101 Things to Do for Self Care

I used to be one of those people who rolled my eyes whenever I saw another article or post about self care. “Self care is for rich white ladies with too much time on their hands,” I thought.

Then I got traumatized and developed PTSD. Nothing like some good old fashioned trauma to make you rethink your perspective on things.

When you’ve been through a traumatic experience, self care is probably the most important thing you can do. Ignoring it or pretending you don’t need it is like getting run over by a bus and then refusing to get medical care, insisting “I’m fine, I’ll just drag my lifeless legs around behind me, no biggie.”

Yeah, that’s ridiculous. You need self care.

Self care looks different for everyone. And sometimes, especially when you’ve been traumatized, it can be difficult to figure out what self care looks like for you. So here’s a list of 101 self care activities that you can refer to whenever you need help.

Write for Self Care

  • Journal your heart out
  • Write a gratitude list
  • Write a hate list
  • Write out your rage
  • Write down the changes you’ve noticed within yourself over the last week, month, year, etc.
  • Try non-dominant hand writing
  • Write a story
  • Write a poem

Read for Self Care

Listen for Self Care

Watch for Self Care

Create for Self Care

  • Doodle
  • Make some 15-minute art
  • Make intuitive paintings with one of Flora Bowley’s courses
  • Get access to a buttload of art courses with the Art Bundle for Good
  • Do some SoulCollage
  • Draw stabby shapes when you’re angry
  • Buy a cool coloring book or zentangle book
  • Draw a stick figure picture of your childhood home and family like kids do

Learn for Self Care

  • Learn to play an instrument
  • Learn something crafty (knitting, origami, wood carving, etc.)
  • Learn to identify birds and their calls
  • Learn how to build or fix something
  • Take a class in something that interests you

Get Out of the House for Self Care

  • Go see a play
  • Go to the movies
  • Go shopping
  • Go to a book reading
  • Go to a poetry night
  • Go to an open mic night
  • Go see a band play

Go Outside for Self Care

  • Go for a walk or run
  • Go hiking in the woods
  • Putter around the garden
  • Go to a park
  • Go kayaking or paddle boarding
  • Collect some cool leaves or rocks or whatever catches your eye

Relax for Self Care

  • Light a candle that smells really good
  • Put on some lotion that smells really good
  • Take a hot bath
  • Meditate
  • Put soft sheets on the bed
  • Sit and enjoy a cup of tea
  • Play a game
  • Have a bed day (or hour)
  • Have a spa day (or hour)
  • Watch the sunset (or rise)
  • Watch the clouds
  • Sit in the sun
  • Relax your jaw
  • Do nothing

Connect for Self Care

  • Volunteer for a cause you care about
  • Call or text a friend
  • Go to therapy
  • Join a support group
  • Take a local class
  • Give someone a compliment

Move Your Body for Self Care

  • Do yoga
  • Do tai chi
  • Dance your heart out
  • Punch a pillow
  • Try kickboxing
  • Throw rocks
  • Do a hard workout
  • Break some shit
  • Go swimming
  • Play with some kids

Laugh for Self Care

  • Watch funny animal videos
  • Watch stand-up comedy videos
  • Watch your favorite funny movie or show
  • Look up jokes on the interwebs

Eat for Self Care

  • Order your favorite takeout
  • Cook something delicious
  • Eat some chocolate
  • Eat something tasty and nutritious
  • Take your vitamins

Explore for Self Care

  • Design your dream trip (use Pinterest)
  • Go on a trip
  • Explore a new place
  • Go tour a garden
  • Go to a museum

Care for Something Else for Self Care

  • Take care of a plant
  • Clean your house
  • Start raising snails
  • Pet an animal

If you’d like to schedule a session with me to talk more about self care, raising snails, or anything else, head over to my contact page. I get it.