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21 Tiny Self-Care Rituals That We Guarantee You Have Time To Do

Trust us: It's worth taking just a *little* bit of time to do these for yourself.

1. Write down one thing you're thankful for today.

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Thinking about what you have gratitude for will shift your mindset to focus on the positive things — and help you start to notice all of the small things around you that you're grateful for.

2. Take a 10-minute walk — without staring at your phone or doing anything else but walking.

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It's a great way to center yourself and get your blood circulating while you take a break from screens.

3. Make a schedule for how you'd like to spend tomorrow.

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Jot down the errands you need to run, the things you need to do around the house, and/or the goals you want to achieve. Having a roadmap will make a busy day (or week) less stressful!

4. Give a jade roller a go in the morning.

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Pop one in your fridge overnight, then roll it over your face in the morning to help de-puff your under-eye area and to give yourself a general pick-me-up. Read more about using jade rollers here.

5. Set aside one night a week (or every other week, or every month — whatever works for you!) to prepare your favorite meal from scratch.

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The act of prepping food can be rather therapeutic, and there's nothing like the satisfaction of enjoying a delicious home-cooked dish made just the way you like it.

6. Write one line a day in this Q&A a Day journal.

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Each day of the year, you're prompted to answer one question with a single-line response — and there's enough space for five years' worth of answers. It can be a great way to look back and see how you've grown and achieved goals, or to simply help you reflect on life each day. (There's gotta be a reason why nearly 2,000 people have given this a 4.7-star average review!)

7. Take your meds and your vitamins every day.

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Seriously. Your mind and body will thank you.

8. Limit using your phone or laptop or watching TV to certain times — which can help prevent using them before bed.

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It's easy to set limits for yourself on apps and track screentime on your phone — so you can stop yourself before you're an hour deep into a hashtag black hole.

9. And while you're at it, put your phone on Do Not Disturb before you go to sleep too.

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This way you won't be jolted awake by alerts and notifications. (If you're worried about missing an important call, you can also schedule Do Not Disturb to allow calls from certain people.)

10. Take a few minutes each day — whether that's before bed or on public transportation during your commute — to read a book, or anything that interests you.

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Set a goal to read that article you bookmarked or to read a certain number of pages in that book you're loving. Even better if it's before bed: The perfect excuse to put your phone away early!

11. Make your bed!

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Completing this simple task can get your day started on the right foot. Here are a few compelling reasons why you should.

12. Use aromatherapy techniques to help you relax — whether that's turning on a diffuser to set the mood before bed or spraying your linens with a calming lavender spray.

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You can get the v. pretty diffuser pictured here from Amazon, or a lavender spray from Amazon here.

13. You've probably heard this one before but: meditate!

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Taking just a few moments out of your day to meditate can work wonders for reducing stress and anxiety, and for improving your overall emotional health. If you're new to meditation, here's some info on apps you can use to get started.

14. Do your dishes before bed.

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Sure, it's a small thing, but waking up to a sink that's free of dirty dishes means it's one less task you'll have to stress about doing when you get home from work. Plus, the longer dishes sit, the longer it'll take to scrub off all those stubborn bits of food caked on!

15. Schedule a regular massage or manicure or anything that centers you or puts a little pep in your step.

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Have a standing date with yourself doing something that makes you happy.

16. Make a pick-me-up playlist to listen to in the morning.

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Is there any better mood booster than your favorite jams first thing in the morning?

17. Commit to a skincare routine that works for you.

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Whether you're a product minimalist or a 10-step Korean skincare-regimen stan, stick to the products that work best for your skin, and use them regularly — and don't forget to take your makeup off before bed each day!

18. Spend some QT with your pets!

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Just a few of the many health benefits of having a pet include depression management, decreased blood pressure, decreased cholesterol, and increased opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities, according to the CDC.

Don't have a pet? Looking at some pics of cute pups and kitties can boost your mood too — or, better yet, if you have the time, hang out with some animals in need by volunteering at a local shelter!

19. Listen to a podcast that covers something that interests or intrigues you — whether it's motivational, educational, or entertaining.

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It may provide you with deeply interesting new information, boost your mood, or inspire you to live your best life in other ways. Find a list of our favorite podcast episodes here.

20. Don't take your electronics into the bathroom with you.

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For one, it'll give to a chance to read something other than your IG feed, and secondly, it's good for your physical health too: cellphones are actually seven times dirtier than the average toilet seat because of people toting them into the bathroom!

21. Take off your dang bra as soon as you get home.

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It just feels great, okay?