100 Quick Ways to Self Care

Some days, I have a hard time getting out of bed. My mood swings generally only last a few days, or a few hours at best, but in those moments, I struggle to stick to a routine. It feels like I can't breathe. I know that if I stay in bed, I'll marinate in this terrible feeling, but if I force myself to do something, I can overexert too easily. For those days, here are 100 five minute self-care practices that help. 

100 five minute self-care ideas:

  • Drink a glass of water.
  • Brew a glass of tea.
  • Order delivery.(Pho noodles and soup is my fav!)
  • Re-read your favorite book.
  • Clip your nails. (An alternative to the dangerous “cut your own hair.”)
  • Paint your nails.
  • Put your phone on ‘do not disturb’ and put it away.
  • Warm bath with a bath bomb and a book.
  • Blend some fruit with ice. Add a splash of lime. (Healthy slushie!).
  • Give yourself an Oracle Card reading
  • Pin pretty things on Pinterest.
  • Take a nap.
  • Brush your teeth.
  • Brush your hair. (especially if it’s been a day or two)
  • Meditate with some guidance.
  • Take some photos. (No one has to see them, if you don't want to share.)
  • Note where there is pressure in your body and breathe deeply to those areas.
  • Do some yoga from your bed.
  • Wear something that makes you feel good (or wear nothing at all!)
  • Flip through the Book of Tiny Pleasures.
  • Whatever is nagging you, let yourself know that it can wait half or a full hour, while you recharge.
  • Light a candle
  • Order yourself some flowers and chocolates.
  • Snuggle a pet.
  • Say 10 nice things about yourself, ignoring any negatives that come up.
  • Write or type a short story.
  • Watch something funny
  • Watch something new. 
  • Look at funny memes on iFunny.
  • Binge watch cartoons from your childhood.
  • Hire a housekeeper to pick up. (Look for people who are just starting out- they charge less.)
  • Change the sheets and bedding.
  • Arm knit a chunky blanket
  • Play with stickers.
  • Declutter the bedroom.
  • Rearrange furniture (make sure you’re able to physically do it without injury).
  • Make a blanket fort and lay inside.
  • Eat cake for breakfast. (One slice! Not the whole cake…)
  • Make a playlist of happy music.
  • Get your groceries delivered.
  • Say, “Fuck it,” and let go of anything that doesn’t serve your attention right now.
  • Put on a music video and dance along- in your underwear. (make sure your blinds are closed.)
  • Watch funny cat videos on YouTube.
  • Look at pictures of cute things.
  • Saying “No” to any new demands.
  • Pay a debt payment early. (This feels surprisingly great.)
  • Put old clothes in a box to donate.
  • Pin different recipes that you want to try (or order out, if you don’t enjoy cooking).
  • Make a list of 10 things you want to do before the year is over (or if the year is almost over, 10 things you want to do next year).
  • Listen to a funny podcast.
  • Ugly cry.
  • Book a therapy session for the future.
  • Pin motivational and inspirational quotes.
  • Read motivational and inspirational quotes you previously pinned.
  • Make a happy box of e-mails, cards, or letters that made you smile.
  • Make a list of the top 5 most demanding things you need to do, fold it up, put it aside, and come back to it later. Let it completely leave your mind for now.
  • Get a tarot reading.
  • Do a chore that would take less than 5 minutes.
  • Read fiction.
  • Brain dump everything in your mind right now on a piece of paper and tuck it away.
  • Set up a manicure/pedicure appointment for later.
  • Sing in the shower.
  • Wash your hair. Shampoo twice. Let the conditioner sit.
  • Grab your calendar and circle 4 dates where you will devote at least an hour to yourself.
  • Got bubble wrap? Pop them.
  • Cuddle a stuffed animal.
  • Read some feel good blogs (like this one).
  • Taking a random free class online.
  • Head over to YouTube and learn something random (like star origami).
  • Yell random profanities (make sure little kids aren’t around).
  • Take selfies with SnapChat filters (even if you don’t post them).
  • Start a blog (this is why I started blogging!)
  • Do some sudoku.
  • Or a crossword puzzle.
  • Play a single player game that takes minimal brain power.
  • Do some reflexology for anti-stress. (like these)
  • Cancel some subscriptions that you are no longer using.
  • Grab some kitchen supplies and make some play dough.
  • Find 10 things in your home that you’d like to sell or donate.
  • Eat a salad or drink a smoothie.
  • Color (either within the lines or outside the lines- up to you!)
  • Fold origami.
  • Dive into a pile of laundry.
  • Text an old friend.
  • Grab nontoxic markers and doodle on yourself.
  • Make a collage from old magazines.
  • Lay on your bed and prop your legs against the wall.
  • Stretch.
  • Roll yourself up with a blanket.
  • Write out your grocery list for the week.
  • Text something nice to a best friend.
  • Jump on your bed.
  • Start a mood tracker.
  • Window shop on Etsy by putting things in your shopping cart but don't press checkout.
  • Learn how to make money on Pinterest (for free!).
  • Forgive yourself.
  • Deactivate one of your social media accounts.
  • Create a Pinterest board of places you'd love to go.
  • Play a game of Skribbl online with people.
  • Join House of Misfits and get some peer support!

Written by Mayhem#0013 (Mayhem)

Mayhem

Founder and writer behind the House of Misfits content. Loves dead games, cats, and passionately writing about the benefits of cannabis.