50 Self-Care Ideas to Try Today (the Ultimate List!)

Sometimes the hardest part about self-care is knowing what to do- especially if you’re trying to shake things up or develop a new self-care routine. This list is designed to be the ultimate reference for all ideas self-care. Be sure to also check out my articles on self-care journaling and coping skills for a more in-depth look at some of these ideas. Anyways, here’s the list:

P.S. This list isn’t in any specific order! Feel free to print this page to highlight any ideas that stick out to you.

1. Watch your favorite show/movie

2. Meditate

3. Do some yoga

4. Call a friend

5. Draw

6. Paint

7. Plan a fake (or real!) vacation

8. Read a book

9. Make a dream board

10. Watch and follow along with a makeup tutorial

11. Journal

12. Take a walk

13. Bake 

14. Knit, crochet, or sew

15. Paint your nails

16. Do some deep breathing

17. Buy yourself flowers

18. Have an at home spa day

19. Take a nap

20. Spend time with family

21. Diffuse essential oils

22. Find and use a mantra

23. Write out your feelings

24. Take a day off of social media

25. Set up a FaceTime date with a friend/family member who lives far away

26. Take a bunch of Buzzfeed quizzes

27. Do something kind for someone else

28. Try or try and discover a new hobby

29. Clean

30. Declutter your space

31. Make a gratitude list

32. Cuddle a pet

33. Play a board game

34. Donate old clothes/belongings

35. Watch a TED talk 

36. Make a succulent terrarium 

37. Listen to a relaxing playlist

38. Take a bath

39. Sit outside in the sun

40. Say “no”

41. Redecorate your space

42. Play an instrument

43. Take the enneagram test

44. Have a solo dance party

45. Write down a few goals

46. Give yourself a pep talk

47. Listen to a podcast

48. Donate to a cause that matters to you

49. Watch the sunrise, set or clouds

50. Practice mindfulness

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All content on RecovRoad is based on personal experiences, research, and ideas. Please do not repost/share without credit and be aware that nothing on this blog takes the place of professional help. This is also a formal trigger warning: content about and relating to eating disorders may be triggering to survivors. Please see the “RESOURCES” tab, call the National Eating Disorders Association hotline at 800-931-2237, and remember to take care of yourself.


3 thoughts on “50 Self-Care Ideas to Try Today (the Ultimate List!)

  1. […] Coping skills are a MUST in recovery and, really, all areas of life. For this page you will simply be filling in the boxes with a few skills that work for you or you’d like to try next time you’re feeling that way. For inspiration on ideas, check out my coping skills article or self-care master list. […]


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