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150+ Self-Care Ideas & Resources to Nourish, Nurture and Energise You

by Alex Phillips August 02, 2018

150+ Self-Care Ideas & Resources to Nourish, Nurture and Energise You

OUR DEFINITION OF SELF-CARE 

Self-care is about consciously enhancing your wellbeing and overall quality of life. It’s about listening intently to what your body needs and adopting mindful habits, routines and rituals that nourish, nurture and energise you inside and out.

THE BUSY BADGE OF HONOUR 

The concept of self-care gets thrown around alot, but it’s so much more than a trending buzzword.

It’s a prescription for cultivating stamina and boosting self-awareness, two fundamental pieces that contribute to our quality of life.

The unfortunate thing is, many of us are quick to neglect ourselves in favour of wearing the busy badge of honour.

We find ourselves completing yet another task on our to-do list and saying yes to more commitments than our tired minds can manage, instead of taking the timeout we promised ourselves last week.

Then, we proceed to complain about our severe lack oftime.

And the vicious cycle continues until our bodies begin screaming at us and surrendering is no longer a choice we get to make.

We didn’t hear the whispers so now we must pay the painful price of neglect.

The brakes have been slammed against our will as our bodies slowly attempt to repair the damage.

I’m not just painting a picture of burnout.

I’m speaking from personal experience. It’s ugly and debilitating and I’m sure many of you can relate.  

If you’ve had to learn this lesson more than once, you are not alone.

I’ve been there more times than I’m proud of.

As Aubrey Marcus says, it’s like being back in the same prison cell with all the keys. Accurate.

You already know that feeling at the top of your physical and mental game and living a life that truly fulfills you begins with a pledge to put yourself first.

I know, It’s easier said than done.

THE PLEDGE TO STAY WELL 

It’s a journey and a constant work in progress, but we need to begin somewhere. We can begin by recognising that it’s a priority, not a luxury, to proactively look after our minds and bodies.

What works for you may not work for me and vice versa.

Ultimately, it’s about listening intently to what your body needs, being open to change and adapting your routines, rituals and habits accordingly.

You can use the following 150+ practical self-care ideas as inspiration to curate a personalised menu of self-care rituals which you can put into practise inside and outside your natural habitat.

There are three sections: Mind, Body and Soul. Each section has been subdivided into three categories: 10 minutes or less, 30 minutes or less and 60 minutes or more.

If you’re after resources (articles, blogs, videos, podcast episodes, free apps) for the ideas mentioned below, download our Pledge To Stay Well Ebook and put yourself at the very top of your to-do list.

Happy self-caring!

 


  1. Practise mindful meditation
  2. Practise controlled breathing
  3. Practise yoga
  4. Practise gratitude
  5. Listen to uplifting music
  6. Power pose
  7. Do a mindful body scan
  8. Take a cold shower
  9. Make your bed
  10. Chant Om
  11. Write morning pages
  12. Leave yourself a loving post it note
  13. Feel your emotions
  14. Practise positive self-talk
  15. Practise saying no to things that don’t serve you
  16. Let go of negative thoughts
  17. Sing along to your favourite songs
  18. Practise mindful colouring
  19. Try aromatherapy
  20. Get some sunshine
  21. Play on a swing
  22. Watch the clouds
  23. Go for a mindful walk
  24. Listen to nature sounds
  25. Watch the waves crash
  26. Take a walk along the beach
  27. Create a folder or album of photos, videos and screenshots that make you happy
  28. Keep a minimum number of tabs open on your laptop
  29. Remove apps you don’t use
  30. Celebrate your milestones
  31. Reflect on your day
  32. Plan your day the night before
  33. Try a guided sleep meditation

  1. Watch an inspiring TED talk
  2. Create a bucket list
  3. Set a goal that aligns with your values
  4. Set smaller process goals
  5. Practise self-reflection
  6. Create a personal mission statement
  7. Write a letter to your future self
  8. Perform an 80/20 analysis
  9. Clean out your email inbox
  10. Clean up your desktop
  11. Tidy up your workspace
  12. Practise emotional freedom techniques
  13. Play an instrument


  1. Watch your favourite movie
  2. Create a self-care kit
  3. Commit to building a new healthy habit
  4. Drop a habit that doesn’t serve you
  5. Read a self-development book
  6. Learn a language
  7. Watch a documentary
  8. Learn about a topic that interests you
  9. Learn a new skill
  10. Listen to a soothing podcast
  11. Turn off notifications for the day
  12. Do a social media detox
  13. Do a digital detox
  14. Practise fear-setting (Tim Ferriss)
  15. Face one of your fears
  16. Take a pottery class
  17. Paint
  18. Draw
  19. Bake a healthy treat
  20. Plan a holiday or something to look forward to
  21. Ask for help
  22. Join a support group
  23. See a therapist
  24. Try flotation therapy
  25. Play board games
  26. Go camping


  1. Stretch your body
  2. Dance
  3. Do a kettlebell workout
  4. Do a 10 minute full body workout
  5. Skip to music
  6. Get your heart rate up
  7. Self-massage
  8. Make a clean smoothie
  9. Sip on a cup of tea
  10. Drink more water
  11. Try oil pulling
  12. Practise dry brushing
  13. Moisturise
  14. Enjoy a sauna session
  15. Practise earthing
  16. Try cryotherapy

  1. Take an epsom salt bath
  2. Plan your meals in advance
  3. Cook a nourishing meal
  4. Practise mindful eating
  5. Go for a nature walk
  6. Practise tai chi
  7. Swim laps
  8. Go for a run


  1. Sleep
  2. Make kombucha
  3. Bake healthy treats
  4. Go for a hike
  5. Go for a scenic bike ride
  6. Get a massage
  7. Practise pilates
  8. Get a health check
  9. Practise martial arts
  10. Take a boxing class
  11. Play team sports
  12. Start crossfit
  13. Play tennis
  14. Go rock climbing
  15. Visit the Hot Springs

  1. Watch the sunrise or sunset
  2. Hug someone you love
  3. Recite a mantra or affirmation
  4. Read real life uplifting stories and life lessons
  5. Start a jar of awesome
  6. Make a list of all the things you love about yourself
  7. Reflect on your accomplishments
  8. Call a friend or loved one
  9. Gaze at the stars
  10. Pray
  11. Read poetry
  12. Pay it forward
  13. Perform a random act of kindness
  14. Donate to a charity
  15. Step out of your comfort zone
  16. Laugh out loud

  1. Have an honest conversation with a friend
  2. Plant something
  3. Play with animals
  4. Define or revisit your core values
  5. Reconnect with old friends

  1. Read fiction
  2. Read an inspiring book
  3. Start or resume your passion project
  4. Start a DIY project
  5. Create a vision board
  6. Perform a life audit
  7. Create a Dreamline (The 4 Hour Work Week)
  8. Start the conversation about mental health
  9. Exit toxic relationships
  10. Attend social events
  11. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  12. Go to a comedy show
  13. Go to a gig
  14. Visit a museum or art gallery
  15. Practise forgiveness
  16. Forgive yourself
  17. Practise self-acceptance and letting go
  18. Try crystal healing
  19. Learn about the 7 chakras
  20. Spend some quality time with friends and family


We know that sifting through the sheer volume of content to find a decent article in the self-care department can be a tad overwhelming, not to mention time-consuming. As a result, those grand intentions to put yourself first can very easily wither away.

This year, we made it our mission to conduct the preliminary research for you, so that you can spend less time in rabbit holes and more time self-caring.

For specific articles, videos, podcasts, blogs and free apps related to the ideas listed above, download our free ebook using the button in the right corner.

 

Alex Phillips
Alex Phillips

Alex is the Co-Founder of Saint Belford and a strong mental health advocate. You'll often find her on the yoga mat, rummaging around the kitchen contemplating her next meal or planning her next world adventure.