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Self-Care Day Ideas

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Ahh, a self-care day. We all need ’em. A chance to take a break, unwind, and…

A self-care day is everything. Without them, we’d all be miserable af. Sometimes life gets overwhelming and we just need to take a mental health day to settle our brains, and just slow down. 

For me, 2017 has been non-stop working mode. Thesis writing, a million job applications, moving out/in/out/in again. I’d like to thank my friends and family, the academy & self-care days for getting me through the past few months.

Ready to feel refreshed and less stressed? Here are 10 ideas for your self-care days. Pull up a chair, grab a glass of wine and get set to chillax…

Mental Health Day Ideas:

1. Find a new favorite Coffee shop.

There are so many tiny, hole in the wall shops and restaurants in existence that you don’t really get a chance to explore…and that’s usually because you’re too busy.

Find a new place! Take a breather from your daily Starbucks, or Dunkin and find a new, local coffee shop. Read up on reviews from Yelp before you go!

mental health day ideas


2. Exercise.

When I first started working, I did not realize how exhausting it was. By the time I got home from that 9-5, I just wanted to veg out and watch TV. #relatableAF

For those of you who don’t religiously work out everyday….you’re not alone!

It doesn’t hurt to add a little physical activity as one of your mental health day ideas. Get up and get active! Consider taking a Vinyasa flow yoga class.  Get nature involved and go on an awesome hike. Get up, get moving and get those endorphins flowing! Namaste.


3. Spa day.

Nothing says stress relief like a spa day. Mani-pedis are a gift from God. If you can, splurge and get a massage. We hold so much physical stress in our bodies, it’s insane. 

For those of us that can’t afford those luxuries (like me) create your own affordable spa day. Buy a face mask, crank that spa Spotify playlist and enjoy your peace. Check out this awesome facial in a box from Kohls.

4. Catch up on your fave show.

The worst is being behind on your new show, and seeing a million spoilers on twitter (I’m looking at u Game of Thrones).

Now that you have time to yourself, get some snacks, curl up on the couch and binge watch your favorite show. If you’re feeling super bold, take a solo trip to the movies and see that film you’ve been dying to see. No shame. It’s actually one of the most relaxing self-care day ideas out there.

5. Retail therapy.

Treat. Yo. Self.

Hit up the mall and buy yourself something you’ve been wanting for awhile. A new outfit? Maybe a necklace or bracelet? Maybe even a new camera or laptop. Try “window shopping” if the budget is tight. My Zaful online shopping carts are always full.

6. Spend time with friends and family.

Plan a mental health day excursion with the squad. Get some endless mimosas at brunch, or tour a local vineyard.

I’m a venter, so I relieve stress through talking about all my feelings with my friends and fam. If possible, take a day off on a Friday or Monday, and make a long weekend out of it. Use the opportunity to catch up with friends and family that aren’t necessarily close by. Book a cheap flight if you can!

 *Related Post: Check out my tips save money on airfare here*

7. Read.

Reading is an awesome activity to add to your list of mental health day ideas because it provides an easy means of escape. You can get completely lost in a good story for hours on end. If you’re a millennial looking for a good book, check out this Buzzfeed article on 65 books to read in your 20s. 

8. Knit/crochet.

Now I’m a little bias here since these activities are my absolute fave, 😉 but knitting and crocheting help so much with stress relief, and just feeling good!

It’s so much fun to create different projects, communicate with others who enjoy the craft and make gifts for friends and family. It is such an amazing feeling to be able to create amazing projects like hats/scarves, shirts & socks with just a ball of yarn and a hook/needles.

If you’re a beginner, Michael’s and JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores offer great [beginner friendly] class options.

Flash Sale at Darn Good Yarn

9. Try a new recipe.

We all know you’ve been pinning those awesome recipes on Pinterest. During your mental health day is as good a time as any to finally give it a go! Share your success story with all your friends and family.

My garden has been producing so much zucchini lately that I’ve literally run out of things to use it in. I recently tried a zucchini brownie recipe, and I was not disappointed. 12/10 would repin again. Also, there’s no raw egg so I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t eat some of the leftover batter 😉

10. Nap!

There’s a pretty good chance that you’re not getting enough sleep at night. Take your self-care day to just relax in bed and catch some much needed Zzz’s. As [my favorite Disney character] Winnie the Pooh would say…

“Let’s begin by taking a smallish nap or two.”


Hope you take some of these ideas and consider them for your own day of rest and relaxation.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy your self-care day. You deserve it, always.  🙂

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