A-Z of Self Care

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So I’m sure by now we all know the importance of self-care and looking after ourselves, but it can be hard to fit some me-time into our already busy schedules! That’s why I decided to make a complete A-Z list of self-care ideas, with each letter having at least one 5 minute task and another that takes a bit more time.

The best way I can think of this to work is to pick a word, like your name for example, and then using each letter pick a self-care task listed here and complete it over a certain time. So for me, I could do C’s task on Monday, L’s on Tuesday, A’s on Wednesday and so on!

Of course, that’s just an idea and you could go through the alphabet if you like or just pick a certain activity that jumps out at you whilst you scroll through this post.

I’ve tried to include at least 3 activities for each letter of the alphabet to start with (except for X because it’s so hard to think of words that begin with X) but I’m planning to keep adding to this regularly so eventually it’s a complete master-post of every self-care idea you could ever imagine!

I really hope this is helpful to you, I know I’ll be checking back to complete some activities, and let me know what kind of techniques you’re using to decide what letters you’ll use!

A

Ask someone for help.

Alone time – take some time for yourself, away from any distractions or noise.

Awareness. Make yourself aware of your thoughts and consciously push any negativity out of your mind.

 

B

Bubble bath!

Bake yourself a small treat.

Buy something you’ve wanted for a while.

C

Call a friend or family member.

Change something in your life that makes you unhappy (can be big or small)

Cry and get it all out.

Cloud watching – see how many shapes you can make with the clouds in the sky.

D

Do seven star-jumps.

Dance around your room for a minute like no one’s watching.

Declutter a room in your house – or the house if you feel up to it.

E

Exercise for 10 minutes to clear your head and boost energy levels.

Eat a piece of fruit and savour each mouthful.

Enjoy doing something you haven’t in a while.

F

Focus on your breathing for 5 minutes.

Find a spare hour in your day to do something you love.

Find something to be thankful for in your daily routine.

G

Grab some colouring pencils and do some colouring.

Get dressed up just because.

Go to bed early.

H

Hop on one leg around the room you’re in.

Hug yourself or someone special to you.

Have a glass of water.

I

Invest in a little sweet treat for yourself.

Incense. Light some incense in your favourite scent.

Inspire yourself by reading an inspirational story or quote.

 

J

Jot down 5 things you like about yourself.

Journal about your day or future goals.

Jam session. Play a musical instrument (or turn a household item into an instrument) and sing along with your favourite song.

 

K

Kiss yourself or something/someone else you love.

Kindness. Make an effort to only speak and think of yourself with kindness for a full day.

Keep track of all the tasks you want to complete and reward yourself when you do.

 

L

Light some candles and watch the flame flicker.

Laugh – watch a funny video or read some jokes.

Listen to an album you haven’t listened to since you were younger.

M

Meditate. (A great app to use is Stop, Breathe & Think)

Make a small gift for yourself or a friend.

Make a silly face at yourself in the mirror.

N

Nap. Take some time out and give yourself a 30-minute nap.

Noise. Make as much noise as you can using everything around you!

Notice all of your feelings and why you feel that way. Remind yourself it’s okay.

O

Open all the windows in your room/house and let in some fresh air.

Offer to help someone.

Observe. Take some time to see a loved one, or a stranger, complete a task and pay attention to their movements.

P

Pick some flowers.

Pamper yourself.

Pretend the floor is lava and use your furniture to navigate the room without falling in.

Q

Questions. Look up the answer to a question you’ve always wanted to know the answer to.

Quality time. Make some time for yourself and a loved one to do something you really enjoy together.

Quarters. Split your day into 4 quarters and use 2 for work and 2 for me-time.

R

Run outside, no matter the weather.

Rearrange some furniture in your house.

Research something and find out some more information.

S

Smile at yourself in the mirror.

Stand outside and breathe in the fresh air.

Star-gaze.

T

Tell yourself 3 things you love about yourself.

Talk to someone you wouldn’t normally speak to – whether it’s a quick chat in your local shop or on social media, or stopping to say more than hi to your neighbour.

Take a break from your work/tasks for the day.

Take a walk outside and breathe the air in.

U

Unique. Make a list of all the things that are unique to you.

Understand what you need and don’t push yourself to do something you don’t feel able to.

Upset your daily routine and complete your usual activities backwards.

 

V

Vent and get all of your stress and anxiety out there. You can do this whatever way feels best for you – verbal, written etc.

Volunteer your time to help others.

Video yourself completing a small task – like brushing your teeth or putting your makeup on.

W

Watch a video on YouTube.

Wake up 15 minutes early tomorrow morning.

Write a list of 5-10 things you’re grateful for.

X

Xylophone. Watch a video of someone playing the xylophone – because why not?

eXcitement. Plan an activity you love and focus on how much you’re looking forward to it.

 

Y

Yell at the top of your lungs – get it all out.

Yoga. Practice some yoga positions wherever you are.

‘You are strong, beautiful, smart, okay’ Delete as appropriate and recite this to yourself 3 times today.

 

Z

Zone out of the real world for a minute or two and check in with how your body feels.

Zig-zag. Walk around your house/room in a zig-zag pattern.

Zero in on a specific body part and pay attention to how it feels/moves during a certain activity.

 

If you have activities/suggestions for adding to this post please feel free to comment below or message me on any of my social media links and I’ll add it on. Let me know if you decide to give any of these activities a try!

 

*LAST UPDATED – 18th April 2017*

Thanks to Tasha (blog|twitter) for her contributions in this post!

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April 7, 2017
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57 Comments

  • Reply Natasha

    These are great ideas! Bubble baths are the best, especially when they involve Lush! I love taking time out to watch YouTube videos, it’s nice to zone out and focus on them. I’ve never thought about splitting my day into quarters before, I might do this as I feel I’ll get more done and won’t waste the day

    Tasha x

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    April 7, 2017 at 1:13 pm
    • Reply clairelouiisexo

      Thank you! It definitely helps manage your time better, let me know if you give it a go! xo

      April 7, 2017 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Megan

    This is such a great list of things to do. People always forget to take care of themselves first before they can really help others.

    April 7, 2017 at 3:56 pm
    • Reply clairelouiisexo

      Thank you! Definitely, but it’s so important to make time for ourselves and put us first! x

      April 7, 2017 at 4:09 pm
  • Reply Mo

    Ohhhh I love this idea! It’s the kind of thing you can adapt and personalise too, fab! X

    April 7, 2017 at 7:06 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    I love this post! It’s such a unique and clever way to do it too. I always find laughing helps – watching YouTube videos or a comedy is always a good bet! Thank you for this – I’m going to save it and keep coming back to it! x

    April 7, 2017 at 7:11 pm
    • Reply clairelouiisexo

      Thank you so much! I love watching YouTube videos too, it really helps me zone out and feel so much better xo

      April 7, 2017 at 9:49 pm
  • Reply Gemma

    This is such a handy list to have, there’s some great ideas to relax too. I especially like the bubble bath and stargazing idea; both sound so peaceful!

    April 7, 2017 at 7:18 pm
    • Reply clairelouiisexo

      They’re two of my favourites too, thank you so much for reading! xo

      April 7, 2017 at 9:50 pm
  • Reply Abbey

    This is such a cute idea for a blog post! Sharing yo my facebook 🙂

    April 7, 2017 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply Kat

    Wow: this is such a thorough list! Thank you so much!! But what are star jumps??

    April 9, 2017 at 10:36 am
    • Reply clairelouiisexo

      Thank you so much for reading! Star jumps are a type of jump, like when you jump and make a star shape in the air (legs open & arms out wide)! xo

      April 9, 2017 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply Zara Anne Lonsdale

    First of all I love your header! It’s adorable! Second of all I’m going to save this post on my favourites for when I need a self care day. Clearly there has been great time and detail put into this post and it shows! Well done xx

    itsallzara.blogspot.co.uk

    April 9, 2017 at 4:07 pm
    • Reply clairelouiisexo

      Thank you so much, Claire from Aloha Lola is AMAZING. That means so much, thanks for reading! xoxox

      April 9, 2017 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply abbeylouisarose

    Claire this is such a valuable post, well done you for coming up with all of these wonderful ideas! I love how you’ve come up with something for even the most challenging letters like X and U! You’re a star, keep the positivity coming!

    Abbey 😍 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk
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    April 9, 2017 at 7:09 pm
    • Reply clairelouiisexo

      Thank you so much girl! It was so hard but I didn’t wanna leave any letters out haha. xoxox

      April 10, 2017 at 7:32 pm
  • Reply Terri

    This post is such a good idea!! Decluttering my room always helps me feel better if I feel down!

    Terri / http://www.territalks.co.uk

    April 9, 2017 at 7:09 pm
    • Reply clairelouiisexo

      Thanks so much for reading! Yes, it really helps me feel more organised and at peace too xo

      April 10, 2017 at 7:32 pm
  • Reply Chelsie

    Aw this is such a wonderful post. I will definitely be saving this for days when I need a little bit of positivity in my day cos I’m feeling a bit ‘meh’. So well thought out ❤

    C x
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    April 9, 2017 at 7:21 pm
    • Reply clairelouiisexo

      Thank you so much, I really hope it can help you on a down day xo

      April 10, 2017 at 7:33 pm
  • Reply melissa lacey

    This is such a good post, self care is so so so important! Love this!!

    Love, Melissa x
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    April 9, 2017 at 7:27 pm
    • Reply clairelouiisexo

      It totally is! So important to look after ourselves xo

      April 10, 2017 at 7:33 pm
  • Reply Ellie

    This is a fantastic idea! I’m definitely going to be trying this out. I absolutely love reading posts like this, thanks for sharing :).

    Ellie Xx | http://www.make-it-up.co.uk

    April 9, 2017 at 7:34 pm
    • Reply clairelouiisexo

      Thank you so much for reading, it means so much to me! xo

      April 10, 2017 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply Eleanor

    This is such an important post. Self care is something that people need to keep on talking about!

    April 9, 2017 at 7:36 pm
  • Reply Mairead

    I actually really love this blog. My favourite is the simple bubble bath. Speaking of which, I’m probably going to have one tonight now that you’ve mentioned it. Keep up the good work, this is fantastic!

    April 9, 2017 at 7:39 pm
    • Reply clairelouiisexo

      Hope you had a lovely bubble bath – they’re the best! Thank you so much for reading and commenting lovely xoxoxo

      April 10, 2017 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply Kayleigh Zara

    Omg I absolutely love this! This is such a great idea, and so so useful! X

    April 9, 2017 at 7:53 pm
  • Reply Hayley Fearnley

    I love this so much! So many fabulous ideas, I don’t think I’ll be running out any time soon now! Yoga is one of my faves, at the end of every session I could just fall asleep right there on the floor, it’s so soothing and relaxing, and bubble baths have the same effect on me too!

    Hayley x

    April 9, 2017 at 8:09 pm
    • Reply clairelouiisexo

      I love yoga too, but it does make me so sleepy! Oh no, don’t fall asleep in a bath, haha! Thanks so much for reading xo

      April 10, 2017 at 7:35 pm
  • Reply Paige

    Wow what a wonderful post idea? So creative and some very good ideas on here! Thank you for such a great post genuinely enjoyed reading every single letter on your list! Xxx

    April 9, 2017 at 8:12 pm
    • Reply clairelouiisexo

      Thank you so much! This is so, so kind – I’m so glad you enjoyed reading! xo

      April 10, 2017 at 7:36 pm
  • Reply Ain SB

    What a brilliant idea and you even came up with something from letter X! Aha. Thank you for sharing this and I am bookmarking this post hehe x Ain
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    April 9, 2017 at 8:16 pm
    • Reply clairelouiisexo

      Thanks! Yeah it was super hard to think of things towards the end of the alphabet haha. Thank you so much, I hope it’s helpful for you xo

      April 10, 2017 at 7:37 pm
  • Reply NAMELESSJEFF

    Such an amazing idea. So creative! Thanks for sharing! X

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    April 9, 2017 at 8:22 pm
  • Reply Lola Bellouere

    This is blooming great babe. I.am sure this is gonna help sooo many people. There are so many things you can add and I am really excited to watch this list grow 🙂 x
    Lola Mia // http://www.lolitabonita.co.uk
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    April 9, 2017 at 8:53 pm
    • Reply clairelouiisexo

      Ah, thank you so much lovely! I can’t wait to add more to this list too – let me know if you have any ideas! xo

      April 10, 2017 at 7:37 pm
  • Reply Jodie Mitchell

    I love this! I always try to have one night a week for self-care and at least five minutes a day for yoga just to chill out for a while. I’m definitely going to be trying these on a down day!

    April 9, 2017 at 10:03 pm
    • Reply clairelouiisexo

      Thanks so much for reading! I really hope these help you on a down day xo

      April 10, 2017 at 7:38 pm
  • Reply Annaleid

    This is so useful! Thanks for sharing! Gave me a lot of new ideas to do:)
    xoxo Annaleid

    April 10, 2017 at 9:54 am
    • Reply clairelouiisexo

      Thanks so much lovely, glad it gave you some new ideas! xo

      April 10, 2017 at 7:38 pm
  • Reply Ree

    I love this post so much! Learning how to take care of your self is such an important part of life recently, especially with how crazy wild life can be.

    Alone time and a bubble bath are definitely my favourite methods!

    Ree || http://earthtoree.blogspot.co.uk

    April 10, 2017 at 11:11 am
    • Reply clairelouiisexo

      Bubble baths are the best ever! Thanks so much for reading xo

      April 10, 2017 at 7:39 pm
  • Reply Shell Senseless

    LOVE this! Self care is so important and makes the world of difference to my mental health x

    April 10, 2017 at 4:41 pm
    • Reply clairelouiisexo

      It really is the most important thing! Hopefully this post can help you try some new ideas xo

      April 10, 2017 at 7:39 pm
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  • Reply Madara

    AMAZING list. <3 Loving it! You have put so much effort in creating this, really awesome. 🙂 :))
    Madara
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    April 11, 2017 at 11:10 am
    • Reply clairelouiisexo

      Thank you so much for reading! Glad you enjoyed it xo

      April 12, 2017 at 1:32 pm
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  • Reply Experiências e Constatações

    Loved this post. Self-care is so neglected most of the times. But doing small things each day makes such a difference!
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    April 18, 2017 at 11:46 am
    • Reply clairelouiisexo

      Thank you! It really does, thank you for reading! xo

      April 19, 2017 at 11:21 pm
  • Reply Karlena

    This is such a lovely idea! It’s so important to take the time to self care. Thank you for sharing
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    May 9, 2017 at 9:38 am
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