Self Care

230+ Self-Care Ideas for Your Healing Journey

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Most individuals who have been through childhood abuse struggles with self-care. If you’ve had abusive parents, you’re probably not taking care of yourself as well as you should. This post provides over 230 self-care ideas you can possibly add to your everyday life for your healing journey and well-being.

Creating Your Self-Care Plan

Self-care isn’t a one-time deal. It is a bunch of little habits that grow into a lifestyle. It isn’t easy to practice, especially when you’ve experienced trauma. But it is essential for your healing and health.

It can be difficult to start, especially if you learned throughout your life that your needs or well-being don’t matter. So to make it easier, consider creating a self-care plan.

It’s important to realize that there’s no one-size-fits-all to self-care. Something that works for someone else might not work for you and vice versa. Even something that works for you today might not work for you tomorrow. Your needs and wants change every day, so your self-care will, too.

As you go through this post, jot down self-care ideas that you can add to your plan. Try to implement at least one self-care activity a day.

Once you have your plan, try to practice it consistently. Also, it doesn’t have to be the same activity every day. You can incorporate different types of self-care to keep it fresh. But of course, it’s ultimately up to you.

To better practice self-care consistently, add it to your to-do list or schedule. If you feel like you don’t have time for it, MAKE TIME! Self-care is supposed to be intentional care that is meant to nurture your health and well-being. Remember – self-care means taking care of yourself.

230+ Self-Care Ideas

For your self-care plan, try to incorporate both energizing and nurturing activities. As you go through the lists of self-care ideas, remember to choose things YOU like. Just because something is on this list does not mean it will benefit you. Pick self-care ideas that speak to YOU. Do things that you’d find energizing or nurturing.

Self-care is supposed to be about you. If you don’t enjoy your self-care activity, then the whole thing is moot. Again, the purpose is to take care of you. So keep that in mind when deciding or implementing any of the self-care ideas in this post.

The self-care ideas listed below are categorized into the five types of self-care that are covered in this post: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and social. However, some ideas can fall into more than one category. As you create your self-care plan, feel free to categorize it in whichever way works best for you.

230+ Self-Care Ideas for Your Healing Journey | Hopeful Panda

Physical Self-Care Ideas

These self-care ideas involve taking care of your body and overall physical health. These activities ensure you are exercising regularly and getting the needed nutrients to keep your physical body and health in good shape. It also includes avoiding or limiting unhealthy habits that may be detrimental to your body or health.

  • Do the body scan practice to check in with your body
  • Exercise regularly
  • Go for a walk
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Visit a gym
  • Take a fitness class
  • Jump rope
  • Lift weights
  • Play a sport
  • Go rock climbing
  • Go hiking
  • Do yoga
  • Go swimming
  • Stretch
  • Follow a workout video
  • Dance to your favorite song
  • Shower regularly
  • Take good care of your teeth
  • Take good care of your skin
  • Get enough sleep
  • Get enough rest
  • Take a nap
  • Maintain a sleeping schedule
  • Learn more about how to sleep better
  • Spend some time in the sun for vitamin D
  • Eat a balanced diet suited for your needs
  • Try out a new healthy recipe
  • Stay hydrated
  • Prepare a healthy meal
  • Limit or quit an unhealthy habit
  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid drugs
  • Avoid excess alcohol
  • Get your annual checkups
  • Seek medical help when needed
  • Take your medications as prescribed
  • Take supplements on nutrition you’re lacking

Emotional Self-Care Ideas

These self-care ideas aim to help you become more in tune with your emotions as well as lift your spirits when you’re feeling down. These activities involve taking care of your emotional health as well as learning healthy coping skills for times of distress

Treat Yourself

A big part of self-care includes treating yourself, which I decided to place under emotional self-care. Treating yourself can lift your mood and remind you that you are worthy. However, it’s important not to confuse treating yourself with self-indulgence.

Treating yourself means celebrating or rewarding yourself for whatever reason you please. However, anything in excess is bad. Treat yourself in moderation but recognize when it’s getting into unhealthy territory.

Of course, you deserve good things. But it’s also up to you to make sure those good things stay in healthy, reasonable limits. Because if not, it just ends up hurting you more than it helps you.

  • Treat yourself to something nice
  • Buy a present for yourself
  • Splurge a little
  • Order in
  • Eat out
  • Travel somewhere new
  • Go shopping, even if it’s just window shopping
  • Take a break from work
  • Blast music
  • Listen to your favorite music
  • Dress up
  • Watch something you like
  • Read something you like
  • Have a picnic
  • Eat dessert
  • Eat your favorite food
  • Have a fun day just for you
  • Go on a date by yourself
  • Take a vacation or staycation
  • Get or give yourself a manicure and/or pedicure
  • Surround yourself with things that make you happy
  • Do something you enjoy
  • Do what makes you happy
  • Try to live by your values, beliefs, and passions

Mental Self-Care Ideas

These self-care ideas are meant to be mentally and intellectually stimulating. They involve keeping your mind sharp, engaging in something creative, trying something new, or organizing your life.

  • Listen to a podcast
  • Read some fiction
  • Read some classic literature
  • Work on a puzzle
  • Do a crossword puzzle
  • Do sudoku
  • Learn something new for fun
  • Learn a new language
  • Visit the museum
  • Learn to play a musical instrument
  • Learn a new skill
  • Play chess
  • Learn a new game
  • Play a board game
  • Try something different
  • Take a class
  • Attend a workshop or seminar
  • Explore a new area
  • Take up a new hobby
  • Start a garden
  • Watch an educational video or documentary
  • Learn how to sew
  • Take a different approach to a daily routine
  • Earn a license or certification
  • Write poetry
  • Write a short story
  • Make a vision board
  • Discover new recipes
  • Paint something
  • Draw something
  • Take on pottery or sculpting
  • Sew, knit, crochet, quilt, or embroider something
  • Experiment with different ingredients
  • Do something crafty
  • Invent a new dish
  • Decorate your home
  • Redecorate
  • Make homemade lotion, bath bombs, or face masks
  • Design a poster
  • Create different outfits for different occasions
  • Cook or bake something
  • Upcycle something
  • Start a blog to express yourself
  • Create a to-do list (add self-care ideas to it!)
  • Organize your closet, workspace, pantry, garage, or whatever else
  • Declutter your physical space (workspace, closet, home, garage, etc)
  • Declutter your digital space (email, social media, digital photos, files, etc)
  • Make a budget (financial self-care is crucial as well!)
  • Meet with a financial advisor
  • Meal prep and grocery shop
  • Clean something
  • Repair something yourself
  • Create an emergency plan
  • Digitize important documents and back them up
  • Learn new ways to save money
  • Plan for a future trip

Spiritual Self-Care Ideas

These self-care ideas aim to calm, soothe, or relax you. They also aim to help you feel a sense of peace and purpose in life.

  • Meditate
  • Get a massage
  • Go to a sauna
  • Have a spa day
  • Take a bubble bath
  • Take a warm bath with some bath salts
  • Light up some candles
  • Diffuse some essential oils
  • Take a nice, long shower
  • Make yourself a cup of something warm and savor it
  • Practice deep breathing
  • Use a face mask
  • Moisturize
  • Massage yourself
  • Plant some seeds
  • Sit outside
  • Practice gratitude
  • Go for a walk in nature
  • Attend a religious service
  • Watch a sunset or sunrise
  • Do yoga
  • Try guided imagery
  • Color
  • Do karaoke
  • Star gaze
  • Go on a journey to explore and discover yourself
  • Go for a drive with no destination in mind
  • Listen to the sounds of nature
  • Listen to music that soothes you
  • Cuddle something or someone
  • Unplug
  • Give yourself some downtime
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Read, watch, or play something
  • Create a space for yourself to relax, work, or get creative. Make it your space.

Social Self-Care Ideas

These self-care ideas involve creating meaningful relationships and strengthening existing ones. Social support is essential! Having any sort of meaningful relationships in your life will make a difference in your healing journey.

If you don’t have any meaningful relationships now, try out the ideas that can help you make some. If you have existing connections, try out activities that can enhance your bond.

  • Reach out to family and friends
  • Spend quality time with loved ones
  • Start a group chat with people you care about
  • Host a game night
  • Call, text, or video chat with someone
  • Volunteer for a cause you care about
  • Give back to your community
  • Help others
  • Do a random act of kindness for a stranger
  • Throw a dinner party
  • Meet new people
  • Go on dates
  • Start a club
  • Join a club
  • Join an online community
  • Reach out to an old friend
  • Eat with your family
  • Take a road trip with someone you love
  • Go on a date with your significant other
  • Evaluate your existing relationships
  • Write a letter to someone you care about
  • Play something with your online friends
  • Invite someone over for a drink or dinner
  • Host a family game night
  • Go camping or backpacking with a friend
  • Meet people online
  • Find a way to brighten someone else’s day
  • Make or purchase some gifts for others just because
  • Play with your pet
  • Play with your kids
  • Make a care package for someone
  • Mail out some gratitude letters
  • Send out supportive texts or emails
  • Plan a get-together and make it happen!
  • Do something kind for someone you care about
  • Spend some quality time with your loved ones


Remember, you don’t have to make any drastic changes to your life. But do take a bit of time and space each day to practice some self-care.

With just a little bit, I hope you can experience more pleasure, rest, and satisfaction in your day-to-day life.

Also, remember that self-care is different for everyone. It should be tailored to YOUR needs. The important thing is to find a balance of self-care activities that work for you.

Incorporate one thing or a combination of a few small things. Then another. Then another. It’s totally okay to take things slowly. Don’t push or pressure yourself to do things fast or do it right.

Being flexible and patient with yourself is self-care. Try to take a little time each day to focus on YOUR needs, even when you’re not up for it. Choose something you might feel like doing. Try to make it a priority.

Remember, being able to do any kind of self-care shows that you are healing.

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