40 Self-Care Ideas for Coping With Life





Self-care should be a lifestyle and not only when you’re overwhelmed and stressed out. We can get busy, especially on weekdays, but whenever you have some time, make sure you care for yourself. Below are a few ideas of self-care activities to inspire you. 




1. Write down your thoughts. So you can give your brain a break from overthinking.

2. Avoid toxic people.

3. Say « NO » more often

4. Take a nap without an alarm clock.




5. Never complain about anything. If you like something say you like it, if you don’t, just move on to something else and don’t think about it

6. Take another route to work, or do a routine differently.

7. Learn how to make a budget and keep track of your money.

8. DIY or fix something around the house. Engage your hands.





9. Declutter and donate what you don’t need.

Related: 75 Things You Should Get Rid Of Immediately

10. Drink more water.

11. Read a book for 20 minutes every day. (See 12 Simple Tricks To Turn You Into An Avid Reader)

12. Reward yourself for completing small tasks.

13. Fill your room or desk with inspirational and motivational material.


(Check these 21 Quotes In Pictures That Will Inspire You To Change Your Life)




14. Use online tutorials to learn a new skill (i.e., cutting your own hair, DIY…).

15. Listen to a podcast about a topic that interests you, but you have yet to explore.

16. Learn the basics of a new language.

17. Unsubscribe from email lists and unfollow on social media.

18. Write a review of a business (restaurant, shop…) you like or a positive comment on someone’s social media. Spread some positivity. It's contagious.

19. Develop a relaxing evening ritual. Take a bath and put on a face mask.

20. Make your bed. Big accomplishments start with small ones like making your bed.







21. Attend a support group.

22. Listen to audiobooks while driving.

23. Forgive others who have hurt you in the past.

24. Start your day with gratitude.




25. Smile at yourself in the mirror and say from your heart « I love you ».

26. Recite some positive affirmations.

Related: 40 Powerful Affirmations That Will Change Your Life

27. Give and help others. See how good it feels to help others without expecting reciprocation.

28. Tell your pet all of your darkest secrets. Your pet's nonchalance will remind you that you’re going to be okay.




29. Need someone to listen? Use 7cups of tea. It’ll provide you with trained listeners who are willing to lend you a caring ear.

30. Unfollow or mute toxic “friends” in your social media feeds.

31. Clear up your work area. 




32. Do some stretching exercises. It’s especially beneficial for chronic low back pain.

33. Breathe deeply.

34. Get a massage.

35. Go out and spend 10 minutes under the sun.

36. Go for a bike ride to nowhere in particular.




37. Go to bed early.

38. Take the stairs whenever you can.

39. Go on a two-day holiday for the weekend.

40. Take yourself on a date like going out to see a movie. (Check these Best 10 Dates To Take Yourself On When You are Single)










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