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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SELF CARE

Updated: May 20

Looking for some ideas on how to work in a little me time weekend? Here are my top 38 ideas for #selfcaresaturday and #selfcaresunday



Self care is a big part of my life. You know why? Because without it I’d be sitting in the corner rocking back and forth in the fetal position.

Life gets stressful and while it’s 100% ok to not always handle it like the graceful goddess you are, it is important to always make time for self care.

No matter how hectic our days are we cannot lead full and happy lives without filling our buckets too.

There are so many things I like to do to nurture my body, mind and soul. But let’s face it, there just isn’t enough time to do all of them every single day.


Whether you’re a broke student (like me), working full time, a full time mom or anywhere in between, there’s something here for you. You can make these self care ideas as quick or as time consuming as you’d like.


These ideas can cost nothing, using just what you have around your house or be as expensive and luxurious as you’d like too!


#1. Take a Bubble Bath


Pick yourself out a luxurious bath bomb from Lush or sprinkle in some epsom salt or essential oils for an aromatherapy session.


Bentonite clay is also a great bath healer. Add half a cup to warm water and enjoy your home made detox mud bath.


#2 Meditate


If you’re new to meditation, try a guided one on Headspace or Youtube.


Try sitting in silence for just 5 minutes, focusing on your breath. Or go for longer if you’re a pro!


#3. Bake Something Yummy


Bake some vegan blueberry muffins or some not so vegan fudge-y brownies.

Browse your favorite food blog or Pinterest for more yummy ideas!


#4. Cook Something Healthy


Make a big salad or some vegan baked sweet potatoes (with cashew sour cream of course!) Pinterest is always my go to for healthy meal inspo.


#5. Do a Face Mask


I LOVE sheet masks, which are usually a couple dollars from the store but the more pricey masks with chemical exfoliants in them are great too

I LOVE this one.


You can also make your own face mask. The internet is full ofDIY face mask recipes but my personal fav is coconut oil, tea tree oil and activated charcoal!



#6. Do a Hair Mask


Make a DIY hot oil mask using coconut oil, or put your normal conditioner on towel dried hair, wrap in shower cap to keep the heat and moisture in, and leave on for 10+ minutes.


Or if you're feeling extra fancy treat yourself to a professional hair treatment.


#7. Organize Your Space


I say this all the time: physical clutter = mental clutter. The more clean and organized the space we live in feels the better we feel.


Pick an area that's been nagging at you, or if you have the time, do a complete overhaul.


The dollar store is a great place to get inexpensive storage bins. Get yourself a label maker or some cute chalk sticker labels and go to town!




#8. Start a Garden


Make a DIY herb garden or, if you have the space, create an outdoor flower or veggie garden.


I recently started a little kitchen herb garden using mason jars. They are super cute and only cost me the price of the seeds to make!


Don't have a green thumb? This herb garden starter kit is perfect for beginners!


#9. Binge Watch Your Favorite Show


Find a binge worthy show or watch a standup comedy special (laughter really is the best medicine)


#10. Create a Journal


Do a thought dump where you write whatever comes to mind for 5 minutes.


Write down your feelings, your goals, whatever feels right in the moment.



#11. Make a Vision Board


As a graphic design junkie, I like to pull pictures off of Pinterest and create my vision boards (like the one up there) in Photoshop. This way I can search for exactly what I’m looking for. (Canva is a great photoshop alternative for beginners).


Not tech savvy? Good old magazine clippings and some mod podge work great too.


#12. Start an Art Project


If you’re not an artsy person that's ok! But it’s good to exercise that left brain part of ourselves sometimes.


I personally love watercolor. If you need a little inspiration, follow along to a Youtube tutorial.


#13. Play/Listen/Dance to Music


We all know the right song can take us to another place in our minds. Harness the power of music to make you feel good whenever you need a lift.


Dance like no one's watching. If you’re shy like me this can be super liberating.


Not feeling a full on dance sesh? Listening or singing along can be a great stress reliever. If you’re more musically inclined, learn to play a new song. I love to sing but suck at the piano, so sometimes sitting down to play and improve my piano skills feels really good.


#14. Light a Candle


Scented candles are my jam! I pretty much always have one lit if I’m home.


For an added benefit of healing vibes, try a Himalayan salt candle. They emit negative ions into the atmosphere when heated up which have a lot of benefits:


  • Regulates sleep and mood by increasing serotonin levels

  • reduces stress

  • boosts the immune system

  • increases metabolism (yep that's pretty nice)

  • kills or inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria



#15. Use an Essential Oil Diffuser


Lavender, eucalyptus or lemon are my go to’s. Make your own blend or try one of the Aura Cacia essential oil blends.


It's the perfect all natural way to de stress and add some aromatherapy to your day.


#16. Take yourself out for a mani/pedi (or do your nails at home)


I'm currently loving the OPI Nail Strengthener. It keeps my fragile nails from breaking and makes them look super fresh. Check it out here.


#17. Put Some Body Butter On


Lather yourself in a luxurious whip or whip up your own intensive body moisturizer.


Use coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter and essential oils or whatever you have in your house already.


#18. Get a Facial (or give yourself one at home)


Fun fact about me, I'm a licensed esthetician. I could go on all day about the amazing benefits of skin care regimens and regular facials, but I'll try to keep it brief.


Facials help to deep clean and exfoliate the skin, which helps increase cell turnover rate. This basically means that the skin renews itself faster resulting in beautiful, age proofed skin.


Facials are expensive but guess what? You don't have to pay a professional upwards of $80 to get one. Give your skin a little treat at home it's easier than you might think!



#19. Say Affirmations


Say them out loud, write them in your journal, your planner, leave them on sticky notes around your house.


Some of my favorite affirmations:



#20. Practice Gratitude


Write down 10 things you’re grateful for. It can be big or small.


You could also start a gratitude jar. Drop a slip of paper in everyday with one thing you’re grateful for.


When you’re having a bad day, take out your gratitude slips and read them over as a reminder of all the good things in your life.


#21 Exercise


Do yoga, pilates, swim, run, lift weights. Just get your body moving! Exercise is a great way to get more into your body and out of your head! (Especially if you’re an over thinker like me)



#22. Get Some Sun


10 minutes of sunshine can be super refreshing. Just make sure you put your SPF on first and don’t over do it in the sun!


A little sun is good for us but too much can be dangerous!


#23. Buy Yourself Something Nice


A cute new piece of home decor, a book you’ve been wanting to read, a skin care product or whatever floats your boat!


#24. Read an Enriching Book


Audible is great if you’re not into reading. But I personally love paper books. There’s nothing like getting cozy, making some tea and getting lost in a good book. Especially on a rainy day!!


#25. Listen to a Podcast


There are so many good podcasts out there. It’s a great way to learn something new or to have a familiar voice keep you company on a walk.


#26. Talk to a Friend


In the age of technology, we've never been more connected. But being so busy scrolling instagram, we can sometimes miss out on meaningful connections with those we love.


Call up a good friend and have a chat! Other people can help boost our mood and make us feel more connected in a meaningful way.

#27. Take Yourself out For Coffee (or a smoothie)


Grab a soy latte and a blueberry muffin. Or whatever your favorite coffee-pastry combo is. Or maybe you're feeling a green smoothie. Sit down and people watch for awhile or go for a little stroll.



#28. Go Out for Lunch with Someone Close to You


Invite a friend or family member you care about out for lunch or, my favorite: brunch! You could also cook with them or have a picnic in the park.



#29. Go for a Walk


Find a good playlist or podcast and take the dog out (or just yourself) for some fresh air.


Find a trail or park to stroll around in. Going for a walk in my neighborhood is one of my favorite things to do. I love looking at all the houses and gardens.


#30. Learn a New Skill


Is there a language you’ve always wanted to learn? Maybe an instrument? Or a recipe you’ve always wanted to master? Take some time to learn! Self improvement is self care in my book!


#31. Snuggle with Your Pets


I love my bunnies (Ernie and Priscilla) and a good cuddle session always makes me feel better. Plus they love the head scratches :)


#32. Make a Cup of Tea


Or coffee, or chai or golden turmeric milk. Something warm and healthy always helps me set the mood for me time.


#33. Sit Quietly in Nature


Nature is so grounding and peaceful, we busy bodies often times forget about the wonderful benefits of nature. Take your shoes off and stand in the grass or sit on a bench and listen to the birds.


#34. Put on Cozy Socks


Fluffy soft socks are my favorite thing. I may even have a slight hoarding problem, depending on who you ask.


#35. Plan a vacation (even if you can’t afford it right now!)


I recently bought a world map to hang in my living room. I plan to put pins on it for all the places I want to travel. It makes me happy every time I look at it and keeps reminding me of my #travelgoals.


I think it's fun to keep a travel journal. Write down the places you want to go and why. What do you want to experience? What foods do you want to try? Look up airline tickets and hotels. Plan your expenses and itinerary.


Maybe it's just me but I love planning things. It makes me that much more excited about the future and helps put things into a realistic perspective.


#36. Take a Nap


Whether it’s a cat nap or a two hour nap (or longer) sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself!


OK, my favorite thing to do is brew some tea, put on some over night moisturizing lotion, put my eye mask on and listen to a guided meditation while I drift off into a cozy slumber.


#37. Read Your Horoscope


Get a personalized reading (more expensive but more accurate) or find your sun sign horoscope online.


If you know the time you were born, (and you're into this kinda stuff) you can plug it into a website, usually for free and get your birth chart with an interpretation.


#38. Buy Yourself Flowers


Who says someone else has to buy you flowers? Fresh flowers are an instant mood booster. They smell great, provide some eye candy and make my home feel like a peaceful sanctuary.


Flowers can be a little pricey though, and they don't last too long. Pick some from your garden or even clip a twig to put in a vase. It's a great budget friendly way to bring a little nature inside and looks super cute and minimalist.



In our culture, it's easy to believe that if you aren't busy all the time then you're being lazy. We brag about our busy schedules and how full our plates are. But this simply isn't a healthy way to think.


It’s OK to Netflix and chill, take some time to scroll through instagram and to make time for self care.


#selfcare #metime #lifestyletips #selfcaretips #treatyourself #takecare #mothersday







Hi! I'm Jessica.

I'm just a normal person sharing the lessons I've learned from life so far. I somehow manage my hectic work, school and personal schedules all while staying organized and writing this blog. I am a computer science major with a passion for graphic design. If you're interested in hearing my organizational and lifestyle tips as well as the awesome things I get from target sometimes, then feel free to sign up for my email list below.

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