66 Easy Self Care Activities For the Mind and Body

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In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to lose sight of what truly matters: your well-being. Self-care is essential in today’s harried world.

Our modern lifestyle often leads to stress, burnout, and a disconnection from our inner selves.

With years of exploring and understanding the balance of mind and body. I have curated a comprehensive list of self care activities that soothe the soul.

You’re seeking more than just a temporary escape.

You’re looking for doable, enjoyable self-care activities that align with your lifestyle!

Each activity is designed to bring you closer to achieving a harmonious balance, ensuring you emerge more connected with your true self.

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Self care activities for the mind

While spiritual self-care focuses on caring for the soul, we must also care for the mind.

And it’s important to stay true to yourself.

Self care includes thinking high quality. High-vibe thinking™ is thinking that is supportive, empowering, and self-loving.

High vibe-thinking™ helps emotional well being.

First, the mind isn’t only the brain.  You may picture it that way, but that’s inaccurate.  As the psychologist, Dr. Dan Siegel from UCLA tells us, the mind is throughout the body.

I’m quoted in Forbes magazine regarding emotional challenges when changing careers, “‘Jeanne Nangle, an emotional well-being coach agrees that changing careers can be very unsettling. ‘Even a voluntary change can evoke a sense of loss for the familiar. Human beings are drawn to what’s familiar.’ She recommends allowing yourself time to appreciate the past, and then turning your attention to the growth potential ahead.”

I emphasize in Forbes magazine the skill of turning your attention to the potential ahead, to what’s exciting, and what’s life expanding.

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Use positive vibes to help you feel better

It’s no secret that we need positive vibes when we’re having a rough time. The question becomes… how do we get them?

My post on 5 fantastic positive vibes gives you 5 different things you can do to bring positive vibes into your life.

An important part of self care is being about to raise your vibration!

Ultimately, we need to do the work on finding ourselves to keep the high-vibes flowing.

Minimize social media

Social media is a time sucker and proper self care is about focusing on you, not social stuff.

It’s so easy to go there to let the mind relax, but do we? Maybe for a minute or two, but social media is a distraction from the moment and can easily consume more time than we realize.

Avoid negative self talk

Self-talk is what we say when we talk to ourselves… Obviously, self care means that you’ll want to be kind and patient in how you talk to yourself.

In my humble opinion, the absolute best book on positive and negative self-talk is What to Say When You Talk to Yourself by Shad Helmstetter.

It was first published in 1986 and gives thorough and easy to understand guidance about positive self talk and how to talk to yourself in a way that’s self-loving, supportive, and honors that you’re a whole human being, not a robot! 

This book is a game changer. Positive self talk is essential for good mental health and self-transformation.

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Emotional release

Since emotional energy stays in the body until it’s felt and released, we need emotional release techniques to use as a regular part of our emotional health and mental health regime.

To practice self care, use some of the many techniques available so you can do this on your own. However, if you’re struggling and you’re not ready to feel like you’re sad, or hurt, or afraid, then seek out the help of a qualified therapist or counselor.

Emotional release is BIG part of self care because part of our purpose is to heal our lives.

There’s usually more going on beneath the surface than we realize in life and as we feel and let go, ultimately over time, we can be free.

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Emotional Freedom Technique

The emotional Freedom Technique or Tapping is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over 5,000 years, but without the invasiveness of needles.

Emotional Freedom Technique You Tube demonstration with Julie Schiffman.


Meditation is a foundational practice for growing spiritually.

In meditation, the goal is to quiet the mind.

While it takes practice to slow the mind to even the smallest amount, it’s worth the effort.

In our already busy busy world, the ability to slow down the mind is becoming more critical.


When you are stressed, it’s a sign that you need to breathe. Proper breathing is essential for Self care. Here’s an easy one that I like:  Inhale 4 counts, exhale for 8 counts.

Breathing slowly and gently when you’re anxious or feeling confused helps clear the mind. Breathing helps reduce the stress hormone cortisol. Plus, breath work is a part of holistic health.

Mashhur Anam Holographic meditation

The very special meditation happens at about 30:00 minutes in and lasts about 10 minutes. It’s one of my favorite guided meditations for the soul.

Think positively!

In my book, The Thought Store, I coined the term high-vibes to describe thoughts that are supportive of you in every part of your life: emotionally, mentally, and spiritually!

One KEY concept right out of the gate is this: Your high-vibe thoughts are powerful. Self care includes how you think!!

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For further reading, the power of thought and how negative thinking is literally killing people is the main theme in my futuristic, self-help book, The Thought Store. This is a great gift for any negative thinkers out there.

And hey, I was one of them, so I understand!

Here’s a great infographic of my 8 Simple Thinking Habits from The Thought Store. 

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Prayers and Mantras

Your morning routine can include prayers and mantras.

You can recite calming prayers and mantras as a regular way of calming your mind, body, and soul throughout the day. Find mantras that resonate with YOU or take you to a place you aspire to. Mantras are a great way to fill your mind with thoughts that elevate you and remind you of your personal power.

Self care in nature

One of the advantages of nature is good for self care! When we are out in nature we are closer to our primal instincts, the soul, it’s usually quieter, it’s closer to the stillness within us.

Find ways to escape the suburbs or city and get out on a path or sit in a quiet place and just be quiet. Self-care requires that we get outside and breathe fresh air. Remember, self care includes connecting with the natural beauty around you.

Newsweek recently published an article on the Dutch lifestyle trend, Niksen, of doing nothing. I was quoted in the article regarding my firm belief in the importance of quiet and doing nothing.

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Affirmations for self love

My blog post 307 Affirmations for Self-Love is one of the most comprehensive blog posts on affirmations that I’ve seen and will move your process along beautifully.

Affirmations are key to self care because thoughts have an energy frequency. 

Each and every thought you have either raises or lowers your energy frequency.  Therefore, saying affirmations daily can be a great tool for raising your energy and self-confidence.  Even write your affirmations and stick them on your refrigerator. Change them each week as you evolve, because you will!

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Self-care activity for the body

Physical health is as important as emotional health!

While your body may not be the one you’d choose for this journey of life, or there are parts you wouldn’t choose, it’s the one God gave you, or whatever your belief is on this, so self care includes caring for the body.

As you focus on self-care and your core values, and less on how the body looks or losing weight, you’ll see a shift in how you view yourself.

This doesn’t happen overnight, but as you grow self-love you’ll be less outwardly focused.

Think of it this way, you have things you want to accomplish and you need your unique flesh and bones to do so!


This journey includes eating in a way that suits your individual physical requirements. What works for one person, may not work for another.

Honestly, one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen was recently on Netflix and is called: You are what you eat: The twin experiment and is a Stanford based experiment.

Some have criticized it’s boldness… but their heads are deeply in the sand.

This information isn’t new!

Factory farming is killing the planet. Period. This brave shows exposes how horrifying the conditions are for animals and the inevitable consequences for those who eat them regularly.

Gut-brain connection

In a word or three words, experts are telling us that there’s a direct connection between the gut, brain, and overall health in life.



Walking is soulful because it connects you to the ground.

Tai chi

Strength Training


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High-intensity Interval Training

HIIT involves short bursts of intense exercise alternated with low-intensity recovery periods. Interestingly, it is perhaps the most time-efficient way to exercise. 

According to Healthline Magazine, there are 7 benefits to high-intensity interval training.


Use it or lose it!   According to Harvard Health Publishing, as we age, it becomes more important to stretch each day. Stretching keeps the body youthful and flexible. Any soulful self-care routine includes stretching.


As we already know, getting a good night’s sleep is important for EVERYTHING!  Health, well-being, mood, recovery, soulfulness, self-care… all of it. 

Yet, sleep can be elusive for many.

There’s lots of advice on this subject and here are a few things that have stood out for me. 

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A pre-sleep routine

Apparently the body loves routine. Going to bed around the same time each night and waking up at the same time each morning.

No screens

Avoid screens before bed! Other than TV, I don’t look at a screen for 2 to 3 hours before bedtime. So, no phone, no computer, no laptop, no tablet… so my mind can begin to shut down. 

Avoid sugar

And avoid sugar before bedtime because sugar is a stimulant!  So obviously, we don’t need to stimulate the body before bed, right? 


The benefits of yoga are extensive! 

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Final thoughts

Your happiness and well being come from taking loving care of yourself!

Self care is loving the mind, body, and soul because you need all three to be who you’re meant to be. To fulfill your destiny!

The goal is to FEEL on a deep level that you are a unique soul and there’s a specific reason for your life and your self care includes your commitment to that.

The best self care plan is the one that fits YOU!

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