50 Activities for a Self-Care Day

50 Activities for a Self-Care Day

We live in a society where the is such an emphasis on being busy. It is expected that we completely throw ourselves into school or careers and that we should always be studying or working on something. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with dedicating your time to something you’re passionate about, it is all too easy to burn out without realizing. Taking a day for yourself to slow down and focus on your needs can seriously improve your mental health and will help you feel more relaxed and productive.

There are five types of self-care: physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, and professional. Each type is equally important for keeping balance in your life and improving your mental health.

50 of my favourite activities for a self-care day:

  1. Sleep in late
  2. Make your bed
  3. Take a bath or shower
  4. Put on clean clothes (or PJs)
  5. Order or make your favourite meal
  6. Put on a face mask
  7. Paint your nails
  8. Get your hair done
  9. Binge watch your favourite TV show
  10. Put on a movie you haven’t seen yet
  11. Play your favourite games
  12. Have a glass of wine
  13. Tidy up your house
  14. Catch up on laundry
  15. Reorganize your house
  16. Declutter your closets
  17. Colour in a colouring book
  18. Draw or sketch
  19. Try a DIY project
  20. Write in a journal
  21. Play an instrument
  22. Garden
  23. Work towards a goal you have
  24. Plan your upcoming week
  25. Read a book
  26. Watch a TED talk
  27. Watch YouTube videos
  28. Listen to a podcast
  29. Check out a self-care blog
  30. Go for a walk or a run
  31. Do some yoga
  32. Watch the sunrise/sunset
  33. Spend some time at the gym
  34. Take a fitness class
  35. Dance around your house
  36. Meditate
  37. Write out your goals and how you can achieve them
  38. Listen to music
  39. Spend time thinking in peace
  40. Call a friend or family member to talk
  41. Write out the things you are grateful for
  42. Turn off your phone for a couple of hours
  43. Volunteer
  44. See a therapist
  45. Have a cup of tea
  46. Bake some cookies
  47. Go out for food or drinks with a friend
  48. Write down the things you love about yourself
  49. Open the windows and let fresh air inside
  50. Try something new

If you try any of these things let me know in the comments! I would love to hear about any other activities that you do on a self-care day.

“Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucile Ball



  1. December 13, 2017 / 10:31 PM

    Great list, I do a lot of these on a regular basis as my normal routine (shower, make bed, walk my dog twice a day etc), but everyone’s routine is different. Every once in a while I give myself a “spa day” use all my masks, do my nails just a bit of pampering.

  2. December 14, 2017 / 10:12 PM

    Great ideas! For me, nothing says relaxation more than a bath, followed by fresh pjs and going to sleep on fresh bedding…especially if the bedding has been line-dried outside!

  3. December 16, 2017 / 5:47 AM

    I’m on maternity leave and REALLY need to be doing these things during nap times. Thanks for writing!

  4. January 3, 2018 / 4:36 AM

    Love these!! Reading and sleeping in are my favorite on a break!!

    • January 3, 2018 / 4:37 AM

      Me too! I love curling up with a good book by my fireplace in the winter. So relaxing!

  5. January 14, 2018 / 9:37 PM

    I feel there is really nothing more important than self care! Nice list Chels!

    • January 15, 2018 / 3:29 AM

      Thank you Travis! I hope you have an awesome self-care day soon!

  6. January 15, 2018 / 3:28 AM

    I love these ideas!

  7. January 19, 2018 / 1:58 PM

    Lovely ideas. Thank you 💕

  8. gendunblog
    February 10, 2018 / 7:50 PM

    Like! thanks for sharing 🙂

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