There are many ways we can incorporate self-care into our lives. Mental health experts talk about the five dimensions of self-care; physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual. Below I have given examples of the different activities you can do to reduce stress and live a happier life.
This pertains to the physical aspect of our health so our exercise, nutrition, rest and relaxation.
- Go for a walk
- Go on a hike
- For for a swim
- Go to a workout class
- Get a manicure/pedicure
- Get a massage
- Sing like no one’s listening
- Dance like no one’s watching
- Eat healthy food
- Retail therapy (within reason)
- Take a long warm bath or shower
- Relax and unwind with essential oils
- Relax at a spa
The mental dimension encompasses our need to continually learn and our self-discovery.
- Take a class
- Create a morning/evening routine
- Create a dream board
- Join/start a book club
- Write a bucket list
- Learn a new language
- Go on a nature walk
This dimension is all about self-love, self-regulation, fun, and happiness.
- Talking to a therapist
- Having a media detox
- Listen to music
- Saying “no” more
- Create a gratitude list
- Watch a film you love
- Simplify your schedule
- Write a letter to your younger/older self
- Smile more
- De-clutter your life
- Write down the things you love about yourself (10 minimum!)
- Create affirmation cards
The social dimension is about our dependency, esteem, and belonging needs.
- Family day out
- Go see a movie
- Dinner date
- Brunch with friends
- Connect with a friend
- Tell someone you love them
- Visit your grandparents
- Spend time with your family
- Give someone a compliment
- Hug someone you care about
- Re-contact with an old friend
- Go to a workout class or a run with a friend
- Lunch with a colleague on your work break
- Tell someone what you appreciate about them
- Have a girly night in (pamper, takeaway, chick flicks, perfect!)
- Send a care package to someone (who doesn’t love random surprises?)
The spiritual dimension is all about our need to help others and our need for spiritual fellowship.
- Attending a religious service
- Giving to a charity
Extra Self Care Help
If you’re not sure on how to get started with your self care routine, check out our post on how to plan a self-care day for the perfect start on developing one that works best for you!
Are you wanting to get a little self care in your life but don’t have much time? Check out our post on 10 self care activities that you can do in 10 minutes or less!
Do you need a little help remembering to stick to your self care routine? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered! Check out our post on 14 apps that will help you take your self care routine to the next level!