“It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.”
– Mandy Hale
Life can be scary, hectic, chaotic and we all have our share of bad days. Taking a break from the chaos is a must for our well-being.
Self-care is crucial for survival.
If you’re having a rough day, week, month or YEAR – it’s important that you make time to care for yourself a little every day by implementing one (or more) of the following self-care ideas. Hopefully, you’ll find a self-care practice that feels right and works for you. Most of the ideas below are completely free as well.
1. If it doesn’t feel right – don’t do it
Learn to say no! There is so much power in simply saying no. Save your energy on things that actually bring you joy. Time is precious, guys.
2. Unplug for a whole day
.. if possible. Sunday is a good day for unplugging. Or just put away your phone for a good hour or so.
3. Get some fresh air
Go for a brisk 30-minute walk and listen to an inspirational podcast or audiobook.
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4. Bake something delicious
Studies show that baking may improve your well-being and help with anxiety. And taking the time to focus on a specific recipe and mastering something in the kitchen can be very rewarding.
5. Light candles or incense
There’s not a single day that goes by when I don’t light a candle. I’m addicted to the coziness. Yes, I even do this during the summer when the sun never sets.
There’s something so fulfilling and feel-good about cleaning out the wardrobe and getting rid of things you no longer need.
Free your space, free your mind.
8. Take a warm bath
Take a bubble bath, light a trillion candles and listen to Enya. Yes, this really works – as cheesy as it sounds.
9. Hello, face masks!
Refresh and revive your skin by putting on a face mask.
10. Moisturize your entire body
Because when do we ever take the time to do so?
11. Do your nails
Make ’em pretty and all dressed up in your favorite color.
13. Do a thought-download
If you’re having a rough day and thoughts are spiraling in your mind, it might be a good idea to get it all down on a piece or paper.
Headspace is my go-to app for mediation.
15. Rent a movie
Just like we did in the 90s. I love to do this on a Sunday. I tend to feel quite nostalgic at times and this is such a great activity for that.
16. Organize old photo albums
Alternatively – go through your albums on your phone and organize it all on there.
17. TED talks are your friends
Whenever I feel down – I’m all about YouTube and TED talks.
18. Drink warm beverage
Tea, coffee or lukewarm water with lemon will do the trick.
..negative people who do not inspire you on social media. And follow people who do 🙂
20. Read a book
Read a little every day and escape reality for a moment.
Sounds crazy, eh? Put on your favorite feel-good music and dance your heart out. You’re bound to feel better. I promise.
22. Appreciation time
Make a list of all the things you are grateful for.
23. Do some light yoga or stretching
24. Plan your butt off
If you are feeling stuck in life – planning will save your butt. Get your goals and dreams in order and make sure you are moving forward.
25. Put your PJ’s on
26. Take a shower
..and do a hair mask
27. Change your bedsheets
There’s no greater feeling than going to bed in a pair of fresh, new, clean and cold sheets.
28. Re-organize 3 things in your safe space
This could be your bedroom or wherever you spend most of your time. Change up the furniture, photos, plants etc.
29. Buy a new plant for your home
.. alternatively flowers. It really does bring a little more life into your home. Quite literally. I’m all about green plants.
30. Put your face on
Even if it’s just for yourself. Get dressed and put some lipstick on.
Coloring can be very meditative and relaxing. Try it! You can easily download free printables off the web.
32. Binge watch your all-time favorite sitcom
You all know mine – F.R.I.E.N.D.S. I sometimes even have the show on in the background for the company or some kind of radio. Weird? It sure makes me feel better though 🙂
33. Take a quick nap
There’s nothing a 20-minute nap won’t solve, right?
34. Go for a drive
..and blast your favorite music on the open road (don’t speed)
35. Call a friend
Or your mom.
36. Plan for an adventure
A weekend getaway or it could be the trip of your dreams. Plan for it, so it will actually happen.
This one is so tricky for me, but it always feels so good afterward. Note to self: just do it, get your butt outside or to the gym. 20 minutes will do
38. Play with a pet
Don’t have a pet? Binge watch cute puppy/cat videos on YouTube.
39. Invite your closest friends over
.. for board games, charades or a movie night.
Paint your feelings on canvas.
41. Take 3 deep breaths
42. Go on a date
.. with your boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse or with yourself.
43. Go out in the sun
Get those D-vitamins (wear SPF)
44. Do a DIY or something crafty
45. Work on your to-do list
.. and prioritize
46. Plan for tomorrow
.. down to the hour
47. Watch the sunset and/or sunrise
48. Get up early 🙂
Plan for getting out of debt. Budget your income and expenses. This really helps me and it feels like I got my life in order. Even if, in reality, I don’t.
50. Grab a to-go coffee with a friend
52. Let go of old grudges
53. Go nuts on Pinterest
.. and find inspiration and motivation.
54. Take up a new hobby
Do something you’ve never done before.
55. Cry it out!
Feeling blue? Cry it all out. It helps, I swear. Don’t keep it all inside my friends. If you have to, scream into a pillow.
56. Explore your neighborhood
.. and go to a new cozy café you’ve never been to before.
57. Make sure to implement a little self-care every day 🙂
58. Take care of your body
Before you go
Let me know in the comments below what your go-to activities are for a blue day 🙂 I sincerely hope you’ve found this list helpful and that you’re feeling a little better already.
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