Tiny Self-Care Ideas for a Healthy Body, Mind and Soul

  1. Start a compliments file. Document the great things people say about you to read later.
  2. Change up the way you make decisions. Decide something with your heart if you usually use your head. Or if you tend to go with your heart, decide with your head.
  3. Go cloud-watching. Lie on your back, relax, and watch the sky
  4. Take another route to work. Mixing up your routine in small ways creates new neural pathways in the brain to keep it healthy. 
  5. Pay complete attention to something you usually do on autopilot, perhaps brushing your teeth, taking a shower or eating.
  6. Create a deliberate habit, and routinize something small in your life by doing it in the same way each day—what you wear on Tuesdays, pick a quote every morning and keep it in your mind for the rest of the day, etc
  7. Punctuate your day with a mini-meditation with one minute of awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations; one minute of focused attention on breathing; and one minute of awareness of the body as a whole.
  8. Unplug for an hour. Switch everything to airplane mode and free yourself from the constant bings of social media.
  9. Get out of your comfort zone, even if it’s just talking to a stranger at the bus stop.
  10. Oxygenate by doing the 7/11 deep breaths exercise. Breathe into your abdomen on a count of 7, and let the air puff out your stomach and chest on a count of 11.
  11. Write out your thoughts. Go for fifteen minutes on anything bothering you. Then let it go as you burn or bin the paper.
  12. Choose who you spend your time with today. Hang out with “Radiators” who emit enthusiasm and positivity, and not “Drains” whose pessimism and negativity robs energy.
  13. Get positive feedback. Ask three good friends to tell you what they love about you.
  14. Make a small connection. Have a few sentences of conversation with someone in customer service such as a sales assistant or barista.
  15. Have a self-date. Spend an hour alone doing something that nourishes you (reading, your hobby, visiting a museum or gallery, etc.)
  16. Ask for help—big or small, but reach out. 
  17. Take a five minutes break and stretch out your body. If you’re at work, you can always head to the bathroom to avoid strange looks.
  18. Run (or walk, depending on your current physical health) for a few minutes. Or go up and down the stairs three times.
  19. Narrow your food choices. Pick two healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners and rotate for the week.
  20. Make one small change to your diet for the week. Drink an extra glass of water each day, or have an extra portion of veggies each meal.
  21. Be still. Sit somewhere green, and be quiet for a few minutes.
  22. Take a quick nap if you can. Ten to twenty minutes can reduce your sleep debt and leave you ready for action.
  23. Imagine you’re your best friend. If you were, what would you tell yourself right now? Look in the mirror and say it.
  24. Use your commute for a “Beauty Scavenger Hunt.” Find five unexpected beautiful things on your way to work.
  25. Help someone. Carry a bag, open a door, or pick up an extra carton of milk for a neighbor.
  26. Check in with your emotions. Sit quietly and just name without judgment what you’re feeling.