Self Care Menu: The 105 Best Self-Care Ideas

July 10, 2020
Self-Care Menu: The 105 Best Self-Care Ideas

Living your best life doesn’t necessarily mean spending thousands on designer clothes, traveling the world, being famous, or even being rich. You can live your best life simply by practicing self-care: taking care of your mental health, happiness, and well-being. If you’re not happy on the inside, whatever you have on the outside won’t matter. Which is why, we can’t talk about healthy and happy living without mentioning self-care. So, whether you’re new to practicing self-care, or are a self-care aficionado, today I will be sharing a self-care menu packed with the 105 very best self care ideas. What kind of self-care will you be having today? Let’s find out, shall we?

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105 best self care ideas to practice at home


Before, I unveil the self-care menu, it’s important to understand what self-care is. 

Self-care is simply the act of taking care of one’s well-being, happiness, and health. 


For starters, let’s get rid of the mentality that self-care is being selfish because that’s far from the truth. While self-care means taking care of one’s self for self-preservation, it provides benefits not only to the one practicing it, but to those around them as well. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “you can’t pour from an empty cup” before. Well, it’s true. If you’re empty, unhappy, and sick, you can’t give your best to others. 


The best way to help others is by helping yourself first. 

You can’t take care of someone else if you personally need to be taken care. 

Now, please don’t get me wrong. Of course you should always be ready to offer help to others (even if you’re not at your best.) 

However, you can help more if you’re personally doing well. If you’re happy, striving, and healthy, you can help others achieve the same by being there for them (your very best self) and by serving them as as an inspiration. A happy version of yourself is more helpful to others than a crabby, tired, depressed, and stressed version of yourself. 

Those around you notice when you’re genuinely happy – and that alone is enough to inspire them. 


Although self-care is less complicated than what you think, self-care goes far beyond doing the daily necessities like, eating, sleeping, and practicing hygiene. Self-care is taking that extra step to ensure that your emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being is in check. Whether it’s taking 5 minutes of your day or an hour a day, you can successfully practice self-care by doing something for yourself. 


Because self-care is a must, it’s important to never run out of self-care ideas. Which is why, I have created a self-care menu full of FREE ideas for you. The only currency you need to use to buy something off the self-care menu is your time. Since I know that we all have different schedules and amount of time, I have created a self care menu with over 100 ideas to practice in different amounts of time.


There are 8 categories in the self-care menu for all kinds of schedules (:

  • Well-Being Drinks: 5 Minutes
  • Snacks of Love: 10 Minutes
  • Healthy Appetizers: 15 Minutes 
  • Warm Soups: 20 Minutes 
  • Happy Desserts: 30 Minutes
  • Salads full of Sunshine: 40 Minutes
  • Special Sides: 1 Hour
  • The Best Main Dishes: 2 Hours + more

So, if you only have 5 minutes to practice self-care, you can shop at the 5 minutes category. Or if you have 30 minutes, you can shop at the 30 minutes category. There is something for everyone in this menu. 


Without further a do, here is the menu you have all been waiting to receive. Grab the menu, shop with your time, and enjoy some self-care! XO


  1. Find a mirror in your house, look into it, and smile!
  2. Walk around your house while listening to music.
  3. Drink a cold glass of water (bonus if you add a lemon!)
  4. Listen to your absolute favorite song.
  5. Take a selfie.
  6. Grab a piece of paper and write down 5 things you’re grateful for.
  7. Create a tweet and publish it.
  8. Wash your face with cold water.
  9. Read the daily Bible verse on the Bible app.
  10. Text a loved one.
  11. Do 50 squats. 
  12. Subscribe to fitness channels on YouTube.
  13. Change your bedsheets and make your bed.
  14. Daydream. 
  15. Put pretty jewelry on.
  16. Download new apps. 
  17. Follow 5 new accounts on Instagram (hey, let’s be friends on Instagram)
  18. Find a quote on Pinterest and share it on social media. 
  19. Put on your favorite lipstick.
  20. Enjoy quiet time.


A list of 20 ideas you can practice for your well-being in 5 minutes.


  1. Paint your nails. 
  2. Go for a walk outside of your house. 
  3. Scroll through Pinterest.
  4. Watch TikToks. 
  5. Try a 10 minute plank workout.
  6. Put on a face mask.
  7. Make yourself a delicious smoothie. 
  8. Write a letter to yourself.
  9. Put on your favorite outfit. 
  10. Do one lesson on Duolingo (language learning app)
  11. Exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize your face.
  12. Scroll through Instagram and like some photos.
  13. Repeat 10 positive affirmations.
  14. Eat a delicious bowl of fruits.
  15. Read a blog post.
  16. Track your mood with a mood tracker.
  17. Read 10 inspirational quotes.
  18. Write out a bucket list. 
  19. Sit outside and breathe fresh air. 
  20. Watch a short and inspiring TED talk. se


A list of 20 self-care ideas to practice in 10 minutes.


  1. Take a warm bubble bath.
  2. Grab a chair and do a 15 minute chair workout.
  3. Draw something on a piece of paper or a sketchbook.
  4. Complete the Alphabet Workout Challenge.
  5. Write a short poem.
  6. Do a brain dump. 
  7. Stretch your body.
  8. Watch videos on YouTube.
  9. Make a delicious avocado toast, here’s my recipe!
  10. Do a puzzle (if you don’t have any puzzles, print one out!)


A list of 10 self-care ideas to practice in 15 minutes.


  1. Do your makeup. 
  2. Create a pretty graphic on Canva.
  3. Go on a 20 minute walk.
  4. Write in a journal.
  5. Make a list of things that make you smile, here’s my list!
  6. Listen to a podcast.
  7. Find a reason to laugh – watch funny videos. 
  8. Go through your emails.
  9. Try a Pamela RF 20 minute workout.
  10. Create a new playlist.   


A list of 10 self-care ideas to practice in 20 minutes.


  1. Read the Bible, here are 10 fun ways to read the Bible.
  2. Mini online shopping spree.
  3. Facetime a friend.
  4. Pray to God.
  5. Create multiple boards on Pinterest based on your interests.
  6. Take a nap.
  7. Unsubscribe from emails.
  8. Create a list of your goals.
  9. Style your hair (use Pinterest for hairstyles inspo!)
  10. Learn something new. 


A list of 10 ideas to practice for happiness in 30 minutes.


  1. Cook a new recipe.
  2. Create beautiful bullet journal spreads.
  3. Organize your make up.
  4. Create fun tabs for your Bible.
  5. Fold laundry while watching videos on YouTube.
  6. Social media purge (get rid of toxic, negative, bot accounts) 
  7. Color while listening to a podcast (Print out coloring pages if you don’t have a coloring book at home!)
  8. Try on different outfits and take photos.
  9. Practice a new language.
  10. Catch up on on your favorite YouTube channels. 


A list of 10 self-care ideas to practice in 40 minutes.


  1. Have a complete workout session.
  2. Make yourself a delicious meal.
  3. Watch an episode of your favorite TV show.
  4. Post on Instagram and engage with your followers.
  5. Plan for the week.
  6. Answer Vogue’s 73 questions.
  7. Create emoji bookmark corners for your books.
  8. Organize your computer files.
  9. Reorganize your bedroom. 
  10. Take out your Bible study supplies and study the Bible in depth. 


A list of 10 self-care ideas to practice in 1 hour.


  1. Meal prep for the week.
  2. Write a blog post.
  3. Bake something delicious!
  4. Watch 3 movies and be productive at the same time, here are 20 ways how!
  5. Take a course on a topic you’re interested in.
  6. Create a beautiful painting. 
  7. Declutter your camera roll – get rid of unnecessary photos.
  8. Order take out & watch a movie.
  9. Clean out your entire closet.
  10. Create a vision board. 
  11. Look through old photos. 
  12. Create an at home workout plan.
  13. Practice a new hobby.
  14. Do laundry while listening to music. 
  15. Make homemade pizza (there are many great and easy recipes on YouTube)


A list of 15 self-care activities to practice in 2 hours or more.


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I had so much fun creating this post and self-care menu! I hope you enjoyed it, too. Tell me, what did you shop for from this self-care menu? How much did you spend? ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Until next time,

Gabby Abigail

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Comments (54)

  • Addy

    July 10, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Iโ€™m always snacking based on this menu. I painted my nails coral for the summer. ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜ƒ Thank you for sharing so many items on the menu! It makes life more cheerful.

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 10, 2020 at 11:12 am

      Hahaha, I love it. Oooh, coral nails for summer sounds so perfect. You just reminded me that I have to get my nails done! Thanks for reading, Addy.


  • Molly @ Transatlantic Notes

    July 10, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    I’ve neglected my self-care over many months and it has had a very negative effect so I’m getting back to it — you’ve provided some really good ideas. Thank you!

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 10, 2020 at 2:33 pm

      Yes, it’s so important to take care of yourself. Here’s to indulging in self-care the next few months! Have a great weekend, Molly.


  • Brooke

    July 10, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    I have never seen self-care ideas as a menu. I love it. So many simple, quick ideas to take care of yourself throughout the day. It just proves that self-care doesn’t have to be time-consuming or expensive.

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 10, 2020 at 2:32 pm

      Glad you liked this list of self-care ideas, Brooke. Practicing self-care can be so simple! Thank you for stopping by! x


  • Vera

    July 10, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    Wow thatโ€™s such an amazing list, thanks for sharing! Iโ€™ll need to put some of these suggestions on my self care list, some of your ideas were really inspiring. Xx

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 10, 2020 at 2:34 pm

      Thank you so much. I’m so thrilled to hear that. Have a lovely weekend!


  • Alexandra

    July 10, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    Okay, I swear that this post improved my mood greatly! It’s so positive and cute, I can’t even describe how much I like it! I subscribed to your blog because the content is really worth reading and you can tell that you put your heart and soul into these posts! Thank you for sharing, cutie pie! It’s amazing, really.

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 11, 2020 at 3:13 pm

      You literally made my day, Alexandra! Thank you so much for being so sweet and supportive. It means the world to me! <3

  • Rhi || The Violet Journal

    July 10, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Yes this is brilliant! Some really nice ideas on here and I love that you’ve split them up by how long they’ll take.

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 11, 2020 at 3:14 pm

      Ah, thank you, Rhi! I tried to make it easier so that everyone can find something they can do based on their schedule! ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Cassie

    July 10, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    This was a very inspired post! And I love that these are all simple things.

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 11, 2020 at 3:14 pm

      I had so much fun writing this, Cassie! So, thanks so much! :’)


  • Charity

    July 10, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    This is such a great self care menu! I love all these ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 11, 2020 at 3:15 pm

      You’re so welcome! Glad you enjoyed them.


  • Kelsey

    July 10, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    First of all, LOVE the layout of your site! Second, love the layout of this particular post! Very creative the way you broke it up into snacks, appetizers, side dishes etc. Some excellent suggestions on here! And I appreciate the you made the point of saying self-care isnโ€™t selfish cause too many people donโ€™t know that. Thank you for sharing

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 11, 2020 at 3:18 pm

      Kelsey, thank you so much! I struggled quite a bit choosing a new theme and layout for my site, so I’m so happy that you like it. Also, it makes me so happy that you found this list helpful. Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy practicing self care! xo


  • Geraldine

    July 10, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    GIRL I love how you wrote this up as like a recipe, because it definitely is a recipe for success! Self care is SO important and I can’t believe anyone who’d think it’s selfish!! We need to recharge in order to show love and give back to others!! I also appreciate you putting it down in a cute document where it’s easily printed if we wanted to have a physical copy to remind us. Also tik toks can TOTALLY GO OVER 10 min HAHAHA I need self control ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ thanks for sharing Gabby!! Xx

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 11, 2020 at 3:20 pm

      “A recipe for success” oooh I like that, Geraldine! I agree 100% with you – recharging is so important! I am glad you liked this idea and the graphics. Thank you so much!

      Hahaha, trust me, I get it! TikTok can be pretty darn addicting, lol!


  • Lisa | Mind and Body Intertwined

    July 11, 2020 at 4:40 am

    Great tips and what a super cute idea to put it out like this! Love it ๐Ÿ˜

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 11, 2020 at 3:20 pm

      Thank you for reading, Lisa! So glad you enjoy it! ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Hayley

    July 11, 2020 at 6:10 am

    Not only is this a fantastic list of self-care ideas, I absolutely love how you’ve styled them as a menu. It’s so fresh and original and incredibly cute!! I love it! Thanks for sharing Gabby! <3

    Hayley |

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 11, 2020 at 3:21 pm

      Yay, I’m so happy to hear this! I thought it would be a fun way to look at self-care <3 so, I'm glad everyone liked it! Thank you, Hayley.

  • Giulia

    July 11, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    Wow, this post is amazing. Thank you for sharing all of these amazing ideas and tips. Self care is so important, and as you said, it is not selfish.

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 11, 2020 at 3:41 pm

      Thank you so much, Giulia! All the best! x


  • Amber

    July 11, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    I adore how detailed your posts are, So insightful! Your blog is stunning too by the way!

    Amber x |

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 11, 2020 at 5:59 pm

      Aw, thank you so much, Amber! Definitely means a lot to me :’)


  • Paige

    July 11, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing such amazing ideas and tips – it is so detailed and lovely. I love how you have designed menus – that is so thoughtful and imaginative! Always love how detailed your posts are; thank you so much for sharing x

    Paige // Paige Eades

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 11, 2020 at 6:00 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the menu + self-care ideas! Thanks for always being so sweet, Paige! <3

  • The Cheetah Buzz

    July 11, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    This is such a great self-care menu! I love cooking and reading my bible for like an hour whenever I can. I need to practice being consistent in doing some of these activities so that it can be a part of my healthy diet. Thank so much for sharing – Josie xxx

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 11, 2020 at 6:01 pm

      Josie, I love that! Reading the Bible is so important for our spiritual health! Thank you so much for stopping by!


  • Aphila

    July 11, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    This reminds me of a lot that I have not being doing for my self. I’ll first look into cooking a new recipe to appreciate myself with a lot. Thank you for the reminder these are great tips

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 12, 2020 at 5:23 pm

      It’s never too late to start looking after yourself, Aphila! Treating yourself to a new recipe is a great start! Thank you for stopping by.


  • Shea

    July 11, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    I love how this is broken up! If you have 5 minutes or an hour makes a huge difference! Thank you for writing this itโ€™s full of wonderful ideas!

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 12, 2020 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you. Glad you liked this idea ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Loren

    July 12, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Thank you so much for this!! It’s amazing, so many items I did not know were self-care ideas. Love the menu images, cute simple and creative

    Loren | Plaid + Sugar

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 12, 2020 at 5:24 pm

      Yay, glad you liked the list I curated, Loren! Thanks for reading.


  • Chloe

    July 12, 2020 at 10:08 am

    So many great ideas! I’ve started having a self care routine on Sundays so that I’m making sure to look after myself. I really enjoy doing face masks and having relaxing baths when I can wipe away all the negativity of the day and enjoy reading a book. There are some other great ways for self care on this post that I haven’t relied yet so I’ll be giving them ago. Thanks for these recommendations/ideas ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 12, 2020 at 5:25 pm

      A self-care routine on Sundays sounds so delightful. I love hearing how you practice self-care, Chloe. And I’m happy to contribute with more ideas! Thanks so much for reading! x


  • Roni

    July 12, 2020 at 11:32 am

    I love the way you’ve structured this post; such an innovative idea and some lovely ideas here too x

    Roni |

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 12, 2020 at 5:25 pm

      Thank you so much, Roni! (:


  • Heather Copfer

    July 12, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    This is SUCH a creative piece! I love the categories and the ideas surrounding self-care. Itโ€™s so important to take care of ourselves first and you really emphasized that๐Ÿ’•

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 12, 2020 at 5:26 pm

      Aw, thank you so much! Means a lot to me that you all enjoyed this post so much!


  • L.-Isa

    July 13, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    Wow! Very impressive and unique!! You got me thinking and ready to do some fun things maรฑana. This pandemic has made me lazy and I’ve fallen out of my self care rutinas. Thank you, Gabby, for the inspo!!

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 14, 2020 at 2:34 pm

      Aw, I like the sound of that! I hope you have fun practicing some of these self-care activities. Thank you so much for reading! x


  • Emily

    July 14, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Oh there is so many amazing options here! Thank you so much!

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 14, 2020 at 2:34 pm

      Thank you, Emily!


  • Unwanted Life

    July 24, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    Although I’m sure some people will find the bible and religious stuff beneficial, that’s not for me at all, but the rest of your suggestions are good ideas

    1. Gabby Abigail

      July 24, 2020 at 12:16 pm

      Fair enough. I respect your opinion and do hope many will find these affirmations helpful. Thanks for reading anyways (:


  • The Newbury Girl

    August 5, 2020 at 10:45 am

    OMG girl this is such a creative way to frame these self-care ideas. As I was initially reading I thought these were going to be food recipes, but they were really ‘self-care recipes’ haha! I really like how so many of these ideas are so snackable and doable in short bursts of time since I know that I use ‘lack of time’ as my excuse for everything.

    Also low key love that you included unsubscribing from emails because that truly is self-care LOL!

    1. Gabby Abigail

      August 7, 2020 at 10:40 am

      Hahaha, that’s so funny! :’) yes, there are so many easy ways to practice self-care! I’m glad you liked these ideas, and the unsubscribing from emails one too, haha!

      Thanks for reading girl. And thank you for all of your sweet comments. They mean the world to me.


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