50 Unique Self-Care Ideas for Mental Health

50 Unique Self-Care Ideas for Mental Health

Darkness and repetitive thoughts are a recurring theme for people dealing with mental health issues. Breaking the cycle requires self-care and moving in a new direction. But those darkest moments often blind you from alternatives.

From personal experience, I have learned that the best way to reset a brain is to purposely do something out of the ordinary. Here is a list of XX ideas that I have personally used. And the best part, most of them are free.

Before you discount this list as childish, or before you male readers dismiss this list as not being “manly” enough, please understand that being something else is the whole point.

It is all too easy to get stuck in your own brain. Being stuck is the problem.

To be unstuck, you must think and act in a new way. It’s okay to not be you for a while.

50 Self-Care Ideas

Your brain needs a reset. What have you got to lose? It’s unlikely you’ll feel worse.

Pick one of these items at random and give it a try. Let me know how it works for you.

01. Walk barefoot in the grass or through a stream

2. Play one song on any instrument

3. Try to walk in the woods without making a sound

4. Watch airplanes land

5. Eat with your “other” hand

6. Chop up a photo you hate

7. Make a “greatest hits” playlist

8. Spend an hour in a field meditating

9. Go Bird Watching

10. Go look at a big city skyline

 

Self-Care idea number 10

11. Sit in the dark for 20 minutes in silence

12. Teach someone something

13. Make a sculpture from junk

14. Dance to drum music

15. Turn your phone off for an hour (or afternoon)

16. Go on a garden tour

17. Make tiny pancakes

18. Clean out your desk (or closet)

19. Sit on a park bench for an hour

20. Make paper airplanes

Self-Care idea number 20

21. Write a poem

22. Wear a disguise to the grocery store

23. Go to a museum

24. Follow a butterfly for as long as you can

25. Sleep in another room

26. Pick and give away wildflowers

27. Make cave paintings on brown paper

28. Catch bugs in a jar

29. Sing to a friend’s voicemail

30. Call an old friend you haven’t talked to recently

Self-Care idea number 40

31. Lose a dollar where someone else will find it

32. Bake gingerbread men

33. Try to watch a plant grow

34. Make homemade soup

35. Visit a river or lake

36. Take a weekend retreat

37. Write a song

38. Finger paint

39. Draw a self-portrait

40. Burn incense

Self-Care idea number 47

41. Write a letter to yourself with you “other” hand

42. Visit a library

43. Sit outside and listen to birds with your eyes closed

44. Build a blanket fort

45. Write a story from an animal’s perspective

46. Sleep outside

47. Count stars

48. Spend an hour watching clouds

49. Visit a pet store

50. Take a long bath

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This is a quick list I came up with of self-care ideas. You probably have others that work for you. Please share your suggestions and experiences in the comments below.

 

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