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Emotional Self-Care Ideas and Activities

Self-care is about a lot more than just mindset. While self-care can be a big help for your mental health days, it is often an even bigger response to your in-the-moment emotional needs.

  • Give. Do it unconditionally, and with no strings attached. See how good it feels to help others without expecting reciprocation.

  • Ask three good friends to give your positive feedback. What do they love about you?

  • Dedicate a week to saying only positive things on your favorite social media channel.

  • Do one thing today just because it makes you happy.

  • Finish this sentence every day after you wake up: “I love myself because I ___________.”

  • Have a good, long, cathartic cry.

  • Look at yourself in the mirror and imagine that you’re your best friend. What would you tell you right now?

  • Define only three daily goals. This makes goals achievable, while also allowing for normal “emergencies” at work that might take up your time.

  • Recite some self-love affirmations.

  • Remind yourself of the good stuff in life by writing a list of things you’re grateful to have. Then post it somewhere you can see it often to help refocus your emotions when you feel down.

  • Revisit happier times by reading old emails, letters, or postcards from friends and family.

  • Set photos of your loved ones as the wallpaper of your phone or laptop so you can look at them when you need inspiration.

  • Take a moment to name your emotions without judging them.

  • Stop being your harshest critic. Allow yourself to make mistakes. No one is perfect. Realize this means you too!

  • Tell your pet all of your darkest secrets. Your pet's nonchalance will remind you that you’re going to be okay.

  • Unfollow or mute toxic “friends” in your social media feeds.

  • Tap into your creative side. Use painting or another creative art to release your fear, anxiety, anger, and frustration on paper.

  • Use 15 minutes to write out your thoughts about anything bothering you. Then burn or throw away the paper.

  • Clean up your work area. (Many people find a clean and neat work area to be cathartic.)

  • Write encouraging affirmations or inspirational quotes on Post-its and place them where you will see them every day.

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