Self-Care: What it is & How to Practice it


How to practice self-care is different for each person and can be different from day to day.  An act of self-care for one person could actually be triggering for someone else. The important part is to find a balance of activities that work for you.

Here are some ideas on ways to get started, and don’t forget that you can also combine these activities. 

Build a Healthy Foundation

1. Get enough sleep and do your best to keep a consistent sleep schedule

2. Eat a balanced diet and include fruits and vegetables

3. Remember to drink enough water

Avoid Stress

4. Avoid triggers

5. Take breaks from your computer, phone, or social media

6. Learn to say no: it’s ok to say no if you don’t want or aren’t able to do something at the moment. Taking on too many commitments can put extra pressure on yourself and cause more stress.

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7. Wash your face, take a shower if you can

8. Put on clean, comfortable clothes

9. Eat something and drink water if you’re able to make your favorite snack or order takeout

10. Read, watch your favorite shows or movies, and try not to feel guilty about not being productive


11. Play Sudoku or other puzzle games

12. Listen to music

13. Use scented candles or diffuse essential oils

14. Meditate

15. Take a bubble bath or shower and use your favorite shampoo/conditioner, body wash, and lotion

16. Read a book

Get Active

20. Do some simple stretches to get your blood moving

21. Go for a walk

22. Go to a yoga class or try yoga videos at home, try other fitness classes like water aerobics or kickboxing, dance

23. Join a community sports team like softball, basketball or kickball

Get Outside

24. Go for a short walk or hike

25. Ride your bike, skateboard, or rollerblade

26. Have lunch in the park

27. Go to the beach

Social Activities

28. Have dinner or coffee with friends

29. Text, call, or Skype with a friend

30. Join an online community to connect with others

31. Go to a movie with a friend

32. Visit with your family

33. Play board games with friends or family

Creative Outlets

34. Drawing

35. Writing

36. Adult coloring books

37. Painting

38. Try a DIY (Do It Yourself) project

39. Cooking/Baking

40. Work on anything that inspires you

Treat Yourself

41. Get a manicure or pedicure

42. Give yourself a manicure or have your friend give you one

43. Get a massage

44. Buy something small for yourself

45. Eat your favorite meal or dessert