50 Self-Care Ideas for a Bad Day

March 18, 2021

We all have days where we don’t feel our best. There are days where we will feel a range of negative emotions, for whatever reason. During these times, it’s important that we take care of ourselves by prioritizing self-care. The term self-care is thrown around a lot. But what exactly does it mean? Self-care is the intentional act of caring for ourselves, physically, mentally and emotionally. It comes in many different forms, but it encompasses anything that will help us to pause, relax and recharge, so that we can feel our best. Here are 50 self-care ideas if you’re having a bad day:

  1. Call or text someone you love
  2. Drink a cup of tea of coffee
  3. Journal about how you’re feeling
  4. Take some deep breaths
  5. Listen to your favorite music
  6. Go for a long walk in nature
  7. Cook or order in your favorite meal
  8. Read a book
  9. Light your favorite candle
  10. Do a digital detox
  11. Go to your favorite place
  12. Stretch
  13. Try a new face mask
  14. Read inspirational quotes
  15. Get some sleep
  16. Organize or rearrange your space
  17. Buy yourself flowers
  18. Exercise in a way that feels good for you
  19. Write down 5 things you’re grateful for
  20. Spend quality time with friends or family
  21. Turn on a diffuser with your favorite essential oils
  22. Watch the sunset
  23. Practice mindful meditation
  24. Take a bath or shower
  25. Watch your favorite show
  26. Turn your phone off for a bit
  27. Go for a drive (no destination required)
  28. Put on an outfit that makes you feel good
  29. Practice yoga
  30. Sleep with a weighted blanket
  31. Try learning something new
  32. Let yourself have a good cry (sometimes we need it)
  33. Implement a morning and night routine you enjoy
  34. Make a playlist of your favorite songs
  35. Write down 5 things you love about yourself
  36. Try out an adult coloring book
  37. Listen to a podcast or audiobook
  38. Do something creative (painting, writing, drawing, etc.)
  39. Bake a delicious treat
  40. Clean out your email inbox
  41. Drink more water
  42. Donate to a cause you care about
  43. Take a break from the news
  44. Start a skincare routine
  45. Cuddle with a pet
  46. Unfollow people on social media who aren’t serving you
  47. Get some fresh air
  48. Write a letter to a loved one
  49. Sit and be still for 10 minutes
  50. Do a full-body scan

These are just some of many ideas for how you can practice self-care. What makes you feel the most rested and at peace is unique to you. Still, we hope that this posts gives you some good ideas for when you may be having a bad day. Remember that self-care is never selfish. In fact, it’s necessary for our wellbeing!

We acknowledge that no amount of self-care can completely mitigate the struggles that may arise from more complex mental health conditions. If you are experiencing ongoing symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, or grief it’s best to seek professional help. Our compassionate therapists can help give you additional tools to cope with what you’re experiencing.

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