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100 Simple Self Care Ideas When You Need to Reboot

Self care ideas for a bad day

The BEST List of Self Care Ideas for 2022

“Invest in yourself. It pays the best interest.”



Those days when we’d rather crawl back into bed than face our responsibilities and problems. Because jeez, no one ever told you as a kid there would be so many!

And often, as women, we feel this way because we put ourselves on the back burner. Our job is to take care of everyone else, and dang, we’re pretty good at it too.

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But we need to stop, relax, and recharge regularly so that we can be the best we can be the rest of the time.

What is Self Care & Why Do We Need it?

Self care is the intentional act of caring for ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. In an ideal world, this would come naturally and be an effortless part of living. But in today’s fast paced society, if we don’t make our own care a priority, it just doesn’t happen. Instead, we face stress, depression, and burnout.

So, whether you need self care ideas for a bad day, or just need a little reboot, read these easy self care tips for stress and be ready to implement them whenever you need to!

What Are Good Self Care Activities?

allow yourself to unwind with a cup of tea in these ideas for self care

1. Drink a cup of herbal tea (Soothing Caramel Bedtime is delicious!)

2. Try a few positive affirmations.

3. Write 10 things you are grateful for

4. Take a detox bath (use epsom salts and essential oils)

5. Try a new face mask

6. Breathe deeply

7. Do yoga poses

8. Sleep

9. Exercise

10. Walk in nature

11. Buy yourself flowers

12. Write 5 things you love about yourself

13. Journal

14. Make a bucket list or vision board

15. Declutter 10 items

16. Read a personal growth book

17. Go for a long walk

18. Get a massage

19. Do something that makes you laugh

20. Plan a getaway

21. Stretch to relieve tension

22. Watch your favorite show

23. Have a night with friends

24. Do a brain dump

25. Go out on a date night

26. Do something for the first time, like try a new restaurant or skill

27. Give yourself (or get) a manicure

28. Call or text someone you love

29. Light your favorite candle

30. Listen to your favorite podcast

31. Spend time with someone who inspires you

32. Cook your favorite meal

33. Plan a spa day

34. Do a digital detox

35. Eat a salad or smoothie

36. Get out in the sunshine

37. Go to your favorite place

38. Take some pretty photos

39. Listen to your favorite music

40. Hug someone

41. Drink a full glass of water

42. Read motivational quotes or uplifting self-care quotes

43. Put on nice clothes and makeup

44. Watch a motivational Ted Talk

45. Watch the sunrise

46. Refresh your morning routine

47. Change your sheets

48. Diffuse quality essential oils

49. Do something nice for someone

50. Go out for a coffee

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Remember, different activities work for different people. Pedicures may be the ultimate relaxation for your friend, but you can’t stand them. So, pick and choose according to your needs and personality. Then, ignore the rest!

51. Take a nap

52. Plan a self care day

53. Work on a puzzle

54. Color in an adult coloring book

55. Do something that makes you happy

56. Read or write poetry

57. Donate to a cause

58. Put up photos of loved ones in your home (or on your phone)

59. Unfollow toxic people on social media

60. Go a day without checking your email/messages

61. Spread kindness to someone

62. Listen to an audiobook

63. Give yourself (or get) a pedicure

64. Do something creative (paint, draw, write, etc.)

65. Tidy up one small space (desk, drawer, etc.)

66. Do something playful with your kids (or someone else’s kids)

67. Re-arrange a room in your home

68. End your shower on cold

69. Make a self care kit

70. Go on a bike ride

71. Try a foam roller for increased blood flow and self massage

72. Do something physical for 30 minutes to wear yourself out

73. Bake an indulgent treat

74. Buy something fresh at the farmer’s market

75. Sing to your favorite song

great ideas for self care: get out in nature

76. Go somewhere just to people watch

77. Ask someone for help

78. Watch a YouTube video about styling your hair or makeup differently

79. Establish a comforting night routine

80. Listen to a new podcast

81. Make yourself a fancy cocktail or coffee

82. Watch the clouds or stars

83. Plan a family night

84. Pray

85. Get out into nature

86. Send a surprise card or care package to someone

87. Get take-out for dinner

88. Sign up to volunteer

89. Plan or go on a lunch date (then pay for your friend)

90. Meditate for 10 minutes

91. Talk to someone about your challenges (friend, parent, therapist, etc.)

92. Watch a sunset

93. Enjoy a piece of creative art (painting, movie, theater, dance, etc.)

94. Read a magazine

95. Go on a picnic

96. Learn a new card/board game

97. Start a worry list to get things out of your head

98. Reach for a healthy snack

99. Plant something

100. Sleep with a weighted blanket

Need a push? Try this 30 Day Self-Care Challenge!

How to Use These Ideas for Self Care

Now is the fun part! Make your own list to keep on the fridge or on your phone. Alternatively, write the individual ideas on a notecard to have on hand. Either way, you’ll be ready with your self-care ideas just when you need them!

If you’d love to incorporate them into your weekly routine, try this free weekly self care printable!

Something to Consider With Your Daily Routine

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Remember, self-care is a necessity, not a luxury. So, don’t wait until you’re falling apart on the inside.

Instead, think of your wellness activities as non-negotiable appointments that you have with yourself. When someone asks if you’re busy, YOU ARE.

Your overall health is the ace in your deck of cards. It’s that important!

So, pick one each day for the next week or create an amazing self-care routine. Then, observe how much better you feel! 🙂

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  1. Such a great list!

    So many ideas I want to try. Just recently discovered foam rolling and it has been a game changer! Making time for self-care really is a necessity, and should be viewed as a non-negotiable!

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Casey,
      I LOVE that you like the cold shower idea! I have put it on the blog repeatedly because I also notice a difference in how I feel when I do it. Yet, every time I write it I wonder if people think I’m a little crazy! It’s good to know it works for you too. Thanks so much for sharing!

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