65 Self-Care Ideas to Balance A Busy Life

65 Self-Care Ideas to Balance A Busy Life

Self-care is an essential part our physical and mental health. For many women, work, home, and social obligations can leave self-care neglected and, sometimes, undiscovered. Stress is proven to be bad for our health because it activates our fight-or-flight response, which includes an “increased heart rate and blood pressure, slowed digestive functioning, decreased blood flow to the extremities, increased release of hormones like adrenalin and cortisol.” (Scott, 2015) Self-care restores the relaxation response, which reverses the affects of the fight-or-flight response and restores order to the body and mind.

I am a huge self-care believer. I am all about those moments of treating yourself. I spend 6 hours a day with 24 six year olds and then even more time preparing for them.  There are days when I swear I will cringe if I hear my name one more time or refuse to pick up another crayon from the floor. Sure, that is the career choice I made for myself, but that does not mean that it comes with no stress or that I shouldn’t seek refuge from it. At this point, we do not have kids of our own so I still have ample opportunities to rest, relax, and breath before moving on with my day. I am so grateful for that. For me, self-care generally takes the form of naps, pedicures, manicures, massages, barre classes, coloring, reading, dinner with my girls, or existing in silence until my husband gets home.

Self-care takes different forms for different people. For some, self-care means being alone at home in silence, while for others self-care could mean going out to bar with a group of friends. Whatever self-care means for your is how it is meant to be as long as it restores your inner peace and restores balance. It is not selfish to indulge in self-care because to focus on yourself allows you to readjust your outward focus.

Here are some self-care ideas to balance your busy, overworked mind, body, and soul:

  1. Binge watch a show.
  2. Read a book.
  3. Get a manicure/pedicure.
  4. Get a massage.
  5. Take a group exercise class— barre, spin, pilates, yoga, etc.
  6. Do everything in silence for a few hours.
  7. Use a mud mask or mask sheet.
  8. Sit around in your bathrobe after you take a shower.
  9. Take a nap.
  10. Get a blowout.
  11. Cuddle with your pet, significant other, child, etc.
  12. Go on a hike.
  13. Meditate.
  14. Go for a run.
  15. Call a loved one unexpectedly to catch up.
  16. Meet up with someone to catch up.
  17. Keep a gratitude journal.
  18. Watch a your favorite childhood movie.
  19. Listen to songs you haven’t heard in a long time really loud and dance/sing.
  20. Have dinner with friends.
  21. Color.
  22. Hand write a note and mail it.
  23. Start a garden.
  24. Go to church.
  25. Take a bubble bath.
  26. Treat yourself to a “fancy” meal.
  27. Sleep in (or at least try to).
  28. Take a weekend staycation.
  29. Take a spontaneous trip.
  30. Take on a DIY project.
  31. Learn a new skill through online tutorials.
  32. Send someone special flowers just because.
  33. Go on a date night.
  34. Go for a walk some place other than your neighborhood.
  35. Have dinner delivered to your house.
  36. Take a day off work to do whatever you want.
  37. Sit in a coffee shop.
  38. Go to a Farmer’s Market.
  39. Wear an outfit that makes you feel good.
  40. Have a cocktail with dinner.
  41. Sit by the pool.
  42. Go to the movies.
  43. Wrap yourself in a warm blanket fresh from the dryer.
  44. Clean out your closet and donate your old clothes.
  45. Venture outside on a sunny day.
  46. Get up early and take your time getting ready.
  47. Pray.
  48. Splurge and buy that item you’ve had your eye on.
  49. Join a book club or other interest group.
  50. Be a tourist in your own city.
  51. Unplug for an hour or two.
  52. Do volunteer work.
  53. Doodle. Paint. Draw.
  54. Write— whether it is a journal, short story, essay, blog or a book.
  55. Look at old pictures and videos.
  56. Fly a kite.
  57. Do a puzzle.
  58. Blow bubbles.
  59. Listen to the rain.
  60. Watch the sunset.
  61. Create a dream/desire board.
  62. Play in the park.
  63. Go “window shopping.”
  64. Revisit a hobby you no longer have time for.
  65. Write a letter of affirmation to yourself and hide it in your house.

Do you practice self-care? What self-care ideas do you have to help balance your life?



I am a 30-something newlywed transplanted from San Francisco to San Diego. I have more interests than my brain and time allow me to perfect. Mitzyann.com is my special place to share these many interests with the world.
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