101 Self-Care Activities

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Self-care seems to be a hot topic. Moms like myself are constantly talking about how we don’t have enough time. And it’s true. We don’t. But I also think we don’t make ourselves enough of a priority.

When you, as a mom, are not taking care of yourself and aren’t making yourself and your needs a priority, what happens?

I don’t know about you, but I get grumpy, short-tempered, and feel unhappy.

What about the opposite? When you make yourself and your self-care a priority, what happens?

I always feel more settled, rested, happy, and have the ability to be more calm and present with my family when I am taking care of myself.

Excuses get in the way of self-care

It seems that a lot of people (myself included) make excuses that there isn’t enough time, but there is, and there can be, especially if you plan. The list below includes activities that don’t take much time or money and also has activities that are more involved in terms of your time, planning, and cost. Make the choice to fit in the activities that are right for you.

Remember that what is considered one person’s self-care will not be another’s. For example, if you’re very social but don’t have much time, then self-care might be planning a night out with your friends. If you crave alone time and rarely get it, then alone time is likely the self-care to prioritize.

Make sure your self-care meets your many types of needs

Also, when it comes to self care activities, there are different needs that we can work to meet

Physical self-care, which might include activities like exercise or eating well.

Emotional self-care, which includes taking time for your emotions, or doing pleasurable activities.

Spiritual self-care, which will be different depending on your spiritual beliefs but might include mediation, going to church, or praying.

Mental self-care can be activities that are mentally stimulating such as playing a game, or ones that allow you to take care of your mental state such as journaling or practicing kindness to yourself.

Practical self-care is typically about your life and what you need to do in a more logistical or practical sense, such as working on decluttering or tackling something on your to-do list. Yes, this can be self-care also.

Social self-care is using friends and others to help take care of yourself. This would be engaging in activities that include others or allow you to be social.

You can look at self-care and making sure that you take care of body, mind, and spirit. All of these aspects of ourselves need care. As you look at the list, some of the ideas might not be realistic because of where you live (for example, you might not be able to walk on the beach because you don’t live near one), but perhaps you can walk in the forest. Or, the activity might not be practical because of the time of year: you can’t always jump in puddles, or a hike may be unrealistic for you if it’s Winter and snowing.

When you look at this list, take note of the ones that you would like to incorporate in your life. I’d encourage you to take a look at this calendar that you can print out and fill in with your own activities, or use the ones that I’ve included for the month. This list of self-care activities will give you many ideas but will hopefully help to spark your own.

101 Self-care activities

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  1. Dance
  2. Eat something healthy
  3. Go for a bike ride
  4. Try yoga or Pilates
  5. Play a game
  6. Draw (you don’t have to be good)
  7. Wrap up in a blanket
  8. Exercise
  9. Sing
  10. Call a friend
  11. Drink tea (or your favorite warm drink)
  12. Go swimming
  13. Aromatherapy
  14. Paint your nails
  15. Breathe deeply
  16. Create a morning or evening routine
  17. Go to church
  18. Jump in puddles
  19. Eat a meal you enjoy
  20. Sleep in
  21. Walk on the beach
  22. Plan your daily self-care for the month
  23. Watch a movie
  24. Call someone you care about and say “I love you”
  25. Journal
  26. Go for a hike
  27. Bake
  28. Delete items from your to-do list
  29. Do a random act of kindness
  30. Have a picnic
  31. Take a walk
  32. Look at the clouds
  33. Go to bed early
  34. Volunteer
  35. Be alone
  36. Take a shower and enjoy it
  37. Attend a counseling session or support group
  38. Call someone who makes you feel good
  39. Go away for the night
  40. Look at the stars
  41. Read a blog on self-care activities
  42. Try guided imagery (YouTube has great options)
  43. Color
  44. Go for a drive
  45. Meditate
  46. Girl’s Night Out
  47. Make a doctor’s appointment
  48. Cook a meal
  49. Be kind to someone else
  50. Declutter something
  51. Light a candle
  52. Read a magazine
  53. Go out with friends
  54. Smile (and hold it for 30 seconds)
  55. Turn your phone off

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  56. Be crafty
  57. Garden
  58. Get some pampering done: a manicure or massage
  59. Create a mission statement
  60. Go to the park
  61. Find an inspiring quote and repeat it daily
  62. Indulge in a treat
  63. Paint (try a painting class)
  64. Look at old photos
  65. Take a bath
  66. Think positively
  67. Listen to an audio book
  68. Pet an animal
  69. Laugh
  70. Go out on a date
  71. Write a letter
  72. Visit a dog park and watch the dogs play
  73. Listen to rain
  74. Start a gratitude journal
  75. Organize your day
  76. Go to the zoo
  77. Sit outside
  78. Snuggle with someone
  79. Listen to music
  80. Stretch
  81. Watch home movies
  82. Take some photos of things that make you smile
  83. Watch TV
  84. Write down your negative thoughts and throw them away or burn them
  85. Sit quietly at home
  86. Watch baby animal videos
  87. Write down 3 things you’re thankful for
  88. Meet a friend for coffee
  89. Watch a show on Netflix
  90. Pray
  91. Read a book
  92. Stop what you’re doing and simply breathe
  93. Sit and listen to the sounds of nature
  94. Talk about your feelings with someone who will listen
  95. Plant something
  96. Have dinner with your friends
  97. Stay off of social media for an hour (or more!)
  98. Visit an animal shelter
  99. Watch the sunset (or sunrise)
  100. Wear something that makes you feel good
  101. Visit the library: check the self-improvement books

With all of these activities, there is no room for excuses. You can find plenty of ideas and hopefully be inspired to come up with your own. Take the time to plan out how you can fit in self-care. I’d suggest doing one self-care activity daily. Remember that some of these can be done in as little as 30 seconds. The others that are more involved, like a night out will likely take planning to make happen. So, I’d suggest getting into a routine of planning out your self-care for at least one week at a time.

Check out the self-care calendar to help you get organized and prioritize your self-care.

What would you add to the list?

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