Do you ever feel like you’re running on fumes? Like you’re so busy taking care of everyone and everything else that you forget to take care of yourself? Here are some self care ideas that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine to enhance your overall health and happiness.
Implementing some of these self-care ideas at home can be simple, and fun, and make all the difference in helping you feel happier, healthier, and more fulfilled.
So, let’s take a moment to slow down, breathe, and explore some ways to give ourselves the love and care we deserve.
And let’s be real, sometimes self-care can feel like a chore and end up on the back burner.
But it doesn’t have to be!
There are plenty of simple and enjoyable self-care ideas that can help you relax and recharge.
Whether it’s cooking your favorite meal with all the fixings or a solo hike, there are plenty of ways to practice self-care that are both simple and enjoyable.
So let’s make self-care and mental health a priority and have some fun with it! Trust me, your body (and your stress hormone cortisol levels) will thank you…
In this article, I’ll be sharing 50 simple self care ideas that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the new year (or at least the next five minutes).
But before you go and grab your favorite self-care products and start reciting positive self-talk mantras…
Here are a few tips to help ensure that creating a self-care routine is a priority in your life:
Tip #1: Make a self-care plan and schedule (and stick to it like glue)
Set aside a few moments each week for self-care, and make a plan for what you’ll do during that time. Remember, self-care is non-negotiable – so don’t let anyone or anything stand in the way of your spa day!
Tip #2: Set boundaries
It’s important to make sure you have time and space for self-care, so don’t be afraid to set boundaries with others and say no to commitments that take away from that time.
Bonus points if you use a sassy catchphrase like “I’m sorry, but I have a standing appointment with my bubble bath and a bottle of wine.”
Tip #3: Prioritize self-care activities that align with your values (aka the things that make you feel like a queen)
Choose easy activities that are meaningful and fulfilling to you, rather than ones that you think you “should” be doing or that drain your emotional energy. And don’t be afraid to get a little ridiculous – if dancing around in a tutu with a face mask on makes you happy, go for it!
Tip #4: Make self-care accessible
Keep supplies for self-care, such as candles, essential oils, and your favorite products, within easy reach so that you can easily engage in self-care when the opportunity arises.
Tip #5: Remember that self-care is a journey, not a destination (aka you don’t have to be perfect at it)
Self-care is a continuous process, and it’s okay if you don’t get it right all the time. Be kind to yourself and remember that it’s about progress, not perfection. And if all else fails, remind yourself that you’re doing the best you can and indulge yourself to a pint of ice cream (I won’t judge).
Here are 50 simple and (dare I say) fun self care ideas to try in the new year.
#1 Take a bubble bath with all the fixings
Taking warm bubble baths can be a great way to add to your self-care routine. So get ready to pamper yourself like the queen you are!
Light some candles, pour yourself a glass of wine (or don’t, I won’t judge), and throw in some Epsom salts and maybe even a few drops of your favorite essential oils for extra relaxation.
And if you really want to go all out, add in some rose petals or confetti (because why not?).
#2 Have a dance party…by yourself
Forget therapy, just bust out some killer moves in your living room! That’s right, it’s time for a solo dance party.
No need to worry about awkward small talk or awkward dance partners – this party is all about you.
Just cue up your favorite tunes, bust out your best dance moves (or make up some new ones on the spot), and let the good times roll. You’ll be amazed at how much happiness this will bring you…
#3 Get Your Craft On
Whether it’s painting, knitting, or scrapbooking, engaging in a creative activity can be a great way to relax and de-stress.
And even if your final product isn’t Instagram-worthy, who cares? You’re doing it for you.
#4 Go On A Solo Date
Going on a solo date can be a great form of self-care. It allows you to spend some quality time with yourself, doing something you enjoy.
It can be as simple as treating yourself to a nice meal at a restaurant, seeing a movie, or going for a stroll in a beautiful park. Taking some time to do something for yourself can help you feel more centered and recharged.
It may feel a little weird at first, but trust me, it can be incredibly freeing to spend some quality time with yourself.
#5 Write in a journal.
There’s something cathartic about putting pen to paper and getting all your thoughts out. And don’t worry about being the next great American novel – just writing a few lines a day can be enough to help you process your emotions and clear your head.
#6 Take a nap.
There’s a reason why napping is a common self-care practice – it’s because it works (and it’s the ultimate self-care getaway!) So give yourself permission to take a little snooze.
It’ll be like hitting the reset button on your day.
#7 Make yourself a fancy breakfast.
Why should fancy dinners get all the love? Take some time to make yourself a fancy breakfast, complete with avocado toast, a fancy coffee drink, and maybe even a little mimosa (if that’s your thing).
And let’s be real, who doesn’t love a good excuse to eat breakfast foods at any time of day?
Okay, maybe not everyone, but it’s still a pretty good option.
#8 Take a social media break.
Feeling overwhelmed and drained from all the notifications and FOMO? Time for a social media time-out! Trust me, your brain, self-esteem (and your anxiety levels) will thank you.
Taking a break from social media can help reduce stress, improve sleep, increase productivity, and even improve your relationships in the present moment.
I know I know – it can be hard to disconnect.
But taking a break from social media can do wonders for your mental health. So go ahead and delete the apps off your phone for a few days or a week (gasp!) and see how you feel.
#9 Go on a bike ride or hike
Going on a bike ride or hike can bring some extra joy to your day – and not just because it gives you an excuse to buy a new pair of hiking boots.
Not only is it a great way to get some exercise and fresh air, but it’s also a great opportunity to disconnect from technology and be present in the moment.
So put on some comfortable shoes and go explore the great outdoors.
#10 Do absolutely nothing.
Sometimes the best activity for self-care is simply doing nothing at all. So curl up on the couch with a good book (or binge-watching a terrible reality TV show, no judgment) and let yourself relax…
#11 Have a movie marathon… by yourself.
Pick out a few of your favorite films (or ones you’ve been meaning to watch), make some popcorn, and curl up on the couch for a solo marathon. You can even create a theme for your marathon, like all romantic comedies or all superhero movies. The possibilities are endless!
#12 Go for a solo massage or spa day.
Taking time to relax and unwind can be a great way to help you feel rejuvenated and refreshed.
To get this self-care party started, take the time to research and find a reputable and trusted spa or massage studio in your area.
Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you could just close your eyes and point to a random spot on the map. Wherever you end up, it’s bound to be an experience (hopefully a good one).
#13 Go for a swim or soak in a hot tub.
Skip the bubble bath and take it to the next level by jumping in a pool or hot tub!
Trust me, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of crystal clear water or soothing jets massaging your troubles away.
#14 Take a Yoga or Meditation Class.
Taking a yoga or meditation class can be an easy way of practicing self-care. Both practices have numerous physical and other health benefits, including reducing stress, improving flexibility and strength, and increasing focus and concentration.
To get started, find a studio or yoga teacher that you feel comfortable with and check out their class schedule to find a class…
And hey, if you’re feeling really adventurous, you could always try one of those hot yoga classes where you’re basically just a sweaty mess (but in a good way). Just remember to bring a towel (for sweat, not tears)…
#15 Go on a scenic drive.
Sometimes getting out of your usual environment and seeing some new sights can be just the refresher you need. So hop in the car, turn on your favorite songs, and go explore a nearby town or countryside.
#16 Have a picnic.
Why not take some time from your mundane routine and treat yourself to a picnic?
Don’t worry, this isn’t your grandma’s boring ol’ picnic. No, no, no.
This is a chance to go all out and indulge in all your favorite munchies. And bring along a few of your closest friends to share in the feast.
And the best part? No dishes to wash afterward! Just pack up and go home, feeling satisfied and rejuvenated after a successful picnic adventure.
#17 Treat yourself to a new piece of clothing or accessory.
Treating yourself to a new piece of clothing or accessory can be a simple and indulgent way to practice self-care. Whether it’s a cozy sweater, a pair of statement earrings, or a new pair of shoes, a new item can help you feel good about yourself and boost your confidence.
Plus, the act of shopping and finding something that you love can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience in and of itself.
#18 Get a manicure or pedicure.
Taking some time to pamper yourself can lead to a sense of relaxation and revitalization. Plus, there’s something about having freshly painted nails that can give you a feeling of being put together.
Manicures and pedicures also provide an opportunity to sit back and relax while someone else takes care of your hands and feet. It can be a small luxury that can make a big difference in how you feel.
And if you don’t want to leave your home, there are plenty of at-home options available as well.
#19 Go to a winery or brewery for a tour and tasting
Going to a winery or brewery for a tour and tasting is a unique outing that allows you to try new types of alcohol and learn about the brewing or wine-making process, and not just because it gives you an excuse to drink wine or beer before noon…
Just try not to get too carried away and turn your tour and tasting into a full-blown bender (we’ve all been tempted).
#20 Take a cooking class
Taking a cooking class is an outing that allows you to learn new cooking skills and techniques…
It’s also a great opportunity to try new recipes and ingredients and to meet new people who share a love of cooking. Just try not to burn down the kitchen.
#21 Do a face mask or other skincare treatment.
Doing skin care treatments can be a great form of self-care. It can be a relaxing and rejuvenating activity that allows you to take some much-needed me time.
Whether you’re a sheet mask fanatic or a clay mask connoisseur, there’s nothing quite like a swipe of serum and a healthy dose of moisturizer can have you feeling like a brand new person (or at least, a well-moisturized one).
Taking some time to focus on your skincare can be a small but meaningful way to show yourself some self-love.
#22 Go for a walk or run.
If you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or just plain lazy, going for a walk or run might be just the thing you need…
Not only does it provide an opportunity to get some exercise, but it can also be a chance to get some fresh air and clear your mind.
Taking some time away from screens and other distractions can help you recharge, and the act of moving your body can help you feel calm and possibly reduce your stress.
#23 Take an online cooking or baking class.
Learning a new skill can be a great self-care practice, and taking an online cooking or baking class is a fun and delicious way to do it.
Not only will you have the opportunity to try new recipes and expand your culinary repertoire, but you’ll also have the chance to learn from experienced instructors and get helpful tips and tricks.
#24 Write in a gratitude journal.
Writing in a gratitude journal allows you to pause and appreciate the positive aspects of your life, which can help to shift your focus away from negative thoughts.
It’s a simple yet effective way to cultivate a more positive outlook and cultivate a sense of contentment (because let’s face it, we could all use a little more of that).
You can start by setting aside a few minutes each day to write down a few things you are thankful for, big or small.
Over time, this practice can help you cultivate a more grateful and resilient mindset, and may even improve your overall well-being.
#25 Do a puzzle or crossword.
Doing a puzzle or crossword can be a great form of self-care. It can be a relaxing and enjoyable activity that allows you to step away from the stressors of everyday life.
Whether you’re a sudoku master or a crossword pro, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of solving a particularly tricky clue or fitting that last piece into place.
Plus, it’s a great excuse to unplug from screens for a bit.
#26 Go to a farmers market and try a new recipe with the ingredients you buy
Going to a farmer’s market and trying a new recipe with the ingredients you buy is an adventurous and rewarding outing that allows you to support local farmers and try new and seasonal ingredients.
#27 Go on a solo road trip.
Going on a solo road trip can be a great form of self-care. It can give you the opportunity to spend some time alone, away from the distractions and demands of everyday life.
During a solo road trip, you can also have the freedom to do things on your own schedule and at your own pace. You can stop whenever and wherever you want, and take in all the sights and sounds along the way. You can sing at the top of your lungs, dance in the driver’s seat, and make pit stops at every quirky roadside attraction you come across…
#28 Do a home spa day.
Feeling like you need to unwind? Look no further than your own bathroom for the ultimate home spa day experience!
Just draw yourself a warm bath, light some scented candles, and play some zen music. Bonus points if you can convince your partner or roommate to give you a mini massage.
And don’t forget to hydrate with fancy-infused water (because plain old H2O is so basic).
Trust me, you’ll leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the world (or at least the rest of your to-do list). So give yourself the royal treatment, you deserve it!
#29 Get a haircut or color.
Feeling like you need a change? Time for a haircut or color!
And no, I’m not talking about a DIY job with a box of drugstore dye and a pair of kitchen scissors. It’s time to splurge on some professional pampering.
Before your appointment, make sure to set aside enough time for your haircut or color treatment so that you can fully enjoy the experience without feeling rushed.
This will give you the chance to sit back, take a deep breath, and let go of any stress or worries you may have as you prepare for your new look.
#30 Get a new plant or flowers for your home.
Feeling down in the dumps? Bringing a touch of nature into your home can be a simple yet effective way to practice self-care.
Not only do they add beauty and vibrancy to your space, but the smell can also have a calming and uplifting effect on your mood.
#31 Make yourself a fancy dinner.
Time to whip out that fancy dinnerware you’ve been hiding in the back of the cabinet and make yourself a meal fit for a foodie queen (or king).
Not sure where to start?
No worries, just throw together a few random ingredients and call it a ‘fusion’ dish. If you’re not confident in the kitchen, don’t be afraid to take things slow and follow a recipe step by step.
Cooking can be a very therapeutic and enjoyable activity, and taking the time to focus on preparing a special meal for yourself can be a great way to unwind.
And hey, if things don’t turn out perfectly, there’s always takeout. Happy cooking (or not cooking)
#32 Do some gardening.
Feeling cooped up and in need of some nature time or self-care?
Gardening can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors, and it can be especially rewarding when you see your plants grow and thrive. So why not take some time to plant some seeds and watch them grow (or at least try)?
#33 Attend a workshop or seminar on a topic that interests you
A workshop or seminar may be just what you need to shake things up.
I mean, sure, you could watch a documentary or read a book on your own time, but what’s the benefit of that? No, no. A workshop or seminar is the way to go.
You’ll get to rub elbows with like-minded individuals, potentially make some new friends (or enemies, depending on how competitive that icebreaker game gets), and maybe even walk away with a new skill or two.
#34 Take a dance class or learn a new dance.
Why not shake up your self-care routine with a dance class?
No, I’m not talking about your awkward middle school dance moves. I’m talking about busting out some professionally-learned dance steps (or at least trying to).
And don’t worry, you don’t have to be a natural-born dancer to have a good time.
In fact, the more ridiculous you look, the more fun it is (trust me). So go ahead and channel your inner Patrick Swayze (or Napoleon Dynamite).
#35 Have a “pajama day.”
Feeling overwhelmed and stressed out? Don’t worry, just throw on your favorite pair of onesie pajamas and call it a “self-care pajama day” (or at least a few hours).
Trust me, your body and mind will thank you for the break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
So go ahead, curl up on the couch with a bowl of your favorite comfort food, and indulge in some much-needed R&R.
#36 Walk your dog
Walking your dog can be a great form of self-care – and not just because it gives your pup a chance to do their business…
For one, it gets you outside and getting some exercise, which can do wonders for your mental health. Just try not to get too jealous of their endless energy and boundless joy (we can’t all be as carefree as our pets).
#37 Fill up a bag of things you no longer use and donate them
Donating items that you no longer use can be a great way to take care of yourself – and not just because it gets rid of all that stuff you’ve been meaning to get rid of for ages…
It can also help declutter your space, which can be refreshing and freeing and can have a big impact on your own well-being.
So if you have items that you no longer need or use, consider donating them to a local charity or thrift store.
#38 Make a homemade gift for someone you love
Making a homemade gift for someone you love can be a great form of self-care – and not just because it’s cheaper than buying one.
For one, it allows you to express your love and appreciation for that person in a meaningful way. Just try not to get too frustrated if your gift doesn’t turn out exactly as planned (we’ve all had our share of Pinterest fails).
#39 Bake something sweet you found on Pinterest
The act of baking can be therapeutic and help you de-stress, and you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor (literally) by indulging in something delicious…
Just try not to eat all of your treats in one sitting (we’ve all been there). So next time you’re in need of some self-care, consider baking something sweet you found on Pinterest – it’s a simple act that can have a big impact on your attitude and your waistline.
#40 Spend 15-30 Minutes exercising
Spending 15-30 minutes exercising is a simple act that can have a big impact on your overall physical health, and not just because it gives you an excuse to wear your favorite workout clothes…
Moving your body has been shown to improve your state of mind, reduce stress, and boost energy levels. Just try not to overexert yourself – remember, self-care is about balance (and not passing out from exhaustion).
#41 Place Eucalyptus in Your Shower
Placing eucalyptus in your shower can have a big impact on your mood, and not just because it makes your bathroom smell like a fancy spa.
The scent of eucalyptus is known to be refreshing and invigorating, which can help boost your energy levels.
Plus, the steam from the shower can help release the oils in the eucalyptus, creating a spa-like atmosphere in your own home (and reminding you that you’re living your best life).
#42 Perform a Random Act of Kindness
Whether it’s holding the door open for someone, offering to help a stranger carry their groceries, or simply saying hello to a friend, small acts of being thoughtful can go a long way in spreading positivity and making others feel good.
So add it to your self-care list – you never know how much it might brighten someone’s day (and maybe even bring a smile to your face too!).
#43 Find A New Hobby
Finding new hobbies can bring some extra self-care vibes to your life, and not just because it gives you an excuse to buy all the craft supplies…
Hobbies are a great way to de-stress, and they can also provide a feeling of purpose and fulfillment. Just try not to get too carried away and become a full-blown hobby hoarder (we’ve all been tempted).
You never know, you might discover a hidden talent or passion (or at least a new Instagram-worthy skill to give you something to do on a rainy day).
#44 Make Yourself a Cup of Herbal Tea
Herbal tea is known to be relaxing and calming, which can help reduce stress.
Plus, taking the time to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea can be a simple way to practice mindfulness and be present in the moment.
#45 Create a Morning Routine
Creating a morning routine can have a big impact on your day, and not just because it makes you feel like you have your life together…
Having a set routine can help you start your day off on the right foot and set the tone for the rest of your day. (even if it’s just drinking your morning coffee before your kids wake up)
#46 Spend a Few Hours at a Local Library
Spending a few hours at a local library is something simple you can do that can bring extra quiet time to your day…
Not only is it a quiet and peaceful environment, but it’s also a great place to discover new knowledge and ideas. Plus, it’s free!
Just try not to get too carried away and develop into a full-blown library hermit…(I’m definitely speaking from experience)
#47 Volunteer at a local organization or charity
Feeling burnt out and in need of some self-care? Why not try volunteering? It’s a great way to take some time from your own problems and focus on helping others, which can provide perspective and gratitude.
Not only are you all warm and fuzzy inside knowing you’re making a difference, but you’ll also get to meet new people, potentially learn some new skills, and positively impact others.
#48 Create a vision board
Not only will you get to tap into your inner Pinterest-obsessed, arts & crafts-loving self, but you’ll also get to clarify your goals and dreams, boost your motivation, and maybe even create a visually pleasing masterpiece (or a hot mess, depending on your artistic abilities).
And to be honest…what’s better than staring at a bunch of cut-out magazine clippings and motivational quotes all day?
Okay, maybe a lot of things, but a vision board is still a pretty good option.
#49 Practice a new skincare routine
Not only will you get to pamper yourself like a fancy spa-goer, but you’ll also get to improve the health and appearance of your skin.
And if you’re anything like me…who doesn’t love a good skincare product haul and the chance to try out all those fancy creams and serums you’ve been eyeing?
Okay, maybe your wallet doesn’t love it, but your skin definitely will.
#50 Spend time with friends or family
Feeling like you could use some quality time with friends or family? Why not set aside some time to spend with loved ones?
I mean…Who doesn’t love spending time with their favorite people, indulging in delicious food, and having someone to laugh and commiserate with? Sounds like the perfect recipe for self-care to me!
Well, there you have it friend! 50 self care ideas that will have you feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the new year.
Just know, self-care isn’t selfish – it’s necessary for you to be able to show up fully for yourself and others. So don’t be afraid or guilty to put yourself first and make time for some self-care in the new year.
Whether it’s a fancy breakfast in bed or a solo dance party, there are so many ideas for self-care that are both simple and (dare we say) even a little bit silly.
If you found value in this list, help spread the love and share this post with your friends! You never know who might benefit from a reminder to make self-care a priority. And don’t forget to pin this post to your Pinterest board for easy reference later on.
Together, let’s make self-care a priority in 2023❤️️!