50 Simple Self Care Ideas for emotional, mental and physical wellbeing

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We all get horrible, low days. The kind of days where you can't bring yourself to get out of bed. 

I know how those days feel. 

When these days, weeks or even months hit, it usually means its time to go inside ourselves and show our self some compassion. 

That's when its time to practice some self care. 

simple self care ideas

What is self care?

If you spend any time on the internet, you'll have heard about self care. But what exactly is self care?

In the dictionary, self care is described as 'the practice of taking action to preserve ones health'.

Self care is about creating healthy, daily practices that encourage mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. Self care is a preventative method. For example, if you struggle with anxiety or depression, self care wont cure it but it will help you unwind and understand your mental health overtime. Therefore, creating self care routines is great place to start with healing.

Self Care Ideas

Here are 50 self care ideas to get you started with your daily self care practice. These are going to be divided into the main three self care pillars. Physical, mental and emotional self care. 


Physical self care is all about listening and responding to your bodies needs.

  1. Starting a new workout
  2. Having a relaxing hot bath
  3. Eating healthy
  4. Getting 8-10 hours of sleep a night
  5. Going for a walk
  6. Dancing around your room
  7. Swimming
  8. Hiking
  9. Running
  10. Joining a local sports team
  11. Making a smoothie
  12. Do yoga
  13. Morning stretches
  14. Take yourself out for the day
  15. Do some gardening
  16. Drink plenty of water
  17. Put on a face mask
  18. Spend time in the sun
  19. Go out for coffee


Mental self care is all about finding balance between stimulating your mind and allowing it to rest.

  1. Listening to music
  2. Listening to a podcast
  3. Read a book
  4. Take a social media break/ detox
  5. Meditate
  6. Take up a new hobby
  7. Put your phone away for a bit
  8. Watch a motivational TED Talk
  9. Do a brain dump
  10. Make a vision board
  11. Read a personal development book
  12. Use adult colouring books
  13. Take a nap
  14. Clean your space
  15. Declutter your desk



Emotional self care is all about understanding ourselves, our emotions and what we've been through

  1. Start a journal
  2. Practice gratitude everyday
  3. Use positive affirmations
  4. Setting boundaries with people and places
  5. Going to see a therapist
  6. Spending time with family, friends and loved ones
  7. Exploring your feelings
  8. Call a friend or relative
  9. Try breathing exercises
  10. Go to your favourite place
  11. Refresh your morning routine
  12. Plan a getaway
  13. Write 5 things that you love
  14. Go on a solo date
  15. Light your favourite candle
  16. Unfollow and unfriend negative people on social media
50 simple self care ideas