60 things to do for balanced self-care

60 things to do for balanced self-care

All too often we can get caught up in ‘being busy’ as we are metaphorically hung, drawn, and quartered by society’s pressures and ideals. The world is a wild place to be in, and the best way to cope is to have and use self-care strategies for when we need to we can withdraw, switch off, or just change gears a little.

It’s not only the kindest thing we can do for ourselves, but it’s also VITAL for our health.

Being kind to yourself = better health and wellbeing.

To help get you started, here is our list of 60 things to do for balanced self-care:

  1. Batch cook food for the next week
  2. Book a mini break or day trip
  3. Build a fort and play make-believe for an afternoon
  4. Celebrate a small achievement
  5. Chose tomorrow’s outfit before going to bed
  6. Create a cleaning schedule
  7. Create a scrapbook of your last adventure
  8. Cuddle a pet
  9. Declutter the home. Donate what is still usable to a charity shop
  10. Declutter your workspace
  11. Do a mindless chore or errand mindfully
  12. Do some colouring in
  13. Do something new
  14. Drink your favourite drink
  15. Drop off some tins or treats to a local food bank
  16. Eat seasonal fruit
  17. Enjoy a big breakfast
  18. Enjoy a parkrun
  19. Enjoy some live music
  20. Get creative (you can find ideas on Pinterest and Google)
  21. Give yourself a heartfelt compliment every day
  22. Go dancing
  23. Go for a walk
  24. Go foraging and make something with your finds
  25. Go to bed early
  26. Host a charity fundraiser
  27. Invite close friends over for a catch up
  28. Learn a new language
  29. Listen to restful music
  30. Make some homemade cleaning solutions like toilet bombs!
  31. Make your favourite meal to start the weekend off
  32. Organise a big night in with friends
  33. Organise a homemade spa day
  34. Practice a short meditation
  35. Print out your favourite photos to frame or place in an album
  36. Read a book for pleasure for a few hours
  37. Respond out loud to every negative thought with a positive one
  38. Review your finances and set a realistic plan
  39. Say no when you feel overwhelmed (learn the skill of negotiation if you simply cannot say no)
  40. Send thank you cards to friends/family
  41. Sing
  42. Spend 10 minutes a day outside (in the sunshine is best)
  43. Spend 10-20 minutes a day cleaning your home
  44. Spend some time in a garden/woodland/park
  45. Start the day with a positive affirmation (use the bathroom mirror while brushing your teeth to talk to yourself)
  46. Take a digital detox for 24 hours
  47. Take a duvet day to watch your favourite boxset/films
  48. Take a relaxation class such as Body Balance/Yoga/Pilates
  49. Take a walk while listing all the things you are grateful for on every second step (a gratitude walk)
  50. Take an intense gym class
  51. Treat yourself to a favourite sweet/dessert
  52. Treat yourself to one indulgence every pay day
  53. Try a new food
  54. Visit a local nature reserve
  55. Visit a museum or art gallery – learn something
  56. Volunteer for a cause that means something to you
  57. Wear clothes that make you feel good (book a bra fitting to make sure you are as comfortable as possible)
  58. Write a letter to someone you love
  59. Write a letter to yourself
  60. Write a list of priorities for the next month

Self-care is about finding a balance for having fun and getting organised, makes the most of the time you have each day and lowering feelings of stress, anxiety or depression. Hopefully this list has given you some ideas to get started. Add to the list in the comments below with your top tips.

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