Self-Care Activities

Self-Care Activities
Self-Care Activities
Self-care is a critical component to increasing our mental (and physical) wellbeing. It also happens to be something that is commonly overlooked or undervalued. It's time to make time for yourself. Here’s a list of our favourite self-care activities!

Self-care is a critical component to increasing our mental (and physical) well being. It also happens to be something that is commonly overlooked or undervalued. Too often people say they “don’t have the time” for self-care, which is why we suggest that you have to make time by putting it on your to-do list, right next to studying or homework. Quite literally – write it down!

Here’s a list of our favourite self-care activities...

Physical Activities:

  • Go for a walk and pick some wild flowers
  • Epsom salt bath – maybe throw in some of your favourite essential oils or even some calming music
  • Prioritize your sleep
  • Sit outside and just sit. Sound too difficult? Try laying on the grass and watch the clouds go by
  • Write out a list of bothersome tasks that have been weighing on you and then get them done (ie. declutter your home)
  • Watch the sunrise or sunset (and don’t capture it on social media)
  • Get a virtual reiki treatment
  • Practice proper breathing techniques (ie. box breathing or EFT)
  • Do a workout 

Psychological Activities:

  • Learn something new
  • Read a book or magazine
  • Do something creative, like colouring, sewing, playing an instrument
  • Join a virtual support group
  • Speak to a counsellor - be it in person, over the phone, or texting

Emotional Activities

  • Practice gratitude
  • Say no
  • Cuddle with a pet or stuffed animal
  • Allow yourself to cry
  • Forgive yourself 

Spiritual Activities:

  • Meditate
  • Forest bathe
  • Tune in to virtual religious services (if applicable)
  • Practice Yoga

Social Activities:

  • Get involved in the community
  • Give back
  • Take a digital detox (ie. no phone Sundays, no phone after dinner, etc)
  • Ask for help when you need it
  • Have a virtual tea date with a friend
  • Do a social media purge (ie. edit who you follow – if they don’t bring you joy, remove them)

Professional Activities

  • Set clear professional boundaries
  • Take your vacation time
  • Leave work at work (i.e. don’t take work stress "home" with you) - when it's time to be done work, turn it all off and try and leave it behind you 
  • Take your full lunch break
  • Don’t be ashamed to take a mental health day if you need one 

Financial Activities:

  • Have a conscious relationship with your money (ie. don’t overspend)
  • Create a monthly budget and allocate yourself some kind of “allowance” – even if it’s $5/month
  • Find free activities in your area
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