4 Self-Care Ideas You Haven’t Heard Before


When you hear the words “self-care,” what comes to mind? A bubble bath or a new skincare treatment? Maybe a spa day or an afternoon with a good book? 

All of those can be great for your self-care, but sometimes we need more than a face mask or a nap to nourish our minds and keep us from feeling depleted. 

If you want to try some self-care that’ll have long-lasting effects on your wellbeing (that you might have never considered), take a look at our ideas below!

Phase out a toxic friend. Friendships are vital for our well-being, so it’s important to make time for loved ones and nurture those relationships. But if you have a “friend” who’s always bringing you down or who you just don’t enjoy spending time with, it may be a sign that you need to let that relationship go. Give yourself permission to ditch the guilt and stop spending time with someone who doesn’t lift your spirits and make you feel good.

Find a form of exercise you truly enjoy. Staying active is imperative for our physical and mental health, but exercise doesn’t have to mean jogging on the treadmill or slaving away in a spin class. Maybe swimming feels better to you, or aerial yoga, or hiking or hula hooping! Find a form of exercising that doesn’t feel like a chore but instead puts a smile on your face.

Learn to listen to and trust your intuition. If you’re wasting time and mental energy second-guessing yourself, asking everyone for their opinions on every little decision, or worrying about what to do with your life, then it’s time to start tapping into your intuition. When you learn to listen to your intuition you’ll start feeling more confident and less stressed about everything in life. Our podcast interview with author Kim Chestney can help you build those intuition muscles and teach you to follow your gut.

Adopt a pet to experience unconditional love. If you don’t already have a fur-baby, consider giving one a home. You’ll have a cuddle buddy on the couch, an excuse to take a walk every day, and someone who’s always happy to see you come through the door. Studies have even shown that petting an animal can lower your heart rate and reduce stress hormones. If being a full-time pet parent isn’t in your near future, try volunteering at a shelter or rescue organization, or offer to pet sit for a friend.

Self-care comes in many forms, and it’s important to take time and prioritize yourself before you reach that burnout point. So here’s to getting creative with your self-care and making sure you’re taking care of Y-O-U! 

Emily and the EveryDay Happy Team

P.S. Are you following us on Instagram? Each story or post is like a mini moment of peace and inspiration! Join us over at everydayhappy.life to see for yourself. 🙂 


Quote du jour

“Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball

Read and Listen to More Like This 

10 Rules for a Happy Life

How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed and Start Feeling Fulfilled

The Most Important Relationship You’ll Ever Have

If You Do One Thing This Year… Make it This

How to Prioritize Your Dreams


*We love all of our picks, and if you make a purchase, we may get a little something back. Thanks for your support!


Latest Feel-Good Notes

Make Time for Your Dreams

Make Time for Your Dreams

What’s one thing you could do that would make this year stand out from the rest and make you feel like you took a big leap in your life?

These days, many of us are so pressed for time that we give ourselves few moments to do what actually excites us. But even if your day feels impossibly stuffed, you can make time for what really matters.

Sounds nice, but how, you may be wondering? I’m so happy you asked!

You Are Enough, Right Now

You Are Enough, Right Now

Some days you may feel like you’re not good enough, or doing enough. You may wish you could snap your fingers and turn into a version of yourself you think you should be with a perfect job, spotless house, and exciting hobbies (or whatever your definition of an ideal life may be).  

But here’s something you need to know … You are wonderful, just as you are. You are enough, right now.

7 Ways To Add More Happiness To Your Day

7 Ways To Add More Happiness To Your Day

Imagine rolling out of bed with a smile on your face, laughing throughout your day, and going to bed feeling calm and content?

While not every day will be sunshine and rainbows, there are so many things you can do to add more joy to each day.

Here are seven of my favorite ways:

A Less Stress Summer

A Less Stress Summer

Summer is synonymous with relaxation, but sometimes we find ourselves stressed out and not living our best, “feet in the sand, good book in hand,” season.

Worries happen to all of us. But, one of the easiest ways to feel more carefree is to take a moment to declutter your brain. Because here’s the deal: Our brain can only handle so many thoughts at once. Anything extra bouncing around distracts you from enjoying otherwise happy moments.

Here’s how: