100 Ways to Add Self Care Into Your Everyday

Whether it’s the holidays or any other day of the year, every day life can be stressful. We all juggle so many responsibilities – between our social life, our family life, our work life. Every day we are up against a clock and a to-do list. Sometimes our self care looks like just surviving but other times we can be a bit more intentional with what our self care looks like.

Below are 100 – YES 100 – ways on how you can incorporate self care into your life. I’ve got my personal favorites that I put a little more description around and also some that were submitted from my community on Instagram!

Before getting into the list, I want to say that I advocate for a little bit of self care every day, all year long. We have to make sure we fill ourselves up little by little each day, before we hit a wall and get burnt out. You will thank yourself after!

First off:

What is self-care?

Self-care is any kind of activity or thought where we intentionally prioritize the care of our emotional, mental, or physical well-being.

In my view, self-care isn’t optional, it’s a necessity for your health. Remember that these are all just ideas for you, not all of these have to be FOR you. (And by the way, these are also not in any priority order). Maybe you’re not a bath person, don’t force yourself to be because I say so, or the latest Instagram photos say you should be into baths. Do YOU. With that being said, I do hope that some of these give you moments of relief in your day!

Here we go!

1. Draw a bath

Instead of those quick showers where you’re in and out, a bath allows you to slow down, which is exactly what you need in stressful times. You can either turn all technology off while you’re soaking so you can have the time be completely zen or you can catch up on Netflix. Either way, take your time! I love using essential oils in my baths too because the oils really relieve all the tension in my body and my bathroom ends up smelling like a spa.

2. Social media detox

You could even do a full technology detox but I find that for me the most stress-inducing part of technology is social media. Studies have shown that the use of multiple social media platforms induces depression and anxiety. Luckily the iPhone now has a feature where you can limit your screen time! If a full social media detox is too much for you, try getting off of your most addictive app (for me it’s Instagram) for 24 hours and see how you feel. If you feel relieved and refreshed, then chances are you may need to lean into this form of self-care more often!

3. Pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee – and enjoy it

When I say enjoy it, I mean drink it at home – not on the go. Really take your time to appreciate it. Having a cup of matcha or whatever tea I happen to have on hand has been a part of my morning routine for a few months now and I absolutely crave it. I love waking up a little earlier so I can make time for these extra moments. It helps set the tone for my day. If your mornings are jam packed, try doing this in the middle of the day or as a wind-down at night. Whatever time of day it is, be mindful with your beverage of choice and savor each sip.

4. Get a workout in

Self-care doesn’t have to be all quiet and slow – it can be getting a heart-pumping, sweaty workout in. If you like boxing or any kind of high intensity workout to release endorphins and get your mind focused on being mentally and physically stronger – go for it!

5. Clean your home

I love the feeling after being gone all day and coming into a spotless home! When the countertops are all cleared and dusted, the dishes are all put away, the clothes are all folded – I’m getting happy just thinking about it! Yes it’s physical work to get your home in the right condition but it is so worth it to live in a space that is decluttered and clean. I’m a firm believer that your space accurately reflects how you feel on the inside.

6. Play with your pet

Throwing a squeaky toy and seeing my fur baby’s face light up is the best feeling in the world! Pet time is always soothing and helps put me in a better emotional state.

7. Journaling

I’ve always loved writing, whether it was as a child writing “Dear Diary…” posts or if it was more free form and deeper, journaling has been vital for me. In my adult life I’ve discovered my need and love for gratitude journaling but journaling of any kind can be therapeutic and good for the soul.

8. Quality time with a friend

Whether it is in person or even by phone, spending quality time with a friend can make everything better!

9. Watch a funny tv show or movie

I’m a huge fan of I Love Lucy and absolutely love each episode. No matter how stressed I feel, if I watch any episode, I’ll instantly feel better! Find a show or something to focus your attention on that helps you escape the daily stressors of life, even for just half an hour.

10. Meditate

I’m newer to meditation, really only being conscious about it this year, but it’s been so helpful to my mental state. I’ve had a few stressful and emotional situations this year (with my family dog of 13 years passing away and also a cancer diagnosis), and I really felt that meditation has truly helped me feel more balanced. There have been moments where I’ve felt that my heart would explode from all of the anxiety and trauma but calming my mind through meditation has literally saved me. We are all so lucky that there are so many amazing apps that make meditation less daunting and much more accessible! Headspace and Insight Timer have been my go-to’s.

11. Go for a walk in nature.

12. Treat yourself to a massage or spa treatment.

13. Stretch for 5 minutes.

14. Eat a nutritious meal.

15. Avoid people who do not support you.

16. Be of service to others.

17. Diffuse oils.

18. Light candles and sit in silence.

19. Read a book.

20. Try adult coloring.

21. Create a playlist with your favorite songs so you can listen to them back to back.

22. Create a compliment file (any time you receive a compliment, write it down so you can reference it later for a pick me up and a moment to remember the good things that make you, you!)

23. Dance it out!

24. Sleep earlier at night.

25. Surround yourself with more plants.

26. Say ‘NO’ to whatever does not serve you!

27. Stop people pleasing – it’s exhausting.

28. Clean your email inbox.

29. Drink a glass of water.

30. Pay it forward.

31. Write down positive affirmations.

32. Throw away your scale.

33. Cut out excessive sugar.

34. Create a meal plan.

35. Start a new hobby.

36. Do not compare yourself to others.

37. Do the laundry.

38. Spend time on your skincare.

39. Go to the movies.

40. Smile at yourself in the mirror.

41. Create a to do list to keep yourself organized.

42. Don’t procrastinate.

43. Bake or cook a new recipe.

44. Read and save positive quotes online.

45. Listen to a podcast.

46. Buy yourself something nice. 🙂

47. Do nothing!

48. Plan your goals for the future.

49. Pray.

50. Create a vision board.

51. Start a garden.

52. Go to a museum.

53. Explore new areas in your city.

54. Go for a drive.

55. Try a new restaurant.

56. Develop a new friendship with someone you’ve been meaning to get to know.

57. Do those errands you’ve been putting off but are taking up mental space.

58. Forgive others and yourself. Hold onto less emotional weight.

59. Cry if you feel it! Don’t hold it in.

60. Read poetry or a classic novel.

61. Unfollow people on social media that don’t make you feel good.

62. Get sunlight.

63. Take your vitamins.

64. Sing like no one can hear you!

65. Watch the sunrise or sunset.

66. Write a letter to yourself.

67. Spend time with family.

68. Book a vacation or staycation.

69. Dry brush.

70. Organize your medicine cabinet.

71. Cuddle.

72. Organize your finances and create a budget.

73. Make yourself a refreshing smoothie.

74. Buy yourself flowers.

75. Try learning a new language.

76. Be open with someone about your fears and vulnerabilities.

77. Write down the positives in your day.

78. Tell someone your victories so they can celebrate with you.

79. Make your bed each morning.

80. Reach out to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while.

81. Donate items you no longer need.

82. Take a power nap.

83. Be mindful of the words you use with yourself.

84. Try a new menu item at your go-to restaurant.

85. List all of your achievements on paper.

86. Unsubscribe from mass mailing lists you no longer need.

87. Set all of your recurring expenses on auto-pay.

88. Watch motivational videos on YouTube.

89. Have a friend or two over and cook food together.

90. Take a mini road trip.

91. Look at old photos and share them with your loved ones. The memories I’m sure will bring a few good laughs!

92. Make a fresh salad.

93. Ask for help when you need it.

94. Accept who you are, as you are.

95. Make a Pinterest board full of images that you enjoy and that relax you.

96. Organize the apps on your phone – decluttering with technology is important too!

97. Reflect on your progress. Write down a past hardship and write down your current state of mind to see all the progress you’ve made.

98. Send a thank you letter to someone in your life – or to yourself!

99. Eat without distraction – turn off the TV, computer, and phone! Appreciate each bite of food.

100. Show someone a small act of kindness. Let someone go in front of you in a line you’re waiting in, give your sandwich to the homeless person waiting outside, drop off a handful of school supplies to the local elementary school – it can be anything!


I hope some of these tips resonated with you or at least got you thinking of ways you could modify and start to incorporate into your life!

100 ways to add self care into your every day life. Self care is an act of continued growth and renewal of spirit; it is the act of being kind to yourself. Find out how you can add self care elements into your day. #SelfCare #MorningRoutine #TheDimpleLife

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4 Comments

  1. Maria wrote:

    love this list! especially the social media detox which is so needed at times.

    Posted 11.19.18 Reply
    • Rachel wrote:

      Yes! A social media detox is sooo necessary, I’m finding so many people needing this more and more!

      Posted 12.3.18 Reply
  2. love this list! especially the Stop people pleasing, and Spend time with family.

    Posted 5.27.19 Reply
    • Rachel wrote:

      Yes! I’m so happy you found it useful for you!

      Posted 7.24.19 Reply

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  • Tiger came into my life one month before I was diagnosed with cancer. I had to rest so much in the early days when I had her. I would get tired and have to sleep or lay down for most of the day leading up to my surgery.

On surgery day, I was terrified. I thought I wouldn’t wake up. So on the surgery room table, before I could feel the anesthesia, I told the surgery team my “final” words, ‘Tell my mom and Tiger Lily I love them’. She was always my priority. Always my family.

When I eventually woke up the first thing I asked my mom is ‘Where is Tiger Lily? How is she?’ I was even trying to get my mom to sneak her into my hospital room but security stopped her. I couldn’t wait to have her in my lap.

I eventually got discharged from the hospital and I had to spend weeks on the sofa downstairs because I couldn’t make it to the bed on the second floor. So on a narrow sofa, Tiger and I slept together, all day. I felt so bad for her since she seemed so bored and she was only sleeping next to me because her mama was recovering.

I made little promises to her though, I would make it to the patio and sit down there for a few minutes so I could throw her toy with her (she would only play fetch with me). Then eventually I was able to take slow walks with her and sit down on a park bench while she played.

She helped me focus my energy on getting better for her. No one else could take care of her, like I could. I got stronger for her. Tiger Lily gave me purpose each day. Baby Tiger helped me heal.

Maybe this is part of why the pain is unbearable. We’ve been through so much, even in our short time together. The pain today feels just as excruciating and suffocating like it did a week ago. Praying tomorrow will be better. 💔
  • The story of how my baby Tiger Lily came into my life

March 2018 my family and I lost our family Pomchi, Puffy. She had been with us for 13 years. She was my parents baby and I was the fun sister that got to come hang with her.

When we lost her I felt an emptiness and wanted some doggy energy around. I thought fostering seemed interesting. It’s temporary. I’ll foster a dog for a couple days and then that’s it.

One day I scrolled and found Dogs Without Borders. I came across a little Tiger Lily. What a funny name, I thought. There was something about her that I was drawn to. I think it was the ears.

I was still nervous about it and didn’t know if I could handle it but one day I went out to dinner with friends and we were talking about it. There just happened to be Tiger hot sauce on the table and it said TRY ME. We laughed, I had never seen that type of sauce before! It was definitely a sign.

So I fostered her and I remember I kept her blocked off in an area of my house. There’s no way I was just letting her run free where ever she wanted to go.

Then I started seeing how scared she was. She would regularly shake; so confused as to where she was. ‘I’m a good girl why is my life like this’ she probably thought.  So I became more lenient so she could feel more at ease. I guess fine she could be on the sofa once in a while when I was around but only on her pillow. I guess fine she could be on my bed but only if she stayed on her side. Boundaries only really lasted a couple days. I’m weak.

Then after just less than a week, her former foster family wanted to adopt her. I had been thinking of adopting her but then thought it was better for her to go with them. They were a couple with other animals in the house so it felt like a fun, full home for Tiger to be in.

After just two days, the couple told me they changed their mind. If I didn’t want her then they’d end up returning her back to DWB. I was livid. Once you commit to adopting a baby, there is a no refund policy. Baby adoptions are not merchandise to exchange for another fit. I missed her and didn’t want Tiger to go through another transfer so I decided to adopt her myself. (contd in comments)
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When I first got you I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would you like me? Would you be a lot of work? I could not have asked for a more perfect baby. You always listened to your mama, except for when it was bed time and you insisted on taking my side of the bed. I always pretended to be annoyed but what did I tell you every night? I said ‘Little baby Tiger Lily I love you, you’re the very best girl. I’m going to see you tomorrow and I hope you dream about all the yummy treats we’re going to eat’. Sweet baby, you were so strong. You struggled all day yesterday and when the doctor said there’s not much hope I took you home so you could be comfortable. You were so brave to be strong enough to be in the car in my arms and to make it all the way home. I didn’t let you go and you took your last breath in my arms. Snuggled with all your blankies. (contd)
  • 💔EMERGENCY: Is anyone a vet or a homeopathic animal doctor? Tigers condition has worsened over night. Doctors don’t know what the cause is, they’ve thrown out words like sepsis, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, anaphylaxis, they just don’t know.

Facts: Swollen gallbladder, low body temp, stomach is fluid filled, slight water in lungs, now in an oxygen cage... - doctor says her stomach and gastrointestinal system is not working. I don’t know what to do. Maybe another opinion or doctor would know. I have a copy of blood results to help.

Please forward to anyone who might have another opinion. My heart hurts I can’t breathe and I need to save her like she saved me. 💔🙏
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Pancreatitis is what my 13 year old family dog, Puffy, passed away from back in 2018. So to hear that Tiger Lily may have this... 💔 Pray for Tiger please. Anyone that knows me even a little knows exactly how much she means to me and I just can’t have her be sick because I need her. ❤️
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Today on the blog I’m breaking down an easy approach to changing mindset around food choices. 🥑 #intuitiveeating #eatingwell #allfoodsfit #healthyliving
  • There is chaos everywhere. The turmoil can be easy to ignore sometimes because it feels so far away and quite honestly, we all just have our own individual lives to live and most of us feel like we are not directly affected by it. But we are.

This isn’t the typical content I generally write about but I think it’s important to make a difference in some way. As much of a health advocate as I am, I’m really an advocate for change; change for the better. We are all capable of so much and collectively the possibilities for positive change in our communities are limitless. But change comes when there is action behind it.

I’ve been politically active for years. I’ve traveled, canvassed, phone banked, fundraised for the candidates/issues I support. It’s tough, invigorating, gratifying, and eye-opening all in one.

Rather than speak about partisan politics (there’s enough of that out there) – I wanted to give a PSA to remember to register to vote! Your voice can make a difference when you show up for yourself and for others. I listed a state by state breakdown with voter registration deadlines up on the blog today. I encourage you to check it out. ❤️#bethechange #advocacy #registertovote #positiveimpact
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  • I’m really excited to make this my healthiest year yet! Will you join me?

We all have dreams and goals we want to achieve but it’s just going to be that much more difficult to reach them if you don’t have your health! 🙏 I wrote a blog post on how often you should be seeing your doctor as a general guideline to help you. Remember to feel empowered to ask questions, listen to your intuition and get a second opinion if you need it!

Set aside half an hour today to track down phone numbers, check your calendar, and schedule those appointments.

This year, I want us all to not just survive but to THRIVE. 💕🙌
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  • I hope everyone had the best January 1! Tradition in my family is to make homemade Korean potstickers/dumplings and put them in a rice cake soup, so I spent all afternoon making these with my mom ☺️ Do you have any traditions? #떡국 #떡만두국 #familytradition #happynewyear
  • 2019 - You’ve come with a lot of deep emotions. I found myself struggling with my mental health more than ever before. I was more anxious, more triggered, more depressed. Things felt really messy and broken for a lot of the year.

But like with most things - I found a path toward healing and growth once I allowed myself space for reflection and exploration.

More 2019 reflections and a final giveaway for you, on the blog. ❤️
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Thank you to everyone for the continued support throughout the year! Sending you all health, love, and growth as we approach a new year and new chapter! 🥳 #happynewyear #2019reflections

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