Have You Forgotten to Take Care of You?

50 Incredible Self-Care Ideas For You – to be your BEST and give your MOST!

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“Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.”

Katie Reed

In this post I’ll explain what self-care is and why it is crucial for every human being – me and you included! I’m also going to share my own self-care ideas list so you can get inspired to write your own list.

Self-care is often pushed off for last, or worse, is brushed under the rug. Especially for women. Which can leave you feeling stressed, exhausted, or feeling burnt out.

That is not good for you, no, no, no! If you forget to take care of yourself, or leave it for last, you’re not going to be feeling your best. And then you’re not going to be able to live the life you want. Or contribute as much as you dream of.

You can do something about that, and that’s why we’re talking about self-care ideas. 

First, here are a few questions to ask yourself, to evaluate how well you’re doing when it comes to self-care.

  • Are you feeling stressed?
  • Do you hear yourself answer “yes” when you wished you said “no”?
  • Are you taking care of others’ needs before your own? (When my kids needs take priority, this is what I do for self-care at the same time.)
  • Have you been relying on someone else to take care of your needs?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you probably need to up your self care. So, keep reading and we’ll define what self-care is and what that means for you.

Let’s start of with a definition:
The ‘self’ part of self-care is that you are the one who takes care of you.
The ‘care’ part of self-care is what you need to do to take care of you.

But, what does this mean, really? 

It means that you are important, dear. You are.

And that your needs count.

So, first of all, take care of your basic needs. In real life that means getting sufficient sleep, eating nourishing and healthy food, establishing good hygiene, and making time for exercise.

Additionally, self-care includes your emotional needs. Make time for yourself. Spend time with people who you like to be around. Find someone who can listen when you need to talk. Have some fun, laugh, and find ways to stay positive. Get a hug when you need it.

There are endless ways to do self-care. 

The conundrum is that most people who are not practicing self-care are busy taking care of others. But, when you take care of your needs first, you’ll have more energy to give to others.

Ironic, isn’t is?

Which reminds me of the message conveyed on every flight, on the topic of putting on oxygen masks in an emergency.

“If you are an adult traveling with a child, put on your oxygen mask first, then put on the child’s mask.”

If you’ve ever flown, you’ve heard this message on the in-flight service video. It’s standard and what it means is this – take care of yourself first so that you can be available to those who rely on you, like your children. 

Like the quote above from Katie Reed:

“Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.”

So, take a few minutes to think of self-care ideas that you can implement in your life. To focus your awareness, you might want to try out this quick mindfulness meditation first. 

Now, let’s make it real by putting together a list.

It’s fun to write out a list of your top 20 self-care activities. Or 50. Maybe you can even get to 100! Or, if you like, you can draw everything that comes to mind when you think of taking care of yourself.

Here is my current self-care ideas list. It might change, but for now, these are my personal favorite 50 self-care ideas:

  1. Take a long, hot shower
  2. Have a strawberry banana shake
  3. Read a good book (if it’s not good, it doesn’t count!)
  4. Call my best friend
  5. Plant flowers or any other garden work
  6. Give myself a manicure
  7. Do a brain dump
  8. Pray
  9. Sing out loud
  10. Dance to fun music
  11. Go out to eat
  12. Paint or draw or any artsy activity
  13. Go to bed on time
  14. Prepare a healthy and yummy meal
  15. Do a puzzle
  16. Spend time with a loved one
  17. Cut fresh flowers and arrange on my table
  18. Go window shopping
  19. Browse Pinterest for ideas
  20. Write or draw in my journal
  21. Take a walk
  22. Read a magazine
  23. Sew a craft
  24. Make comfort food
  25. Bake chocolate chip cookies
  26. Scent the air by squeezing citrus peels
  27. Get a massage
  28. Get a hair cut
  29. Go swimming
  30. Exercise
  31. Do yoga
  32. Have a coffee
  33. Read the daily paper
  34. Drink herbal tea
  35. Send emails to long lost friends
  36. Do a guided imagery meditation
  37. Go for a run
  38. Light candles
  39. Go to the library
  40. Take a trip to the zoo
  41. Go shopping and buy a trinket for the house
  42. Visit an art gallery
  43. Sign up for a course 
  44. Go on a hike in the forest
  45. Write a letter to yourself
  46. Take a power nap
  47. Drink enough water
  48. Lie on the hammock with my eyes closed… blissful
  49. Eat vanilla ice cream
  50. Put on my favorite music

If you haven’t yet, now’s the time to jot down your own list of self-care list ideas.

And then… you’re ready to move on to the next step, which is actually more important than the actual list itself!

And that is this – you’ve got to DO self-care.   

Which will be amazing… because that means you are giving to you, energizing yourself, adding vitality to your life! So practice, choosing a self-care activity at whatever interval you feel like it would help you most.

When  you do this, you are taking care of YOU. That is something you can be proud of!

So, remember to take care of yourself every day. To keep this list handy, you can save THIS PIN to your favorite Pinterest lifestyle board as a reminder!

50 Self Care Ideas

3 thoughts on “Have You Forgotten to Take Care of You?”

  1. So true, so important, really pertinent. Keep up the great motivation, inspiration and selfcaration!

  2. # 1 to 4 are my most favorite and of course swimming. Self care is greatly needed. Once you take care of yourself you are better able to take care of others. Be your own best friend! Thanks for the long list. Will try some of the others.

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