I’ve put together a list of some simple self-care practices. Some of these I only use occasionally and some I use frequently. You can pick and choose what works best for you, or use this list as an inspiration for your own self-care routine.

Some examples of easy self-care:

  • Brush your teeth
  • Read a few pages of a funny, light, easy-to-read book (or if that’s not your thing, pick a book you will enjoy)
  • Take a walk in nature, even for just 10 minutes
  • Take a hot shower or bath
  • Do a home manicure or pedicure
  • Apply a face mask
  • Engage in a hobby you enjoy, start with 10 minutes
  • Cross something simple off of your to-do list
  • Brush your hair
  • Apply lotion to your hands
  • Write a thank you note to someone you love
  • Watch a funny movie
  • Organize one drawer in one room of your house
  • Draw or sketch something
  • Write 3 things in a daily gratitude journal (you can buy one cheap on amazon, or use a journal from the dollar store)
  • Colour a picture (you can find adult colouring books on amazon)
  • Watch a sport that you enjoy
  • If you’re struggling to get out of bed, just try moving to the sofa
  • Do an internet search on something you would like to learn about
  • Make a vision board – either with paper and glue, or on your computer
  • Buy yourself a fancy coffee or other treat that you like
  • Write in a journal
  • Pet an animal – if you don’t have a pet, visit a friend who does
  • Write a list of things that bring you pleasure (Tip: do this when you are feeling well so that you can refer back to it when you are having a difficult time)
  • Go to a local greenhouse and browse beautiful plants

These are 25 of my best self-care tips. I like keeping a list of ideas nearby so that I can turn to it in times of need. It takes weeks to develop a habit but it’s never too late to begin and starting when you feel well will allow you to have tools to use when you are unwell.

All of this information is especially important when you are in the throes of a mental illness. It will be even more difficult to engage in self-care when you are unwell, which is why it’s important to start getting into the habit when you are healthy.

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11 Comments

  1. A brilliant list of ideas, I am doing a similar list at the moment to help get through the crisis but there are some I hadn’t thought of.

  2. Sometimes the simplest tasks can make such a huge difference. Lately just getting dressed for the day and doing my hair has been a luxury. Thanks for the great list of everyday activities to brighten my mood.

  3. Thank you for this list! I’ve been trying to keep to a routine so that everything still feels normal while being inside. I’ve also been going for walks daily to “get out” of the house.

  4. Even if you can’t go for a quick walk, just stepping outside and breathing in the fresh air and sunshine is a game changer. I can’t believe how much better I feel after sneaking out for a few minutes after being cooped up (:

  5. I think a lot of people try to complicate self-care, only considering options like a candle-lit bubble bath in a spa setting with a glass of wine and relaxing music. However, it’s not always realistic to go all out like that… These simple ideas give us something to focus on every day!

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