Self-care ideas

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Self-care is so important nowadays. I know, it sounds like I’m merely parroting what other people say, but sometimes, you just have to do you.

  • Listen to that one song. Repeat.
  • Talk to a friend. Or pet. (Wait, those are synonyms)
  • Comfort food
  • Fold laundry (repetition + productivity = calm)
  • Write. Or draw.
  • Play like a kid. Silly putty, bubbles, Lego, cartoons, coloring…
  • Make your bed. Fresh sheets!
  • Drink cocoa by the fireplace. Don’t forget the marshmallows!
  • Look up funny memes
  • Compliment someone and watch their face light up.
  • Take a shower. Better yet, soak in the tub with a magazine
  • Read a book. Bonus points if it has pictures.
  • Make something without caring whether it’s “good”
  • Have a good cry, but keep it short. Use the expensive tissues.
  • Buy yourself a smallish gift, just because.
  • Forgive yourself for what you couldn’t do today, and resolve to try again tomorrow.
self-care ideas
self-care ideas

My idea of self-care is different from yours, I’m sure. That’s why when looking at other people’s ideas of self-care, I’m like, I wouldn’t enjoy that at all. So here’s what I would do/have done if I declared a mental health day for myself.

  • Take care of my dog, Jack.
  • Eat breakfast.
  • Paint my nails.
  • Play Kingdom Hearts Union Cross until my eyes were too heavy to stay awake.
  • Leave the TV on Animal Planet, and nap.
  • Wake up, stuff face with lunch.
  • Putter around on computer, trying to sort out my constantly added-to to-do list, listening to iTunes on shuffle.
  • Take care of Jack again.
  • Exercise for 30 minutes
  • Eat dinner, watch Unsolved Mysteries
  • Relax by finishing up what I can finish on my to-do list for the day, leaving a movie or TV series I’ve watched a million times before running in the background
  • Take a shower
  • Read a book, journal my thoughts for the day
  • Sleep!
Bonus: Jack, my dog
Bonus: Jack, my dog

If everyday could be like this, I’d be so freaking happy.

What do you do for your self-care?

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