65 self-care ideas you can do in a weekend

The term “self-care” has become such an overused cliché, often misconstrued (or used as an excuse) for being selfish. But I think it’s something we could all use more of.

So many of us spend so much time making other people happy. You take care of your family, work hard at your job, and help people around you. And those are all great things to do. But I think it’s important to make time for yourself, too. I know it makes me feel so much better when I really take the time to just be kind to myself and do things that make me happy and productive. And that includes doing more than what you typically do. So if you spend a lot of time relaxing on the couch and watching tv, that’s fine, but you should switch it up and try some other things too!

So here’s my list of fun and relaxing self-care ideas. I made them all things you can do in a weekend, since most people don’t have much time during the week and consider the weekend their time to reset. You can do each of these a weekend or any time. Some of them can be new habits or ideas you can practice regularly. I hope this helps!

  1. Go see a movie
  2. Binge-watch a show on Netflix
  3. Listen to some relaxing or upbeat music
  4. Read a book
  5. Go for a walk
  6. Take a bubble bath
  7. Enjoy your favorite snack or dessert
  8. Try a new recipe
  9. Give yourself a manicure or pedicure, or go out and get one
  10. Cook a meal for yourself
  11. Have a staycation at a local hotel or Airbnb
  12. Meditate to clear and calm your mind
  13. Get a massage
  14. Say “no” to something you really don’t want to do
  15. Have lunch or coffee with a friend
  16. Spend some time outside & get some sun if you can
  17. Clean and declutter your room or house
  18. Look through old photos and photo books
  19. Start or write in a journal
  20. Color in a coloring book
  21. Play a game with a friend or family member
  22. Do something fun that you’ve never done before, like an escape room or axe throwing
  23. Listen to a fun or inspiring podcast
  24. Spend some time at an animal shelter and play with the dogs and cats (consider adopting one!)
  25. Take a nap or get to bed earlier
  26. Do a face mask
  27. Make a vision board
  28. Go to a museum or art gallery
  29. Do some yoga or stretching to relax your body
  30. Donate unwanted items to charity
  31. Take a social media break
  32. Do your hair and makeup, even if you have nowhere to go
  33. Light candles or diffuse essential oils
  34. Take your vitamins
  35. Attend a meetup or social event
  36. Go to the gym
  37. Get your camera and take pictures of things in your home or outside
  38. Do something fun and creative, like paint or draw
  39. Spend some time with people you love
  40. Make a list of all the things you love about yourself
  41. Take a road trip
  42. Read a magazine or a blog
  43. Play video games
  44. Bake and decorate cookies
  45. Pay for a stranger’s order at Starbucks
  46. Buy some fresh flowers to put in your home
  47. Go shopping
  48. Watch your favorite Youtube channels
  49. Make a list of positive affirmations and repeat them to yourself over the weekend
  50. Do something you loved to do when you were a kid, but don’t do much anymore
  51. Try a new restaurant
  52. Work on something you wish you had more time for, like writing or organizing
  53. Try a new hobby
  54. Sing and dance along with throwback songs
  55. Volunteer at an animal shelter or food bank
  56. Make a list of goals and dreams + ways you can achieve them
  57. Make a new friend
  58. Redecorate your home
  59. Catch up with a friend you haven’t talked to in a while
  60. Walk or play with your dog/pet
  61. Take a class or course
  62. Make a list of things you’re grateful for
  63. Drink lots of water
  64. Buy or try on some new clothes
  65. Plan for the upcoming week

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