone that permanently lives on a peach selenite charging plate on my desk.
We all need to manage and express emotions healthily – and develop emotional resilience. The activities under this section will encourage you to do this!
Become more compassionate
All you need to do is look at the comment section of any viral video, and you’ll see how cruel people can be. Compassion and kindness seem to be in short supply these days. That’s why I believe that cultivating compassion towards yourself and others is transformational and essential.
To become compassionate, you must first learn empathy; both empathy and compassion will put you in touch with the beautiful side of humanity. Learning how to turn pain into compassion is your first step. Then, learn how to extend that compassion to others and, finally to yourself.
Isn’t it strange that we can forgive the people we love a lot quicker than we can forgive ourselves? It’s like we have to hit impossibly high standards while everyone else doesn’t have to. According to Stanford Medicine, those who practice self-forgiveness have better mental and emotional well-being, more positive attitudes and healthier relationships. It seems the pinnacle of self-care that we learn how to forgive ourselves.
Harness flower power
Surrounding yourself with flowers can have a positive impact on your mood and well-being. They can reduce stress, improve mood, and even boost productivity. Try adding flowering plants to your living space or explore the world of flower essences and aromatherapy. If you want to create your own flower-based extracts, tinctures, and the like, you can learn herbalism.
Heal your trauma
“Over half the American population is likely to go through an event that may be classified as trauma exposure.” This could lead to you feeling that life sometimes feels broken. If you belong to this group, you’ll want to work on your trauma so you can heal, grow, and move forward. Consider therapy and, as a complement, journaling, meditating, doing shadow work, and joining support groups as well.
To find out if something happened in your childhood that still has a dramatic effect on your life today, take this 60-second quiz.
Listen to subliminal messaging
What if you could bypass your mind’s conscious – and far too often, negative – side of your mind? What if you could reshape your thoughts and habits effortlessly? Subliminal messaging, or messages designed to bypass conscious awareness, may help you develop positive habits or overcome mental barriers. I love the Deep Calm album and a customized subliminal track I had made just for me. Give it a go and see how these hidden messages can empower you from within!
Need a quick way to relieve stress or anxiety? Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), also known as “tapping,” involve tapping on specific pressure points while focusing on a negative emotion or issue. This self-care tool can help you release emotional blockages and restore a sense of balance and well-being.
It can even help you resolve money blocks, helping you tap into riches and achieve financial freedom.
If EFT is new to you, then you need to watch the intro below by Master Tapper, Brad Yates:
Practice radical self-love
Embracing and accepting yourself wholly and unconditionally is the main premise of radical self-love. You have to push past self-doubt or self-criticism and accept all your flaws. Practice self-compassion, celebrate your strengths, and prioritize your well-being. As you nurture self-love, you’ll build a strong foundation for a happier, healthier life.
Take a digital chill pill
Ever heard of digital pills? These audio experiences use binaural beats, neurolinguistic programming (NLP) or other types of audio technology to induce safe and long-lasting inner change in an effortless way. All you have to do is pop in your earbuds and let the calming sounds work their magic. This is, by far, the fastest and easiest way to transform yourself – and your life.
Try some art therapy
Looking for a creative way to express your emotions? Art therapy allows you to explore your feelings through various artistic media. Paint, draw, sculpt or use old photos to find your way to self-discovery and healing. If you want to try this technique, this Anxiety Relief Relaxing Coloring Book is a great – and cheap! – way to start.
Write morning pages
This stream-of-consciousness exercise is a daily writing practice that involves starting your day by filling three pages with your unfiltered thoughts and feelings first thing in the morning. Morning pages can help you clear your mind, unleash your creativity, and gain insight into your emotions.
As social creatures, we have a compulsive need to create – and maintain – healthy relationships as well as stay connected to a supportive community, which is key to mental health and emotional well-being.
Ask the people around you better questions
A fantastic way to shower yourself with love and care is to deepen your existing connections and build better relationships. Showing genuine curiosity and interest in others will help you foster stronger bonds and gain new insights into the people around you.
Attend a community event
Sometimes, we get lonely, and we need to tap into the wider community. Attending a social event is a fantastic way to reconnect with other people (beyond your immediate family and close friends). In Scotland, I loved attending ceilidhs. The atmosphere and the craic were one of a kind. When you do something similar, you’ll meet like-minded individuals, learn about local happenings, and maybe even discover new interests. Who knows, you might end up making lifelong friends! Give it a try – you won’t regret it.
Do a kind act just because
Watch someone’s eyes when you give them a heartfelt compliment. Often, you’ll see a flicker of surprise followed by a flush of pleasure. And we feel happy too. We feel good when we make other people feel good. So, why not perform a random act of kindness? Leave a generous tip, compliment someone’s work, or help a stranger carry their groceries. These small, thoughtful gestures can brighten someone else’s day while lifting your spirits too. Plus, kindness is contagious, so you’ll be spreading positivity all around!
Engage in altruistic shopping
Targeted retail therapy at its finest, altruistic shopping means supporting local or ethical businesses when making purchases. In other words, you buy only from companies that you feel passionate about, contributing to a sense of community and personal satisfaction.
Engage in deep, meaningful conversations
Skip the small talk and dive into deep, thought-provoking conversations with close friends or family. By exploring new ideas and sharing your feelings, you’ll strengthen your relationships and expand your understanding of the world.
Remember, when sharing something, you are being vulnerable. So, choose carefully. You don’t want to inadvertently give a fake friend ammunition to use against you. Perhaps a lie detection masterclass would be a good idea?
Evaluate old friendships
Friendships aren’t always forever so, it’s absolutely essential to reevaluate your social circle. Reflect on your current friendships and consider whether they’re uplifting and supportive.
Are they really friends?
Or are they fake friends you need to keep at a distance? If so, the best thing you can do in the interest of self-care is to sever your connection with them.
It’s okay to let go of relationships that no longer serve your well-being. Surround yourself with positivity, and watch how your life flourishes!
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Are you finding it hard to let go of past hurt or resentment? You’re not alone; you’re talking to the Queen of Grudges, after all. But, I have recently learned that when you hang tight to these negative emotions – instead of letting go, then you can’t move forward. Your actions and decisions aren’t wholly your own, but dictated by those very people you no longer want to be a part of your life. When I finally made the commitment to forgive others, I felt incredibly free for the first time in a really long time.
So, now I recommend it. Practice forgiveness of others as a form of self-care. By letting go of past hurts, you’ll free yourself from negative emotions and open up space for healing and growth. Remember, forgiving others is a gift you give yourself.
Note: If you need help (because let’s face it, forgiveness is hard work), I found comfort and support in Aleya Dao’s energetic healing. And, of course, sessions with a good therapist always help.
Go on gratitude visits
Another self-care idea you need to try? Thanking someone who’s made a difference in your life. Gratitude visits involve expressing your appreciation to those who’ve positively impacted you. Reach out to a friend, family member, or even a former teacher – in person, if possible – and share how they’ve helped you. Not only will this brighten their day, but it’ll also boost your own sense of gratitude and happiness.
Learn effective conflict resolution
Ever struggled to navigate disagreements? They’re incredibly stressful, aren’t they? In your interactions with others, focus on open communication, empathy, and finding common ground. Effective conflict resolution skills can transform challenging situations into opportunities for growth and understanding, allowing you to cultivate more harmonious relationships and a greater sense of inner peace.
Look for your tribe
What would it be like to know you truly belong? That you’re accepted for who you are – flaws and all? What would it be like to be surrounded by people who’ve got your back? For many of us, this is a dream. But everywhere we turn, we find wolves in sheep’s clothing. How do you find your tribe?
Surround yourself with those who share your values, interests, and passions. Figure out who your friends are and who aren’t. Develop and listen to your intuition – this is a crucial step! Get better at telling when someone is not being honest. And possibly, most importantly – you need to become who you always wanted to be and accept nothing less from people who are in your inner circle.
By finding your tribe, you’ll build a supportive network that fosters personal growth and a sense of community.
Make new friends
Humans are social creatures. We often get lonely if left too long alone. Making new friends can enhance your well-being and introduce you to new perspectives. So go ahead, strike up a conversation, join a club, or attend events. Open yourself up to the possibility – you never know where new friendships may blossom!
Practice active listening
Ever find yourself distracted during conversations? It’s time to learn and practice active listening, a crucial skill for fostering meaningful connections. It involves fully focusing on the speaker, reflecting on their words, and responding thoughtfully. By practicing active listening, you’ll cultivate empathy and understanding, leading to deeper and more satisfying relationships. Learn how to to become an active listener with this Active Listening Masterclass.
Volunteer for a cause you’re passionate about
Looking for a way to give back and care for yourself at the same time? Volunteering for a cause that aligns with your values can be a deeply rewarding and fulfilling experience. By dedicating your time and energy to helping others, you’ll not only make a positive impact but also renew your sense of purpose.
Ever heard a child say, “I’m so bored!” Ever said it yourself? We need mental stimulation, learning, and growth, to feel as well as the development of a healthy mindset and coping strategies to combat negative thoughts. Try one of the unusual self care ideas in this section to satisfy this craving!
Armor yourself with a growth mindset
The growth mindset approach embraces the idea that you can improve and learn through “hard work, good strategies, and input from others.” Instead of viewing setbacks as failures, you begin to see them as opportunities to grow. When you foster a growth mindset, you eventually become more resilient and open to new experiences.
Build your self-confidence
Conflicts in your personal life or in society in general, as well as underlying health or emotional issues can take a toll on your confidence, resulting in feelings of low self-worth. Because self-confidence is linked to almost every element involved in a happy and fulfilling life, boosting it is imperative. Start by reading this self-love meditation script pdf and then, if you need to go deeper, discover the strategies that successful people – including celebrities, sports people, actors, actresses, and entrepreneurs – employ to build their self-confidence and self-esteem.
Engage in regular digital detox
Have you ever felt as if you’re chained to your devices? Ever hoped for some time away from screens and the late-night, mindless scrolling? Schedule regular digital detoxes to disconnect from screens and reconnect with yourself. Deliberately unfollow negative influences on your feed.
Use this time to engage in your hobbies, read a book, or simply lie in bed and be present with your thoughts. Your mind will thank you for the break.
Engage in savoring exercises
Create more time in your life by indulging in savoring exercises, which help you to slow down, fully appreciate and absorb positive experiences, and enjoy life more. Try lingering on the taste of a delicious meal, the warmth of the sun on your skin, or the sound of your favorite song. By consciously savoring these moments, you’ll cultivate a deeper sense of gratitude, joy, and connection to life.
Note: It’s very important that you focus on positive experiences while doing savoring exercises. Do NOT savor negative experiences!
Learn a musical instrument
In this case, your goal isn’t to become a virtuoso. Your goal is to improve brain health which is central to self-care. Because the act of learning a musical instrument is more important than the actual instrument, you can just pick a relatively easy instrument to learn.
Learn a new language
The benefits of learning a new language are vast and varied. Not only does learning a new language boost your cognitive abilities, but it also expands your cultural horizons – opening up a world of possibilities. There are many programs and apps now that will help you get to fluency. Duolingo, Language Drops, and Ling App are all excellent!
Also, worauf warten Sie (German)? Tara na (Filipino/Tagalog)!
Note: If you’ve ever wanted to learn Scottish Gaelic, Duolingo is currently the only app that teaches it.
Master the art of passive meditation
We all know that meditation has a lot of benefits, but many of us don’t have the time it takes to master it. If you have anxiety and depression, like me, you may have trouble quieting your mind. That’s why I leverage current technology; it allows me to enter deep meditative states without having to contend with mind chatter. Using Sensate and Holosync, helps me let go of thoughts as they arise and embrace the stillness within. If you’re ready to find the calm in the chaos, why not try them too?
Optimize your brain
Want to unlock your full mental potential? Optimizing your brain involves engaging in activities that challenge and stimulate your cognitive abilities. Try learning a new language, solving puzzles, or practicing mindfulness meditation using current technological advances. By nurturing your brain health, you’ll improve your memory, focus, and overall cognitive function, leading to a more satisfying life
Play brain games
Challenging yourself with brain games like puzzles, crosswords, or sudoku games can help keep your mind sharp and engaged. These cognitive exercises can improve memory, focus, and problem-solving skills while providing a fun and stimulating break from daily stressors.
If, like me, you’re on the computer a lot but need a quick mental reset, I recommend going to Plays and choosing a game from their extensive selection. I often go for a 3D sudoku puzzle or a tangram puzzle because I quite enjoy them. They’re just challenging enough that I have to work to solve them, but they’re not too hard that I get annoyed with myself.
Occasionally, I try a crossword puzzle but it’s not really my thing. I just do it because I know it’s good for my brain. You can choose whichever one calls to you!
Practice intentional daydreaming
Give yourself permission to daydream about your ideal future. Envision what you’d like to achieve, where you’d like to be, and how you’d like to feel. Deliberate daydreaming can be beneficial, as it allows your mind to take a break and explore new possibilities. Set aside dedicated time for daydreaming, and let your thoughts roam free. You might just stumble upon new insights, creative ideas, or solutions to problems. To learn how to use daydreaming effectively, try this Intentional Daydreaming masterclass.
Ready to try something completely new? Why not try this young meditative art form? Zentangle® is a relaxing, mindful drawing technique that involves creating intricate patterns using simple, repetitive strokes. As you lose yourself in the creative process, you’ll experience a sense of calm and focus. Grab a pen and paper, and let your imagination flow – it’s a comforting and enjoyable way to care for your mind.
Read a book you’ll never otherwise read
Life begins at the end of our comfort zone. And nothing is more uncomfortable than coming face-to-face with a different idea – one we’ve never considered before. That’s why I always recommend that, at least once in your life, you choose a book outside of your usual preferences and let it broaden your mind. You might just discover new interests or gain a fresh perspective on life. Or realize that you were right all along. Either way, it’s an adventure!
Recite positive affirmations
Words are powerful. We are our own worst inner critics. Combine the two, and we have a recipe for disaster. If you’re immersed in a cycle of negative self-talk, you can break the habit by reciting positive self-love affirmations daily. These empowering statements can shift your mindset and help you embrace a brighter outlook. Say it, believe it, and watch your world change!
Rediscover your worth
Struggling with self-worth? Take time to reflect on your accomplishments, strengths, and unique qualities. Listen to the Discover Your Worthiness Meditation and read the script. Remind yourself of the value you bring to the world and the lives of those around you. As you rediscover your worth, you’ll build a stronger foundation for self-esteem and self-love.
Use guided imagery
Guided imagery is a great relaxation technique to use, particularly when you’re feeling overwhelmed. It involves closing your eyes, taking a deep breath, and letting your mind wander to your happy place.
We all sometimes wonder what we’re doing here, what are we alive for? Is there a deeper purpose to our life? Self care activities that nurture the soul and cultivate a sense of purpose help us find peace and connect with our values.
Create a self-love sigil
Ever wished for a little extra love in your life? A self-love sigil is a personalized symbol created to represent your intentions for self-love. Design your unique symbol, then display it somewhere meaningful to remind you to practice self-love daily. This intentional visual cue will help you nurture a loving relationship with yourself and others.
Create a vision board
Creating a vision board is a fun and powerful way to visualize your goals and aspirations, especially if you need a little inspiration to kickstart the life of your dreams. By choosing images that resonate with you and putting them out there where you can see them regularly, you’ll have a constant reminder of what you’re working towards. Go ahead, let your dreams take shape!
Develop a personal mantra
Looking for a way to stay grounded and focused? A personal mantra is a positive affirmation or phrase that resonates with you and helps you stay present. Repeat your mantra throughout the day to give you a sense of calm and inner strength, especially during tough times. If you need inspiration, you can read our posts:
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Do shadow work
Very popular in spiritual and psychological circles, shadow work is the process of exploring and embracing the hidden aspects of yourself – the parts you might usually avoid or suppress. By confronting these “shadows,” you can gain a deeper understanding of yourself and work towards healing and self-acceptance. It’s not easy, but it’s worth the journey. If this is something you’d like to do, I highly recommend this Shadow Work Course.
Engage in a daily manifestation activity
What if you could create your ideal reality just by focusing on it? Daily manifestation activities, as described in The Secret and The Manifestation Movie, can help you align your thoughts and actions with your desires. Try this powerful practice and watch your dreams come to life!
Try some forest bathing
According to Dr. Qing Li, doctor, environmental immunologist, and Chairman of the Japanese Society of Forest Medicine, we – as a society – suffer from nature deficit disorder.
The practice of shinrin-yoku (forest bathing), which calls you to spend mindful time around trees, harnesses the healing power of the forest to “reduce your stress levels and blood pressure, strengthen your immune and cardiovascular systems, boost your energy, mood, creativity, and concentration, and even help you lose weight and live longer.”
Try some moon bathing, especially during the full moon
Moon bathing involves basking in the moon’s light and energy, particularly during the full moon. Find a comfortable spot outdoors, soak up the lunar energy, and use this time for reflection and intention-setting. This tranquil ritual can help you feel more connected to the natural world and your inner self. Learn more from our Full Moon Self-Love Rituals post.
Try energetic balancing
If you’re feeling off-kilter, and you don’t know why, I recommend trying energetic balancing. Practices like Reiki, acupuncture, or chakra healing, can help restore harmony and promote overall well-being. These holistic therapies aim to balance the body’s energy flow, releasing blockages and promoting relaxation. Explore different modalities and find the one that resonates with you – it’s a unique and powerful form of self-care. (I recommend Aleya Dao’s Free Meditation and her Seven Cups of Consciousness.)
Closely linked with the spiritual pillar are activities that promote personal growth and self-understanding, both of which are important for self-esteem and confidence.
Commit to clearing anything that holds you back
We all have baggage – stuff that keeps us stuck or holds us back from reaching our potential. In manifestation circles, this is called limiting beliefs. Take time to identify what’s holding you back, and then work to let it go. Whether it’s self-doubt, toxic relationships, childhood trauma, or old habits, clearing these obstacles can be a game-changer for your well-being. Ready to tackle your roadblocks head-on? I recommend taking A Year to Clear What Is Holding You Back.
Commit to strategically saying no in a positive way
You say yes when you really want to say no – just to keep the peace. And in the end, you feel angry and resentful. You feel overwhelmed because you have too many commitments and not enough hours in the day. If you’ve ever felt this, then It’s time to learn the power of the positive no. Prioritize what truly matters to you, and don’t be afraid to decline invitations or requests that don’t align with your goals or values. By thoughtfully choosing where to invest your time and energy, you’ll create space for yourself to grow and add more balance in your life, while still keeping your relationships intact.
Create and maintain a gratitude jar
Doesn’t it seem like bad things are happening all the time? The news keeps talking about crimes day in and day out – and it’s easy to get caught in the negativity. Try creating a gratitude jar, which is really just any jar you like. Get a piece of paper and a pen. Write down something you’re grateful for each day, then drop it in the jar. Watching the jar fill with positive thoughts can help shift your focus from what’s going wrong to what’s going right. When you need a pick-me-up, read through your gratitude notes for an instant mood boost.
You could also do the more common gratitude journal, if you’d prefer to do something simple.
Discover your purpose
Are you feeling lost or directionless, wondering what your life is about? Do this life purpose exercise. By uncovering what truly drives you, you’ll learn how to fully charge your life with purpose and find a renewed sense of meaning and motivation in life.
Do a life check
Are you where you want to be at this stage in your life? Ever feel like you’re just going through the motions? A life check can help you assess where you’re at and make sure you’re living in alignment with your values and goals. Take some time to evaluate different areas of your life, like relationships, career, and personal growth. Be honest with yourself about what’s working and what’s not. Then, create an action plan to make any necessary changes. To make the process easier, follow our Live A Blissful Life Plan.
Do mirror work
A powerful exercise, mirror work involves looking into your own eyes and speaking positive affirmations aloud. This can help you build self-esteem, foster self-acceptance, and heal past wounds. Give it a try and watch your relationship with yourself transform!
Do something that comforts you
Treating yourself to a comforting activity, like wrapping up in a cozy blanket, enjoying your favorite meal, or taking a relaxing bath can relieve stress and anxiety (I like taking a bubble bath and then start watching The Nanny or The Big Bang Theory). By indulging in comforting experiences, you’ll create a safe space for yourself, recharge your emotional batteries, and allow you to face life with courage and determination.
Do something that scares you
If what’s missing in your life is excitement, then do something adventurous instead of comforting. Break free from your comfort zone. Face your fears by doing something that challenges or scares you. Whether it’s trying a new workout class or speaking up in a meeting, taking risks can help you grow and build resilience – and can be a transformative experience.
Explore new places and things
You don’t have to go all the way to Fiji. Going to your favorite restaurant and ordering something new instead of your regular meal is sometimes all that’s needed. A new route to work, a new shop to browse – these can all take you off-the-beaten-track and ease your ennui.
Go on a date with yourself
Treating yourself to a solo date can be a powerful form of self-care! You could go on a trip to the movies, a nice meal, or a leisurely walk in the park. By spending quality time with yourself, you’ll cultivate a deeper sense of self-awareness and appreciation. Plus, you might just discover new interests and passions along the way.
Learn how to live more with the time you have
Feeling like there’s just never enough time? Learning to make the most of your days – with less stress – can improve your overall well-being. Start by prioritizing tasks, setting boundaries, managing your time, and practicing mindfulness. Embrace the idea that quality matters more than quantity – savoring the present moment and focusing on what truly matters will help you live a more fulfilling life.
Live in hard truth
One way to live a blissful life is to live authentically. Unfortunately, sometimes it feels easier – certainly a lot less scary – to hide our light. So, we do hide. We plaster a smile on our faces and pretend everything is alright. And we pay the price. Becoming authentic is essential to self-care and requires us to embrace the hard truths about ourselves, our relationships, and our circumstances. By acknowledging reality and facing challenges head-on, you’ll become more resilient and better equipped to create meaningful change. Read 6 Secrets of Living Life in Truth for more steps.
Read a comfort book
If you’re not in the mood for adventure, maybe you need a cozy escape somewhere familiar. In that case, you can revisit your favorite comfort book (you know, the one you read again and again) and let it wrap you in the familiar warmth of beloved characters and stories. After all, there’s no place like the pages of a well-loved book.
I have two books I read at least five times a year; one of them I read every Christmas.
Set big and terrifying goals
To take you to the edge of your comfort zone, set ambitious, even intimidating goals that push you to grow and evolve. By aiming high and working towards your dreams, you’ll experience a renewed sense of purpose and personal growth. Maybe you’re a couch potato but want to get a bit fitter. A terrifying goal you may set could be running a 5k marathon in six months.
Set small, achievable, and realistic goals
It’s important to combine big goals with smaller, more realistic goals – preferably connected to your bigger goals. These small wins can be a major confidence boost, which will help you gain a sense of accomplishment and momentum to keep moving forward.
Work on your health habits
No list is complete without health habits. And for a good reason – You can’t feel better inside and out if you’re sick. Evaluate your health habits and make small, manageable changes. Whether it’s eating more delicious food, taking daily walks, or implementing bedtime or morning self-care routines, every step counts towards a healthier, happier you!
Professional Self-Care (Financial Self-Care)
We live in a world where we need money to survive. And for the most part, we need a job, a business, some sort of career to make or earn the money we need. The activities below will help you experience greater job satisfaction, prevent burnout, better work-life balance, and create a career development pathway that allows you to move beyond this rather mundane requirement – and all the work-related stress that comes with it – to something that allows you to express your purpose for living.
I cannot stress enough the importance and power of charisma, which can “help you get ahead in your career, make new friends, and even find love.”
Charisma is not an innate skill; we can learn it. But unfortunately, schools don’t teach us how to become charismatic. And we often pay a high price for it (and yes, I have paid it)!
Enter Vanessa Van Edwards, Founder of the People School, who teaches this very skill. If you can’t get ahead in your career, you’re having trouble making or keeping friends, or you’re experiencing relationship struggles (whether platonic or romantic), I strongly recommend you take her courses. 7 Scientifically Proven Steps to Increase Your Influence and Be The Most Likable Person In The Room are both free. And they are truly transformational!
Develop your ability to focus
Learning how to develop your ability to focus can be powerful, especially if you find your mind wandering when you need to concentrate. Focus (or concentration) is a skill, which allows you to fix your attention on a single thought or activity. Instead of wasting your energy on irrelevant thoughts or activities, you conserve your energy to accomplish great things.
In other words, strengthening your focus can make a big difference in your productivity and overall well-being.
Enroll in a personal finance course
This doesn’t seem particularly sexy, but I maintain that personal finance is an important part of self-care. Have you ever spent a sleepless night wondering how to pay the bills? Have you ever lived paycheck-to-paycheck? If so, then you know how anxiety-inducing it can be. Want to practice self-care? Learn how to get a handle on your finances so you can make more and keep more.
Expand your professional network
If you wish to accelerate your career growth, you need to expand your professional network. Make an effort to meet new people. Attend local meetups, workshops, or networking events to forge new connections and open up opportunities for personal and professional growth. Learn how to do this right with this How to Build Your Professional Network masterclass.
Improve your communication skills
If you’re looking to enhance your relationships and self-expression, then developing effective communication skills is key. Practice active listening, be mindful of non-verbal cues, and focus on expressing yourself clearly and compassionately. As you improve your ability to communicate, you’ll notice stronger connections and greater self-confidence in various aspects of your life.
Learn how to negotiate effectively
As mentioned, life is all about finding common ground. So, if you’ve ever felt like you’re not getting the best deal, a powerful form of self-care would be to master the art of negotiation. It can boost your self-confidence and help you achieve more favorable outcomes in various situations – from romantic relationships to platonic work interactions. Practice assertiveness, active listening, and finding win-win solutions. As you hone your negotiation skills, you’ll feel more empowered and in control of your life.
Learn how to write better emails
In today’s digital world, crafting clear and effective emails – using concise language, proper formatting, and a respectful tone – is an essential skill. By improving your email communication, you’ll enhance your professional and personal relationships and minimize misunderstandings.
Learn new skills
Looking to grow and evolve? Learning new skills not only boosts your confidence but also keeps your mind sharp. So, enroll in that cooking class, magic course, or singing lessons – the sky’s the limit!
Start a side business
Life-time employment is dead. Job cuts are rampant. And employees have to jump from one company to another. I think starting a side business that generates extra income to help cushion life’s blows doesn’t just make sense, it is an essential self-care idea. You have to look after number one, and even if you’re friends with Joe and Sally from HR, they’ll still let you go at the boss’ say so.
If you have a blog, you can set it up to make money. If you don’t have one yet, now is a good time to start a blog. Even kids are getting some of the action – just take a look at Ryan from Ryan’s World. A good course to take, if you want your kids to start making money, is the Young and Paid Minicourse.
Sometimes, it’s not enough to just work on yourself. Often, you’re influenced by where you find yourself. The activities below will help you foster a supportive environment that nurtures and cares for you.
Adopt a wild animal (virtually)
Knowing that you’re making a difference, no matter how small, can be a source of pride and purpose, so why not give it a try?
For more information, read The Smithsonian’s Ten Animals and Plants Around the World That You Can (Virtually) Adopt.
Bring the natural world inside
Ever felt like your home needs a breath of fresh air? Bringing the outdoors in can do wonders for your mood and overall well-being. Add terrariums, bonsai, garden towers (this will need a bit more space!), a few potted plants or even a small herb garden to your space – not only do they look great, but they also purify the air. Plus, caring for plants can be a therapeutic and rewarding process. So, why not give it a shot?
Create a healing space
Just because you’re alone doesn’t mean you have to be lonely. In fact, alone time offers a lot of benefits, including improved concentration and increased productivity. If you spend some time with yourself in a space that’s designed specifically to help you unwind, relax, and recharge, then even better.
Create a self-care sanctuary (also called a Reiki room, meditation room, healing room, etc.) where your spirit could find rest. Fill it with items that bring you comfort and peace, like cozy blankets, delicious scents, or calming artwork. The key is to create a space that feels uniquely yours – a little haven of your own that allows you to escape the stresses of everyday life.
Design a calm home
Ever wished your home felt more peaceful? Creating a calm atmosphere is an essential self-care idea. Start by decluttering and organizing your space, choosing a style you wish to adopt (I love hygge), and then add design elements like soft lighting, soothing colors, and comforting textures. Don’t forget to incorporate your favorite scents, too! By transforming your entire home into a tranquil haven, you’ll have a sanctuary to escape from the chaotic energy of life.
By the way, I absolutely adore the new Masterclass that was just released a few days ago. If you’re not any good at designing a space you absolutely love, but you’d like to learn, sign up for Shea McGee’s class now!
Organize and declutter your space
Clutter can have a profound impact on our physical and mental health. Tackling the mess and reorganizing your environment can help boost your mood, improve your focus, and make your everyday life more enjoyable. Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing is a classic. If you’re a video learner, this is good too.
PS. You can organize your digital space neatly too (start with the folders on your desktop)!
Surround yourself with beauty
A beautiful environment can be uplifting. Fill your space with objects, colors, and textures that inspire joy and serenity. Add paintings that make you smile. I personally love adding crystals – like amethyst. By surrounding yourself with beauty, you’ll create a positive atmosphere that nurtures your well-being.
Which of these 100 self-care ideas are you going to try first?
So, we’ve explored a massive list of self care ideas that allow you to show self love and which you won’t often find in common self-care lists, covering everything from virtually adopting a wild animal to writing morning pages. With such a diverse range of activities, there’s something here for everyone, no matter your interests or lifestyle.
Of course, such a huge amount of choices can be overwhelming, right?
Remember, when it comes to self-care, it’s all about finding what works best for you. For example, brushing your teeth or sitting with a bottle of wine may be all you have the time and strength for sometimes. And that’s okay! Nothing is set in stone or non-negotiable. What’s important is to make an appointment with yourself to do things that work for you (that makes the routine more sustainable).
That means taking your time to figure out what you really want and what makes you happy.
Looking for something comfortable and cozy to anchor you in this mad, frenetic and uncertain world? Light a candle and put on your favorite music. Or listen to the Discover Your Worthiness Meditation and read the accompanying script (both very comforting!). Maybe start a side business too, to create a financial safety net.
For time-specific inspiration, read:
- Your 10-Minute Morning Self-Care Routine For A Successful Day
- 20+ Quick & Easy Ways To Practice Self-Care During Lunch
- The Ultimate Bedtime Self-Care Routine For A Restful Night’s Sleep
Now’s the perfect time to shake up your routine and embrace new experiences. You deserve to feel good and take care of yourself, and you might even discover some hidden talents or passions along the way. What are you waiting for? Dive in, explore, and let these unique self-care ideas inspire and rejuvenate you. Give it a try – you got this!
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