We all know how important self-care is to our mental and physical health. The conventional image of self-care is bubble baths and shopping, and that’s great for those that like it, but that doesn’t work for everyone. Or maybe it does, but you want to try something new. So here are some suggestions for several creative and fun self-care activities. After all, nothing reduces stress quite like having fun!

Get Crafty!

Crafting can be a fun way to relieve stress. You probably know about the more popular crafts, such as knitting, sewing, and coloring, but there are hundreds of others you might not think of off-hand. For example, woodworking and lapidary are crafts, as is cake decorating. Leatherworking, building miniatures, bookbinding, and pottery are also crafty activities that relieve stress. You’re sure to find something you like if you look around.

Watch your favorite movie

Make an experience of it. Watch it in the middle of the day. Put your pajamas on, pop some popcorn, and put your feet up. Watch it in a blanket fort if you’re doing it with kids. Rent a projector and watch it in the backyard!

Goof off

Take an afternoon off work and do something just for the fun of it. Hang out at the mall. Go fishing. Spend an afternoon at a local sports bar playing darts. Waste a few hours just hanging out and see how much better you feel.


If you want to take this to the next level, take a few days off work and have a staycation. Don’t go anywhere and use this time to do things you wouldn’t normally do. Visit a local museum or a botanical garden. See the sights. Act like a tourist in your own city.

Buy yourself flowers

Flowers are a quick and inexpensive way to brighten up a room and put a smile on your face. In addition, just having a pretty bouquet on the table will lower your stress levels.

Take yourself out on a date

Why not? Take yourself out to eat and do a fun activity you like. Maybe take in a movie or go to a bookstore. The point is to spend time by yourself doing things you like without worrying about others’ expectations.

Go on a picnic

Pack a picnic lunch or dinner and find a park or a scenic overlook with a nice view. Spread a blanket on the ground and enjoy being outside. Read a book or take in a sunset. It’s both fun and free.

Have a fire

Campfires are fun, no matter how old you are. Don’t have a firepit? You can probably find one at a nearby park. Have the fire by yourself, with your family, or invite a few friends. Smores are optional.

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