100 Tips for Self Care!

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UPDATED:

WE DID IT: ONE HUNDRED unique ways to care for yourself.

Do one today.

And thank you for all your submissions! This is an amazing list!

CREATIVE SELF CARE:

  1. Go for a long drive with music playing. (Jess Greene – me!)
  2. Find a stunning new recipe online and make it. (Jess Greene – me!)
  3. Play with a happy baby. (Jess Greene – me!)
  4. Sit in the sunshine. (Jess Greene – me!)
  5. Dance it out to your favorite mix. (Jess Greene – me!)
  6. Write an encouraging letter to someone else. Don’t forget to send it. (Jess Greene – me!)
  7. Do one of those annoying little things that you keep putting off. You will feel better afterwards. (Jess Greene – me!)
  8. Set boundaries in unhealthy relationships. It is hard work, but you will be caring for yourself long term!   (Jess Greene – me!)
  9. Write a letter to your younger self telling her how proud you are of her and all she is to become.  (Jess Greene – me!)
  10. A photo walk in my neigbhourhood with no expectations, just going out in search of bits of beauty. (Vivienne McMaster)
  11. Making time to go to a cafe and write in my notebook and see what needs to spill out. (Vivienne McMaster)
  12. Going to the forest. (Vivienne McMaster)
  13. Taking a hot bath. (Vivienne McMaster)
  14. Bike rides. (Vivienne McMaster)
  15. A long talk with my husband, with my phone off…eye to eye the whole time. (Melody Ross)
  16. A cup of tea, made patiently & mindfully. (Melody Ross)
  17. Painting for the sake of painting, nothing to do with work. (Melody Ross)
  18. Watching an old movie that no one in the house likes, except for me. (Melody Ross)
  19. Go for a walk without a pre-determined destination. (Maya Stein)
  20. Make soup from scratch. (Maya Stein)
  21. Hula hoop. (Maya Stein)
  22. Take a nap. (Maya Stein)
  23. Have sex. (Maya Stein)
  24. Sleep longer. (Amanda Jolley)
  25. Eat nourishing foods. (Amanda Jolley)
  26. Write at least three pages in my journal. (Amanda Page)
  27. Read through a beloved book – skipping to all my favorite parts. (Amanda Page)
  28. Spend an hour at a magazine stand. (Amanda Page)
  29. Wander around an antique store or flea market. (Amanda Page)
  30. Spend time with friends. (Janet)
  31. Drink fresh squeezed juice.  (Janet)
  32. Drink matcha green tea. (Janet)
  33. Create a personal challenge, like “Photo a Day.” (Kim Hirsch)
  34. Bake something comforting. (Kim Hirsch)
  35. Go to the beach and walk. (Kim Hirsch)
  36. Get a pedicure. (Kim Hirsch)
  37. Spend time with a creative friend. (Kim Hirsch)
  38. Attend regular critique sessions for your art. (Kim Hirsch)
  39. Browse websites of other artists in your field of interest. (Kim Hirsch)
  40. Attend an artists reception and talk to the artist about their creative process. (Kim Hirsch)
  41. Wander art galleries or museums. (Kim Hirsch)
  42. Take classes at your local community college or attend workshops in an area of interest. (Kim Hirsch)
  43. Check out books of the great masters at the library and study the lighting, technique, colors etc. (Kim Hirsch)
  44. Go on road trip. (Kim Hirsch)
  45. Sign up for a local art class and make new friends. (Grace Mendez)
  46. Look through old pictures. (Rowena)
  47. Take a long hot shower. (Rowena)
  48. Do Yoga. (Rowena)
  49. Read through old journals. (Rowena)
  50. Sit outside with a fresh margarita and enjoy the sunshine. (Rowena)
  51. Make lists of things that make you happy. (Rowena)
  52. Read a book just for pleasure, not for book club, not for work research, not because someone recommended it – but one found while browsing the isles of the book store. (Penny)
  53. No Squawky-Polly. Squawky-Polly is a term my son coined for me to mean all that mind chatter that goes on telling me what it thinks of my conversations, projects, ideas, submissions, etc. It’s that negative self-talk that is just not necessary. (Sherry Richert Belul)
  54. Play music that thrills you to shift your mood. (Paula Swenson)
  55. Go to bed early one night a week (read if you can’t fall asleep). (Susan Schwake)
  56. Take time to dream. (Marilyn LoRusso)
  57. Walk in nature. (Marilyn LoRusso)
  58. Make a list of what you appreciate in life. (Marilyn LoRusso)
  59. Have a creative spiritual practice with built in accountability – like this. (Michelle Favreault)
  60. Cut flowers, or buy yourself some. (Helen Bradley)
  61. Meditate. (Helen Bradley)
  62. Cuddle. (Helen Bradley)
  63. Have a morning ritual. Like starting your day with meditation, yoga and then doing something nice for someone…maybe it’s giving positive feedback, making a connection, or giving a smile. (Juliette Crane)
  64. Learn a mantra and use it. (Jane Moore Houghton)
  65. Snuggle & tickle my babies. (Michelle M. Jones)
  66. Lay in my hammock, in the sun, with a book & a nice glass of wine. (Michelle M. Jones)
  67. Unplug the land line, turn off the cell phone, ignore all distractions not accompanied by flashing lights and sirens. (Donna Kallner)
  68. Get a hot stone massage. (Shandi)
  69. Attend a retreat. (Shandi)
  70. Play with my dogs. (Shandi)
  71. Spend time with my horse- riding, grooming. (Cathy)
  72. Stop blaming yourself for past mistakes. the past is gone, the future not here yet. Live for today, for this moment. (Gail Miller)
  73. Stop. Just stop. There’s time for a pause, quiet, stillness, breath and reconsideration. (Poetry Forge)
  74. Get into water! a tub, the shower, a pool, the lake….water transforms us, is us! In a pinch and can’t get into water? Get water into you. Sip. Chug. Savor. (Michelle Fave)
  75. Get lost in taking photos of the sunrise or sunset. (Maureen Young)
  76. Look carefully at the cloud formations. (Maureen Young)
  77. Write a daily gratitude journal. (Maureen Young)
  78. Be KIND to EVERYONE you meet just for today! SMILE at everyone! (Maureen Young)
  79. See the BEAUTY in all things. (Maureen Young)
  80. Put on fresh sheets and fluff your pillows. Add a pretty little pitcher of water to your nightstand and clear off any clutter from your bedside table. You will love the way it feels to go to bed or simply walk through your bedroom with a fresh and uncluttered bed and bedside table. (Janine)
  81. Financial True-ness: Live within your means and get out of credit card debt. (Melinda Rowe Williams)
  82. Stretch. (Andrea Hawkes)
  83. Cuddle your cat and enjoy the purring. (Andrea Hawkes)
  84. Take vitamins. (Tasra Dawson)
  85. Take supplements to boost brain activity or calm nerves. (Tasra Dawson)
  86. Curl up with heating pad, hot cocoa and chick flick. (Tasra Dawson)
  87. Listen to audiobook or meditation CD. (Tasra Dawson)
  88. Update your screensaver or your computer background. (Tasra Dawson)
  89. Go through old photos and share them with others. (Tasra Dawson)
  90. Go to the magazine section of the library. Find a comfy chair and just read. (Ruth Packard)
  91. Create a scrapbook out of supplies you already have. (Ruth Packard)
  92.  Sit outside, close your eyes and listen to the stillness. (Ruth Packard)
  93. Ground myself by connecting with nature everyday (barefoot if the weather allows!) (Louise Gale)
  94. Go for a reflexology session.  (Louise Gale)
  95. Visit the local thrift shop and peruse old cook books. (Beth Waddel)
  96. Go the the local recycling center and borrow magazines. Sit at home and tear out photos for your next Soul Collage project. (Beth Waddel)
  97. Gently wash and admire Grandma Millie’s teacups. (Beth Waddel)
  98. Look at photos of my very first year on this planet, reconnect with that little child and see how much she was able to achieve and grow in just a few months. (Laly Mille)
  99. Create an on-the-go craft kit so you can create anywhere! (April)
  100. Change of scenery. Visit a place you’ve never been. This could be a city trip, but it can also be a place in your own neighborhood. This could be a local shop, restaurant, coffee bar, gallery or museum. Anything. Take your time and look around, listen, take in the smells of the place. It might be surprisingly inspiring! (Koosje Koene)

 

 

 

Jess Greene is a Creativity Advocate, Dream Amplifier, and Curator of Transformational Opportunities. As the founder of Seek Your Course, Jess inspires adults worldwide to engage the creativity inside their minds and craft inspired lives. Her Creative Ease classes and consulting services enable artists to master the current technologies that can take their endeavors to the next level. Give your creativity permission and potential by joining the Seek Your Course mailing list below.

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33 comments on “100 Tips for Self Care!

  1. Amanda Page on said:

    Write at least three pages in my journal.

    Walk a labyrinth.

    Read through a beloved book – skipping to all my favorite parts.

    Spend an hour at a magazine stand.

    Wander around an antique store or flea market.

  2. Amanda Page on said:

    Whoops. My website is http://www.amanda-page.com

  3. fresh juice, matcha tea, meditation,good book,friends…5 self care tips

  4. Kim Hirsch on said:

    Create a personal challenge. For me it is a “photo a day”, it has been an amazing experience, into my 2nd year now.
    Bake something comforting.
    Go to the beach and walk.
    Get a pedicure.
    Soak in a hot bubble bath.
    Spend time with another creative friend.
    Attend regular critique sessions for your art.
    Browse websites of other artists in your field of interest.

  5. Grace Mendez on said:

    Sign up for a local art class and make new friends.

  6. This is just what I’m working on right now. On my list is
    1. Write in my journal
    2. Read an old favorite book
    3. Look through old pictures
    4. Put on great music
    5. Take a long hot shower
    6. Yoga
    7. Paint a picture
    8. Read through old journals
    9. Sit outside with a fresh margarita and enjoy the sunshine
    10. Make lists of things that make me happy.
    This is a good topic. I might just have to write about it on my own blog, since it is what I am confronting right now.
    http://warriorgirl.blogspot.com/

  7. Kim Hirsch on said:

    I attend an artists reception and talk to the artist about their creative process.
    Wander art galleries or museums.
    I take classes at community college or attend workshops in my area of interest.
    I check out books of the great masters at the library and study the lighting, technique, colors etc.
    Go on road trip.

  8. Read a book just for pleasure, not for book club, not for work research, not because someone recommended it – but one found while browsing the isles of the book store.

  9. Sherry Richert Belul on said:

    My very best self care tip is this: no Squawky-Polly. Squawky-Polly is a term my son coined for me to mean all that mind chatter that goes on telling me what it thinks of my conversations, projects, ideas, submissions, etc. It’s that negative self-talk that is just not necessary. So I just say no to Squawky Polly!

  10. Michelle M. Jones on said:

    Meditate.
    Lay in my hammock, in the sun, with a book & a nice glass of wine.
    Snuggle & tickle my babies.
    http://www.upliftartisan.com

  11. Spend time with my horse- riding, grooming…

  12. Shandi on said:

    1. Get a hot stone massage.
    2. Attend a retreat.
    3. Play with my dogs.

  13. Donna Kallner on said:

    Unplug the land line, turn off the cell phone, ignore all distractions not accompanied by flashing lights and sirens.

  14. Michelle Fave on said:

    Get into water! a tub, the shower, a pool, the lake….water transforms us, is us! In a pinch and can’t get into water? Get water into you. Sip. Chug. Savor. http://wp.me/p11muV-dv

  15. Maureen Young on said:

    Get lost in taking photos of the sunrise!
    Get lost in taking photos of the sunset!
    Look carefully at the cloud formations!
    Write a daily gratitude journal!
    Be KIND to EVERYONE you meet just for today!
    SMILE at everyone!
    Meditate!
    Breathe!
    Walk & take in the details in nature to sketch/journal when you’re home!
    LOVE everything just for today!
    See the BEAUTY in all things!
    Take yourself to an art museum!
    Let go!

  16. Janine on said:

    Put on fresh sheets and fluff your pillows. Add a pretty little pitcher of water to your nightstand and clear off any clutter from your bedside table. You will love the way it feels to go to bed or simply walk through your bedroom with a fresh and uncluttered bed and bedside table.

  17. Melinda Rowe Williams on said:

    Financial True-ness: Live within your means and get out of credit card debt.

  18. Andrea Hawkes on said:

    Cuddle your cat and enjoy the purring.

    Take your dog for a walk in the park and enjoy all that nature has to offer.

    Stretch.

  19. Tasra Dawson on said:

    Take vitamins.
    Take supplements to boost brain activity or calm nerves.
    Listen to audiobook or meditation CD.
    Curl up with heating pad, hot cocoa and chick flick.
    Go through old photos and share them with others.
    Update your screensaver.
    Update your computer background.

    http://liveinsanelygreat.com

  20. Ruth Packard on said:

    Go to the magazine section of the library. Find a comfy chair and just read. It’s free!

    Create a scrapbook out of supplies you already have. It’s free!

    Sit outside, close your eyes and listen to the stillness.

    My blog: http://thememoryforever.com

  21. Louise Gale on said:

    Take a long hot bath and listen to uplifting soulful spa music. http://louisegale.com

  22. Louise Gale on said:

    Ground myself by connecting with nature everyday (barefoot if the weather allows!) http://louisegale.com

  23. Louise Gale on said:

    Go for a pedicure and a reflexology session http://louisegale.com

  24. Beth Waddel on said:

    Got a cold ? Emergenc-C, old movies, and cuddle with the Pup

  25. Beth Waddel on said:

    Visit the local thrift shop and peruse old cook books

  26. Beth Waddel on said:

    Go the the local recycling center and borrow magazines. Sit at home and tear out photos for your next Soul Collage project

  27. Beth Waddel on said:

    Gently wash and admire Grandma Millie’s teacups

  28. Beth Waddel on said:

    Play beauty shop: facial, pedi/mani,hair masque all while watching Dexter

  29. Laly Mille on said:

    Look at photos of my very first year on this planet, reconnect with that little child and see how much she was able to achieve and grow in just a few months.

  30. My new self-care goal is to create an on-the-go craft kit. Creating is truly therapeutic for me and I know that more than ever now. I need to be able to create during trying times but can’t always take my supplies with me.

  31. Halley on said:

    This is excellent! Love being in nature + in the library – my two favorite places.