Well-Being & Self Care

30 Self Care Ideas In 10 Minutes or Less

Self care is a vital part of staying happy and healthy. It’s great for when you want to maintain your mental and physical well-being but also an important tool for helping us get through those tough mental health days. Which inevitably we will all have. But, let’s not beat around the bush, a lot of us have busy and hectic lives. With kids and jobs and relationships to maintain. We don’t have time to treat ourselves to hours of self care every day. Which is where this handy list of self care ideas in 10 minutes or less comes in!

Self Care Ideas in 10 Minutes or Less

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As much as we’d all love to be going for massages, pedicures and hour long walks in the countryside every day, it’s obviously not feasible for most of us, for a lot of different reasons. But that’s certainly not to say that we shouldn’t be trying to introduce small acts of self care into our daily lives.

10 minutes of self care is better than none at all!

There are thousands upon thousands of self care ideas but today we’re focusing on those small acts of kindness we can give to ourselves when we’re a busy mum, a working woman, a carer or someone that just leads a very busy lifestyle. Circumstances don’t always allow for an hour long soak in the bath, sadly!

In times of stress, it is SO bloody important to take extra care of ourselves. Even if we’re busy. Even if we’re tired. Even if we have responsibilities. I truly believe that you can’t give your full self to your duties if you don’t take care of yourself adequately too.

If you’re struggling to fit self care into your busy life, this post is for you. The list below contains simple self care ideas which will take 10 minutes or less. Just 10 minutes of your day – we all have that to spare. Some things listed below are super basic self care ideas as well, that we absolutely shouldn’t overlook.

Here are 30 self care ideas which will take you just 10 minutes or LESS!

Self Care in 10 Minutes or Less

  1. Meditate for 10 minutes
  2. Yoga (check out this playlist from Yoga With Adriene of practices under 10 minutes)
  3. Journal your thoughts and feelings
  4. Read a book or magazine
  5. Moisturize your body (I love the Vitamin E All Over Body Cream from Superdrug!)
  6. Freshen up (wash your face, brush your teeth, brush your hair etc)
  7. Go outside for a 10 minute walk
  8. Put on your favourite songs
  9. Text a friend
  10. Write a list of things you want to plan
  11. Make yourself the perfect cup of tea or coffee
  12. Treat yourself to a cake or a sweet treat
  13. Snuggle with a pet
  14. Clip and paint your nails
  15. Stretch your muscles
  16. Drink a glass of water
  17. Watch a video from your favourite YouTuber
  18. Listen to a short podcast/TedTalk
  19. Treat yourself to something online
  20. Read a blog post from your favourite blogger
  21. Create a vision board on Pinterest
  22. Clean something
  23. Write a list of things you’re grateful for
  24. Hug someone
  25. Do a visualization exercise
  26. Give yourself a neck massage
  27. Delete all Facebook friends you no longer speak to
  28. Make your bed
  29. Book an appointment you’ve been putting off (like your cervical screening)
  30. Do a quick 10 minute HIIT workout (check out Holly Dolke on YouTube!)

Which suggestions are your favourite? What do you like to do as a small act of self love or self care when you’re busy? Let me know!

Self Care For Busy People



  1. Self care is so important

  2. Awe I love this idea. Especially for those who struggle with self-care. This can help guide them to do smaller and simpler tasks so they can better understand the benefits and how much better it can make you feel! You rock! Thanks for sharing! xx

    1. Definitely 😌

  3. Self-care isn’t a selfish act. It is not only about considering your needs. It is knowing what we need to do to take care of ourselves, and of others. A really good article

    -Siddharth Chaudhary ( https://arcanelost.com/category/lifestyle/well-being/)

    1. Thank you 🙂

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  5. abimcgpjnaik says:

    Great list! And I love your pin images. Very professional looking!

    1. Thank you very much!

  6. Excellent ideas here!
    It’s amazing how much better I feel with something as simple at making my bed, even if I grumble at the thought of it.
    Cora | https://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

    1. The little things always help!

  7. I am loving this list! I love that so many of these things can be done in minimal time! I have deleted sooo many old “friends” and it feels so good!

    1. It does doesn’t it! I’m going to do the same!

  8. I love these tips on how to keep happy and healthy 😄👏❤️

  9. I enjoyed reading this! People think that self care has to last a while but your post proves that you can practice self care in just a short amount of time! Some of these I mentioned I have never thought when thinking about self care, such as clipping my nails, visualization exercise, massage. I especially like that you mentioned booking an appointment that you are putting off (I am guilty of this). My favourite 10 min self care would be making a cup of tea and giving Coda a cuddle! Great post jenny xx

    1. Coda cuddles sound like amazing self care!

  10. Grislean says:

    I love this list! I’ve been decluttering little by little to help me make more room to do things I love! Or I love baking something go give me a little bit of a break from my usual routine. Making things from scratch has always been one of my favorites.

    1. Sounds like fab ways to practice self care!

  11. Great list! I think you just about covered everything there is to do in 10 minutes LOL

    1. Hahaha absolutely!

  12. Coffee, cleaning and watching my favourite youtubers are the ones I tend to do to give myself a little treat 😊 The Pinterest vision board would be on my list as well, but I can’t trust myself to stick to 10 minutes 😂😂

    1. Haha well if you have longer than 10 minutes, go for it!

  13. This is such a lovely post, it’s so informative but not overwhelming!

  14. I love this list. Sometimes the tiniest of things can shift our moods and make us feel better. You really don’t need hours and hours to do something positive for yourself. And doing things like deleting old contacts/ ‘friends’ or emails is so satisfying!! x


    1. Oh I agree! I love deleting old “friends”. C ya! xxx

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