The notion of self-care is one that’s been somewhat pushed on us more and more, especially over what seems to be the last year or so. Before I started blogging, I can’t say I had ever heard the phrase “self-care” before in my life. That being said, I thing self-care is extremely important and if anything, the fact that it’s been talked about here, there and everywhere right now is a welcome reminder to all of us to take damn care of ourselves every once in a while.

How Do You Practice Self-Care

I’ve always struggled with self-care. I find it extremely difficult o focus on me. To do things that I want to do, just because it’ll make me happy. To block out everyone and everything and just be. But it’s something I’m working on and hopefully getting better at because everyone needs and deserves those moments of quiet and solitude to just be with themselves.

Today I wanted to concoct a list of “self-care-y” activities you can do and practice and all of these I either have done or would do myself. I will admit, that some lists I’ve seen depicting some self-care rituals seem completely alien to me: like colouring. The concept is good but it just isn’t for me. So I wanted to keep this list to things that I would actually recommend myself.

  1. De-clutter: choose 1 area – wardrobe, desk, handbag – and throw away anything you don’t need
  2. Buy something just for YOU: treat yo self! Books, make-up, a Dominos pizza meal for 4…
  3. Experiment in the kitchen: throw some ingredients in a pan and see what happens
  4. Watch a documentary: about something important. Learn something.
  5. Re-read an old favourite: a book you know will whisk you right out of reality
  6. Have a massage: like, by a professional. Not just your cat walking on you
  7. Cuddle an animal: if you don’t have one, politely ask the next dog-walker you see
  8. Light a candle: there’s something surprisingly calming about flames
  9. Have a cuppa and some chocolate: and make it the best goddamn tea you’ve ever had in your life
  10. Write lists: to-do lists, thankful for lists, people I’d like to create on The Sims and drown lists…
  11. Call The Samaritans: talking to a complete stranger about your problems is so therapeutic
  12. Play a game: my personal favourite being The Sims… obviously
  13. Pamper yourself: for no other reason than you deserve to
  14. Indulge and don’t feel guilty: eat all the chocolate and all the pizza
  15. Go for a walk: get out and get some fresh air. Pet a few dogs on your travels too.
  16. Do some yoga: go at your own pace and learn to feel grounded
  17. Have a nap: even if it’s 2 in the afternoon. Feeling weary? Get your PJs back on and have a snooze
  18. Watch your favourite TV show / film: Even if it’s for the 100th time, and super duper cringe
  19. Plant something / do some gardening: it’s amazing what nature can do for you
  20. Lastly, go easy on yourself: this is the best thing we can ever do for ourselves

What do you do to practice self-care?


  1. […] Self care should be a part of all of our lives and daily routines but we have to remember that self care looks different for everyone. Whilst someone might consider a relaxing bubble bath with candles and a book a valid form of self care, someone else would rather go for a run or head to the gym for a banging workout. Which is also valid. And self care certainly doesn’t have to mean the big things either, the actively taking time out of your day to do some sort of “self care activity”. Basic self care is just as important and over the last few years – when I’ve learnt what self care actually is and how valuable it is – I’ve gradually started to incorporate into my day, every day, without even thinking about it anymore.  […]

  2. Some of those ideas are good. Like the Pizza for four… lol. Buying something for myself, etc.

    Some of my self-care (however avoidant and unhealthy they may be seen as?)
    1. Playstation 4, killing people — some type of grandtheft auto / sleeping dogs / mafia ii or playing online against other angry people lol.
    2. Reading. Can read anything to take myself away from a shitty situation.
    3. Lay in bed and watch about 14 hrs straight of reality tv. Comparing myself to the lowest common denominator always makes me feel like a better person lol.
    4. Write. I am working on my own novel and sometimes I can take my stress out on my own poor unsuspecting characters.
    5. Watch DVDs/Movies of my fav singer.
    6. Blog.
    7. Go shopping aimlessly — but NOT for clothes, clothes shopping when feeling down will send me over the edge.
    8. Exercise. i hate it, but its true, it releases endorphins and I generally feel much better for it.

  3. I normally watch films or tv shows I like and listen to music to get some rest, i also sometimes do sewing projects if they aren’t really complicated to do!

  4. love this post so much <3 I do most of the above every once in a while but the one I struggle with the most is treating myself to new things esp like clothes and things I need even though I work hard for my money. I'm learning that I need to treat myself every now and then and not just save money – if that makes any sense haha xx

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