This post is all about self care ideas for bad days
Bad days- we all have them. They’re unavoidable, and if you’re anything like me, you can’t resist the urge to curl up under a blanket and pretend the world doesn’t exist when those moody days come rolling in. That’s okay, don’t get me wrong. But consider using the time to take care of yourself. Self-care even on bad days is possible.
It’s easier said than done, depending on how affected your motivation is, but after that initial push. Self-care is the best way to go. I recommend taking the time to do the things you love or even trying out something new. It’s mood-boosting of course, and at the end of your routine, I guarantee you’ll feel a lot better than when you started the day.
Here Are 31 Self Care Ideas For Bad Days
1. Go on a long walk – And take this slow. When I go on walks for my mental health I prioritize enjoying the scenery- breathing it in and thinking good thoughts. Don’t go into it with exercise in mind. Keep it simple and don’t think for a second having the wr
2. Drink chamomile tea– Specifically chamomile because it’s known for its calming properties. It’s been used for centuries for its therapeutic and healing properties from stress relief to sleep. And let’s be honest, it tastes really good.
3. Meditate- Meditate like it’s nobody’s business. If it’s a bad day, there is nothing better than taking a breather.
4. Drink loads of water- Its good for you
5. Rewatch your favourite tv show– One of the best feelings in the world is nostalgia. I love the feeling because it reminds me of what was. That sounds a bit sad but for me, nostalgia also motivates me to create new memories
If your favourite show is a comedy; look forward to positive emotions too. Nothing heals the heart like a good laugh.
6. Listen to your favourite music– Music is powerful. It can create a sense of peace and tranquility. If you’re a heavy metal fan and your bad day invokes feelings of anger, then feel free to embrace that through your music. No matter what you listen to, music feels good.
7. Reread your favourite book– It’s hard to focus on the things bothering you when your mind is caught up in the world of whatever book you’re reading. I love a good fantasy book
8. Journal with a self-love prompt– There are too many different journal prompts to count. But I find journaling with self-love in mind the most healing!
9. Take a long hot shower- The mornings get busy, and you’ve hit snooze too many times. So maybe your morning showers aren’t as long as you’d like them to be. So take the time to have a long hot shower. One that will leave you feeling more refreshed than you have in days.
10. Practice yoga– Exercise is good for the mind and body, but I find yoga the most relaxing. Consider doing a stretching routine for five minutes. It makes a world of a difference.
11. Have a good cry– I talked about this in my unusual self care post. Having a good cry feels a lot better than people let on. It’s a great self care idea for bad days, especially if your terrible day is a result of built-up emotions.
12. Listen to a motivational Podcast – Who doesn’t love a good podcast, but best of all, a podcast designed specifically to motivate the crap out of you. Those are my favourites. Goal Digger is a phenomenal one!
13. Put on your favourite outfit– you don’t need to be going anywhere to look and feel your best
14. Talk to someone you love– call him or her. Or call a family member. You might not go in with the intention of unloading but people are very perceptive. It can lead to a long conversation and talking with someone is sure to lift a weight off your chest.
15. Turn social media off– Social media can be a goal mind, but it can also do more harm than good. When you’re having a bad day, it won’t help to go online and see how much fun everyone is having. Instead, turn the phone off and focus on you. It may not seem like it online, but remember there’s always someone going through it.
16. Read a self-help book– This ties into motivation. Reading helps you unwind, but reading a self-help book motivates you too. I’m very picky with the books I read. But ask anyone and they’ll tell you my favourite self-help book is Atomic Habits by James Clear. It’s an amazing book that absolutely anyone can implement into their lives. Versus other books where the author isn’t as relatable as we’d like.
Read what you like. And read whatever kind of book you believe will motivate you.
17. Write a letter to yourself– The sole purpose of this is to have something to look forward to. When I write letters to myself I know I can read them wherever and whenever I want. Talk about how you’re feeling at that moment then set a later date to reopen. You’ll most likely feel a lot better by then and proud of yourself for being able to get out of that slump.
18. Create a vision board– When it comes to self-care for sad days, a simple but powerful activity you can do is create a vision board. It’s a fun way to tap into creativity. After creating a vision board you’re more likely to stick to whatever plan or idea inspired your board.
Inspiration and motivation get me in a good mood every time. And the fastest way to ignite these emotions is by creating a vision or mood board.
19. Eat your favourite snack– No it doesn’t have to be healthy! It’s okay to indulge every once in a while without feeling guilty. There are too many dietary restrictions going around. Some of them are healthy, even life-changing but remember it’s okay to eat whatever you want, even if you are on a diet.
20. Take a super long nap– I know I said at the start that curling up into a ball should be the last thing on your mind, but if that’s what you know will make you feel best, then go for it. You know yourself best.
Or consider rolling up into a burrito after trying out some of the self-care ideas on this list.
21. Tap into your creativity– Read a creative book, or consider doing that DIY project you’ve been putting off for ages. It doesn’t have to be hard or messy. I think using an adult colouring book is a fun way to practice your creativity as well.
Writing is creative too. Write a poem even if no one is going to read it, or simply create a bucket list.
22. Do your skincare routine– It’s back to the basics of self care. I tend to avoid my skincare if I’m in a bad mood. But finding the motivation to do my skincare routine when I’m in a slump reminds me that it’s going to be okay.
23. Cook something fun– It should be something quick and easy. Sweets are the best. Cook what you know will bring you the most joy because self care should always consist of cooking or eating something you truly enjoy.
24. Buy yourself a gift– it could be anything. Flowers, a new shirt or a nice drink at the coffee shop (because getting out of the house is good too). It doesn’t have to be a bad day, buying yourself something nice is an insanely powerful self-care practice.
25. Light a scented candle– scented candles, you can’t go wrong. They’re a mood booster, especially when the mood is sombre. Light Summery scents are the best at setting the mood for a better day.
26. Make your bed with fresh sheets– it sounds odd, but if you’re going down the route of curling up in bed after all, then consider changing your bed sheets. There is absolutely no better feeling than curling up under clean sheets.
Bonus if you go under after a shower and shave (girls know the feeling)
27. Take a trip to your favourite place– if getting out of the house isn’t a distant thought then keep the trip brief to one of your favourite areas in the neighbourhood.
28. Shower + exfoliate– Taking a long shower is nice, but consider taking it a step further. Take the time to exfoliate and you’ll feel like a brand-new person.
29. Organize your space– Cleaning may or may not be fun, but no matter if you love cleaning or not, nothing gets your mind off the negative more than doing some thorough cleaning. A clean space allows you to relax and think more clearly.
30. Go for a long drive– If you have a car take yourself on a long drive, blast the music you love and focus on the road ahead. Having no destination is ideal, driving without one is complete freedom.
31. Listen to rain or brown noise– I love listening to brown noise. Laying back and listening to something soothing creates such an intense feeling of peace. Ambient noise is just as amazing, music that doesn’t cloud the brain is my favourite to listen to when I find my emotions out of whack.
Self Care is the best but it isn’t always possible to keep up. Especially if you’re having a bad day. But bad days are the best time to love yourself. Hopefully, this post gave you the ideas and motivation to practice self-care on those tough days.