100 Things To Do For Improved Self-Care and Wellbeing


Following my announcement yesterday of a change of direction here on the blog I figured the best way was to start as I mean to go… with a full-on, epic, detailed, committed list to taking care of myself better.

I think all of us could do with taking better of ourselves. Too often we get caught up in ‘being busy’ as we are metaphorically hung, drawn, and quartered by society’s pressures and ideals.

The world is a hectic place to be in, and the best way to cope is to have self-care strategies in place so that when we need to, we can withdraw, switch off, or just change gears a little.

It’s not only the kindest thing we can do for ourselves, but it’s also VITAL for our all round health.

Being kind to yourself = better health and wellbeing.

Your health and wellbeing is not just about physicality. It’s about mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. The stronger we are in ALL of those areas, the healthier and more joyful a life we can lead.

Join me over the next few months/years as I embark on a journey of discovering how best to take care of myself so that I can live the most positive, joyful and effective life possible.

Here are a ‘few’ ideas and inspiration to help us get started on improving our self-care routine. There’s a FREE printable at the end for you to download and keep.

Refer to this self-care list when you feel in a rut, in need of recuperating, or just a bit more juju in your life.


100 Things To Do For Improved Self-Care and Wellbeing

  1. Go for a walk
  2. Treat yourself to some luxury dark chocolate (I like this one)
  3. Have a homemade spa session
  4. Write in your journal
  5. Send thank you cards (I love these ones)
  6. Snuggle your pets
  7. Take a yoga class
  8. Eat the most epic and creative salad you can think of (I’m a fan of this one)
  9. Invite your closest friends over for a natter
  10. Take a digital detox (top tips here)
  11. Stretch
  12. Book a short break away (useful ideas here)
  13. Do something new
  14. Practise meditation
  15. Have a good cry
  16. Write a list of priorities
  17. Get on top of your finances
  18. Drink an epic green smoothie (ideas here)
  19. Go dancing
  20. Remove toxic relationships from your life
  21. Print out some photographs from your hard drive
  22. Batch make food for the week
  23. Take a bath
  24. Try a new walk (visit Walking Britain for ideas)
  25. Organise a cocktail party for friends
  26. Go foraging (my top tips here)
  27. Drink lots of green tea
  28. Listen to peaceful music
  29. Wear clothes that make you feel good
  30. Take a gratitude walk
  31. Or try a gratitude journal (like this one)
  32. Declutter your home
  33. Declutter your workspace
  34. Binge watch your favourite TV show
  35. Make a fort or den in your living room (inspiration here)
  36. Take an art or craft class
  37. Write a letter to your grandparents
  38. Go to a petting farm to hug a goat (like here)
  39. Go on a date
  40. Paint your nails
  41. Write a list of your goals
  42. Give yourself a compliment
  43. Light a candle (my current favourite)
  44. Invest in aromatherapy oils
  45. Choose tomorrow’s outfit before bed
  46. Experiment with a capsule wardrobe
  47. Treat yourself to one indulgence each pay day
  48. Cook a new recipe
  49. Indulge in reading a book for a few hours (I’m reading this)
  50. Hike up a hill
  51. Eat a big breakfast (inspiration here)
  52. Go to bed early
  53. Eat a frog (concept explained here)
  54. Replace each negative thought with a compliment to yourself
  55. Brainstorm and choose your life values
  56. Do some colouring in
  57. Take a roadtrip (I love this for inspiration)
  58. Cuddle
  59. Slap on a facemask (my current favourite)
  60. Eat seasonal fruit
  61. Have a board games night
  62. Host a charity fundraiser
  63. Have an afternoon nap
  64. Laugh
  65. Buy yourself flowers
  66. Spend 20 minutes a day cleaning your home
  67. Create a cleaning schedule
  68. Watch your all-time favourite movie. Again. And again.
  69. Take an intense workout session
  70. Put your pyjamas in the tumble dryer for a minute before wearing
  71. Make your favourite meal
  72. Call someone you love
  73. Try new food
  74. Start the day with positive affirmations
  75. Go to a museum or art gallery (I’m a fan of Tate)
  76. Spend 10 minutes a day in the sunshine
  77. Go for coffee with somebody new
  78. Slow down
  79. Treat yourself to your favourite perfume
  80. Learn a new language
  81. Go to the seaside (British inspiration here)
  82. Try gardening
  83. Pray (or whatever your version of that might be)
  84. Say no when overwhelmed
  85. Say yes when stagnant
  86. Get up at sunrise
  87. Go on a photowalk
  88. Create a mixtape, like the old days
  89. Play a competitive sport
  90. Throw out and donate old clothes
  91. Volunteer for a cause that means something to you
  92. Treat yourself to the most expensive bottle of wine you can afford
  93. Go on a retreat
  94. Talk to someone about your fears
  95. Do a mindless chore or errand
  96. Create a scrapbook of your latest adventure
  97. Go to the ballet, theatre or comedy
  98. Cook up a big Sunday Roast dinner
  99. Sing
  100. Celebrate a small achievement




Share your ideas in the comments below.



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  1. Francesca
    2 October 2016 / 8:32 pm

    I love this list!! Its so important to self care and take time out to focus on yourself! Its amazing how a few little things can aid in helping with it!

    • 5 October 2016 / 1:44 pm

      Exactly! Sometimes the smallest of moments can have the biggest impact.

    • Natalie
      3 November 2016 / 12:27 pm

      Hi, over the past couple of weeks I’ve been feeling the “need” to seriously sort my life out! It’s not a bad life, it’s not particularly anything! And I began to realise it could be better…. last week I made a list of “things” to do (it wasn’t very specific but thought “it’s a start!!”…. the list has since been buried underneath mail, newspapers & takeaway menus!!!

      Then whilst idilly scrolling through FB (I’m sure cutting down on this past time was on forementioned list!) I came across this blog post & after delving deeper into your blog a lightbulb just went “pop”…. This is exactly what I need right now! These are the inspirational words I need to read! You are the person I can listen to to start my journey… so thank you so much for your words & I look forward to reading more from you 🙂

  2. 2 October 2016 / 9:11 pm

    Some great ideas there and I love the print! Definitely worth a pin 😀

  3. 8 October 2016 / 8:13 pm

    I love this list! I’m trying to take better care of myself and be a little kinder, so looking forward to indulging in some of these 🙂

  4. 21 October 2016 / 11:08 am

    It’s a great list full of ideas, thanks. Some of these I would never do, and some I’d add to my own list. My biggest tip would be to everyone to write their own happy-list, things that makes them feel better since we’re all not the same.

    Be well,

  5. 27 October 2016 / 9:55 am

    This is such a good list and a great post. I have printed it and will stick it on my office wall so I can see it every day. Oohh I might even laminate it 🙂 xxx

    • 28 October 2016 / 5:42 pm

      Whoop whoop for laminated lists! That’s a fab idea.

  6. Marie
    4 November 2016 / 10:04 pm

    I go to church, pray, and absorb the tranquillity and let peace wash over me.

  7. 10 May 2017 / 8:07 am

    Hi Elizabeth, Just came across your page via the hibs100 list and wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading through it. I really enjoyed this post as wellbeing is something I believe to be so important, and often overlooked. I love exploring and writing about new ways to improve wellbeing and loved how many of your suggestions made sense to me. Thank you and take care!

    2 September 2017 / 10:03 pm

    Woow, I so love the list, I will keep reading it and get one.

  9. Diana
    16 November 2017 / 5:28 pm

    eat a … frog?!

    • Michelle
      17 November 2017 / 5:42 pm

      Yes I wondered about that too!

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