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Embracing the Joy of Self-Care: Fun and Fabulous Ideas to Nurture Yourself

Updated: Jul 1, 2023

Self care ideas for mental health and trauma

Life can be a whirlwind of responsibilities, deadlines, and obligations. Amidst the chaos, we often forget to prioritize the most important person in our lives: ourselves! It's time to kick self-care up a notch and infuse it with fun and self-love. So, grab your favorite cup of tea, put on your comfiest PJs, and get ready to explore some exciting and delightful self-care ideas that will make you feel like the fabulous person you truly are!

When it comes to self-care, it's crucial to recognize that individuals who have experienced trauma may have unique needs and considerations. Trauma can leave lasting emotional and psychological imprints, and self-care plays a vital role in healing and regaining a sense of safety and well-being. It's important to approach self-care with gentleness and compassion, allowing yourself space for rest, reflection, and self-nurturing. Engaging in activities that promote relaxation, practicing self-compassion, seeking therapy or support groups, and connecting with trusted individuals who can provide understanding and validation are all valuable components of self-care for trauma survivors. Remember, self-care is an ongoing process of self-discovery and healing, and it's essential to prioritize your own well-being as you navigate the path towards healing and resilience, because you are amazing!

#1 Dance like nobody's watching:

Crank up your favorite tunes and let your body sway to the rhythm. Dancing is a fantastic way to release stress, boost your mood, and embrace your inner groove. Whether you're a pro or have two left feet, let go of inhibitions and dance like nobody's watching – because they aren't! Turn up the noise and drown the world out with my personal fave speaker JBL PartyBox 110.

cartoon doodle, blue bipedal dog with orange striped suspenders, is dancing

Treat yourself to a DIY spa day:

Pampering yourself doesn't have to break the bank, forget spending hundreds of dollars- Create a DIY spa experience at home by indulging in a relaxing bubble bath, complete with scented candles and soothing music, make it easy with 16pc Rose Bath and Body Home Spa Set. Follow it up with a homemade face mask or a manicure/pedicure session. Your body will thank you for the TLC!

Go on a solo adventure:

drawn-style sun with a cute happy face, is in water playing with a boat

Step out of your comfort zone and embrace the exhilarating possibilities of a solo adventure. Take yourself on a delightful picnic in the park, where you can bask in the sunshine, savor delicious food, and revel in the tranquility of nature. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the captivating world of art, culture, and history by visiting a museum or gallery. Wander through the exhibits at your own pace, allowing your curiosity to guide you as you explore different artistic expressions and gain new insights. If you crave a deeper connection with the natural world, set out on an exploration of a nearby hiking trail. Let the beauty of the surroundings envelop you as you breathe in the fresh air, engage your senses, and revel in the peace and solitude that nature offers. Engaging in these solo adventures allows you to embrace your own company, fostering self-reliance and self-discovery. It is in these moments of independence that you can tap into your inner strength, build confidence, and develop a deeper understanding of your desires and passions. So, step out of your comfort zone, savor the freedom, and embark on a journey of self-discovery through the joyous exploration of new experiences.

Unleash your creativity:

Engaging in a creative activity that brings you joy can be a powerful form of self-care, particularly for those who have experienced trauma. Through painting, drawing, writing, or exploring various craft projects, you can tap into your inner artist and embark on a journey of self-expression and self-discovery. The process itself becomes a therapeutic experience, allowing you to release emotions, explore your thoughts and feelings, and find solace in the act of creation. Don't worry about achieving perfection or creating something with a specific outcome in mind; instead, embrace the freedom to experiment, make mistakes, and let your imagination run wild. This creative outlet becomes a sanctuary where you can express yourself authentically, without judgment or expectation. Whether it's a few moments of doodling, hours spent lost in a painting, or crafting something with your hands, allow yourself the gift of self-expression and enjoy the empowering journey of nurturing your inner artist.

Maybe try something new; I keep seeing YouTube shorts for these cool AF Chalk Markers (check out this vid and tell me they aren't the coolest!) "Let’s Make Bubbles! Using Loddie Doddie chalk markers", , and I am obsessed with the channel @Giftybymel, I have been meaning to make this cute self-love craft for days! "This came out so CUTEEEE 🥺," and these awesome KINSPORY Craft Box has literally everything (not literally for those grammar sticklers 😉).

Have a technology detox:

Disconnect from the digital world for a designated period. Put your phone on silent, turn off notifications, and savor the freedom from constant connectivity. Instead, immerse yourself in activities like reading a book, taking a nature walk, or simply enjoying a mindful moment of quiet solitude. Before you start your life changing moment of peace, check out my "7 Best Book Recommendations For Self-Love."

Indulge in guilty pleasures:

Give yourself permission to enjoy those guilty pleasures without judgment. Binge-watch your favorite TV show, devour that decadent slice of cake, or curl up with a soft blanket and cheesy romance novel. Self-care is about indulging in activities that bring you pure joy, even if they're considered a little bit indulgent. As for me, I'm soon off to play Minecraft while watching a movie!

silly cartoon man in his underwear is standing on a keytar, arms up, sunglasses on, arms up in the air wiggling like noodles

Get moving in a fun way:

Get moving in a fun way: Exercise doesn't have to be a chore; it can be a joyous activity! Find a physical activity that you genuinely enjoy, be it dancing, rollerblading, hula hooping, or practicing yoga in the park. The endorphin rush and sense of accomplishment will leave you feeling invigorated and proud of your body. My idea of a good time while being active is heading to the nearest swing set or pool- or even better, beach time!

Practice gratitude:

Time for a daily dose of gratitude goodness! Grab your favorite pen and sprinkle some gratitude magic into your day. Take a moment to reflect on the little joys and big wins that make your heart happy, like with this paperback gratitude journal My Little Book of Self-love: A Guided Journal to Help You Cultivate Greater Self-love or this hardcover gratitude journal The GOLD Journal: Unleash Your Inner Power and Transform Your Life Through Daily Gratitude, Self-Appreciation, and Self-Care by

Maliheh Paryavi Ph.D. Jot them down in a gratitude journal that's bursting with color or share them with a trusted friend who's always there to celebrate with you. When you shift your focus to the bright side of life, something wonderful happens. A warm and fuzzy feeling of appreciation starts to grow, filling your heart with happiness. It's like a vitamin boost for your well-being! Embrace the power of gratitude and let it sprinkle joy all around. You've got this, gratitude champion!

drawing-style art of a peaceful girl with her hands clasped

In conclusion..

Remember, self-care isn't selfish; it's an essential act of self-love and nourishment. Embrace these fun and fabulous self-care ideas to bring more joy, laughter, and contentment into your life. Celebrate your uniqueness, prioritize your needs, and let self-care be a joyful celebration of the wonderful person you are!


Please share your favourite ways to practice self care!

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For as long as I can remember, I have been depressed and suicidal with self harm tendencies. I thought I was crazy. Why did I feel this way when I'd had a generally normal childhood, with good and loving parents? I had no idea that this was not the full story. As I gradually slipped into my twenties, I started unearthing the horrors of my childhood, and I still am. There are a lot of things I still cannot accept-  and if I am honest, I often loose hope. That's why I want to spread information and my experiences, to hopefully create a community that supports each other, and heals our broken hope. Together walking this treacherous journey of healing from childhood trauma and abuse; this climb to safety and a healthy mind.


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