There is no right or wrong way to engage in self care. Self care is about making time for ourselves and tending to our needs. It helps us resource ourselves during difficult times. It can be preventive, helping keep us in a positive space. It can help us grow even when things are going well. This is a list of ideas, some that cost money and take time (which may limit some of us doing some of them), but many are low-cost or free and only take a few minutes. Also, many can be added. The most important thing is to think about what works for you and to carve out space regularly for yourself.

Emotional Self Care

  • Ask for a hug
  • Listen to music
  • Talk with a friend
  • Do deep breathing exercises
  • Burn essential oils
  • Cry
  • Go for a walk/exercise
  • Look at old photos
  • Express yourself (eg. journal/write/paint)
  • Smile
  • Drink tea
  • Light some candles
  • Sit outside in the sun
  • Go for a walk in the rain

Spiritual Self Care

  • Share thoughts/feelings with trusted friends and family
  • Make personal space for self care (at least 20 mins a day)
  • Go to Temple/Mosque/Synagogue/Church/Serene place
  • Pray/Smudge/Engage in positive rituals • Do something nice for others
  • Meditate
  • Star gaze
  • Try to meet new friends
  • Play with pets
  • Listen to music
  • Connect with nature (eg. go camping or hiking, visit a park or garden

Mental Self Care

  • Learn a new hobby (eg. play a new instrument, learn salsa, etc.)
  • Make crafts (eg. make magnets, make candles,beading,knitting, carving, embroidery, make cards, make a zine, make your own t-shirt/clothes, etc.)
  • Balance negative thoughts with positive thoughts • Study a new language
  • Join a club (eg. sports, photography, pottery, jogging)
  • Talk with a friend
  • Make a puzzle
  • Read
  • Journal, write a short story or poetry
  • Paint
  • Watch a movie/documentary
  • Think of an accomplishment you are proud of
  • Daydream

Physical Self Care

  • Have a warm bath
  • Go for a walk/exercise/do yoga/stretch
  • Go sledding/skating/skiing
  • Get enough quality sleep/naps
  • Do grounding/breathing/visualization relaxation exercises
  • Explore a new place in the city (eg. a new part of town, festival, market)
  • Create a project (eg. rearrange/redecorate your bedroom
  • Garden/care for plants
  • Bake/cook – learn a new recipe
  • Pamper yourself (eg. get a haircut, paint nails, give yourself a facial, put nice lotion on your skin, soak feet)
  • Go dancing or learn different types of dancing
  • Go bowling
  • Drink Tea

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