This self-care checklist can be helpful in so many ways! It can be a tool you use if you are trying to:
- Improve your mental health routine
- Improve your self-care routine
- Improve your emotional health routine
- Improve your relationship with yourself
- Improve your relationship with others
- Gain relief from stress
- Take care of your physical health
- Have healthy alone time
- Improve productivity by allowing yourself to rest and recharge
Here are 22 ways to practice self-care! We all know the basics like “drink more water” and “take a nap” so in this list we go beyond the basics and more into things that you can really implement and benefit from right now.
The benefits of self-care are many. Self-care has been shown to help reduce stress hormones in the body, improve immunity, and just make you feel good! Community-care is debatably more important than self-care at times, but sometimes in life you are left without a community of people to love, support, and take care of you. It will be okay. There are ways to find community.
So here is the list:
1. Take 1 thing off of your to-do list and rest instead
- Are you someone addicted to productivity?
- Do you have a hard time saying no to obligations because you feel like you *need* to do everything?
- Does doing nothing make you anxious?
- Do you get even more stressed out when you try to meditate or calm down?
These are all signs that you definitely need to rest!
2. Eat something green!
The color green itself has a lot of healing power. There are many different types of color therapy. You can wear a color, surround yourself with a color, or in this case – eat the color! Of course, there are all of the scientific nutritional benefits of green foods as well. Colors in foods sometimes indicate the types of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals that are contained within the food.
There are many different ways to journal. You can just write whatever is on your mind or you can write with a specific purpose in mind. Try picking out a journal that you really like and keep it in an area you frequently visit to encourage yourself to write more. You can also journal digitally. There are many different apps and programs you can use. I personally like Google Drive because I can access the file anywhere I need it.
4. Shadow work
Shadow work is the process of working with your subconscious belief systems. You can learn more about what shadow work is and how to do it here. Shadow work is one of the best things to do when you are frustrated with how things are turning out. Why is everyone so annoying? Why does this keep happening? Time for shadow work.
5. Try a new healthy meal
If you are able to cook then try a new recipe. If not, order new food through a delivery service or an online health food store like Herb. You may have different nutritional needs than me, but here are some of my favorite recipes.
6. Move your body
Moving feels SO GOOD! You are probably familiar with the more commonly known benefits of exercise like stress relief and maintaining joint health – but did you know that moving your body can help with stagnant energy in your aura? If you have a disability or have movement limitations like me then just remember to honor your body and your limits.
7. Do something just for fun
When you look at your to-do list how much of it is just for fun? Is the list just filled with things you need to do? Change that around! What can you do just for fun that has no ties to your work? Here are some ideas:
- Discover new music that makes your heart sing
- Pack some snacks and go watch the sunrise, sunset, or look at the stars
- Print out some coloring pages or mandalas and color them in
- Put on a fashion show
- Try a new video game online
- Try a new hairstyle
8. Cubicle makeover
If possible, makeover your work environment. Right now, you may be working from home. Are there items you can place by your work area to make it more relaxing or happy? You may want to try out a color-changing lightbulb to change the mood in your space. Other ideas are:
- Special photos
- Affirmation cards or oracle cards
- Live plants
- New water bottle or decanter
- Change your office supply setup or make some DIY organizers
9. Make yourself tea
You might not be a tea person but just try it! Tea has so many amazing benefits. Here are 8 tasty herbal teas to try out that are safe for most people. Please remember to check with your doctor before ingesting herbs!
- Hibiscus tea
- Raspberry leaf
- Roasted barley
10. Do a face scrub or face mask
Skincare is SO soothing! A skincare routine is one of the best ways you can practice self-care. Did you know that skin is your largest organ? Give it some love with a scrub or mask. You can buy it or DIY it. I personally love making quick and simple DIY face scrubs. I will use salt, sugar, or coffee grounds as the base. To make it just a 2 ingredient scrub, add olive or coconut oil. Simple, effective, and cheap. Take care to be gentle with your skin, some
people find exfoliants like coffee to be too abrasive.
If you want to go more in-depth with self-care you should take care of your energy body too! The energy body (also known as the aura) is a very important part of your overall health. This book here contains recipes, tips, affirmations, and more on how to marry self-care and energy work.
11. Intuitive painting or drawing
Have you heard of intuitive painting? Try letting your intuition guide your strokes. You do not need to do a specific technique, follow a tutorial, or worry about results. Working with and listening to your intuition on a regular basis is so important for self-care. Your intuition is always looking out for you and letting you know what is good for you and what isn’t. There are many different ways of connecting to your intuition and working with it, intuitive painting is one of the fun ways!
12. Vent to a trusted friend about microaggressions and injustices in your life
This is something that is not spoken about enough! Microaggressions can stick to you for hours, days, or if your Mars is in Taurus like me – weeks! The bad thing about microaggressions is that they can add up and become a giant problem to handle mentally and emotionally. Holding onto things this way is bad for physical, mental, and emotional health. Learning to deal with microaggressions in a healthy manner is unfortunately a skill you need to work on in this world. Find your community and get support – community is an important part of self-care!
13. Automatic writing
Automatic writing is a great way to get in touch with your intuition. It is also a great way to care for yourself by letting it all out! Are you someone who can’t stop thinking because your mind is so cluttered? Do you have a hard time organizing your thoughts? Do you feel overwhelmed right now? Learning the skill of automatic writing may be for you.
14. Makeover your sleep area so you can get better sleep
Are you someone who just abruptly stops what you’re doing whether it’s watching TV or working on the computer and gets into bed to sleep? Stop that! You need a bedtime ritual, and you need to make sure you have a good sleep area. Take some time to slowly wind down and relax before bedtime and consider adding relaxing elements into your bedroom. Pay attention to colors and textures to give yourself the ultimate sleeping experience. Here are some things to try out:
- Essential oil diffuser with lavender or ylang ylang
- Natural candles
- Calming colors that help you relax like blue or purple
- Supportive cervical and lumbar pillows
15. Give yourself a massage
There are very few people who don’t like a massage. If you are one of the people who doesn’t like it – that’s okay! You still might enjoy self-massage. You don’t need to know any fancy techniques, just remember to stay away from unsafe areas like the front of the neck and around the spine.
Start off with some warm towels wrapped around your hands and feet and let them sit for a little while. Then dry them off and massage in some natural massage oil or lotion. I really love massage oil blends from Banyan Botanicals and I use them with my clients almost everyday!
16. Find inspiring people to read about
Even if you are careful about what you read online and who you follow on social media, sometimes you just take in unhealthy content on accident. There is a lot of hateful speech and misinformation out there that you can get exposed to all the time. Try to combat this by making it a point to find communities of good people. Follow people who inspire you to be the best version of yourself.
17. Meditate for 5-10 minutes
Meditation has been shown to help reduce stress. In my book – almost anything that reduces stress can be considered self-care! Stress wreaks so much havoc on the body. Meditation is wonderful because some version of it can be done by everyone. Even if you are someone who cannot sit still and clear your mind there are other ways of meditation for you to consider. You could even try a guided meditation video. This is a shadow work guided meditation.
18. Get some fresh air outdoors
If possible, get outside. Humans are meant to be in nature and too much time indoors can be unhealthy on many parts of the body physically and energetically.
19. Write about your dreams and goals
This is unlike automatic writing, where everything is unstructured and free flowing. Take some time to write down your dreams and goals for the next 5 years, break those goals down into each individual year. Then figure out what you need to do for each month of the first year. Break it down even further by looking into individual weeks and seeing what you need to accomplish each week this year in order to get to that 5 year goal. Make it possible and do a lot of research on what you want to accomplish.
Reorganize and declutter your space. Stale energy in a room can collect into areas that have not been disturbed for a while. Get the energy flowing and move things around. Give everything have a designated spot so that everything has a home and nothing gets lost. You do not have to have a spotless home, but do get things moving to keep the energy light and flowing.
21. Treat yourself to something new
You do not have to buy something completely new. You can also hold an item exchange at your home and have your friends bring over items that they no longer need, and everyone can leave with something they want. You can also go thrifting or do a DIY project. What item can you bring into your life that will make living a healthier lifestyle easier? Here are some ideas:
- A new yoga mat
- A set of weights
- A smoothie blender
- A supplement organizer
- A meditation pillow
- Healthy supportive shoes
22. Dress up (or down) & have fun
If you are used to a jeans and T-shirt – switch it up and go all out! Put on a fancy outfit or try dressing up as your favorite character. Imagine how you wanted to dress as a child but perhaps couldn’t and try that. Of course, if you have to work or leave the house you still want to be appropriate but you could still incorporate elements of playfulness into your outfit.
I hope you enjoy these 22 ways of self-care! Share this with someone who you know needs some TLC! Download the below image for an extra self-care printable sheet to fill out your own ideas.