40 effortless ways to practice self-care

Oct 10, 2018Mental Health, Self Care

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Self-Care. We hear it often but many times it becomes one of the last things on our priority list, sometimes to the point that we neglect self-care as a whole.

We have so many things to accomplish at times that our needs sometimes get the wayside.

We know its important but sometimes have a hard time squeezing it in to our already busy schedule.

Here is a list of simple ways you can implement self-care so that you can be the best you for you and the others in your life.


  1. Take a short nap
  2. Eat healthy
  3. Exercise
  4. See your physician annually
  5. Take a walk
  6. Get eight hours of sleep
  7. Take a vacation(or staycation)
  8. Take mental health days from work
  9. Don’t eat your lunch at your desk
  10. Read a book
  11. Take a relaxing bubble bath
  12. Give yourself a manicure/pedicure or better yet go get one
  13. Turn off your phone and relax at your favorite spot(restaurant, café, etc.)
  14. Go to the movies or have a movie date at home
  15. Seek help from a counselor when needed
  16. Journal
  17. Do your favorite hobby
  18. Cook
  19. Meditate
  20. If you are religious, go to church
  21. Get a massage
  22. Ask for help when you need it
  23. Take 10 minutes for yourself
  24. Do something creative (draw, paint, photography, etc.)
  25. Garden
  26. Join a group that interests you
  27. Practice self-love
  28. Don’t be hard on yourself(see above)
  29. Laugh (ex. watch a funny movie, go to a comedy show)
  30. Spend time with family, friends, or pet
  31. Buy yourself something you’ve been wanting
  32. Forgive
  33. Volunteer
  34. Make short-term and long term goals for yourself
  35. Make a vision board
  36. Leave work at work
  37. Set boundaries in work and personal life
  38. Take a class
  39. Learn to say no
  40. Take your vacation and sick days and don’t work over time


Well, there’s my list. Do you have any ideas or things you do to take care of yourself? I’m curious to hear other ways that you practice self-care.