Self-Care Activity List: 366 Ideas

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Last year, I took on a year-long self-care challenge., so for each of the 366 days of the 2016 leap year, I experimented with a new self-care activity and then blogged about it. Below you’ll find the full list of my self-care activities I experimented during the challenge.

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1 – Enjoy a fermented food (or learn to ferment)

2 – Set intentions for the next day, week, month or year

3 – Express gratitude

4 – Take a walk in the woods

Sunlight peeking through the trees

5 – Bake whole grain bread

6 – Include strength training exercises at least 2 days each week

7 – Get a haircut

8- Get vaccinated

9- Give blood

10 – Buy nothing (give something instead)

11- Use a pressure cooker

12 – Get equipped for fitness

13- Tidy up

14- Drink enough water

15 -Get a pedicure

16 – Travel (without stress)

17 – Enjoy a sunset

18 – Listen to the ocean

19 – Go fishing

20 – Visit a fruit stand

21 – Meet new people

22 – Enjoy the sunshine (and don’t forget the sunscreen)

23 – Overcome a fear

24 – Give yourself a break

25 – Sleep in

26 – Get a massage

27 – Cook with garlic

28 – Journal

29 – Use a Treadmill Work Station

30 – Pay taxes

31 – Do “The Work”

32 – Relax by a fire

33 – Peruse the bookstore

34 – Fold laundry

35 – Drink tea

Wooden Tea Nest from TeaTangent.com

36 – Write a haiku

37 – Take a road trip

38 – Play in the snow

39 – Spend time with friends

40 – Floss

41 – Join (or start) a book club

42 – Eat local

43 – Meditate

44 – Continue learning (take a class, etc.)

45 – Use affirmations

46 – Receive gifts

47 – Relax with aromatherapy

48 – Eat colorfully

colorful carrots from the farmers' market in issaquah

49 – Accept what is

50 – Volunteer at the food bank

51 – Snuggle with pets

52 – Taste

53 – Shop for healthy food

54 – Zentangle

55 – Learn CPR

56 – Reminisce

57 – Garden

58 – Explore new possibilities

59 – Go out for breakfast

60 – Define your “enough”

61 – Change your mind

62 – Chase good weather

63 – Love the middle seat

64 – Cool off with shave ice

65 – Explore new places

66 – Smell the roses

67 – Go to the beach

68 – See the bigger picture

69 – Be a tourist

70 – Think in traffic

71 – Get a mammogram

72 – Read scripture

73 – Make a contribution

74 – Lounge

75 – Be part of a community

76 – Cry

77 – Practice good skin care

78 – Get certified

79 – Prune what’s no longer useful

80 – Press the pause button

81 – Listen

82 – Be quiet

83 – Eat green

84 – Celebrate

85 – Meander

86 – Notice nature

pacific northwest forest overlooking a blue green lake

87 – Make the holidays healthier

88 – Plan

89 – Go cycling

90 – Reflect

91 – Recover

92 – Try fermented dairy

93 – Walk the dog

94 – Take a nap

95 – Build a support system

96 – Write a book

97 – Calm down

98 – Be vulnerable

99 – Set boundaries

100 – Laugh

101 – Play games

102 – Dine alone

103 – Walk

104 – Plan a menu

105 – Ask for help

106 – Cook for yourself

107 – Hug a pet

108 – Give gifts of gratitude

109 – Find inspiring spaces

110 – Talk yourself into fitness

111- Listen to an audio book

112 – Be inspired

113 – Stay in

114 – Understand your impact

115 – Set weekly goals

116 – Use an iron skillet

a seasoned iron skillet

117 – Stay in touch with friends

118 – Do the dishes

119 – Forgive yourself

120 – Let the oven do it

121 – Go to the doctor

122 – Work in the yard

123 – Savor something

124 – Make new friends

125 – Plant some herbs

126 – Build new skills

127 – Assemble (or reassemble) a first-aid kit

128 – Make a toast to a memory

129 – Shop the farmers’ market

130 – Say Thank you

131 – Give feedback

132 – Hug a tree

133 – Take a hike

134 – Read the (entire) Affordable Care Act

135 – Make broth cubes

broth cubes in a pyrex bowl

136 – Bake a cheesecake

137 – Make a breakfast bowl

138 – Use a foam roller

139 – Change your sheets

140 – Eat 5 (to 9) servings of fruits and vegetables each day

141 – Network

142 – Entertain

143 – Sit in stillness

144 – Think positively

145 – Make chicken noodle soup

146 – Do something you don’t want to do

147 – Don’t worry

148 – Self-direct your care

149 – Admire art

150 – Eat some cherries (or another in season fruit)

151 – Watch a game

152 – Love lentils

153 – Cultivate awareness

154 – Review your finances

155 – Fuel up for a workout

156 – Celebrate success

157 – Work to physical exhaustion

158 – Take the day off

159 – Eat a big salad

160 – Apologize

161 – Spend time with family

162 – Go sightseeing

163 – Visit a museum

164 – Marvel

165 – Color

166 – Start a bullet journal

167 – Count your blessings

168 – Bake a spaghetti squash

169 – Work in bursts

170 – Drink coffee

171 – Go to the gym

172 – Pick berries

173 – Go to the dentist

174 – Take a yoga class

175 – Track your goals

176 – Lean into discomfort

177 – Stretch

178 – Give gifts

179 – Make yourself a bouquet

180 – Take shorter showers

181 – Test your day for flow

182 – Buy new exercise clothes

183 – Get an eye exam

184 – Set boundaries

185 – Clean your yoga mat

186 – Blend a smoothie bowl

187 – Ferment pickles

188 – Volunteer at a community garden

189 – Take a home-canning class

190 – Bake zucchini bread

191 – Get (and stay) connected

192 – Take a self-defense class

193 – Attend a virtual retreat

194 – Envision

195 – Care for your feet

196 – Breathe deeply

197 – Make chicken salad

198 – Go camping

199 – Listen to music

200 – Use a sugar scrub

201 – Window shop

202 -Buy yourself a gift

203 – Make a Thai salad

204 – Organize your recipes

205 – Bake blueberry muffins

206 – Make a (healthy) Waldorf salad

207 – Study

208 – Try a new recipe

209 – Organize your mind

210 – Eat lunch at the park

211 – Do some gratitude journaling

212 – Be proactive

213 – Try again

214 – Brew beer

215 – Rest

216 – Learn from others

217 – Research

218 – Get a scalp massage

219 – Stop

220 – Stargaze

221 – Go floating

222 – Take a moment

223 – Get a manicure

224 – Weigh the pros and cons

225 – Share your story

226 – Travel back in time

227 – Snack

228 – Walk with a friend

229 – Savor salmon

230 – Admire apples

231 – Enjoy a mocktail

232 – Go meatless

233 – Ask for a Box

234 – Indulge in an Acai Bowl

235 – Understand the Science of Happiness

236 – Rediscover Old Recipes

237 – Experiment with Eggplant

238 – Eat (or at least try) Sushi

239 – Carry an EpiPen (if you have been advised to)

240 – Work Outside

241 – Crack Fresh Eggs

242 – Eat Tomatoes (off the vine)

243 – Say No

244 – Buy a New Pillow

245 – Talk About Ideas

246 – Monitor Your Performance

247 – Clean Your Refrigerator

248 – Treat a Minor Injury

249 – Change the Air Filter

250 – Make Moroccan Meatballs (or try a new recipe)

251 – Choose My Circles Wisely

252 – Begin Again

253 – Get Acupuncture

254 – Plan a Vacation

255 – Remember

256 – Try Matcha Tea

257 – Get New Socks

258 – Commit

259 – Speak Up

260 – Prepare a Snack Board

261 – Update Your Wardrobe

262 – Sort & Purge

263 – Tour a Food Forest

264 – Be True To Yourself

265 – Donate to Charity

266 – Coordinate a Walking Meeting

267 – Ask Questions

268 – Get Your Hands Dirty

269 – Pack a Mobile Emergency Kit

270 – Plant a Tribute

271 – Enjoy a Sweet Treat

272 – Connect Dots

273 – Sip Bubbles

274 – Eat Fresh Figs

275 – Celebrate

276 – Melt

277 – Moisturize

278 – Catch Up

279 – Evaluate Your Social Media Activity

280 – Be Negative

281 – Understand Your Personality

282 – Hire a Coach

283 – Read a Book

284 – Spend Quality Time

285 – Create a Manifestation Space

286 – Reconnect with a Friend

287 – Stay Open

288 – Prepare for Emergencies

289 – Set a Deadline

290 – Do Something for Love

291 – Make Space

292 – Cook with rosemary (or other culinary herbs)

293 – Arrive (rather than impose)

294 – Buy coffee for a stranger

heart-shaped froth on a cappucino

295 – Make a vegan dish

296 – Learn more about your body

297 – Just be

298 – Establish a morning ritual

299 – Give a random gift

300 – Try reflexology

301 – Try new exercises

302 – Vote

303 – Experiment with a sourdough starter (or other cultured food)

304 – Organize your personal space

305 – Collaborate

306 – Write down your soul

307 – Learn bonsai

308 – Create an afternoon of self-care

309 – Island (s)hop with a friend

310 – Crochet (or create something)

311 – Rake leaves

Large leaf Maple leaves in the fall

312 – Live vicariously (experience something through someone else)

313 – Sit with ambivalence

314 – Gain an understanding of politics

315 – Evaluate what’s essential

316 – Clear your calendar

317 – Ask for what you need

318 – Practice something that’s difficult for you

319 – Maintain financial harmony

320 – Have a kind disagreement

321 – Support a friend

322 – Brainstorm

323 – Learn something new

324 – Rearrange furniture

325 – Decorate

326 – See your favorite band live

327 – Try reiki

328 – Bake a pie

329 – Prepare a special meal

330 – Watch a funny movie

331 – Look up

332 – Do chores early

333 – Make a list

334 – Email yourself ideas

335 – Arrive early

336 – Warm up

337 – Learn to knit

338 – Notice the little things

339 – Watch it snow

340 – Drive slowly

341 – Choose theme words

342 – Stay open

343 – Move forward

344 – Have faith

345 – Don’t make plans

346 – Stay in your jammies

347 – Stay in touch with mentors

348 – Relax at the spa

349 – Learn about gun safety

350 – Get a fluoride treatment

351 – Call in a professional

352 – Go to the symphony

353 – Challenge yourself

354 – Listen to an inspiring audio book

355 – Read old journals

356 – Be a caregiver

357 – Have coffee with a friend

358 – Find a “plan B”

359 – Enjoy a holiday tradition

360 – Feel grateful

361 – Binge watch a series

362 – Have breakfast in bed

363 – Discover your core desired feelings

364 – Go Snowshoeing

365 – Whiten your teeth

366 – Reflect on your year

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