100 Self-Care Saturday Ideas To Help You Unwind

Last Updated on January 21, 2023

Here you’ll find some really good weekend self-care ideas to give you tons of inspiration

This blog post talks about some really good self-care Saturday ideas. But before we talk about these ideas, let’s discuss the meaning behind self-care.

What is self-care?

The purpose of self-care is to improve yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically. You want to keep these levels stable all the time, and self-care is a good way to ensure that.

Taking care of yourself is not a selfish act. It means you realize that you can’t take care of others until your own priorities come first. First, your own batteries must be fully charged, then you can charge others.

Taking care of yourself isn’t just about making face masks and eating vegetables, although it can include those things as well.

For me, taking care of myself means doing all the activities that calm my mind and help me get rid of the stress that has accumulated during the week.

Taking care of yourself means primarily doing activities aimed at yourself, but for example, helping others gives me satisfaction as well. It helps me reduce stress and is a good way to calm my mind. Therefore, self-care is very individual and everyone interprets it in their own way.

Self-care basics include things like getting enough sleep, eating well, getting outside, engaging in hobbies you enjoy, and expressing gratitude. As I mentioned, everyone’s definition of self-care will be different, but for an activity to qualify as self-care, it must enhance your health and pleasure.

Of course, you can take care of yourself every day of the week, and in fact, you should, but I feel that many of us are busy with work and other activities during the week, so the weekend is one of the few times you can take care of yourself.

It’s one of those times when you can allow yourself “lazy days” where you act at a slow pace and devote yourself only to things you like. That’s why I wrote this post.

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Why practice self-care?

Self-care is important for a variety of reasons. It promotes mental and physical health by reducing stress, improving mood, and providing energy to do more. Self-care also aids in the development of resilience and the ability to deal with adversity. It can also help you become more mindful and connected to yourself, leading to greater self-awareness and personal growth. Finally, taking care of yourself is critical for maintaining life balance and making time to focus on the things that are important to you.

1. Energy debt is equally as harmful as financial debt.
2. You will not shine from within if you do not take proper care of yourself.
3. We subconsciously allow others to shine when we allow ourselves to shine.
4. When you look after yourself, you have more time, energy, and love to devote to those who love you.
5. Taking care of yourself is synonymous with taking care of others.
6. You can do it all, but not all at once.
7. If you love and respect your body, it will love and respect you back.

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Now I’m going to show you some good ideas for your Saturday self-care

Physical activities for your self-care weekend

1. Do some self-massage. Feel your body for areas of tension and massage or stroke those areas.

2. Ride a horse. There’s something special about seeing the world from a higher perspective.

3. Go skiing or snowboarding. If the weather permits, try snowboarding or skiing, even if you’ve never done it before. Have a great time on the slopes!

4. Go skating. Skating, whether indoors or outdoors (in the winter), can be a fantastic experience! Have fun doing figure eights.

5. Go kayaking or canoeing. Go canoeing if you want something gentler or more relaxing, or kayaking if you want something more exciting!

6. Attend a sporting event. Attending a game, whether it’s baseball, football, hockey, or any other sport, is a great way to spend time on a self-care Saturday. Show your spirit, grab a tasty snack, and enjoy the game.

7. Work out. Yoga classes, for example, are best attended alone. Most people are there alone, and it’s easier to concentrate on your movements when you’re alone. In addition to yoga, other types of exercise that can be done alone include Zumba, kickboxing, and Pilates. 

8. Have a good time at the lake. Hike to the nearest park that has a lake and spend the day boating, swimming, or paddling.

9. Clear the clutter around you. A well-kept environment is a natural sedative. Everything you no longer require should be discarded or given away.

10. Experiment with unusual workouts. Being alone is the best time to try something like this.

11. Take a bike ride. Choose a beautiful day, find a bike path and relax (you might even get some exercise as a bonus!)

12. Go fishing if you enjoy it. If you enjoy watching birds, go bird watching.

13. Take a walk. You do not have to choose a specific destination; simply enjoy walking while listening to music.

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14. Paint ceramics. Painting ceramics is a relatively uncommon activity that many people overlook. Look for a local store that sells ready-to-paint ceramics like this one! They may also provide painting lessons.

15. Make something on your own. Pinterest is brimming with fantastic DIY ideas. Choose a few of your favorites and get to work!

16. Take care of the housework. Do laundry, store excess items, and prepare food portions.

17. Take photos. Take your camera (here’s the camera that I use) and go enjoy nature or city life, imagining yourself as the best photographer on a photo hunt.

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Mental and emotional self-care Saturday ideas

1. Listen to some loud music. And dance along with it. Dance with all of your heart and notice how a pleasant wave of relaxation washes over you afterward.

2. Do nothing at all. Many people take advantage of the fact that there is no one around to do nothing.

3. Instead of listening to music, make some music on your own. Don’t be afraid to get creative.

4. Take a moment to smell a flower. See and appreciate the flower’s beauty.

5. Pet your animal. Owning (and petting) a pet will reduce your stress drastically.

6. Enjoy the sunset. Or sunrises, if you prefer those.

7. Take some time to investigate your options. We are constantly surrounded by options; take the time to notice them. Map out your options and make decisions that are right for you.

8. Create an inspirational notebook for yourself. Fill it with your favorite inspirational quotes and wise words. On a stressful day, read it and you will discover many benefits.

9. Discover a new and exciting hobby.

10. Make a fan letter for yourself. Assume you are your biggest fan and write all of your compliments, observations, and tributes in your fan letter. Read it whenever you need to boost your self-esteem.

11. Stay away from social media. Make your self-care Saturdays no-phone days. Purchase a new book to read or spend time outside in nature.

12. Find your ideal job. Take some time to think about what you want out of life, what you are talented at, and what you want to contribute to the world.

13. Tear stress apart. Write down all of your tensions and worries on paper and tear or burn it. Visualize how you will release these tensions from yourself.

14. Come up with a routine for yourself in the morning and evening. Consider what activities make you feel good and help you sleep well, and make a routine out of them.

15. Read a book. Take out the book you’ve been meaning to read for a long time. Here you’ll find 20 good books for self-discovery.

16. Read some motivational quotes. They can be extremely beneficial at times.

17. Take advantage of the silence. Just enjoy it.

18. Make a list of everything for which you are thankful. Here you’ll find an A to Z gratitude list to give you some inspiration. Make a list of all the good things you’ve done for others that have improved their lives.

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19. Watch adorable animal videos. Whether you like puppies, pandas, or polar bears, animal videos always make you feel good.

20. Meditate. Put on some comfortable clothes and sit down to meditate.

21. Perform breathing exercises. It only takes 16 seconds to feel more at ease. Concentrate on your breathing, making sure to breathe deeply into your lower abdomen. When you inhale, your stomach expands, and when you exhale, it moves in. Feel yourself relax in an instant.

22. Keep a gratitude journal. You will feel even more grateful if you write down what you are grateful for. Here’s a list of 100 things to be grateful for right now.

23. Say “no” to things that make you anxious. If you truly do not want to go out today, then do so.

24. Unleash your inner artist by drawing and painting for yourself. The outcome is unimportant; enjoy the process!

25. Allow the sun to shine on you in the morning. Enjoy the warmth while you practice some gratitude.

26. Communicate with nature and fill your lungs with fresh air. This is among my favorite self-care Saturday ideas because I love spending time in nature.

27. Read a poem or write your own. Play with words and rhymes, and write down your ideas.

28. Make a list of things to do. Make a list of everything you’ve done and everything you still need to do. Here’s a list of lists (he-he) to help you organize your life.

29. Find a relaxation role model. Do you know anyone who lives the calm and balanced life you desire? Ask them for advice and pointers on how to make it happen in your life.

30. Place your feet on the wall and take deep, calm breaths.

31. Candle meditation. Light a candle at eye level. Take a few deep breaths and let the tension out of your body. Follow the candle flame with half-opened eyes. If your mind starts to wander, direct it back to the candle. Then close your eyes for approximately half a minute. You will notice that the image of the candle is still in front of your eyes. This is a great calming exercise for concentration.

31. Keep a journal and express yourself through writing. Keep an eye on your thoughts and replace self-deprecating and negative ones with positive ones. Here’s a list of 75 journal prompts for beginners.

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Self-care ideas that are connected to pampering yourself

1. Drink plenty of water! I know it’s such a common idea, but a lack of water causes stress on the body.

2. Stay at home and treat yourself. Make it a self-care weekend that’s filled with activities that will keep you young and fresh. Take a long bath, apply a good face mask like this one to your face, or paint your nails.

3. Make your special dish. Make a meal that no one else in your family enjoys.

4. Get a massage. As a gift to yourself, go to a masseuse. Let’s be honest: you deserve it! Or treat yourself to some other relaxing body treatment.

5. Take proper care of your skin. Have a home spa day.

6. Listen to music while lighting a good-smelling candle like this one. You can also indulge in a glass of wine.

7. Organize a marathon of “Sex and the City.” Nothing beats Carrie Bradshaw’s wisdom for making you feel less down about dating. Order food from your favorite restaurant, read women’s magazines, and watch series that speak to every single woman.

8. Go to the hairdresser and get that change you’ve been looking for.

9. Watch your favorite movie. It’s a great time to watch that movie you’ve seen a thousand times and forced your family to watch a hundred times. You obviously can’t get enough of it, so watch it again!

10. Purchase something you’ve been wanting for a long time.

11. Buy yourself a lovely piece of jewelry. Have you ever wanted to buy a new accessory (such as expensive earrings, rings, or bracelets) but couldn’t afford it? This is your chance. You deserve it!

12. Get a manicure and pedicure. Of course, it’s nice to gossip with your girlfriend while someone takes care of your hands and feet, but it’s also nice to enjoy yourself and be cared for. We all need someone to pamper us sometimes.

13. Make a relaxing peppermint foot bath (in a hot foot bath, place dried peppermint leaves or 4–8 drops of peppermint essential oil).

14. Make a mask out of pure and raw honey like this one here. Apply a thin layer of honey to your face, lie down for 15 minutes, and then rinse with warm water to remove the honey.

15. Try a new dinner recipe. Do you have a collection of recipes in your bookmarks or favorites that you’ve been dying to try? Weekend self-care is an excellent time to pull out a recipe and prepare a delicious meal just for yourself.

16. Take a hot bath. Play some relaxing music, light some candles, and take a long bath using soothing bath bombs to help you relax. If you don’t like taking baths, you can go to a sauna or just take a self-care shower.

a bath, a candle and a good book

17. Purchase some flowers for yourself. Buy yourself a beautiful flower arrangement, have it delivered to your home, or channel your inner florist and create a one-of-a-kind flower arrangement. Use them to decorate your home and then enjoy the pleasant aroma.

18. Make yourself a luxurious hot beverage. Take a sip of your favorite tea, coffee, or hot cocoa. This is one of my favorite self-care Saturday ideas because I’m a huge fan of hot beverages. There’s just something so soothing about them.

19. Turn off the phone, flip through magazines, give yourself a manicure, write a letter, take a bath, and think about your next creative experiment.

20. Take a nap. It’s so nice to be lazy and take a nap when no one bothers you or sees what you’re doing.

21. Cucumber is refreshing. Place slices of cool cucumber on your face and eyes and lie down for five minutes.

22. Make a raw juice, vitamin smoothie, or fresh fruit salad for yourself.

23. Set up a home spa. Blackhead removal, pedicures, shaves, and so on are all enjoyable when done alone.

24. Spray the room with your favorite scent or use this affordable aroma lamp with your favorite essential oil.

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Social self-care weekend ideas

1. Attend a stand-up comedy show. Stand-up comedy shows are frequently filled with self-deprecating humor, and laughter is one of the most effective ways to lift your spirits. Watch some of these on Netflix if you don’t want to go out.

2. Explore a new neighborhood. Go to a part of town you’re not familiar with. Stroll down the streets, grab a cappuccino at a trendy cafe, and browse the shelves of a chic boutique.

3. Visit the aquarium. Visit your local aquarium to take pictures and see your favorite sea creatures! Find out about the aquarium’s newest exhibit, and if you go at the right time, you might even see some of the babies.

4. Hang out in a cafe. Some people enjoy sitting in a cafe with a book, while for others it’s an entirely new and unfamiliar experience. If you haven’t tried it yet, find a nice coffee shop near your home and spend hours there.

5. Attend a concert. Going to a music concert is a great way to unwind from the stresses of everyday life.

6. Visit an animal shelter in your area. Looking at animals never fails to make you feel better. Show the animals some affection and perhaps take a dog (or two) for a walk. They’ll appreciate it!

7. Go to the movies. Going to the movies by yourself is arguably superior to going with someone else. Get a ticket to that new movie you’ve been dying to see; buy some overpriced popcorn and candy, and go on a date with yourself.

8. Visit the water park. Water parks are always a fun option in the summer, whether you go to an indoor or outdoor water park. When you’re out and about in the summer, don’t forget to bring some very good sunscreen and have fun splashing around and going down your favorite water slide!

9. Go to a theme park. Spend the day at your local amusement park! You’ll have a good time for sure.

10. Make a nice gesture to someone. Choose an older person, such as a grandparent or mentor. Send them a bouquet of roses and express your admiration for them.

11. Talk on the phone. Take a friend you don’t see very often and call them in a situation where you can talk without being interrupted. It’s extremely relaxing!

12. Visit museums. You won’t want to go to an art museum with anyone after you’ve walked through it alone. Museums are very peaceful, and you can spend as much time as you want with each work if you go alone.

13. Make plans to go on a date with your best friend. A girlfriend’s love is something to rejoice over! Dress up and go to a nice restaurant where you can order a special meal with wine. Or if you want to spend time on a solo date, here are 37 self-date ideas that you’re going to enjoy.

14. Do some volunteer work. Everyone has a cause they are passionate about; show your support by volunteering. A good volunteer coordinator can suggest activities where you can use your best skills while also doing useful work. It’s also a great way to meet new people who share your interests.

15. Eat at your favorite restaurant. Single dinners out are vastly underappreciated. You can order whatever you want, you don’t have to interact with anyone, and you can concentrate on the delicious food you’re eating. Make a reservation at your favorite restaurant (or sit at the bar) and don’t forget to order dessert.

16. Have breakfast at a cafe. While asking for a table at a fancy restaurant can be intimidating, having breakfast alone in a cafe is perfectly normal.

17. Discover a new coffee shop. There are numerous one-of-a-kind coffee shops around the world. Find a new one and enjoy acoustic music, delicious lattes, and good company.

18. Attend a festival. Check the news or the internet for upcoming festivals in your area and have fun exploring your city or neighboring cities. Craft fairs, music festivals, food festivals, and other events abound!

19. Spend time with your nephew or niece. Offer to babysit your nieces and nephews (or the children of friends) so that their parents can go out. Order pizza, watch some cartoons, and make a simple dessert to be a cool aunt.

20. Attend a play or musical. You can enjoy great music or acting whether you are in high school, college, or a professional company. Relax and enjoy yourself!

21. Visit the zoo. Choose a nice day to visit the newest exhibit at your local zoo!

22. Get away from town. Spend your self-care Saturday with a friend or family member, or go alone. Drive, take a train, or a bus to a destination you’ve always wanted to visit or revisit an old favorite that brings back fond memories.

23. Go shopping. Think about walking alone through your favorite stores with no one telling you to leave or be quicker. Isn’t it fantastic? You’ll find out if you try it.

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These were the best self-care Saturday ideas that you can use when you’re feeling uninspired

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Keep in mind that it’s important to reward yourself. Appreciate your achievements and patience. Honor your bold ventures and your inner aspirations.

How do you usually spend your weekends? Tell me in the comments. I’d love to hear about your usual weekly self-care ideas.

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