50 Simple Self-Care Ideas For Hard Days

April 25, 2020
50 Simple Self Care Ideas For Hard Days

With everything going around in the world (due to Coronavirus), it’s quite easy to fall into depression and feel like giving up. It’s scary and tough having to deal with something we have never had to deal with before. However, we have to try to make the best of this situation because the days are hard as they already are. Worrying and panicking will only add more anguish to our lives. Therefore, now more than ever, it’s important to practice self-care because self-care is always important, even when the world is upside down. So, regardless of where you are located in the world, here are 50 simple self-care ideas for hard days like the ones we are currently living in.

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50 simple self care ideas for hard days



  1. Go outside for 10 minutes to breathe fresh air and recharge.
  2. Walk for 20 minutes while listening to your favorite playlist.
  3. Exercise at home – here’s how you can have a successful at home workout.
  4. Stretch your body for 15 minutes.
  5. Try out a YouTube workouthere are my favorite fitness channels.
  6. Create a workout routine, test it, and share it – here are some workout routines I have created in the past. 
  7. Eat a bowl of fruits!
  8. Try the Spell Your Name workout challenge. 


  1. Draw a portrait of yourself.
  2. Doodle in a sketchbook while listening to music.
  3. Create an abstract painting.
  4. Do an arts and crafts projecthere are some fun DIYs you can try!


  1. Deep clean a room in your house.
  2. Declutter your phone’s camera rollhere’s how!
  3. Organize and declutter your closet KonMari method


  1. Listen to a motivational podcast.
  2. Take a warm soothing shower.
  3. Create a list of affirmationshere are 10 affirmations to tell yourself everyday.
  4. Make a list of 5 things you love about yourself.
  5. Talk to God through prayer 
  6. Create a gratitude list – come up with a list of 5 things you’re grateful for.


  1. Buy a new book online and read it.
  2. Practice a new language – create a free Duolingo account & start learning.
  3. Learn something new – purchase a course on Udemy
  4. Study the Biblehere are 10 fun ways to read the Bible.
  5. Create a poem.
  6. “Binge-read” blog posts on topics you love.


  1. Treat yourself to your favorite snack.
  2. Watch two episodes of your favorite TV show.
  3. Have a small movie marathon session
  4. Make popcorn and watch your favorite movie.  
  5. Order pizza with your favorite toppings.
  6. Create a playlist with your favorite songs.
  7. Discover new YouTube channels.
  8. Create a TikTok 
  9. Watch videos on TikTok – follow me on TikTok @ gabbyxabigaill
  10. Do puzzles (crossword, word searches, etc)
  11. Listen to your favorite songs.
  12. Do some online shopping.
  13. Create a wish list.
  14. Take 15 minutes to relax and do absolutely nothing.


  1. Cook a new meal.
  2. Journal – here are 100 journal prompts!
  3. Go on Pinterest & pin away – let’s become Pinterest buddies, here
  4. Practice a new hobby.


  1. Try on a face mask.
  2. Give yourself a mani and pedi.
  3. Do your make up.
  4. Try a new hairstyle.
  5. Put your favorite outfit on, take a mirror selfie, and post it on Instagram.

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I hope you enjoyed this list and found a self-care activity that you want to do. So, tell me, how do you deal with hard days? What are some of your favorite self-care activities to do? I know we all have different ways of copping with hard days. Therefore, please share them with in the comments below. I want to read them!

Until next time,

Gabby Abigail

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Comments (20)

  • Claire

    April 25, 2020 at 9:07 am

    This is such a cute list!

    I’ve just started to get into doing journals and adopted a ridiculous large amount of washi tape and new markers haha! I know I’ve got to get into some new fitness routines sooner rather than later – so I shall have to check your recommendations out!

    1. Gabby Abigail

      April 25, 2020 at 5:08 pm

      Thank you. Haha, ah yes washi tape and markers are a must! I have definitely enjoyed journaling during this time in quarantine.


  • Nyxie

    April 25, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Great ideas. Thank you so much for sharing. We could all use a little extra self-care at the moment.

    1. Gabby Abigail

      April 25, 2020 at 12:08 pm

      You’re very welcome! (:


    2. Gabby Abigail

      April 25, 2020 at 5:09 pm

      I agree, self-care is always necessary. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Ashleigh

    April 25, 2020 at 11:46 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I really feel like I needed to read this today. I have felt myself falling into a rut and I need to turn that around. Definitely going to start on this list first thing tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Great tips!

    Ashleigh x

    1. Gabby Abigail

      April 25, 2020 at 5:10 pm

      You can definitely turn it around. Glad you found this helpful, Ashleigh. <3

  • Samantha Loombe

    April 25, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Love these ideas especially the self care ones. It’s so easy to forget to look after yourself. Thank you for sharing

    1. Gabby Abigail

      April 25, 2020 at 5:10 pm

      Thank you for reading! I agree. Which is why, it’s important to make time for yourself! x


  • Sophie

    April 25, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Some great ideas!! I love doing Joe Wicks workout videos on YouTube!! x

    1. Gabby Abigail

      April 25, 2020 at 5:11 pm

      Thank you! Ooooh I’ll have to check his channel out.


  • Best bodybuilders

    April 25, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Great posts and thanks for sharing this

    1. Gabby Abigail

      April 25, 2020 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you for reading!


  • The Newbury Girl

    April 26, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    I’m loving all the self-care methods that you’ve shared here – going outside really does make a huge difference. Also, reading the Word and praying is key!! I recently started reading Max Lucado’s book, Anxious for Nothing and so far I’m really enjoying it.

    Deep cleaning is always a favorite way of mine to pick myself up, too!! It is so satisfying to see the results of a deep cleaning session and a great way to stay “in the moment”. Going back to blog writing, photo shooting, and general blog planning has been helpful to my mood, too.

    I hope you are staying healthy during this hard time, girl! <3

    1. Gabby Abigail

      April 27, 2020 at 10:14 am

      Prayer has definitely helped me remain positive and hopeful. The other day I read a quote that said “if you have time to worry, you have time to pray” and that really helped put everything in perspective. That book sounds perfect for times like these. I’ve read a book by Max Lucado before and loved it.

      Blogging has helped me keep my sanity, too. I’m definitely enjoying all this blogging time I have.

      I’m glad you have also found ways to stay positive during these hard times. Thank you for your kind words. Wishing you all the best, always. (:


  • Nancy

    May 1, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    I love all of these self-care ideas. I totally agree, there are things we can do that makes us feel great. Basically get our minds off of the everyday troubles and treat ourself to a hobby or something nice in general. I am all about the self-focus and entertainment! Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy โ™ฅ exquisitely.me

    1. Gabby Abigail

      May 2, 2020 at 10:12 am

      Yes, exactly! I am glad you enjoyed these ideas.


  • Josh Raimonde

    May 2, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Hi Gabby, really great advice here. Iโ€™m mostly walking in the backyard, so starting to carve a path in the grass like in the cartoons. Also, watched an old 80โ€™s aerobics championship on YouTube, which was both hilarious and exhausting.

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