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self-care for the young dreamer

Incorporating self-care into your week in becoming less and less of an option and more of a necessity. With busy work weeks, hours of homework and responsibilities piling up at your footsteps, taking some time out of your day to show yourself love and care is essential. To help you out with your self-care practice, here are 35 self-care ideas for the young dreamer!

1.Create the Ultimate Bucket List

Find a blank piece of paper and let your imagination take over!

2. Play with your pet

Have some quality time with your favorite furry animal! Get outdoors and enjoy your time together. If you don’t have a pet to play with, dog parks are basically a free-for-all.

3. Take A Nap

Whether it is for 30 minutes or 3 hours, resting your mind and body when you are feeling tired and slow is the key to getting your energy back up and getting through the day. Find your favorite place to curl up and get some shut-eye!

4. Hammock

I just recently took up hammocking and I love everything about it! For me, it creates a space for me to be one with nature. I love putting it up to do some reading, to hang out with friends, or to relax and destress. It is so much fun and I definitely recommend getting one!

5. Express Gratitude

Every single day is a gift. Take some time to express gratitude even in the heavy seasons. I express gratitude daily and created a gratitude jar to put all of my notes of gratitude in and to hold as a reminder that even in the bad times, I still have so much to be thankful for!

6. Spa Night

It’s time to break out the face mask and nail polish! Create your own spa night for your specific beauty needs. Have fun and invite others to join in on the fun!

7. Go Out For Dessert

Spend the night out on the town feeding your sweet tooth! With so many cute ice cream shops, dessert bars, and restaurants, the options are endless!

8. Journal

I love putting pen to paper and journaling is a great way for me to do so. Grab a notebook or a piece of paper and let your words flow. The beauty about journaling is that it can be for your eyes only – take advantage of that!

9. Devotional/Bible Study

Start/end your day with a devotional or bible study. This is a great way to seek out wisdom and guidance in your life and to bring peace into your life.

10. Go to Bed Early

Hit the hay early tonight. I am a busy college girl, so whenever I have nights that I have nothing planned, I simply go to bed early. This helps me to be sharp and alert for the days to come.

11. Exercise

A good workout is one of my favorite ways to show myself self-care. Whether it is yoga, kickboxing, or going on a walk, working out is stress reducing and brings health and longevity to your life!

12. Meditate

Meditation is a beautiful practice centered around your mind. Take some time to meditate throughout your day and find inner peace in your mind and spirit.

13. Take A Social Media Break

Social media can be so demanding and require so much of your time and attention to keep up with the superficial things in life. Take a break from your social outlets and put your energy into other things you enjoy instead!

14. Diffuse Essential Oils

If you are on the Salty Squad, you know that a girl loves her essential oils. Getting an essential oil diffuser is one of the best investments I ever made. I use it literally every day and it makes me feel so alive! Start diffusing oils and see what type of energy it brings into your life. Also, if you are looking for some great oils to diffuse, check out ArtNatural essentials for an introduction to the world of diffusing!

15. Binge-Watch Netflix

My favorite form of self-care is watching my fav TV shows and movies on Netflix. Take a few hours out of your day to binge-watch a show you love.

16. Write A Friend A Letter

Reach out to a friend through a nice, handwritten letter. Letters are a gem in our era of technology. Break out the pen and paper and speak gracious words to a friend.

17. Play A Board Game

A fun game night with friends is a great way to show yourself self-care around with those you care for. Pull out your favorite board game, grab some popcorn, and let the game night commence!

18. Unplug from Your Tech

Take a Tech break by unplugging from your devices and enjoying life beyond technology. Go for a walk, hang out with a friend, or simply take a nap. Enjoy your tech-free time!

19. Reread a Favorite Book

Uncover the magic again in one of the favorite reads. Whether it is a children’s book or a New York Times Best Seller, take some time to reread a great book that makes you smile.

20. Pop Some Bubble Wrap

This may be super random, but don’t be afraid to pop some bubble wrap. Bubble wrap has a playful and childish vibe that will awaken that inner cool kid! Pop that bubble wrap!

21. Watch the Sunset

Go outdoors and enjoy the sunset. Challenge yourself to watch the sunset with no photos!

22. Take a Bubble Bath/Hot Shower

Bring out your favorite soaps and your rubber ducky for a nice relaxing bubble bath or hot shower.

23. Have a Dance Party

Throw a dance party for one or for your friends. Throw it back with some old school or keep it modern with the latest hits! Whatever you do, go full out and shack that groove thang!

24. Grab a Blanket and Relax

Wrap yourself up like a burrito in your favorite blanket and chill out! You deserve to take some time to rest your mind, body, and soul.

25. Movie Night

It’s time to break out the popcorn and dim the lights. Enjoy your favorite classic movie or watch something new! Add some company and your night is complete.

26. Call Someone You Love

There is so much power in a phone call – especially when it is to someone you love yet haven’t connected with in a minute. Break out your phone and give someone a call, it may be the call that makes their day.

27. Go to a Museum

Self-care with a visit to your local museum. Discover something new and exciting while taking a break from your everyday responsibilities.

28. Throw on some Warm Jammies!

Throw some of your favorite jammies in the dryer for a few minutes. Enough said!

29. Plan a mini stay-cation

Show yourself some self-care with a mini stay-cation. Plan out all of your favorite things to do in your area and go for it! 

30. Go for a Hike

Get outdoors to enjoy all that nature has to offer with a good old fashion hike! Grab some friends and water and embrace the great outdoors.

31. Volunteer in the Community

Self-care does not have to be about the care we only give to ourselves through face masks and body scrubs. Many people find self-care in supporting others. One way to do so is volunteering in your community. Find an organization that fits around your passion or a small community project that you want to take on and go for it! You will not only be caring for others, but also for yourself!

32. Go on a Photoshoot

Be spontaneous and fun by going out on a photo shoot! All you need is a phone and a friend you will be snapping spectacular photos in no time. 

33. Make a Blanket Fort

Plan a Fort Night by building a blanket fort to hang out in. I recommend using a bed or sofa as the foundation and your favorite blankets, pillows, and sheets to make the place comfortable and homey!

34. Create New Pinterest Boards

If you know me, you know that I have a crazy obsession with Pinterest. Pinterest has an amazing community full of passionate and loving pinners and you can find just about anything. Check out my Pinterest Board for inspiration and get to pinning!

35. Go on an Adventure!

Regardless of whether you jump on a plane or go down the street, go on an adventure worth making you smile. Make the most of it and spend this time with those who value and love you!


I hope this list does wonders for you. Self-care and self-love are important and essential to living a wholesome life so find time to give yourself care and love daily.

You are an inspiration. Take time for yourself and inspire others to do the same and don’t forget to…


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