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90 Ways To Practice Self Care

Self care is the actions and practices in which we engage with to enhance and protect our health and well-being. Self care is about finding something which you can carry out on a regular basis to reduce stress and help you relax and unwind from the daily pressures of life. There are countless ways to introduce self care into your life which can be looked at through the five different dimensions of self-care.

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The five dimensions of self care

The five dimensions of self care include physical, emotional, mental spiritual and social. By introducing self care ideas from each dimension you will be nourishing every aspect of your life. Let’s take a closer look into these five aspects of self care and examples of each one.


Physical self care is simply anything related to your body. Do you exercise regularly? Are you getting enough sleep? Are you eating enough nourishing and healthy food? How do your muscles feel, do you need to stretch or have a massage? How about our wardrobe, are you wearing clothes which make you feel confident and comfortable?

  1. Stretch
  2. Go for a run
  3. Go for a swim
  4. Get a body massage
  5. Go to a workout class
  6. Reduce alcohol intake
  7. Wear comfortable clothes
  8. Get a pedicure/manicure
  9. Make a healthy diet change
  10. Sing like no one’s listening
  11. Try a new workout at home
  12. Dance like no one’s watching
  13. Eat nourishing/healthy foods
  14. Go for a walk without your phone
  15. Take a long warm bath or shower
  16. Relax and unwind with essential oils
  17. Enjoy a piece of chocolate or a glass of wine
  18. Relax in a spa and book a treatment or two!
  19. Retail therapy (brighten up your wardrobe)
  20. Get some sun, if possible! (avoid sunbeds and wear SPF)


Emotional self care is being aware of and nurturing your feelings. How does your schedule look, are you taking on too much work? Do you spend too much time around negative influences? When was the last time you did something you loved?

  1. Journaling
  2. See a therapist
  3. Laugh out loud
  4. Listen to music
  5. Have a media detox
  6. Start saying “no” more
  7. Create a gratitude list
  8. Watch a film you love
  9. Simplify your schedule
  10. Make sometime for yourself
  11. Write a letter to your older self
  12. Write a letter to your younger self
  13. Everyday find five beautiful things
  14. Forgive others and forgive yourself
  15. Smile more (even to yourself in a mirror)
  16. De-clutter your house/bedroom/car/office
  17. Create a photo album of your cherished memories
  18. Write down the things you love about yourself (10 minimum!)
  19. Write or say positive affirmations (try creating affirmation cards)
  20. Shield yourself from negativity (unfriend negative influences on social media)


Mental self care is finding something which encourages intellectual and creative stimulation. The activities resemble those which we did as children, such as drawing, writing and designing. How much do you use your imagination? Are you depriving your inner child from such activities?

  1. Puzzles
  2. Drawing
  3. Reading
  4. Knitting
  5. Gardening
  6. Building/DIY
  7. Write a “to-do” list
  8. Take photographs
  9. Take or teach a class
  10. Create a dream board
  11. Learn a new language
  12. Going on a nature walk
  13. Join or start a book club
  14. Design/create something
  15. Create a morning routine
  16. Create a night time routine
  17. Do something out of your comfort zone
  18. Colouring
  19. Write a bucket list (what do you want to accomplish?)
  20. Write a reserve bucket list (what have you accomplished so far)


Spiritual self care is your relationship and recognition with something much bigger than yourself. Generally it’s thought to be the same as religious and spiritual beliefs yet this is just one way of practising and expressing spiritual self care.

  1. Pray
  2. Yoga
  3. Meditation
  4. Volunteering
  5. Giving to charity
  6. Light scented candles
  7. Going on a nature walk
  8. Helping those less fortunate
  9. Attending a religious service
  10. Contemplate (review/question an event with your mind and heart)


Social self care is your engagement with other people. Everyone needs social interaction, no matter how much of an introvert you are. It’s about finding the amount of connection which is right for you. Do you feel bad for not seeing your friends more often? Do you crave some quality time with a relative?

  1. Family day out
  2. Go to the cinema
  3. Plan a dinner date
  4. Connect with a friend
  5. Call a friend or relative
  6. Visit your grandparents
  7. Tell someone you love them
  8. Spend time with your family
  9. Give someone a compliment
  10. Hug someone you care about
  11. Have a picnic with friends/family
  12. Spend quality time with your love
  13. Spend quality time with a parents
  14. Re-establish contact with an old friend
  15. Join a friend at a workout class or for a run
  16. Lunch with a colleague on your work break
  17. Working at a coffee shop instead of at home
  18. Tell someone what you appreciate about them
  19. Have a girly night in (pamper, takeaway, chick flicks, perfect!)
  20. Send a care package to someone (who doesn’t love random surprises?)

What are your favourite self-care ideas? Comment below!

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The Comments

  • Aleksandra

    Spending time with the one’s I love is something I often neglect but is so so so important.

  • Rae

    I love this post! I work with people with anxiety and depression and we often make lists of coping strategies and self-care. I love that this list has so many ideas in one place! I’ll be sharing this post with my clients πŸ™‚

    Mindful Rambles

    • Those Positive Thoughts
      > Rae

      Thanks, I’m glad you like it and I’m so happy that it will benefit the people who you work with πŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting

  • Carrie

    I love this. I need to do more of this, and as a working mom, a lot of times we push ourselves aside in favor of our families. It’s so important to take care of ourselves, because that means that we will be our best. I need to take a lot of these to heart and make sure I do these.

  • Nadine

    This was such a good read and put things into perspective,
    I would love if you read my current blog post about my self-care ideas and how I get motivated.

    • Those Positive Thoughts
      > Nadine

      Hi Nadine, aww thank you! I’m so glad you liked it. I’ve been over to your blog and I love your post about self-care, I’ve left you a comment too x

  • Meagan

    I LOVE that you broke these self-care ideas into categories! It makes it super helpful in hitting all areas of self-care. I’m definitely lacking in the physical self-care department, so your ideas are a big help! Thank you!

  • Ian

    These are so great and I love how you split it up into different categories. I actually got an adult coloring book for a gift and still have not used it.

    • Those Positive Thoughts
      > Ian

      Thank you, I’m glad you like it! You should definitely use your colouring book soon πŸ˜€

  • Misha

    Simply wow…
    Reading it made me feel so sorted already…thnx a ton

  • Helen Hayden

    Thank you, as someone who is in danger of burn out I found this very useful especially at this time when I can’t hug people. What was affirming was that I had done 3 of the social ones this evening ❀️