SELF CARE ROUTINE IDEAS ? (20 activities to reduce stress + feel better)

SELF CARE ROUTINE IDEAS ? (20 activities to reduce stress + feel better)

A self-care routine, in my opinion, is a
really important part of a healthy lifestyle. It can help you beat stress,
reduce anxiety and boost your mood. In today’s video, I’m going to share 20
self-care ideas that you could incorporate into your routine. Hopefully,
you can find something that you’ll enjoy! Welcome back to the whole happy life.
Today’s video is an add-on to a previous video that I did where I talked about
the importance of a self-care list. Today’s videos is basically going
through the activities on my list. Now when it comes to self-care I don’t like
elaborate long routines. I just don’t have time for that. I like to do
activities whenever I get a chance so that’s why I have this list of 20
activities. Depending on how much time I have in a week, I’ll pick and choose the
ones that fit into my schedule and by having a lot of different activities my
self care routine is never boring. It’s never predictable. Let’s begin.
So the first activity is to spend time outdoors in greenery. This has to be my
number one activity. I love going outside – I live next to a park and I love going
to it whenever I can. Unfortunately, in the winter that doesn’t happen. So this
is an activity I like to do in the spring, summer and fall. And there are a
lot of studies that show that people who spend time in greenery actually do
get a lot of health benefits. Number two – I take an herbal tea break. This is
actually a self-care activity that I partake in every single day. I’ll have a
cup of herbal tea around 3 p.m. and then around 8 p.m. I think just making a cup
of tea and taking some time out of my day puts me in a new frame of mind after
I’m done drinking my tea. My current favorite tea is rooibos which is from
South Africa. It doesn’t have tannins like regular tea does, it’s caffeine free
and it actually does have quite a few antioxidants. So if you’re looking for a
new tea, this is one that I highly recommend.
Number three is a digital detox day. In today’s world, we’re constantly connected
and it can feel overwhelming and exhausting and sometimes we just need a
break. So I’ve started to incorporate a digital detox
day where I don’t check my phone between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. and I
don’t go on my computer, don’t go on my laptop. If you feel very overwhelmed with
your devices, just take a break occasionally. It’s really nice.
Number 4 – take a nap or go to bed early. Getting enough sleep is so important
for good health but unfortunately sometimes we’re not able to get enough,
so taking a nap on a weekend or going to bed early is a really good form of
self-care in my opinion. Number 5 – watch meaningful content that inspires you.
What we watch can have a really big impact on our mood. I’ve noticed that
when I watch certain channels, I feel more uplifted, calm, refreshed and I think
watching channels like this can be a really good form of self-care because it
can make you feel more positive and more inspired. One of the channels I really
enjoy watching is Simple Happy Zen. Vera’s channel is all about living
intentionally and also taking care of yourself.
Her videos are great for a small break in my busy day – I can relax and have a
moment of peace and positivity and also there are lots of nature scenes! If
you’re interested in checking out vera’s channel you can find her link in the
description box and also the pinned comment. Number 6 healthy treats. So I don’t bake
much… I’m not much of a baker and whenever I do bake, I tend to overindulge
so I like to make simpler, healthier treats that don’t take long. Less than 10
to 15 minutes. And one of my favorite ones is date balls. I’m going to put the
recipe in the description. Number 7 is creative activities. Now the type of
creative activities that you do will totally depend on your personality, I
happen to like watercolors and every single time I do it I feel refreshed- I
feel really good and I don’t know why I just don’t do it often enough. So I think
getting in touch with our creative side can be a really good form of self-care.
And it can help you see things in a different way. Number 8 – taking a warm bath.
This is actually a self-care activity that I do every single week. Whenever I
post a new video, I go and take a long bath. This is just a
good way to relieve stress. I used to take my phone with me but I don’t do
that anymore because if I’m taking my phone it’s not really self-care. I’m just
distracting myself with the phone! So no phones. Just me, the bubbles and the cats.
I should point out in the interest of health not to use really hot water.
Really hot water can cause a drop in blood pressure in certain people and
can cause dizziness. Number nine is cuddling with a loved one. This has got
to be one of my favorite forms of self-care – just taking the time to
connect with somebody else and cuddle with them. The reason why it’s so
effective is whenever we cuddle with somebody we produce oxytocin which is
something that could reduce your stress. And I find that cuddling with the kitties …there’s just
really nothing like it – spending 10 minutes with them reduces my stress
level. It won’t go down to zero but it’s better than nothing and they enjoy it
too. Number 10 enjoy a face mask. Now I’m not
sure if a lot of face masks actually work but I do think it’s effective just
to take time out of your day and do something special. But there is one face
mask recipe that I think really works well and there is some science behind it
– so oatmeal once you put it on your skin it can help reduce redness. It can
help reduce inflammation. I’m going to put more about the science below
and also the recipe that I use occasionally. I don’t do this very often
but once in a while when I feel like it I’ll put an oatmeal mask on. Number 11 is
yoga. I think yoga can be a really good form
of self-care especially the slower forms like hatha yoga and yin yoga. Number 12 –
clean and organize. Now I do recognize that this is highly personality
dependent. If you don’t like cleaning and you don’t like organizing, this is not
self-care. But for me, it really is. Just taking the time to tidy up something or
to clean out something makes me feel a lot better.
Number 13 – listen to peaceful music. This is actually something that I do every
single day after dinner. I’ll play some really peaceful music and that way it
will help me wind down for the end of the night and it’s something I enjoy and
the cats enjoy as well. Number 14 a gratitude
list. So I know a lot of people do gratitude lists on a daily basis. I’m not
one of those people – too much work on a daily basis. But I do think writing a
gratitude list once in a few months can be a really good exercise especially on
the days when you’ve kind of lost perspective of things. A gratitude list
just helps you put everything into perspective and it gives you a new take
on life. Number 15 – call or meet a friend and have a
heart-to-heart chat. Now a lot of my self-care activities are solitary
because I’m an introvert. I like to do a lot of the self care by myself but
that doesn’t mean you can’t do self-care activities with other people. Just
connecting with someone else, being social with someone on a one-on-one
basis… I feel it can be a good form of self-care. So whenever I feel the need to
meet a friend and connect with a friend, I will pick someone who inspires me and
I actually do feel a lot better afterwards. Number 16 take the afternoon
to explore something new. I think it’s really nice to explore something new
once in a while just by yourself. I think it can be a great form of self-care
because it helps you see things in a different light.. it just changes your
perspective on things. So go to the art gallery or something like the museum or
check out a new neighborhood. Number 17- Journal writing. I find that a lot of the
other self-care activities can help me quite a bit in managing my mood but
there are days when I just don’t feel it. I’m not feeling it.. I’m feeling down and
I just don’t know what to do. That’s when journal writing can be really useful
because it’s just a great outlet to get my emotions down on paper and more often
than not I actually do feel better. And to be honest journal writing does not
need to take long. A lot of people think it needs to take hours. It really doesn’t.
Even if you have 10 to 15 minutes to write down your emotions it can
really be helpful. Number 18 – meditation. I’ve talked enough about
meditation on this channel but I wanted to mention it again because to me it is
a form of self-care and it’s something that I do every day. Do I do it for very
long periods of time? No – I don’t have that time.
Ten minutes in the morning can feel really really useful. Number 19 – a massage.
Now for people who enjoy massages, I think getting a massage… booking that
appointment can be a really good form of self-care. Not booking the appointment
but actually going to the massage! It’s actually something I don’t enjoy very
much. I can’t remember the last time I had a massage but I enjoy giving the
cats of massage and you know what? They need some self-care too! Number 20 -Reading.
To me there is nothing like a warm blanket, a cup of tea and a good book and
I find that to be a really good form of self-care because I can be extremely
mindful about what I’m doing when I’m reading. I’m just reading – I’m not
distracted by anything else and it just feels great. It’s a good way to expand
your horizons and learn something new as well. So reading is definitely one of my
favorite self-care activities. Thank you for watching. If you enjoyed
this video, please do give it a thumbs up and don’t forget to subscribe. And before
you leave, let me know in the comments below what your favorite self-care
activity is. It can be something on this list or something that you enjoy that
you do regularly. I will see you in the next video. Bye!

100 comments on “SELF CARE ROUTINE IDEAS ? (20 activities to reduce stress + feel better)

  1. The Whole Happy Life Post author

    Hello hello! Let me know what your favourite self-care activity is. What do you like doing? ? ? ? P.S. Check out Vera's channel here: (Simple Happy Zen):

  2. Maryam Post author

    I love all your suggestions Ria. I found your channel around 1.5 month ago and when i am down i like to open and watch whatever for my current needs. Also i love your cat especially when you put "kind of her opinion"

  3. Lisa Krushinski Post author

    I luv your kitties!! Reading and cuddling with my cats are my favorite forms of self/care and stress relief.

  4. Sonali gupta Post author

    Reading book
    bath tub with bubbles
    And now am going to add on so many from your list … thank you ria for making this videos

  5. The Honey Boost Post author

    Loved it! So useful. I need to start incorporating more self-care habits. I feel like Winter takes a huge toll on keeping them as a routine, don't you think? I can't wait for Spring to go for gratitude walks and take some time off 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  6. Ayse ́s Homecatering Post author

    Hello l found your canal now. It is very helfull. I am learning English. Perhaps you know which books for good are.
    Thank you.

  7. Niloufar Rikhtegarchi Post author

    Wow since yesterday I’ve been watching your videos as self care and self development is my fav topic and I have also watched many other YouTuber ‘s videos,I found you very honest
    You are so honest and brave when you are yourself you say that sth you’re not in mood or you don’t follow your routine. Unfortunately some other Youtubers act as if they are super human and they are always positive and they convey the message to me loke sth is wrong with me ?
    Thanks for being your True you and honest
    YouTube needs role models like you ?
    Peace and love from an Iranian girl ?

  8. Susan Buckley Post author

    One of my favorite self care activities would be to garden.. to plant fragrant flowers and herbs ?

  9. Elisjada Skendaj Post author

    My favourite self care activities are :heart to heart talk with my best friends, long walking in the park, reading a lot, writing, drinking coffee,baking cake.

  10. Lotus Flower10 Post author

    My favorite self care activity is restoring old furniture etc. I love crafts and creating something new out of something old…repurpose is the word I was trying to use.

  11. Hasina Helen Post author

    Reading is my favourite self care activity . I just love to read whatever i get in my posses to increase my thinking ability , maybe it's a new idea or whatever .

  12. Geri Booth Post author

    Just found your channel. I loved this video and I think I will add watching your videos to my self care routine! 🙂

  13. teklay brhane Post author

    I am a biggner for ur channel,U are really great ,but u should add some extra requirements to be victorious and happy person in the whole life.10q(thank you)

  14. Susan McCourt Post author

    My favorite: Getting my hand in the dirt with plants indoors or out. Read here How dirt makes you happy:

  15. Emina Hist Post author

    ach this channel is tooo lovely!!!!! such a pure character and heart.
    thank you of reminding me who i really was and really wanna be.

    much love,

  16. Partha sarathi Chakravarty Post author

    lovely video! simple do-able stuff! thanks for favourite self care is listening to music…

  17. Katy Mead Post author

    I love cooking. I find it really therapeutic. Researching recipes, reading about nutrition.

  18. Rohini Bhattacharya Post author

    I came across your channel after watching Zen. This is a very motivating video, edited very well. By the way…. Are you an Indian? Love from India

  19. Pushpa Negi Post author

    I also love Pick up Limes channel, your channel also have same kinda aesthetics and I love it ❤❤

  20. Инна Мезенцева Post author

    Amazing channel, Ria! You're doing great work! I admire the diligence and hard work you put in it, it must be taking quite a lot of time to put all of those valuable ideas together. Anyway, being an introvert, just like you, my self-care list starts with walking – it helpts me so much to think! As my feet move, my thoughts move in a clearer ad more organized way. The other things are decluttering, coffee/tea+book, skin care routines, sport, singing to my favourite music, trying out new healthy recipes.

  21. Rose Barzola Post author

    Reading???Psytoday magazines (and I haven’t in a while) and of course getting my hair done ?‍♀️

  22. Mary Swisher Post author

    One of my favorite self-care activities is hanging out with my little granddaughter who is now seven. She always has a different perspective on life as she goes through her day. It helps me to appreciate the little things in life, those that I may have missed had she not been with me.

  23. Aishwarya Ashish Post author

    Presently listening to chirping of birds while doing morning walk & watering my plants is my self care activity 🙂

  24. Carlos Figueiredo Post author

    First of all…THANK YOU. Some of my favourite self-care activities are learning, discover, being in contact with Nature. Well, all your ideas are great, anyway. I will subscribe your channel right now! Thank you once again. Kindest regards, Carlos

  25. B.M.A Post author

    I'm getting helpful videos from u…what a good heart u are!u hv introduced another channel

  26. kimichan5 Post author

    Lovely suggestions! Very diverse and well rounded and a few of them scientifically backed. Thank you for the video

  27. Cheryl Sherrard Post author

    I love this video. I like self care that is practical and affordable…that way I will actually do it?….also I love reading and art journaling ,my top 2 favorites , and going for a walk in the park on a sunny day is my new favorite. ……thanks for posting

  28. Dyosa Mystica DM Post author

    I get full body massage, pedicure and aloe vera hair spa once a month ? Thanks for sharing these!?

  29. Jessica Soares Post author

    Hi!!! Thank U so much for sharing with us all this tips!!! I really will do one mine and I will practice!!! God bless U

  30. Kirsten S. Post author

    As someone who has fainted getting out of the bath more than once, I appreciate you including this warning in your video! ??

  31. Bronwyn Tully Post author

    Hello from Melbourne, Australia 😀
    I'm now a new sub, you are wonderful <3
    I'm also a cat person, have never been without at least one cat in my life (I'm 66 years young!)

  32. Coetta Hannah Post author

    Good video. I do most of these tips from time to time. But, instead of meditation, nothing against that suppose that's relaxing. I say a little prayer prayer 2- 3 times a day! Couldn't make it otherwise. Tea n coffee both relaxi ng for me n tres n nature.

  33. Sandhya Nambiar Post author

    I like ur videos Ria. Very matter of fact. I like ur presentation . Feel like listening… very poised?

  34. Stacy Mahendrarajah Post author

    I love your videos 🙂 and I’m so glad I found you! Lots of love and light from Mississauga!

  35. Kate Chacha Post author

    Amazing content. I love nature walks, reading and writing. Thanks for the tips I will add them on to my routine as well

  36. mamta patra Post author

    I enjoyed all the activities you mentioned here but m really not able to go for morning walk though I want to and I love love nature but my work schedule doesn't let me do so. And thank you so much this video is really motivation for 'self care'

  37. Sian Talbot Post author

    I recently discovered your videos and love them! I like to chill out by playing video games, going to the gym, geocaching and spending time with my family and cats ?

  38. Everyday Opulence Post author

    This woman definitely doesn't have kids 🙂 But I'm very happy she has found routines she loves!

  39. Beachlife Studio Post author

    Awww i love the added clips of your gorgeous cat 😀 😀 Also GREAT VIDEO!!! Thumbs up from me! 🙂

  40. Pamy MALO Post author

    Thank you very much for sharing us such useful self care activities. My favorite self care is mostly 75% of what you’ve already covered on this video. Roughly 25% would require strong effort? Look forward to watching your next video. More power to you???

  41. Mak3itw0rk Post author

    My self care are face masks, love them. I don't do my own but love clay masks they do wonders for my somewhat oily skin. Walks or run outdoors, swimming outside during summer, photograph nature (my photograph instagram is cherrysthlmphotos if someone is interested in my work), drawing, meditation, yoga, massages and get my place cleaned so it is nice and tidy. 😀

  42. vida sayson Post author

    Came across to your channel and i couldn’t help but subscribe. Your tips are very good and i cannot wait to try it. Thank you very much and keep on making happy videos. Sending love from Philippines! 🙂

  43. Queen Of Kalouds Post author

    I love this video! I will be trying these tips out. Going outside is my favorite as well

  44. Super B Post author

    Omg all the 20 tips that you gave I already do it for myself everyday ❤️❤️❤️❤️?????

  45. Neeta Singh Post author

    Lovely video – thanks for sharing your routine! I do follow most of the self-care routine you have talked about – working in my garden is my time out in nature.

  46. Rochelle Estelles Post author

    Taking bath and meditation, affirmation morning and evening is one of my self care I'm doing. And also eating food that I love.

  47. Lena Ramos Post author

    I love to play music with or without my brother. With my brother he usually plays the piano and I sing along and without him I sing alone or play the flute. I love to do sports too, also to dance everything out ?

  48. Amy Yigrem Post author

    Omg. I’m so obsessed with your YouTube channel . It is very helpful. By the way what kind of video editing are you using. I’m planning to start YouTube channel and I don’t know which software I should use. I appreciate it if you responding to me. ❤️

  49. RR Shapee Post author

    I like cuddling my rabbits and talking to them…as if they are my children…the most satisfying feeling when they obey my instruction…?


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