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300+ Self-Care Activities to Create More Ease and Better Health

self-care Jan 09, 2017

In 2016, I challenged myself a yearlong self-care challenge. For every day of the leap year I experimented with a new strategy to determine how well it supported my well-being. Below you'll find 300+ self-care activities, organized by self-care dimension, to help you create more ease and better health. 

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The Systemic Dimension of Self-Care

This dimension focuses on how you eat, move and rest.

  1. Maintain a healthy weight
  2. Limit sugar
  3. Practice deep breathing
  4. Wash your hands
  5. Track your menstrual cycle and symptoms
  6. Open a Health Savings Account (HSA)
  7. Get a flu shot
  8. Enjoy a fermented food
  9. Take a walk in the woods
  10. Go paddleboarding
  11. Toss expired over-the-counter medications
  12. Moisturize your skin
  13. Follow safe food handling practices
  14. Practice safe sex
  15. Plan a picnic
  16. Bake something
  17. Run a marathon
  18. Make a list of questions to ask your doctor
  19. See a dermatologist
  20. Try reflexology
  21. Work with a registered dietitian
  22. Try a new exercise
  23. Revamp your skincare routine Go for a swim
  24. Buy a new pillow
  25. Take a Pilates class
  26. Hire a coach
  27. Try a new recipe
  28. Clean out your refrigerator
  29. Change your air filter
  30. Get acupuncture
  31. Pack your lunch
  32. Exfoliate your skin
  33. Run a 5k
  34. Use a sugar scrub
  35. Have a healthy snack
  36. Take a walk with a friend
  37. Enjoy a mocktail
  38. Go meatless
  39. Get a stand-up desk
  40. Complete a living will
  41. Care for your feet
  42. Get a scalp massage
  43. Do strength training exercises
  44. Take a cooking class
  45. Plan a menu
  46. Get a manicure
  47. Get a fluoride treatment
  48. Buy a water filter
  49. Organize your recipes
  50. Quit tobacco
  51. Buy new gym clothes
  52. Have a pharmacist review your medications
  53. Take a self-defense class
  54. Get vaccinated
  55. Give blood
  56. Go kayaking
  57. Buy a new mattress
  58. Use a pressure cooker
  59. Prepare a 3-day emergency kit
  60. Buy new tennis shoes
  61. Drink enough water
  62. Take medications as prescribed
  63. Schedule a walking meeting
  64. Get a pedicure
  65. Visit a fruit stand
  66. Apply sunscreen
  67. Volunteer at a community garden
  68. Ferment pickles
  69. Hire a personal trainer
  70. Go canoeing
  71. Sleep in
  72. Get a massage
  73. Build a treadmill workstation
  74. Enjoy a cup of tea
  75. Unwind in a hot tub
  76. Floss
  77. Set a bedtime alarm
  78. Shop the farmers’ market
  79. Meditate
  80. Create a personal medical record
  81. Eat more colors
  82. Make a grocery shopping list
  83. Get CPR certified
  84. Take a hike
  85. Get a mammogram
  86. Sit in silence
  87. Cry
  88. Get a health screening
  89. Get a facial
  90. Eat something green
  91. Go cycling
  92. Drink enough water
  93. Walk a dog
  94. Take a nap
  95. Schedule preventive exams
  96. Say no
  97. Use an iron skillet
  98. Get an annual physical
  99. Go for a run
  100. Assemble a first-aid kit
  101. Take a tai chi class
  102. Make bone broth
  103. Make a smoothie
  104. Use a foam roller
  105. Change your sheets
  106. Eat 5 (to 9) servings of fruits and vegetables each day
  107. Make homemade soup
  108. Be the director of your healthcare
  109. Eat breakfast
  110. Shop around for health insurance plans
  111. Ask for copies of your medical records
  112. Take a soothing bath
  113. Go to the gym
  114. Go berry picking
  115. Go to the dentist
  116. Soak in Epsom salts
  117. Take a yoga class
  118. Take a dance class
  119. Take a Barre class
  120. Stretch
  121. Get an eye exam

The Emotive Dimension of Self-Care

This dimension focuses on your how you express yourself--your externalized thoughts. 

  1. Say thank you
  2. Practice deep breathing
  3. Talk about what you DO want rather than what you don’t
  4. Adopt a pet
  5. Join Toastmasters
  6. Learn the art of bonsai
  7. Learn crochet or knitting
  8. Make a scrapbook
  9. Get a pedicure
  10. Go to the symphony
  11. Know your emotional triggers
  12. Share your story
  13. Establish a new morning ritual
  14. Have your house professionally cleaned
  15. Cuddle
  16. Get a manicure
  17. Enjoy a sunset
  18. Get a scalp massage
  19. Create a self-care survival plan
  20. Listen to the ocean
  21. Speak up
  22. Take a warm shower
  23. Listen to music
  24. Join a support group
  25. Get a massage
  26. Write a letter of gratitude
  27. Float a river
  28. Relax at the spa
  29. Write in a journal
  30. Relax by a fire
  31. Watch a funny movie
  32. Work with a therapist
  33. Enjoy a cup of tea
  34. Write poetry
  35. Unwind in a hot tub
  36. Take an art class
  37. Meditate
  38. Journal affirmations
  39. Relax with aromatherapy
  40. Accept what is
  41. Volunteer at the food bank
  42. Snuggle with pets
  43. Write a letter of gratitude
  44. Be kind
  45. Downsize your belongings
  46. Go to the beach
  47. Sit in silence
  48. Cry
  49. Make a list of things you love
  50. Make a list of things you’re grateful for
  51. Turn off social media notifications
  52. Celebrate your successes
  53. Start a blog
  54. Walk a dog
  55. Take a nap
  56. Prune your inner circle
  57. Set healthy boundaries
  58. Laugh
  59. Say no
  60. Learn to play a musical instrument
  61. Ask for help
  62. Give a gift
  63. Take something off your to-do list
  64. Perform a random act of kindness
  65. Create a vision board
  66. Go for a run
  67. Take a tai chi class
  68. Attend a live music event
  69. Take the day off
  70. Take a soothing bath
  71. Apologize
  72. Color
  73. Sing
  74. Take a yoga class
  75. Take a dance class

The Luminescent Dimension of Self-Care

This dimension focuses on how you illuminate your inner truth--your strengths, spiritual and cultural beliefs, perceptions, values, personality, preferences, and what makes you uniquely YOU.

 

  1. Identify your core values
  2. Get a haircut
  3. Ask for what you need
  4. Identify how you want to feel
  5. Work with a therapist
  6. Take an art class
  7. Work with a wardrobe stylist
  8. Vote
  9. Understand your personality
  10. Know your strengths
  11. Read old journals
  12. Meditate
  13. Journal affirmations
  14. Hire a coach
  15. Accept what is
  16. Share your story
  17. Do your best
  18. Create a capsule wardrobe
  19. Be kind
  20. Change your mind
  21. Speak up
  22. Read scripture
  23. Make a scrapbook
  24. Sit in silence
  25. Get clear about what you want to do, have, be, and feel
  26. Make a list of things you love
  27. Start a blog
  28. Write a book
  29. Set healthy boundaries
  30. Say no
  31. Get your makeup done professionally
  32. Create a vision board
  33. Take a tai chi class
  34. Establish a personal brand
  35. Check with your health plan to see what’s covered
  36. Take a yoga class
  37. Take a dance class

The Financial Dimension of Self-Care

This dimension focuses on how you allocate your resources--your earning, spending, giving, and saving habits.

  1. Define what your “enough” looks like
  2. Become debt-free
  3. Ask for what you need
  4. Downsize your belongings
  5. Work with a financial adviser
  6. Check with your health plan to see what’s covered
  7. Create a capsule wardrobe
  8. Get clear about what you want to do, have, be, and feel
  9. Have leftovers for dinner
  10. Say no
  11. Cook at home
  12. Reduce spending
  13. Fund a retirement account
  14. Open a Health Savings Account (HSA)
  15. Cancel a membership
  16. Create a budget
  17. Own less stuff
  18. Use a money management app
  19. Hire a CPA
  20. Create a vision board
  21. Get a new certification
  22. Create a last will & testament
  23. Pay bills online
  24. Go window shopping
  25. Schedule a regular review of your finances
  26. Ask for generic medications when possible
  27. Shop around for insurance plans
  28. Review your medical statements

The Cognitive Dimension of Self-Care

This dimension focuses on how you think--your mindset.

  1. Set healthy goals
  2. Expect good things
  3. Release expectations
  4. Drink alcohol in moderation if at all
  5. Weigh the pros and cons before making a decision
  6. Establish a new morning ritual
  7. Research
  8. Overcome a fear
  9. Learn to sail
  10. Write in a journal
  11. Listen to a podcast
  12. Create a self-care survival plan
  13. Learn crochet or knitting
  14. Think about what you DO want rather than what you don’t
  15. Work with a therapist
  16. Get clear about what you want to do, have, be, and feel
  17. Work a puzzle
  18. Go to a bookstore
  19. Write poetry
  20. Hire a coach
  21. Create a bucket list
  22. Learn to play a musical instrument
  23. Join a book club
  24. Visit the library
  25. Meditate
  26. Think the best of everyone
  27. Take a continuing education class
  28. Journal affirmations
  29. Explore new possibilities
  30. Accept what is
  31. Be kind
  32. Plan your week ahead of time
  33. Define what your “enough” looks like
  34. Change your mind
  35. Sit in silence
  36. Make a list of things you love
  37. Turn off social media notifications
  38. Schedule a planning retreat
  39. Drink enough water
  40. Start a blog
  41. Get a new certification
  42. Attend a workshop
  43. Walk a dog
  44. Read old journals
  45. Take a nap
  46. Write a book
  47. Set healthy boundaries
  48. Say no
  49. Ask for help
  50. Listen to an audio book
  51. Set weekly goals
  52. Vote
  53. Read a book
  54. Create a vision board
  55. Be the director of your healthcare
  56. Eat breakfast
  57. Take the day off
  58. Create a manifestation space
  59. Establish a personal brand
  60. Take a yoga class
  61. Travel to another country
  62. Update your insurance policy beneficiaries

The Aptitudinal Dimension of Self-Care

This dimension focuses on how you contribute to the world--your life's purpose. 

  1. Take an art class
  2. Delegate a task
  3. Work with a business coach
  4. Take a continuing education class
  5. Ask for what you need
  6. Take something off your to-do list
  7. Work with a career coach
  8. Make a list of essential tasks
  9. Create a manifestation space
  10. Join Toastmasters
  11. Do your best
  12. Share your story
  13. Plan your week ahead of time
  14. Use a planner
  15. Learn to play a musical instrument
  16. Hire a coach
  17. Make a list of things you love
  18. Designate times to check email
  19. Listen actively
  20. Schedule a planning retreat
  21. Establish a new morning ritual
  22. Start a blog
  23. Attend a workshop
  24. Speak up
  25. Write a book
  26. Say no
  27. Find a mentor
  28. Set weekly goals
  29. Create a vision board
  30. Take the day off
  31. Get a new certification
  32. Start a bullet journal
  33. Establish a personal brand
  34. Track your goals
  35. Build something
  36. Download a health-related app
  37. Take an online course
  38. Make a list of your top 5 goals each week 

The Relational Dimension of Self-Care

This dimension focuses on how you connect with others.

  1. Say thank you Develop a family emergency plan
  2. Understand your personality
  3. Practice deep breathing
  4. Cuddle
  5. Be an organ donor
  6. Practice safe sex Help a neighbor with a project
  7. Ask for what you need
  8. Meet new people
  9. Forgive
  10. Work with a therapist
  11. Share your story
  12. Get family photos updated
  13. Spend time with friends
  14. Hold space for someone
  15. Join a book club
  16. Plan a picnic
  17. Think the best of everyone
  18. Take a walk with a friend
  19. Know your emotional triggers
  20. Volunteer at the food bank
  21. Get CPR certified
  22. Write a letter of gratitude
  23. Speak up
  24. Reconnect with an old friend
  25. Plan a date night
  26. Organize a gathering
  27. Give blood
  28. Be kind
  29. Ask for forgiveness
  30. Turn off social media notifications
  31. Listen actively
  32. Join a support group
  33. Start a blog
  34. Prune your inner circle
  35. Grow your community
  36. Set healthy boundaries
  37. Say no
  38. Buy coffee for a stranger
  39. Ask for help
  40. Complete a living will
  41. Give a gift
  42. Perform a random act of kindness
  43. Be the director of your healthcare
  44. Join a civic organization
  45. Create a last will & testament
  46. Have coffee with a friend
  47. Ask questions
  48. Schedule a walking meeting
  49. Find a mentor
  50. Join Toastmasters
  51. Apologize
  52. Spend quality time with family
  53. Establish a personal brand
  54. Travel to another country
  55. Volunteer at a community garden
  56. Update your insurance policy beneficiaries

The Environmental Dimension of Self-Care

This dimension focuses on how you harmonize with nature, your community and your personal spaces.

  1. Donate something you no longer need
  2. Tidy up your workspace
  3. Take a walk in the woods
  4. Adopt a pet
  5. Have your house professionally cleaned
  6. Plan a trip
  7. Go paddleboarding
  8. Work with a permaculture designer
  9. Enjoy a sunset
  10. Listen to the ocean
  11. Go fishing
  12. Use reusable grocery bags
  13. Repurpose something
  14. Fold laundry
  15. Take a road trip
  16. Go on an adventure
  17. Learn to sail
  18. Play in the snow
  19. Relax with aromatherapy
  20. Recycle
  21. Volunteer at the food bank
  22. Snuggle with pets
  23. Use a composter
  24. Get CPR certified
  25. Spend time in the Garden
  26. Take a hike
  27. Smell the roses
  28. Go to the symphony
  29. Visit a museum
  30. Downsize your belongings
  31. Go to the beach
  32. Sit in silence
  33. Walk a dog
  34. Buy a houseplant
  35. Change your sheets
  36. Take a self-defense class
  37. Plant a tree
  38. Attend a live music event
  39. Go sightseeing
  40. Go berry picking
  41. Take a shorter shower
  42. Use a water filter
  43. Travel to another country
  44. Clean your yoga mat
  45. Volunteer at a community garden
  46. Join a civic organization
  47. Go camping
  48. Go canoeing
  49. Buy a new pillow
  50. Go for a swim
  51. Go stargazing
  52. Float a river
  53. Learn the art of bonsai
  54. Clean out your refrigerator
  55. Change your air filter
  56. Organize a closet
  57. Create a music playlist
  58. Make a donation to a charity
  59. Put together an emergency kit for your car
  60. Create a manifestation space
  61. Vote
  62. Rearrange furniture
  63. Make your bed

What would you add to this list? Please share in the comments below.

 
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