Ah, self-care. Something we hear about all of the time, but rarely ever take the time to actually do for ourselves. However, self-care is actually vital to your total health and well being! You should strive to practice self-care at least once a week, as well as any time you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed.

Self-care is a lot more than putting on a face mask and calling it a day! Self-care is about recharging and recovering. Self-care should be something that brings you joy and ultimately sets you up for success. Next time you’re feeling like you need to take a minute for yourself, try one of these 101 ways to practice self-care! I promise you won’t regret it.

Read a good book 

Meditate

Go for a walk/run

Color in a coloring book

Journal

Paint your nails

Put on a face mask 

Stretch

Write a letter to your future self about all of your goals and what you hope to accomplish

Work out

Unplug from your phone for a day

Dance Party! (even if it’s a one person dance party)

Take a nap

Binge watch a show on Netflix/Hulu

Cook a new recipe you’ve been wanting to try

Drink a cup of green tea

Practice yoga

Get a massage

Go for coffee with a friend

Clean out your closet (I promise you’ll feel better afterwards)

Donate all of your old clothes to a local shelter

Buy yourself flowers

Take a bubble bath

Buy a new planner (for my fellow stationary hoarders)

Meal prep healthy food for the week

Go to church

Create a gratitude list

Bake something

Listen to a good podcast

Take a long shower

Use a sugar scrub to exfoliate your whole body

Clean out your car

Get your hair cut

Create a vision board for your goals

Plant something

Get a full 8 hours of sleep

Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while

Brain dump for 20 minutes on a piece of paper

Paint a picture

Take a spin class

Go to the sauna

Sit outside in the sunshine

Write a letter to a friend

Watch the sunrise

Go to the beach

Tell someone how you really feel about them

Take your vitamins

Pray

Look at old photos that make you happy

Fold and organize your clothes (get your Marie Kondo on!)

Practice positive affirmations

Cancel plans you don’t really want anyway

Plan out a budget for your finances

Talk to a therapist

Cry it out (it’s perfectly okay to just let it all out)

Scream if you have to!

Create a bucket list

Go swing on some swings at the park

Go to bed early

Shave your legs

Clean out your email inbox (you know you need to)

Change your bedsheets

Create a badass playlist and put it on blast!

Make a weekly cleaning checklist

Do your hair and your makeup (and get a good selfie while you’re at it!)

Treat yo’ self to something you’ve been wanting (you deserve it!)

Go get ice cream or frozen yogurt

Go to the library

Make a list of your accomplishments

Drink more water

Unfollow/unfriend negative people on social media

Practice deep breathing

Diffuse essential oils

Say ‘no’ to anything you want to

Scream Taylor Swift songs at the top of your lungs (I promise it helps)

Go for a long drive

Forgive someone (even if it’s yourself)

Make your bed

Instead of making dinner, order out!

Go outside and stargaze

Redecorate your bedroom

Clean out your purse

End a negative relationship/friendship

Drink your favorite wine or beer

Organize the files on your computer

Go volunteer somewhere

Write down something you’re worried about and work yourself through the situation

Get a manicure/pedicure

Have a girls night with your best friends

Rearrange your furniture

Eat clean for an entire day

Plan a vacation

Get up an hour earlier than normal and do something you genuinely enjoy

Update your resume

Start keeping a diary

Clean your entire home (think about how great you’ll feel when it’s done!)

Tell yourself you’re beautiful. Over and over again. Because you are.

Buy a gift for a friend

Open the windows and let in some fresh air

Plan out your outfits for the week

Nothing. Take a day and do absolutely nothing. Because sometimes that’s just what you need.

Remember that self-care is about you. Do not ever feel bad about taking time for yourself. You can’t be there for everyone else if you can’t even be there for yourself. If you’re struggling to find the time for self-care in your busy routine, I have a post to help you with that!

Let me know how you like to practice self-care in your life! You can never have too many ideas!

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