Do you know that there are endless self care activities you can enjoy, starting today? These activities will help to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Here’s a list of over 100 self care activities based on the self care wheel, and how to start using them for your calmest, happiest and most balanced life ever. 

Why self care?

There’s a beautiful self care quote I heard once:

If you really need something, give it to yourself. Don’t wait for someone else to give it to you.

I love self care quotes because they bring such a powerful message in a few simple words. And that’s what self care does for you, too. It’s a powerful reminder of what’s important: YOU!

You are very special and it’s vital to spend time on caring for yourself. It will change your life.

What is the self care wheel?

The self care wheel is a wonderful way to ensure that you are nurturing every area of your life.

The 8 key areas of life according to the self care wheel are:

  1. Your body
  2. Your mind
  3. Your emotional well-being
  4. Your spirituality and faith
  5. Your home and having a safe space
  6. Your financial well-being
  7. Having a strong personal and social foundation
  8. Being happy in the workplace

Taking care of each area of your life will make you feel much more balanced and happier.

What happens if I neglect an area?

If you neglect an area in the self care wheel, it will have a negative impact on other areas.

For example, let’s say you are working very long hours at your job. You’re very ‘successful’ according to some – you make a lot of money.

But you don’t spend much time with your family, you never exercise, and you spend most of your money on useless things to make yourself feel better and help you cope with the stress. You’re lonely, disconnected, and you can’t remember the last time you had a good laugh.

Well, the self care activities on this page are broken up into the self care wheel areas, so you can intentionally choose activities in areas that you have been neglecting or where you feel you need more joy and fulfillment.

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100 self care activities you can try today

When should I do these self care activities?

Don’t wait until you’re burnt out and exhausted to start any of these self care activities. Start now and keep doing activities that are good for you.

Starting is the hardest part. Once you get going, you gain momentum and enjoy the feeling of true, ongoing peace and happiness.

How should I start doing these self care activities?

Take a look at the self care wheel areas and decide which two areas need the most attention right now.

Remember that the self care wheel areas are: body, mind, emotional well-being, spirituality and faith, home, financial well-being, a strong personal and social foundation, and being happy at work.

Now start with some self care activities in the lists below that are good for those two areas you want to work on.

Choose a self care activity that appeals to you and give it a try. Mix and match the self care activities in the list.

You’ll soon find which ones calm you and make you happy. Then do more of those types of activities!

Self care activities for your body

Self care activities for your body aim to nourish you from within and take care of the outside. These activities are about making time for things that make you feel and look good in your own body.

Here’s the list of self care activities for your body:

Nourish your body with an antioxidant meal

Snack on some health-boosting pineapple

Start a healthy eating plan or get food boxes delivered

Set up a fun, easy meal plan

Get some healthy snacks to nibble on

Give yourself a manicure

Give yourself a pedicure

Give yourself a facial

Nourish your hair with deep conditioner

Take the best detox bath

Take a cold shower to wake yourself up

Shave your legs

Take a nap

Go to bed early

Get your hair done

Take a dance class

Go hiking

Walk barefoot on the grass

Get a massage

Listen to music

Find YouTube tutorials and try some new makeup looks

Try some chemical-free beauty and hair products

Try a dish at a restaurant you’ve never eaten before

Do some yoga

Do some stretches

Roll on a foam roller

Take some deep breaths

Make time to go for health checks

Go to the dentist for an annual check-up

Self care activities for your mind

Self care activities for your mind aim to nourish your brain, develop your thinking patterns, and keep your brain active and healthy.  These activities are about making time for things that boost your mental health and learn new things.

Here’s the list of self care activities for your mind:

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Sign up for a course

Learn a new hobby

Teach someone something

Go to bed early

Try a keto eating plan

Try a new recipe

Bake something

If you’re right-handed, try doing something with your left hand and vice versa

Spend time coloring

Write a book

Start a blog

Do a brain dump to clear your mind

Play a game, such as solitaire

Read a book you’ve always wanted to read

Meditate

Talk to people who don’t have the same views as you, and try to understand their point of view

Do puzzles, such as Sudoku and word searches

Try positive affirmations and self care quotes

Listen to podcasts that teach you things

Watch a documentary

Spend time with other people and make a point of really talking and connecting with them

Challenge your thinking – if you have a negative thought or fear, ask yourself if it’s really true

Self care activities for your emotional well-being

Self care activities for your emotional well-being aim to develop your emotions, making you happier and calmer. There is always room to grow emotionally, and it’s a wonderful investment in yourself when you spend time growing and learning and exploring this world.

These self care activities are about making time for things that boost your emotional health and your overall sense of peace and happiness within.

Here’s the list of self care activities for your emotional well-being:

Plan a road trip

Plan a vacation

Go for coffee with someone special

Wake up early and watch the sunrise

Watch the sun set

Take steps to simplify your life

Enjoy a hot cup of coffee somewhere quiet

Go for a walk in nature

Take a quiz to discover if you use sight, sound or touch to explore the world

Use your sight, sound or touch strengths to make improvements in your life

Go for a drive to somewhere you’ve never been before

Switch off your phone and take time out

Cancel something that drains you

Do something simple that you enjoyed doing as a child

Schedule ‘me time’ at least once a week in your diary

Start a gratitude journal, where you give thanks for 5 things every day

Lie down outside and watch the clouds go by

Binge watch a TV show and forget about the world for a few hours

Cuddle your partner

Cuddle your pets

Cuddle someone else’s pets

Take time to sit and feel uneasy emotions – acknowledge them and then let them drift away

Watch a comedy

Crack a smile and hold it for a minute – your brain will think you’re happy

Read books on emotional intelligence

Give someone a compliment

Give yourself a compliment

Volunteer for a cause you care about

Set a goal and make a plan to achieve it

Try to stay in the present moment and enjoy what you are doing

Self care activities for your spirituality and faith

Self care activities for your spirituality and faith aim to nourish your soul. These activities are about going beyond what you see and hear every day. They’re about exploring a deeper meaning in life and connecting with a higher power.

Developing your spirituality and faith will embed a deeper sense of meaning in your life and a willingness to explore. It’s certainly not about having all the answers. It’s about gently knowing there’s more and enjoying the peace that this connection brings you.

Here’s the list of self care activities for your spirituality and faith:

Spend time in prayer

Spend time reading your bible

Meditate

Learn some calming breathing techniques

Go on a retreat

Join a church group

Spend time coloring in faith-based pictures

Read books on faith-related topics that interest you

Talk to others about their struggles and beliefs

Do volunteer work

Challenge yourself by doing things that scare you (don’t do anything that will probably harm you though)

Make a bucket list

Spend time forgiving others and making peace with things as they are

Take a course

Listen to audio courses on apps like Insight Timer

Spend time in nature

Look up at the sky and appreciate its beauty

Self care activities for your home

Self care activities for your home aim to create a safe, happy space where you can really enjoy your life. Coming home should be a blessing, not a burden!

These self care activities are about making time for decluttering, simplifying and nesting. By doing this, you create a space that you love coming home to every evening and where you love spending weekends laughing and living.

Here’s the list of self care activities for your home:

Buy a pretty bunch of flowers

Pick a pretty bunch of flowers

Print out some self care quotes and hang them where you can see them

Plan a fun DIY project around the house

Plant some herbs

Start a vegetable garden

Try some of these free upcycle garden ideas from the Botanical Gardens

Declutter your wardrobe

Declutter a shelf or drawer

Start recycling

Get a donations bin and try to fill it as often as possible

Clean out the fridge

Create a morning routine

Create an evening routine

Make an easy-to-follow cleaning checklist

Spring clean / deep clean an area or room

Clean out your handbag

Burn some pretty candles that make your home smell wonderful

Change the light bulbs in your home from bright white to warm whites and yellows

Buy soft cushions and blankets to cuddle in front of the TV

Put up photos of your loved ones

Find design inspiration on Pinterest and recreate it at home

Revamp and old piece of furniture

Get spare keys made and store a set in a key lock outside so you never get locked out

Get the car washed and vacuumed

Get a new bed spread or update your ornaments

Go through your medicine cabinet and throw away expired items and restock it with everything you might need such as pain killers, cold and flu meds, bandages, antiseptic cream

Self care activities for your finances

Self care activities for your finances aim to create a safe, happy space for your money.

These self care activities are about cutting out unnecessary spending, saving and investing money for financial freedom, and being on top of things for your own peace of mind.

Here’s the list of self care activities for your finances:

Start this easy money saving challenge

Get yourself out of debt once and for all with this debt snowball method

Find out how to make extra money from a side hustle

Set up a budget

Spend less than you earn

Stop buying things you don’t need

Cancel subscriptions you don’t need

Find free or cheap things to do for fun

Get your taxes up to date

Register the business you’ve always wanted to start

Get advice on where to invest your money for compound interest

Sell things that you no longer need, use or want

Take a course to learn new skills and ask for a promotion

Find a better-paying job

Get a job you enjoy

Read books that teach you about money, such as Rich Dad Poor Dad

Put a plan in place for retirement

Speak to your partner and work together to get your finances in order

Take out insurance in case you have health issues or get laid off

Get your will in order

Check your credit score

When you do buy something, take time to really enjoy it and appreciate it

Self care activities for your social well-being and awareness

Self care activities for your social side aim to get you spending time with others, appreciating the social aspects of life, and caring for the wonderful world we live in. We are social beings, after all. Even though some of us like socializing more than others.

Here’s the list of self care activities for your social well-being:

Call a friend

Call a family member

Tell your partner you love them

Smile at a stranger

Ask someone how they’re doing – and really listen to their answer

Ask yourself how you’re doing – and really listen to your answer

Invite friends over

Make plans to visit friends

Post something positive on social media

Follow people who inspire you on social media

Learn a good joke and share it with others

Pick up any litter you see lying around

Volunteer for a cause you care about

Ask people to share their points of view and listen to them

Buy something fun on a coupon site like Groupon – then try it

Join a social group

Join a conversational group, where people practice speaking a language

Join a sports group

Go to the company social events and make a point of enjoying them

Go to a conference

Sign up for a class, such as art classes

Keep your head up and don’t be afraid to make eye contact as you walk around

Smile as much as you can

Ask people for advice to start a conversation

Ask others about themselves

Ask questions that get people talking, like ‘Where are you from?’

Donate blood

Become an organ donor

Donate clothes and household items you no longer want or need

Teach someone something

Practice changing the way you talk to yourself – be nice to yourself

Practice changing the way you talk about yourself to others – never put yourself down

Self care activities for your work success

Self care activities for your work success aim to enhance your overall enjoyment, fulfillment and success at work, no matter what you do for a living.

These activities are about thriving at work, whether you work in an office, on the road, or for yourself.

Here’s the list of self care activities for your work success:

Create a vision board of what you want

Decide if you’re lucky enough to have chosen the wrong career

Listen to podcasts that teach you skills for work and success

Set some goals for the year

Clean your desktop

Clean your desk

Empty your inbox

Take a course and learn new skills

Study something you’ve always wanted to do

Start a side hustle

Register the business you’ve always wanted to start

Have a chat with your manager about your strengths and what you need to work on

Don’t work overtime – you need time for other areas in your life

Book leave for a vacation or road trip

Update your CV

Apply for jobs that you’re very interested in and see what happens

Move closer to work if the commute is a problem

Learn how to time block for productivity

Automate as many tasks as possible

If you work for yourself, hire help if you need to

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FAQs about self care activities

What are some self care activities?

There are hundreds of self care activities to help you thrive in every area of your life. Some are as simple as drinking a cup of coffee, giving yourself a manicure, or calling a friend. Others help you set goals, learn new skills, or spend time in nature.

How do I write a self care routine?

Choose two areas from the self care wheel where you feel unhappy. Block time out in your diary to work on these areas – this should be at least once a week but try for more often than that. Then do self care activities to find happiness in those areas. Once these areas are more balanced and you feel happier, choose another two areas to work on and continue with the routine for self care activities in your diary.

What’s your self care routine?

My self care routine is all about consistency. I consistently check in with each area of the self care wheel to ensure that I’m balancing things and giving attention to each area of my life. I block out me time at least once a week to spend time on things I love and that make me feel good.

Conclusion

Self care activities can be quick and easy to do. Choose two areas from the self care wheel that you need to work on, then try some self care activities from the lists to lead a happier, healthier and more balanced lifestyle.

If you’re looking for inspirational self care quotes, you’ll find over 100 here that are also broken into the self care wheel areas.

If you think you might be burnt out, then check out the symptoms and recovery from burnout article here.

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