30 Simple Self-Care Ideas to Improve Your Mental Health

Life can get a bit hectic sometimes, right? We try to cram every thing in to our every day, leaving us little time to simply chill. We then wonder why we suddenly feel stressed, depressed, anxious and exhausted and just want to crawl into bed and forget about the manic world going on outside.

I’ve created a list of my simple mental health self-care ideas for us living non-stop busy lives. I don’t want to oversimplify mental health illness as we all know that emotions are complex things. But I am a firm believer that little changes can add up to big results.

Here are my self-care practices I go to when I feel like I need to slow down and hit the pause button. Hopefully a few of these will help you add a little ease and calm to your day too.

1. keep a diary – write down your feelings + worries

2. take a nap – to boost your mood and increase your energy

3. eat well – add something healthy to your diet

4 – stay active – to improve your self-esteem and general well-being

5. limit alcohol –Β booze is only a temporary fix

6. pamper yourself – go have a bath + all the bubbles

7. pinterest – sometimes you just need an inspirational quote

8. read a book – escape to another world

9. take a day off from work or studyingΒ – and don’t feel guilty about it

10. colouring – art is a creative form of therapy

11. switch off – schedule some time away from the internet

12. essential oils – add them to your bath or have a massage

13. walk in nature – breathe and take in your surroundings

14. music – listen to all the songs that bring back happy memories

15. gratitude list – write down everything you are thankful for

16. cuddle your pet – instant stress buster

17. create your own cosy environment – fluffy pillows & candles

18. wake up early – start the day in a positive way

19. make a to-do list – to help you stay focused on your daily goals

20. declutter your space – clear away any distractions

21. make a cup of tea – do nothing but enjoy your warm drink

22. edit social media – remove any negativity from your feed

23. yoga – take a gentle class and feel the stress melt away

24. have a conversation – talk to someone about your anxieties

25. treat yourself – go buy that pretty notebook or have a haircut

26. look at holidays – dream of your next adventure

27. smile at old photographs – remember all the special memories

28. watch your favourite film – bring duvet + snacks

29. wear comfy clothes – snuggle up in an fluffy jumper

30. pick up a magazine – an article or story could lift your spirits

I hope my ideas can add a little calmness and clarity amidst the chaos. Looking after our mental health is essential and its so important that we can talk openly about our thoughts + emotions without feeling judged. I have teamed up with a few other bloggers (Chloe, Kerry, Fern + Casey) and we have created the hashtag #unthinkstigma. Our aim is to create a supportive online environment where people can share their own personal stories and feelings in order to reduce the stigma attached to mental health illness. You can read Chloe’s post here for more details of our campaign.

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39 Comments

  1. November 2, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    I’m struggling with anxiety at the moment associated with my full time job so will certainly use some of these to try to help me 😊 thank you 😊

    • November 2, 2017 / 6:03 pm

      Thank you for your comment πŸ’•. I hope things get better for you soon. Look after yourself 😘 xx

      • November 2, 2017 / 6:08 pm

        Thanks Hun HR are not being much help but hopefully it will get better xx

  2. November 2, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    Some great ideas on this post. I really like the idea of a gratitude list in particular!

    • November 2, 2017 / 6:20 pm

      Thank you for the lovely comment πŸ’•. It helps to be thankful as we can sometimes forget about the good stuff when life gets overwhelming xx

  3. Shaun
    November 2, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    An excellent list of ideas. A very well written post. The gratitude list is a great way to stay positive πŸ˜„.

    • November 2, 2017 / 7:10 pm

      Thank you Shaun for commenting without me telling you to 😜😘 xxx

  4. Vicky
    November 2, 2017 / 7:14 pm

    Oh napping is most wonderful! πŸ’€πŸ˜
    Great tips! Thank you 😊 xxx

    • November 2, 2017 / 7:20 pm

      Thank you for the comment Vicky 😍. Naps are amazing! πŸ’• xxx

  5. November 5, 2017 / 8:56 am

    This is a really great list! I always like to light a candle and watch a movie to help with stress levels and mental health! Also recently I’m trying to exercise more 😊
    Charlotte | charlotteshares.co.uk

    • November 5, 2017 / 12:12 pm

      Thank you for reading and commenting Charlotte πŸ’•. Candles and movies are so relaxing and a great way to unwind πŸ’›. Love your blog by the way! 😘 xx

  6. November 5, 2017 / 3:18 pm

    I particularly like 16. My cat is a little fussbag, but he likes being snuggled and it always makes me feel better to come home after a long day, pick him up and have a good cuddle!

    • November 5, 2017 / 6:41 pm

      Aw yes, I love cuddling up with my cats at the end of the day πŸ’•. Cats make everything better 😘 xx

    • November 5, 2017 / 6:39 pm

      Aw thank you so much! πŸ’•πŸ˜˜ xx

  7. kindcultureuk
    November 5, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    I love this list πŸ’•

    I already do most of these, but lately I’ve been keeping a planner and it’s been helping a lot!

    • November 5, 2017 / 8:29 pm

      Aw thank you for reading and commenting β˜ΊοΈπŸ’•. A planner is such a great way to reduce anxiety and stress as you know there is time to fit everything in 😘 xx

  8. November 5, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    This is wonderful – some great tips to help anyone through <3 Thanks for sharing!

    • November 5, 2017 / 8:38 pm

      Aw thank you so much for the lovely comment πŸ’• I’m so glad it was helpful 😘 xx

  9. November 5, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    What a great list. I do the Pinterest one a lot. I can always count on a good quote to pick me up when I’m feeling down. Thanks so much for sharing these. I’ll definitely remember to refer back to this post in the future. πŸ™‚

    • November 5, 2017 / 8:37 pm

      Thank you for the lovely comment Annie! πŸ’• Pinterest is such a good source of positive inspiration, I love it! 😘 xx

  10. November 5, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    Oh I love these! I always stress myself out & am constantly trying to find new things to relieve the stress! Self care is so important and I think people forget that!
    Lovely post πŸ’•

    • November 6, 2017 / 7:41 am

      Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts πŸ’• self care is so important ☺️ I’m glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  11. November 5, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    This list is something I needed to read right now. I’ve been struggling with my depression and anxiety lately and doing some of these things will help. Thank you for sharing!

    • November 6, 2017 / 7:43 am

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ’• I hope things get easier for you, take care and look after yourself 😘 xx

  12. November 5, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    Wonderful list. Taking a day off and going for a walk really does wonders!

    • November 6, 2017 / 7:44 am

      A day off to go for a walk is so therapeutic πŸ’• Thank you for your lovely comment 😘 xx

  13. November 6, 2017 / 2:38 am

    Great list! I particularly do #2 quite a bit so it’s nice to see other things I can do β™₯

    • November 6, 2017 / 7:46 am

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ’• Naps can be so refreshing and great mood boosters. I’m glad you found the list useful 😘 xx

    • November 6, 2017 / 10:40 pm

      Thank you! 😘 xx

  14. November 6, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    Awesome tips! I definitely need evenings to just chill out and relax. I do love a good long walk too! x

    • November 6, 2017 / 10:39 pm

      Aw thank you for reading and leaving a comment ☺️. Long walks are the best to clear your mind and recharge 😘 xx

  15. November 8, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    These are some great tips although waking up early isn’t for me. I love browsing through old pics, nature walks and reading. Im trying to eat healthy and have a more regular fitness regime.
    Lovely post!

    • November 9, 2017 / 10:18 pm

      Aw thank you for reading and commenting 😘. Getting up early is a hard one to adjust to. It sounds like you have some great healthy habits – diet & exercise is so beneficial to our mental health πŸ’• xx

  16. November 12, 2017 / 11:17 am

    I love this so much I struggled with anxiety while doing my first year at uni so just removed myself from the situation completely to avoid it but wish I had used these tips! Great blog πŸ’•

    • November 12, 2017 / 11:22 am

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting πŸ’• I think anxiety is more common than we think. Uni can be such a stressful time too. Hope you are doing okay now 😘🌷 xx

  17. November 12, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    Love this list of self-care ideas! ive been really into self-care lately and these are going to be so helpful!x

    • November 13, 2017 / 8:25 am

      Thank you for the lovely comment Ellie πŸ’•. Self care is so important – I’m glad you found the ideas helpful 😘 xx

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