There are many types of self care and ways to incorporate it in your life. A popular idea as of late is having a Sunday self care routine. Although I do love Sunday self care as a way to reset for the week ahead, an idea I love even more is “Self care Saturdays”.
I’ll tell you why below, but first I’d like to state for the record that I’m really up for self-care any day of the week!
Why Self Care Saturdays?
Everyone should develop a routine that allows them to practice self-care regularly. Sometimes that means squeezing in bits of time for self-care throughout the week, which I think is extremely important, or setting aside one day per week that is focused on recharging your battery.
It’s usually not possible to set aside a weekday for self-care, as the M-F grind is often comprised of activities that involve meeting the needs of others, not yourself.
So that leaves the weekend days.
I look at Sundays as a day to reset for the week. It’s a day for tidying up the house, meal planning and prep, getting my weekly to-do list in order, making sure all the carpools are set and the uniforms laundered for the kids’ sports activities, signing permission slips for school events, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
All of these tasks help to set me up for a successful week ahead, and they are certainly a part of taking care of myself. They actually would fall under the category of “practical self-care” (more on that below), but still, they’re not necessarily relaxing, right?
They are all actions I know I should do to get ready for the week, but not really things I want to do per se. I think Sundays are great for practical self-care tasks like these, but Saturdays come with a different vibe.
That’s why I tend to favor Self Care Saturdays 🙂
On Saturday morning, I wake up relaxed and looking forward to a day with no “shoulds”. I like to give myself permission to do whatever I want on a Saturday, even if that means doing nothing at all!
What constitutes self-care?
You might picture yourself luxuriating in a bubble bath, sipping a glass of wine, with cucumber slices on your eyes, while spa music plays in the background of your candlelit bathroom. Sure, this is one way to practice it, but self-care is really much simpler than this!
In reality, all self-care means is simply caring for yourself by giving yourself what you need. It doesn’t have to be perfectly curated, time-consuming, or expensive and it can take many forms.
6 Types of Self Care
There are actually 6 main types of self care. Think of these as how to do well-rounded self-care that encompasses the different areas of your life.
When you think of self-care in these categories, it can help you determine what areas may be lacking for you and thus what to focus on for your Self Care Saturdays!
1.) Physical Self-Care
Self-care that has to do with feeling physically well and maintaining strong physical health. As a whole, your physical self-care is all about taking care of your physical health and well-being.
- Making sure to get enough sleep
- Exercising in a way that feels good
- Staying on top of your health
- Eating nutritious food
- Drinking adequate water
2.) Emotional Self-Care
Self-care that has to do with tending to your emotions. Finding ways to help you recognize, feel, reflect on, or express your emotions is a form of emotional self-care.
- Talking to a close friend or loved one about your emotions
- Listening to music to match your mood
3.) Social Self-Care
Social self-care has to do with your tending to your relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners.
- Setting healthy boundaries
- Balancing alone time and social time
- Positive social media engagement
- Spending time with friends
4.) Mental Self-Care
Mental self-care refers to anything that actively engages & strengthens your mind.
- Reading a book
- Playing a game that stimulates your mind
- Watching a documentary
- Doing a challenging puzzle
5.) Spiritual Self-Care
Spiritual self-care has to do with connecting to your spirituality, but it doesn’t have to involve religion. You engage in spiritual self-care by doing things that feed your soul and nurture your spirit.
- Practicing yoga
- Praying at home or by going to a place of worship
- Spending time outside
6.) Practical Self-Care
Practical self-care is all about taking care of all the little practical or mundane things that need to be upkept in your life. These are the types of self care activities I like to save for Sundays!
- Tidying up around your home
- Paying bills
- Organizing your to-do list
- Meal-planning and prep
50 Super Simple Ideas for Self Care Saturdays:
Below are some super simple ideas you can try for Self Care Saturdays. What you enjoy and need is going to change on a weekly basis so feel free to mix it up!
- Luxuriate with a long shower and wash your hair
- Workout in a way you enjoy
- Practice deep breathing
- Cook your favorite dinner
- Read a blog that inspires you
- Listen to an uplifting podcast
- Take a nap
- Take a social media break
- Silence your phone for the day
- Spend time baking
- Ask yourself questions for self-reflection
- Binge-watch your favorite show
- Do yoga or stretching
- Go for a nature walk or hike
- Do a face mask
- Chat with a loved one or friend on the phone
- Cuddle your significant other
- Light some candles and/or diffuse essential oils
- Laze around in comfy clothes or PJ’s
- Take time for your favorite hobby – drawing, writing, gardening, whatever it is!
- Sit in the sunshine
- Read a book for enjoyment
- Free write in your journal
- Go for a drive
- Write and practice positive affirmations
- Get a mani/pedi
- Indulge in your favorite snack
- Watch a movie
- Catch up with a friend over coffee
- Listen to music
- Read a self-discovery or personal growth book
- Take a fun local class – dance, yoga, pottery, etc.
- Do a DIY at-home craft
- Take yourself out to lunch
- Journal with some journal prompts
- Go shopping
- Order in your favorite meal for dinner
- Have a DIY at-home spa night
- Engage your mind with a cross-word puzzle
- Book a massage/spa appointment
- Take yourself out for ice cream
- People watch at a local coffee shop or park
- Go on a “talk walk” with a loved one
- Color in a coloring book
- Plan a “girls night” out
- Take an online course for enrichment
- Spend time outside connecting with nature
- Engage in joyful movement (walks, stretching, dancing, etc.)
- Take a bubble bath
Have I convinced you that Self Care Saturdays can be super simple?
As you can see, self-care doesn’t have to be glamorous, time-consuming, expensive, or earned. You are always deserving of some TLC from the one and only you.
I hope this post has inspired you to show yourself some love and make your own Self Care Saturday!
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Carly is a wife, mom, and former NYC fashion industry executive turned writer and life coach. Through her writings on littlevoicebigmatter.com, she shares practical advice, heartfelt insights, and actionable resources to inspire and support women in motherhood, relationships, wellness, and life. Carly also helps women create better balance in their lives and live with more joy, purpose, and connection every day through her coaching.