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101 Self Care Ideas

101 Self Care Ideas

We all know we should take time for self care, but sometimes we don't know where to start, or we're not in the mood for our usual self-care activities. This week, I've assembled 101 ideas you can choose from, to help you replenish yourself so you can be more present in your day-to-day life.

  1. Do a breathing exercise
  2. Drink water
  3. Stretch
  4. Have a nap
  5. Call a loved one
  6. Do a brain dump
  7. Go for a walk without your phone
  8. Learn a dance move
  9. Have a shower
  10. Light a candle
  11. Enjoy some aromatherapy
  12. Cuddle
  13. Go outside
  14. Read a book
  15. Buy or pick some flowers
  16. Give yourself permission to move slowly
  17. Listen to music
  18. Watch a funny movie
  19. Turn off your phone for the day
  20. Go to a park
  21. Rock in a rocking chair
  22. Play catch
  23. Colour
  24. Have a cup of tea
  25. Give yourself a facial
  26. Play a board game
  27. Cook your favourite meal
  28. Make a vision board
  29. Think about five things you’re grateful for
  30. Declutter your space
  31. Make a list of “glimmers
  32. Write a note to a loved one telling them what you admire about them
  33. Plant a garden
  34. Listen to an inspiring podcast
  35. Learn something new
  36. Make a fancy mocktail
  37. Do a one-minute meditation
  38. Scrub your scalp
  39. Take funny photos and assemble them into an album
  40. Look at the clouds
  41. Order takeout
  42. Wear your favourite outfit
  43. Enjoy some art
  44. Make a “stop doing” list
  45. Make your bed
  46. Try a new makeup look
  47. Make a new playlist
  48. Work on a puzzle
  49. Go for a bike ride
  50. Buy some local treats at the farmer’s market
  51. Go stargazing
  52. Send a surprise to a loved one for no reason
  53. Clean out your purse
  54. Make a fort
  55. Play a calming digital game
  56. Listen to an audiobook
  57. Make a delicious charcuterie board
  58. Relax facial tension with a facial roller or gua sha
  59. Apply your favourite lotion
  60. Spend twenty minutes unfollowing or muting social media accounts that rile you up in an unproductive way
  61. Try using Instagram as a gratitude diary
  62. Allow your mind to wander
  63. Set an alarm on your phone with a positive affirmation
  64. Take a personality test
  65. Set a boundary that supports your wellbeing
  66. Write down your values
  67. Write a haiku
  68. Try emboidery
  69. Write a five-star review of a local business you like
  70. Look at old photos
  71. Build something with Lego
  72. Have a luxurious bath
  73. Enjoy small interactions with customer service representatives
  74. Reach out to someone you’ve lost touch with
  75. Find a new role model and learn about their life
  76. Send a postcard to a faraway friend
  77. Do something nice for someone and don’t tell anyone
  78. Batch cook some freezer meals for busy days
  79. Relax with an eye pillow
  80. Do a crossword puzzle
  81. Play cards
  82. Rearrange a room
  83. Swing on a swing set
  84. Watch a stand-up comedy special
  85. Join an online group of people with the same hobby as you
  86. Go through your closet and create a capsule wardrobe
  87. Take an imaginary vacation
  88. Set a 30-day goal
  89. Do an online challenge
  90. Memorize a poem
  91. Choose a mantra and repeat it to yourself throughout the day
  92. Learn something new to help you manage your money better
  93. Turn off notifications for the day
  94. Try dry brushing
  95. Go barefoot outside
  96. Get your car detailed
  97. Celebrate a small win
  98. Write or update your bucket list
  99. Take a 24-hour break from the news
  100. Send a thank-you card
  101. Print off this list and post it somewhere you’ll see it often!

Have a favourite self-care activity that wasn't on the list? Share it below!

Take care of yourself,




Debra Purdy is the owner of ShopEco, a voracious reader, and a bona fide skin care fanatic. Current skin care obsession: Night Lash & Brow Serum from Fitglow Beauty. Current read: Resurrecting Retail by Doug Stephens.

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