The Ultimate Self-Care List for Everyone

Self-care is something that many of us don’t do enough of. I’ll admit that I have been slacking in the self-care department recently. I am going to work on that and now that this mega-list of ideas and activities is out there, I am hoping you can also work on your self-care.

Not every activity or idea is going to be for everyone. Pick and choose what you want. You do not have to do them all.

  • Watch your favorite movie
  • Go for a walk without your phone
  • Turn off your phone for a few hours
  • Take a bath or bubble bath
  • Do something you’ve always wanted to do for the first time
  • Read a good book
  • Take a nap
  • Get into some comfy clothes
  • Binge watch your favorite show on Netflix
  • Spend time with a friend or family member
  • Write down a list of things you are thankful for
  • Take time to be alone, away from other people
  • List 10 things you are grateful for
  • Unfollow negative people on social media
  • Write in a journal
  • Color in a coloring book
  • Play a board game
  • Get a mani/pedi
  • Go braless!
  • Call someone and check in
  • Create positive affirmations for yourself
  • Write yourself a love letter
  • Do something you love
  • Listen to music
  • Buy yourself something
  • Write a thank you letter or note to someone
  • Do some deep breathing
  • Write down 5 things you love about yourself
  • De-clutter something
  • Buy yourself flowers
  • Take a class for fun
  • Do a fun craft
  • Set up a boundary list for people in your life
  • Plan a mini staycation
  • Create a self-love jar or box
  • Go on a date – either with yourself or someone else
  • Watch the sunset or sunrise
  • Write down some things you have learned about yourself the past year
  • Plan a movie night
  • Sleep in on the weekend
  • Organize your closet
  • Try a new recipe
  • Do something that you’ve been putting off for a while
  • Slow down and be present
  • Treat yourself to your favorite dessert
  • Go to a museum
  • Watch a stand-up comedy show
  • Make a playlist of your favorite songs at the moment
  • Go to your favorite coffee shop and get your favorite kind
  • Spend some time in the sun
  • Get your hair done
  • Play with a pet (obviously if you have one)
  • Have a spa day
  • Play a sport
  • Go to a sporting event
  • Go for a long drive
  • Paint something
  • Bake something
  • Shop for a new outfit
  • Engage in a complete random act of kindness
  • Get a massage
  • Order your favorite takeout food
  • Go swimming
  • Write a poem
  • Watch the stars at night
  • Go to the library
  • Go to the park
  • Ride a bike
  • Read a self-improvement book
  • Listen to a new podcast
  • Create a bucket list
  • Visit somewhere new, anywhere!
  • Read inspirational quotes
  • Complete a simple reflection of your life
  • Unplug from social media
  • Make future plans for an event or something you’re excited about
  • Do yoga
  • No feeling guilty for turning down plans
  • Remind yourself that this too shall pass
  • Visit your favorite place around you
  • Identify and write down activities and things that you enjoy
  • Do not force yourself to do anything you don’t want to do
  • Take a day off of work if you need to
  • Go on a hike
  • Start a home improvement project
  • Do breathing exercises
  • Take a new fitness class
  • Go to see live music
  • Have a picnic
  • Say no to something
  • Go dancing!
  • Participate in guided meditation
  • Browse a bookstore
  • Go out and get some ice cream
  • Try a new craft beer
  • Volunteer at a place by you
  • Take a long shower
  • Look at pictures and reminisce about the good memories
  • Visit a winery
  • Buy a small gift for someone
  • Make a list of what makes you happy
  • Burn your favorite scented candle
  • Go to the beach
  • Pick a guilty pleasure and indulge it every so often
  • Visit an art gallery
  • Close your eyes for 5-10 minutes
  • Get dressed up for no reason
  • Take a walk in the forest
  • Give yourself a pep talk
  • Make a present for a friend
  • Make funny faces
  • Run outside when it’s raining
  • Re-purpose some old clothes
  • Set a realistic challenge for yourself for the next day
  • Rearrange some furniture
  • Have a candlelit dinner
  • Put your feet up for a night
  • Organize your workspace
  • Start a spare piggy pank
  • Be mindful of current feelings and emotions
  • Create a new Pinterest board
  • Sell some second hand stuff online
  • Pop some bubble wrap
  • Literally stop and smell the flowers
  • End a toxic relationship
  • Hire/get a life coach
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Drive around and sing in the car
  • Say “I love you” to yourself in the mirror
  • Forgive yourself
  • Give yourself permission to do absolutely nothing
  • Have a good cry (we all need a good cry every once in a while)
  • Play with stickers
  • Get your favorite stuffed animal or cuddle buddy and snuggle
  • Read some pick me up blogs
  • Write or type a short story
  • Do a crossword puzzle or some other puzzle type game
  • Start a blog
  • Cancel some subscriptions you are no longer using
  • Make a list of at least 10 things you want to do by the time the year is over
  • Take some pictures of anything your heart desires
  • Say “fuck it” to anything that is not contributing to your self-care
  • Watch funny videos on YouTube
  • Look at funny memes
  • Get a personal growth tarot reading
  • Get your groceries delivered
  • Eat cake for breakfast
  • Diffuse essential oils
  • Go through a stretching routine
  • Go on a retreat
  • Replace every negative thought with a positive one
  • Go to the ballet, theatre or comedy show
  • Celebrate a small achievement
  • Host a charity or something related fundraiser
  • Slow down
  • Go to a petting zoo or farm

There you have it ladies and gentleman! These are activities that should be recurrent whether it’s once a month or once a week. Some of the ideas and activities more than others, obviously. I truly believe that if you engage in just a little self-care, your overall mood and happiness will increase. I’m willing to try any challenges readers may have or if they just need someone to check in with!

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5 Songs For When You Need to Reclaim Your Strength

I don’t ever know the right things to say to others nor do I always know how to describe what I am feeling or thinking. Music is there for me in those times. Lyrics help me feel not so alone and that someone else gets me.

If you’re struggling with something right now, listen to these songs. They’re motivating, relatable and have the power to give you the strength you need to get through shit.

1. Eminem – Beautiful Pain

This is probably one of the most beautiful and well thought out song I’ve ever heard. The overall message the song sends is uplifting, hopeful, encouraging and motivating.

“Never looking back, may hit the curb, but everyday is a new learning curve, as you steer through life, sometimes you might not wanna swerve but you have to, to avert a disaster, lucky no permanent damage,”.

We all go through rough times in our lives and I think it’s important to remember that everything we experience is an opportunity to learn, change and grow as a person. He’s basically saying that there everyday we are alive is a learning experience, even when the outcome is not what we hoped, wanted or planned.

2. Demi Lovato – Warrior

In the beginning of the song, she talks about someone stealing the light inside of her and how she’s confused and ashamed. By the end of the song, she’s a warrior with thicker skin. She’s a warrior with protection made of steel so this person can’t hurt her again.

“Now I’m taking back my life today. Nothing left that you can say. Cause you are never gonna take the blame anyway,”.

She takes a stand for her life and vows to do everything in her power to not let that person hurt her ever again. And that person won’t be able to hurt her again because she is now a warrior.

3. Shinedown – For My Sake

This song is simply amazing. It’s pretty straightforward and to the point. He is saying that he’s done being unappreciated and treated poorly. He’s taking a stand for himself and telling that person there’s nothing left between them and will not look back, for his sake.

“I’m taking you on, I’m calling you out, there’s nothing left for us here now, let’s be honest, I promise, I’m never looking back. For my sake. For my sake,”.

He is calling someone out on the way that person treated him or lied to him or both. He’s taking a stand for himself. He is calling it quits with this person because all this person is doing is hindering his ability to progress in his life.

4. Shinedown – How Did You Love

Do you ever think about what you leave behind when you die? How did you treat people? How will people remember you? The song is about how you lived your life from the time you were born to the time you die. It really makes you think about what you’ve done and what you can do in the present moment.

“How we forget ourselves, lose our way from the cradle to the grave. You can replicate or duplicate, gotta find your own way. This ain’t no cross to bury. We are the judge and jury. We are the judge and jury,”.

You don’t get a say in how people think about you. You don’t get to judge your own life after you’re gone. The judge and jury are those who knew you and the person you were. You do have a say in how you live your life right now. So, are you going to strive to be a better person each day or are you going to be hateful or negative? You get to decide that now, while you’re alive.

5. Kesha – Learn To Let It Go

The title of the song pretty much explains what she is saying. She’s expressing the importance of the past but to not allow your past to define who you are today. We’ve all been through our fair share of shitty experiences but the song relays the message that holding on to the past and resentments we hold are poisonous and restrict us from growing and moving on.

“Life ain’t always fair, but hell is living in resentment. Choose redemption. Your happy ending’s up to you,”.

You can either live in hell with your resentments and anger toward past situations or people that were in your life or you can save yourself and be happy by letting it go. The choice is yours.

6. Kesha – Praying

This is my current theme song for those who put me through hell. The message is about finding peace in rather hopeless moments. It’s also about forgiving those who have wronged you as a way to free yourself, grow as a person and build your strength.

“I had to learn how to fight for myself. And we both know all the truth I could tell. I’ll just say this is I wish you farewell. I hope you’re somewhere, praying. Praying. I hope your soul is changing. Changing. I hope you find your peace. Fallin’ on your knees, praying,”.

The song paints a picture of forgiving rather than hating. Even though there is information she could use against another, she just wishes him farewell and hopes the person is changing their ways. That is what forgiveness is all about.

There are so many songs and lyrics that help during rough times but these 5 I couldn’t get through things without. Music and lyrics mean everything to me and I listen very carefully for the meaning. Lyrics are there for times when we’re speechless or don’t know how to word things.