30 Self Care Ideas – Affordable and Perfect for Busy Women

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What is Self Care?

The exact definition is “the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.” Simply put, it’s when you do things for yourself that helps you to relax, relieve stress, and just care for yourself. Luckily, there are a ton of self-care ideas, there’s something for everyone!

Why is Self Care Important?

Self-care is important because it helps keep your mind, body, and soul happy and healthy. It’s great for managing your stress levels and letting off steam when life gets tough. Women often neglect their own needs to care of others. This results in a build-up of stress and emotion with no release. It is important to good care of yourself so that you can take good care of others as well.

There are so many ways you can practice self-care. This article contains a ton of free or cheap self-care ideas that will help you to feel happy and healthy!

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Self Care Ideas

1. Start a bullet journal

Bullet journaling is the new thing! It’s great for becoming organized, and also gives you the chance to use your creative side. The bullet journaling kit below is super awesome! If you’re totally new to bullet journaling, check out this guide to bullet journaling.

2. Order takeout

Ordering takeout is the best. You don’t have to get dressed and ready, you can eat in bed or on the couch while you watch tv, and you don’t have to pay a tip!

3. Rent a movie

Renting a movie has never been easier, especially with how affordable it is now. Redbox is super cheap and has a huge selection. Also, if you have Amazon Prime, you can rent movies on there as well.

4. Get crafty

Do something that sparks your creativity! Adult coloring books are the new thing. Scrapbooking is also really fun. Hop on Pinterest and find some cool DIY ideas that you want to try.

5. Go out to eat by yourself

Go to your favorite eatery, and have a nice meal by your self. Take your time, take a book, sit there and really enjoy your meal.

6. Go for a drive

Get in the car and go wherever you feel like going. Whether it’s the mountains, the beach, an empty field, or just the next town over. Just drive, even if you’re not sure where you’re going to end up.

7. Take a bath

Allow yourself to take a luxurious bath. Go all out. Bubbles, candles, bath bombs, do it all!

8. Plan your dream house (or wedding) on Pinterest

Pinterest is seriously the best for planning your dreams. Whether it’s your house, wedding, vacation, or even your baby’s nursery!

9. Cook a fancy dinner

Cook yourself a nice dinner. Find a recipe online that looks good and give it a shot. Also, have a frozen pizza handy if it doesn’t work out! (;

10. Spend the day in bed

Sit in bed all day and watch tv. Binge watch a Netflix series or go through all your favorite movies. Or, just relax, sleep, and read books all day.

11. Get a pedicure

Pedicures are so nice and relaxing. If pedicures aren’t your thing, you can do a manicure. And if you want a cheaper alternative, give yourself a mani-pedi!

12. Exercise

Do some form of exercise. Whether it’s yoga, cardio, HIIT, bike riding, weight lifting, or even just going for a walk. Any form of exercise is good for the body and good for the brain.

13. Try something new

Do something you’ve always wanted to try. Maybe a craft, or learning a new language, playing an instrument, or just anything you’ve wanted to try.

14. Start (or write in) a journal

Journaling is great for clearing your mind. It’s a safe place to get out your emotions and vent without actually having to talk to anyone. It’s crazy how much better you feel after letting it all out. This journal is beautiful! 

15. Bake something

Get creative and bake something fun! Whether it’s your favorite cookies, or you want to try something crazy like a fancy cake, just bake!

16. Go buy a treat

If baking isn’t your thing, go buy yourself your favorite treat.

17. Find a new book to read

If you enjoy books, find yourself a new book. Google search “best romance books” or whatever genre you like.

18. Practice meditation

Meditation is good for the mind, body, and soul. It sometimes takes a while to really get the hang of. Check out this guide to getting started with meditation.

19. Set goals

Take time to sit down and determine your goals. It’s always nice to set your goals for the day, for the week, for the month, and sometimes set your 1-year and 5-year plans.

20. Do something nice for someone

Nothing makes you feel better than doing something for someone. Whether it’s anonymous or not, it will make you feel good.

21. Get a professional massage

I don’t know if there’s anything better than getting a massage. You can do a full body, or even just a foot massage. It’s SO relaxing.

22. Go for a walk

Get outside, go for a walk, and take your time to really enjoy your surroundings.

23. Go hot tubbing

For those of you who don’t have a nice, big, jetted tub (me), go find yourself a hot tub! The rec center is a good place to look.

24. Take a mini-vacay

Go on a weekend trip. It can be as simple as the next town over, or a long drive to the next big city, or a weekend trip to Vegas. Go somewhere fun!

25. Go see a show

Take yourself out to a movie, or a musical, or a comedy show. Whatever you think you’d get the most joy out of.

26. Get a facial

If pedicures aren’t your thing, try a facial! Or, have a spa day and do it all!

27. Go shopping

Buy yourself those shoes you want. Get yourself a new dress to go out in. Go on a shopping spree.

28. Create your ultimate bucket list

This is so fun! Plan out your ultimate bucket list. Add everything you want to accomplish in your lifetime, and watch yourself cross them off as time goes on.

29. Listen to a podcast or ebook

Podcasts are the new thing! There is a podcast out there for seriously everything. Ebooks are also in. You can just play it while you’re driving in the car, or plug your headphones in and listen to it throughout the day.

30. Take a nap

Allow yourself to neglect your responsibilities for the day, and take a nice, long nap.

What was your favorite idea from this self-care list?

Let us know in the comments, and include any of your favorite self care ideas that aren’t on this list.

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