Top Self-Care Lists of 2016

Search Google for “self-care ideas” and you’ll find roughly 17,900,000 results.

Fear not. We’ve scoured the first 20 pages to whittle the list down to the best of the best. Below, you’ll find our favorite 25 self-care lists.

1. In addition to our very own running list of self-care ideas (which is growing quickly as a result of our 366 Days of Self-Care Challenge project), here are a few of my favorites:

2. Good Therapy has an exceptional list. And #10? What a great way to start the day!!!!

3. Perfection Pending’s self-care list is geared toward busy moms who are “too tired for a girls’ night out.” (I can relate even without kids.) Here’s a sneak peek: “Replace every ‘I should….’ with ‘I can do if I feel like it, but I don’t have to.’

4. If you need a good laugh, Life After Tampons offers a playful take on self-care for women. (Buy any new underwear lately?)

5. Tiny Buddha has a solid list. I particularly like #7 in the self-care ideas for the mind section.

6. The Self-Compassion Project’s list reminds us to “spend less time on the internet.” I’m reminded of this as I add this link to my website…on the internet.

7. Travel Well Magazine offers a few self-care ideas as well. As difficult as #4 can be, sometimes it just needs to be done.

8. Caregiver Wellness has a lengthy list of 86 ideas. (After all, sometimes we really do just need a cookie.)

9. Inspire4Life’s list of 90 ideas focuses on self-care for moms, and I think we all struggle with “asking for what we need.”

10. Christy Tending’s list is a great reminder that we should assess our habits regularly. (Check out #10.)

11. Peachie Moms has some creative ideas as well. And as silly as it may be, it doesn’t get much better than #16!

12. Psychology Today has a short list of self-care practices specifically designed to help cope with stress. Listening to running water is one of my favorites!

13. Back to Her Roots offers tips for preventing the dreaded explosion into “an emotional puddle of stress.” (Although with regard to #3, an hour is never enough for me!)

14. Breastfeeding Basics has a list of self-care ideas with new moms in mind.

15. The Monument Quilt has a great 1-pager. Who doesn’t love to teeter totter?

16. Whether or not you consider them “extreme,” Emily Long has a great list of self-care ideas. Number 11 is one that we can all probably do a better job with.

17. What’s Your Grief highlights some of the best self-care activities for those going through the grieving process. For example, #7 is “have a good cry.”

18. Mind Body Green’s list of 28 self-care ideas is quick and to the point—and most of them are free! I personally love #15.

19. The list from igoddess reminds me that it’s been far too long since I’ve been on a picnic.

20. Abundance Tapestry lays out 70 ideas for self-care. Number 24 is a big one for me—clutter can be so distracting!

21. Inner Compass Designs lists 101 self-care ideas. Check out #49—sometimes we all need a change, right?

22. Fire and Wind Co has some interesting self-care ideas. I cannot remember the last time I did #7.

23. Emily Nachazel’s list of 45 self-care activities includes one that I think has become more difficult for all of us: eating without distractions.

24. Fit Woman’s list is geared toward those who struggle with emotional eating. But #14, “eating predictably and regularly” is important for all of us.

25. has a simple list of self-care ideas. It’s amazing how listening to uplifting music can alter our mood.

I hope these lists have given you a few ideas for incorporating more self-care activities into your busy life.

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