Creative Ideas to Inspire your Self-Care Routine
If you’re looking to add to your self-care toolkit, read on for 7 Amazing Self-Care Ideas to Inspire You.
What do you consider self-care? What are the things you include in your self-care routine?
Self-care boils down to doing something for yourself, that nurtures your mind, body and soul. Traditional spa treatments are common self-care activities. However, there are no limits to what self-care may be for any one person.
What is Self-Care?
Self-care is the practice of taking personal care and responsibility for one’s own physical, mental and emotional health. It may include hygiene, therapy, exercise and relaxation activities.
Some of these ideas are solo activities, others can be a social outing with friends. If you’re looking for a way to incorporate a little fun and relaxation into your self-care routine, read on.
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1. Tibetan Singing Bowls
What Is It?
A Tibetan Singing Bowl is a bowl shaped ‘bell’ that vibrates, producing a deep tone when tapped. It is also know as a Himalayan Bowl or simply as a Singing Bowl.
It was common practice for Buddhist monks to use Tibetan Signing Bowls in meditation. The benefits of the Singing Bowls has also been incorporated into therapeutic use in musical and massage therapy, it may also be offered in some yoga practices.
How it Works
Typically, each session takes place with the individual laying on the floor with bowls of various sizes, placed strategically around the room.
The yogi or therapist runs a mallet around the rim or outside surface of the bowl in a circular motion, like this. You can tap the bowl to produce the sound as well. The result is a clear, bell-like sound that resonates from the bowl to fill the space.
There is not a lot of scientific proof. But, the belief is that Tibetan Singing Bowls offer a number of benefits. The results vary for each person.
- Reduces stress
- Improves sleep
- Lowers blood pressure
- Provides pain relief
- Stimulates the immune system
If this is something you want to try out, but are unable to find a practitioner or therapist near you, You Tube has a number of videos that may fill the need. Set the stage for relaxation by finding a video to play while meditating or reading. Enhance the experience by sitting outside in a beautiful setting, put your earbuds in and just listen. Make sure to focus on your breathing… in… and out… in… and out.
2. Sensory Deprivation Tank
What Is It?
A Sensory Deprivation Tank can also be referred to as an Isolation or Flotation Tank. It’s basically a dark, soundproof tank that eliminates all environmental stimuli. (No light or sound). It has about 12 inches of salt water and is used for Restricted Environmental Stimuli Therapy (REST).
How it works:
Spas, massage centers and flotation centers operate Sensory Deprivation Tanks. The tanks have a high concentration of Epsom salts to increase buoyancy, making it easier to float. Users enter the tank without clothing, and lay down in the water for 60 minutes. By cutting off outside stimulus, it allows the mind to open and relax.
Positive effects vary by individual, but may include increased relaxation, better sleep and pain management. The benefits of time in the tank are a reduction in stress and anxiety. Increased relaxation, better sleep and pain management. Increased creativity is also a perceived benefit.
Risks are limited. However, there have been some reports of hallucinations and psychosis from flotation tank users. Hallucinations should resolve upon exiting the tank.
The appeal is being cut off from outside stimuli. Occasionally, I experience sensory overload and the thought of pure silence sounds so… peaceful. On the flip side, I can see being cut-off from the world feeling scary and unfamiliar.
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What Is It?
Cupping is an alternative form of therapy utilizing cups being placed on the skin, creating a suction for a few minutes at a time. It is an old form of treatment, used in Chinese, Middle Eastern and Egyptian cultures. The cup is made from glass, bamboo, silicone or pottery.
How it Works
You can have wet cupping or dry cupping. The most common form of cupping is a massage technique that moves the cup around on oiled skin.
- To start, a flammable substance is placed in a cup and ignited (ex. paper, alcohol or herbs).
- Next, the flame is extinguished and the cup is placed on the skin for 3 minutes.
- Finally, once the air cools, a vacuum creates a suction, affixing the cup to the skin.
The effect is that the skin reddens and swells into the cup. (For example, think about the suction a vacuum cleaner makes on your arm). Notably, more modern techniques replace the flame with a pump to replicate the vacuum effect.
Conversely, the process differs for wet cupping. This method does not bring blood to the surface of the skin. It is extracted by small, superficial incisions instead.
Research is limited. Common treatment is for pain management and inflammation. It helps well-being and deep-tissue massage as well.
- High Blood Pressure
- Skin Conditions (Acne, Eczema)
- Varicose Veins
- Rheumatic Diseases
- Skin Irritation/ Infection
Be aware that the appearance of the skin after a cupping session looks dramatic and painful. Visually, it is definitely not appealing and certainly doesn’t seem like something to try.
I know people that benefitted from cupping. Otherwise, I would not be intrigued in the least.
4. Cuddle Therapy
What is it?
Cuddle Therapy you say? Is that even a thing? Why yes, yes it is! I know, this one might be a little out there, but it does fill a need.
It combines Touch Therapy with traditional talk therapy, thereby meeting social, emotional and physical needs in patients. It is especially helpful for people from a background of abuse.
How it Works
Every cuddle session begins with a discussion between the therapist/ practitioner and the patient. During that time, they discuss boundaries, comfort levels, and consent. The patient and therapist decide on a preferred cuddle position as well as a location.
The location can range from a couch, to the floor or even a bed. It may be a standard hug, or spooning, or even a traditional massage using a table. The sessions are purely platonic. It’s about ensuring the client feels safe and comfortable during the 50-60 minute session.
Physical touch releases the hormone oxytocin, also known as the love drug. “Research shows that oxytocin, is linked to warm feelings of closeness to others, is only released via physical touch when it’s perceived as welcomed or positive.” Benefits include stress management, empathy and better communication.
I admit to laughing at the idea of paying a stranger to hug me. The idea is a little out there. But on second thought, while it may be awkward initially, sometimes you just need a hug. I love that there is a way for people coming from neglect or abuse to have a way to learn positive, appropriate touch and consent. So, while it may sound odd, it’s important to have a safe place to heal.
5. Scream into the Void
What is it
For those that need guidance from a licensed psychotherapist, look into Scream Therapy (Primal Therapy). It is therapy designed to express repressed anger through screaming or violence as treatment for people that may have experienced trauma early in life.
But, what I’m talking about here is different. Do you ever feel like you just want to scream? And by scream, I mean, SCREAM! Out loud, at the top of your lungs. I feel that way sometimes. A good scream can hit the reset button and help clear your head for the next crisis.
How it Works
So, let’s keep it simple. We all have pillows laying around. Screaming into a pillow works for ease of accessibility. Perhaps letting it rip from the confines of your car would feel better.
If you want to level-up, I highly recommend going to the ocean and screaming your little heart out. The loud crashing of the waves absorbs the sounds of your screams so passersby aren’t concerned.
Stress relief. We could all use manageable ways to relief the stress we encounter in our lives.
As a mom, I’m used to bearing the weight of everything and mustering on. But, there are times when I feel like I can’t take on even one more thing.
To cope, I can attest to having tried all three (pillow, car, ocean). This isn’t something I do all the time, but when the feeling arises, it’s a great way to just let it all out.
6. Ax Throwing & 7. Rage Rooms
What is it
Amazingly, there are places that you can go to throw axes and break things. I’m bundling these 2 together as they serve the same purpose.
For ax throwing, it’s an indoor place where patrons are allowed to throw an ax at a target. Rage rooms are rooms filled with dishes, old appliances, glassware, pretty much anything you can imagine smashing to bits.
How it Works
Ax Throwing: Rooms or bays have ax targets similar to dart boards on the wall. One person throws at a time, with the oversight of an employee. You throw the ax/ hatchet at the target for different games. No drinking in the ax room. But, drinking may be permitted elsewhere.
Rage Rooms: Every rager must wear safety gear (gloves, coveralls, face shields/ goggles, close-toed shoes) to participate. You use baseball bats, sledgehammers even golf clubs to destroy the items in your room. Items may include plates, furniture, appliances and more.
Another excellent form of stress relief! Raise your hand if you have you ever just wanted to throw something against a wall? Me, right here! I have. Mounting pressure can build and, without warning, emotions can explode!
There aren’t a lot of acceptable ways to express ourselves when the pressure mounts. Some situations don’t lend themselves to conversation. In some cases, rather than stewing in anger, physical action is the best course of action. It’s cathartic.
Safety is a potential concern for both of these activities. Follow the rules, dress appropriately and listen to the staff to avoid risks.
I admit that I’m not as comfortable with the idea of throwing an ax as I am smashing some dishes. But, I definitely want to check both options out. Make it a social event. Get some friends together, blow off some steam, work out your issues and have some fun!
We all know the importance of self-care. You hear about it everywhere. Self-care can come from traditional or alternative methods, like these 7 Amazing Self-Care Ideas to Inspire You.
It doesn’t matter what you do, the important thing is for you to invest some time for yourself.
Remember, at it’s core, self-care is attending to your basic needs as a human being. You have the right to physical, emotional and mental well-being. If you’re looking for something new or different to add to your routine, I encourage you to give one of these ideas a try.
Disclaimer: Consult with your doctor before embarking on a new therapeutic endeavor. As with most things, there are risks that may cause adverse effects on your health if not addressed.
Do you do anything out of the ordinary to maintain your well-being? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.
40 thoughts on “7 Amazing Self-Care Ideas to Inspire You”
Oh my gosh I want to try all of these except maybe the cuddling. That one seems a little out there for me, haha. I am really intrigued by the REST. I agree with you, pure silence sounds heavenly! My husband and I have talked about Axe throwing, maybe we will bump that up on our things to do.
I know! The cuddling is… different. It’s one of those things that I find interesting, but not sure if I would ever do it. I do like the fact that it exists though. We could definitely use some more caring in the world. I hope that you and your husband do cross that ax throwing off your list. That one looks like a great time!
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Self care is something we have to do on a daily not only for our family but also for our own well being and I definitely learned that over the years. You have some interesting self care we can do.. thank you!
Hi Catarina! It’s unfortunate how easily self-care can be delayed or forgotten entirely. There are definitely some activities that are easy to incorporate into our daily schedule. This list is for those instances where you might have a little extra time or maybe just want to have a little adventure. All still in care of yourself and your well-being.
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Never knew cuddling is a therapy. Doing it at home with family is good enough 🙂
I wish I had a sensory deprivation tank at home. It seems fun.
It’s a new concept for me as well. And, yes, cuddling at home would be easier and far more comfortable than doing it with a stranger. But, not everyone comes from a cuddly family. I’m happy that the option is there for those people to get what they need to grow.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a tank at home? A place where you can actually have ‘me’ time, without hearing what’s happening in the rest of the house. The lure to unplug is so real.
Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate your time.
Great list of ideas. I always wanted to grab an ax and start cutting wood to de-stress. Thank you for sharing ❤️
Your method would definitely be more productive and a lot more exercise than what I was suggesting. I say, take advantage of whichever opportunity first presents itself.
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Ooh great suggestions! I always find that when stressed simply screaming into a pillow truly does make a huge difference. I’ve wanted to try out axe throwing or a rage room for a while now but still haven’t gotten to it, so perhaps I’ll give it a go this year! Thank you so much for sharing x
The ax throwing is definitely the popular option! I think it appeals because it’s dangerous and taboo. I think I would feel so powerful doing it though. And to just go crazy in a rage room?! Yes, please! I hope you get to experience one or both of those stress relievers soon.
Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!
I love all these tips for self-care. I especially like the sound of the sensory deprivation tank. Relaxing with no environmental stimuli sounds like heaven to me. Thanks for sharing.
Hi Alex, thanks for stopping by! And yes! Just the thought of pure quiet is so appealing! It’s such a foreign concept though, that I imagine it might also feel uncomfortable. If you ever get the chance to experience it, please let me know how it goes and I will do the same.
These are such great self care ideas! Thanks so much for sharing!
Thanks for reading Charity, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post!
Okay, not going to lie, I think ax-throwing would be an amazing self-care item to try. I wonder if there is anywhere near me that offers that. It honestly sounds fun, so even if it wasn’t for self-care I would want to try it. I have also thought a sensory deprivation tank would be neat to try but I think being locked into a space like that would make me feel a bit claustrophobic. These are all certainly some more unique self-care ideas compared to the usual burn candles and take bubble bath ideas that I often see.
Hi Sarah, I agree with you on both fronts. Ax throwing sounds scary and exciting. And the sensory deprivation take also sounds interesting, but I can sort of feel the claustrophobia. I feel like it would be nice for a few minutes, then I would feel trapped. Still, I want to try it. I’m glad that you found the ideas interesting. I was hoping that doing something a little different might be appealing to people.
These ideas and tips are awesome, it’s really outside of the box! Especially the screaming seems like it’d do me so much good in times of stress. Cuddle therapy also makes a lot of sense scientifically speaking, so I’m a big fan of that as well. And I can’t wait to try a sensory deprivation tank once, it seems like an amazing experience to me. Thank you for sharing these amazing ideas!
Thank you! You are the first person to see value in the Cuddle Therapy. Everyone else is not so into it. I can understand that it’s different, but I do see where it has value. And, I highly recommend the screaming. I’ve done it into a pillow and at the ocean. Both are cathartic and it feels so good to just let it go. Please let me know what you think of the sensory deprivation tank if you ever get the chance to do it. If I ever do, I am definitely going to write about it.
Thank you so much for reading and commenting,
These are very interesting self-care ideas to try. I practice guided meditations regularly but never tried it with Singing bowls. I think I shall try it this weekend. The sensory deprivation tank sounds great as well as scream therapy. I honestly don’t mind trying all of them, although the cuddling therapy is a but out there. I’m not sure if I’d be comfortable with that. But who knows. Great ideas here, Cassie. Very informative post. Thanks for sharing.
So happy that you found it beneficial. I need to start meditating. It’s great that you practice it regularly. I know that it can do amazing things for you once practiced regularly. I definitely want to try the singing bowls as well. I can understand about the cuddling therapy being the odd one out of the bunch. I think if you could maybe see the therapist for a while first, then introduce it once comfort is established, that would make better sense instead of going in cold. But, for some people, it’s the kind of support they need to heal, so I’m glad that it exists.
Thank you for reading and commenting, I appreciate it!
Sensory deprivation tanks have always intrigued me, and I really wonder what the experience would be like, especially since I’m drawn to silence much more than noise. Anyway, thanks for this post!
I’m with you. I crave silence, but there’s so much noise in my life. I think it would feel a little strange at first, but it wouldn’t take long to adjust.
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Some amazing tips and suggestions here. I have always wanted to try cupping, but for some reasons have held back. I need to give it a try.
I can understand the hesitance with cupping. The end result just looks so bad. I know from seeing it experienced by someone close to me last year, it was THE ONLY thing that helped her have relief after months and months of chronic pain and migraines following a couple of back-to-back car accidents. So, aesthetics aside, it worked. The bruises fade and the relief remains.
It’s nice to see a post about self-care that isn’t all “read a book” and “have a bath”!
(While, of course, both of these things are totally valid).
Some of these sound especially relaxing, though I’m a ways from cuddling strangers haha. I may now be seeking out a rage room, more because it sounds like it could be fun…
Thanks for sharing!!
Thank you. I was hoping that coming from a different perspective would resonate with people. There are so many things that can serve as self-care. Different things will speak to different people. I think starting with the rage room would help so many of us. Give it a try, let me know how it goes!!
I’ve always been interested in a sensory deprivation tank – it’s definitely on my list to get around to trying! I love ax throwing and you’re totally right it’s so good just to let go!
Hi! Finally! Someone who’s actually thrown an ax! It sure does seem fun, so thank you for the endorsement. I am going to get my hands on one of those axes one of these days. I think I will see about doing that with my bestie. After a recent conversation, I know she could use it.
I love Tibetan Singing Bowls for meditation but never thought to try them while reading! Definitely going to try. I think tomorrow I’ll listen while working and see if that calms me as well. Thanks for these tips 🤗
I love the idea of listening while working! I need to try that as well. I often listen to rainfall when I’m working. It’s so peaceful, and I suspect, the same would be true of the Tibetan Singing Bowls. Great idea!
Hi Cassie, wow, you have a lot of great ideas for this! I’ve had the cupping down at an acupuncturist’s office years ago for medical treatment. It worked very well! I love the idea of the sensory deprivation tank 🙂 That may help me sleep better. Thanks for sharing all these ideas with us. We all need self-care, we can’t take care of anyone else unless we take care of ourselves!
Thank you for stopping by. I love that you’ve tried cupping before. I know someone else who also found relief from chronic pain after cupping. It might not be pretty but it sure seems to be effective. When I can, I definitely want to try the sensory deprivation tank. I too have trouble sleeping and would love it if it helped. It’s amazing how easy it is to forget to care for ourselves. Have you noticed that we don’t seem to realize it until we’re all tapped out?
Such cool self-care practices! I’ve always wanted to try the sensory deprivation tank and cupping. I’ll definitely have to check these out. Cuddling therapy? Never knew that existed but I’m intrigued. Thank you for sharing!
Hi Angie Soul,
If I didn’t say so before, love your name. It’s so marketable! Thank you for responding. When funds allow, I am definitely going to give cupping a try. The more I think about it, I believe that it could help resolve or alleviate some things for me. I’m not sure formal Cuddling Therapy is needed for most people, but you can’t deny the power of a great hug. Am I right? If you try any of these ideas out, please let me know how it goes.
I’ve heard of a few of these and would definitely like to try them! I’m not sure axe-throwing is for me, but smashing plates is something I’m sure would be good.
I’m with you. I am nervously intrigued by ax throwing, but unsure whether I would have the guts to do it. Smashing plates? Yeah, I could do that. I do it accidentally often enough that to have the freedom to really get into it could be so much fun! If you have the opportunity to do one of these activities or something else that’s fun and different, you should definitely go for it!
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I really like your take on self-care and the ideas you have shared. Some of these I’ve never heard of before but they look very interesting, I like that you wrote about things that require others but also things you can do by yourself such as screaming into the void. Thanks for sharing the great post.
Thank you. I think that usually, people think of self-care as a something you do by yourself. I can understand that th9nking, but there are times when it just means recharging and doing something that you enjoy that feeds goodness into your well-being. That can be on your own or with other people. Whether you opt for something I shared or something else, I hope that you’re practicing a little self-care in your life.
Wow… these are cool brand new ideas for self-care. I like the second one the most. I wish I can have that tub at home. It looks so relaxing.
I know! I want one of those tanks too. I think it would help me in so many ways. But, I have no idea where I would keep it. I think it would need it’s own little shed in the backyard or something. Thanks for reading and commenting. I appreciate it.