64 Suggestions of Ways to Nurture Yourself

Good self care is vital

  • Take a ‘mental health day’ off.
  • Read an inspirational book.
  • Have a warm drink.
  • Listen to a positive, motivational tape.
  • Write in your journal.
  • Take a warm scented bath
  • Go for a walk
  • Sit in the sun.
  • Have breakfast in bed.
  • Phone a friend.
  • Have a massage.
  • Explore nature – go to the beach or bush.
  • Play with an animal.
  • Buy yourself some flowers or a plant.
  • Give yourself a hand, foot or body massage.
  • Spend time in the garden.
  • Get some exercise.
  • Write a letter to an old friend.
  • Go to the movies or a show.
  • Play your favorite music.
  • Write some poetry.
  • Do something creative just for pleasure.
  • Go window shopping.
  • Write in your journal about your special accomplishments.
  • Walk in the rain.
  • Tune into yourself and find out what you’re feeling and what you need.
  • Plan something fun – an outing, treat or holiday.
  • Stop and smell the flowers
  • Have a spa, swim or sauna.
  • Cook something special.
  • Go to bed early.
  • Watch the sunset.
  •  Buy yourself something special.
  • Watch a funny video.
  • Meditate or pray.
  • Listen to the birds.
  • Relax with a good book.
  • Cuddle your favorite stuffed animal.
  • Make a list of things that make you happy.
  • Say soothing, loving things to yourself.
  • Go to a park and swing on the swings.
  • Wake up early and watch the sunrise.
  • Make a special meal just for you.
  • Write about how you are feeling.
  • Light a candle.
  • Browse in a book store.
  • Draw or paint a picture.
  • Visualize a safe, relaxing scene and imagine stepping into it and soaking up the peace.
  • Ask someone for a hug.
  • Do some yoga.
  • Give yourself a facial.
  • Write down everything you love about yourself.
  • Burn essential oils in the oil burner.
  • Play some calming music.
  • Notice your achievements and give yourself credit for them.
  • Create quality time for you by taking the phone off the hook.
  • Ask for the help and support you need.
  • Go to the library.
  • Give yourself permission to sit and relax.
  • Eat something nourishing.
  • Sing or dance.
  • Lie on the grass.
  • Have a foot bath.

© Copyright Kay Douglas. Kay Douglas is a registered psychotherapist, counsellor and life coach. She is also the author of four self-help books: Invisible Wounds, Challenged by Childhood, Living Life Out Loud and Power Games (co-authored with Dr Kim McGregor). She is in private practice in Auckland, New Zealand. For more information please visit www.kaydouglas.co.nz

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