Self-Nurturing Activities


When things become hectic or overwhelming, here are some self-nurturing activities to try. Please be sure to add your favorite ways to relax in the comments.
  • listen to my favorite music
  • enjoy a long, warm bath
  • go for a walk
  • share a hug
  • relax outside
  • exercise
  • pray
  • attend a caring support group
  • take some deep breaths
  • reflect on my positive qualities
  • watch the sunrise/sunset
  • laugh
  • concentrate on a relaxing scene
  • receive a massage
  • reflect on gratitude"I appreciate..."
  • write my thoughts and feelings in a journal
  • attend a favorite athletic event
  • be adventurous
  • read a book or magazine
  • sing/hum/whistle
  • go to the park
  • play an instrument
  • spiritual meditation
  • do some gardening
  • learn a new skill
  • see a play, movie or concert
  • work out with weights
  • ride a bike/motorcycle
  • cook
  • draw or paint
  • relax at the pool/beach
  • dance or take lessons
  • visit a special place
  • smile and say "I LOVE MYSELF"
  • take time to smell the roses or other flowers
  • go horseback riding
  • reflect on favorite memories
  • enjoy a relaxing nap
  • visit a museum or art gallery
  • practice yoga
  • relax in a whirlpool or sauna
  • enjoy a refreshing glass of water or juice
  • go window shopping
  • play a game
  • attend a workshop
  • tell myself the loving words I want to hear from others
  • volunteer at a nursing home/children's center
  • write yourself a love letter and mail it
  • go camping/glamping
  • have a manicure or pedicure
  • visit the pet store
  • spend time with pet
  • practice relaxation exercises
  • listen to a relaxation tape
  • participate in a favorite sport or game
  • participate in a hobby
  • enjoy a cup or coffee/tea
  • go on a picnic
  • go outside and soak up some sun
  • go outside and watch the stars
  • phone a friend
  • reflect on my successes
  • take a vacation
  • give myself a gift
  • go sailing/canoeing
  • practice positive affirmations
  • read positive literature
  • watch your favorite TV show
  • go to the movies