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53 Self Care Ideas for Physical, Emotional and Mental Health

Sometimes the simplest things have the biggest impact.

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By now you’ve likely heard of the trending #SelfCareSunday and while there’s nothing wrong with a good TLC on the last day of the week before heading into the next, the best self care happens on a regular basis. So, don’t forget to treat yourself well all seven days of the week. And hey! When you have 53 self care ideas, filling up those seven days should be easy.

What is Self Care?

Self care is any activity that you intentionally do to take care of your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. It’s all about taking care of yourself and doing things that improve your mood and reduce anxiety; maintaining optimal wellbeing and personal health while working on self development and improvement.

As a rule of thumb, you want to fill your self care routine with self care ideas that cater to the following categories:

  • Emotional
  • Mental
  • Physical

53 Powerful Self Care Ideas

Now let’s move onto the good stuff – the powerful self care ideas you can do to fill up your week – and life – to improve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. So, go through the list and see what appeals to you.

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Emotional Self Care Ideas

1. Do something that makes you happy

2. Practice breathing techniques

3. Share only positive things on your social media

4. Do some adult colouring to alleviate stress and anxiety

5. Try mindfulness exercises

6. Repeat positive affirmations

7. Define new goals each week

8. Write, write, write (journaling, poetry, bullet journals, etc.)

9. Create an inspirational collage or Pinterest board

10. Allow yourself to express all of your emotions in a safe (and appropriate) environment (journaling is also great for this).

11. Do something nice for someone else without expecting reciprocation

12. Refrain from being overly critical of yourself

13. Unfollow or mute toxic people on social media

14. Do something creative to release your fear, anxiety, frustration, etc.

15. Write a letter to people who have hurt you, then burn the letter and let it all go

16. Declutter and clean up your living space

Mental Self Care Ideas

17. Avoid toxic people

18. Take a guilt-free nap

19. Challenge your negative thinking

20. Practice saying “no”

21. Do a workbook for mental health

22. Change up your routine and try something new

23. Turn into binaural tones to rewire your brain

24. Read a book

25. Meditate for 7 minutes

26. Try a new hobby

27. Schedule “me time” into your calendar

28. Reward yourself

29. Use adult colouring to unwind and release stress and anxiety

30. Goof around

31. Identify your triggers or warning signs that self care is needed

32. Listen to a podcast

33. Do something spontaneous

34. Unplug from technology for at least an hour

35. Take a mental health day

36. Create a to-do list to help clear the mind

37. Declutter and clean up

38. Make a playlist based on your current mood

38. Start a journal to release your thoughts and emotions

Physical Self Care Ideas

39. Start stretching

40. Do some breathing exercises

41. Go for a brisk walk around the block

42. Forest bathe

43. Do yoga catered to self care

44. Stay hydrated

45. Workout and work out all your emotions

46. Get a massage

47. Go hiking and spend some time in nature

48. Scream loudly into a pillow to let it all out

49. Dance

50. Sleep in

51. Use a foam roller to release tension

52. Get up, get ready and be prepared for the day

53. Try acupuncture

Originally published at anxiety-gone.com.


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