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31 Hygge Ideas on Self Care – THE BEST IDEAS!!

31 Hygge Ideas on Ultimate Self Care will give you tips on making sure you take care of the most important person in your life – YOU! These simple self care activities will help you reduce stress.

If you’re looking for more ideas on the hygge lifestyle, How to Hygge: 31 of the Best Cozy Ideas and What is Hygge? The Popular Danish Lifestyle Decoded will help you get started.

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Hygge Ideas on Self Care

There’s a reason that Hygge has become the latest trend. We live in a busy world where carving out self-care for ourselves has been set aside. Our mental health and physical health depend on a routine that nourishes us.

How would your life change for the better if you could give yourself the self-care practices you need in every aspect of your life?

Most of us make sure everyone around us is taken care of but end up neglecting ourselves.

I know what it’s like to be so worn out from life that it takes every ounce of effort to get up and start a new day on empty fumes.  

My cousin moved to Montana and had been there for years before I finally made the time to see her because I was so busy.  

Taking a long trip was not what I wanted to do, but I had put off visiting her year after year.  Finally, I decided to go.  

I was in the beginning stages of planning this blog.  I still didn’t know what it would be about or what I would name it.  

For the five days in Montana, I felt the stress evaporate.  It was the first time in years that it had happened.  

Wide-open spaces, no traffic jams, gorgeous scenery, and animals galore was what I found in her town.  I was in heaven.  

It was there I created my Pinterest account and named it Montana Happy.  Other people must have liked the name too because I got followers right away.  

I knew my new blog would be about creating a different type of life.  A life that didn’t leave you depleted but instead nourished you from head to toe.  

I’m still a work in progress, but I now work at home with my dogs curled up around my feet.  Step by step is the way to transform your life.  

“If you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too. It believes exactly what you tell it – through the words you use to describe yourself, the actions you take to care for yourself, and the choices you make to express yourself. Tell the world you are one-of-a-kind creation who came here to experience wonder and spread joy. Expect to be accommodated.”

Victoria Moran, Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul for Lifelong Beauty

What is the Definition of Self-Care?

According to, self-care means, “the act of attending to one’s physical or mental health.”

In today’s world, life can be stressful. It’s more important than ever for the ability of individuals to make their self-care needs a priority.

There are so many different types of self-care. Finding the right ones that soothe your soul will help you in all areas of your life.

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Hygge Self Care Ideas Healthy Practices:

1. Become your own best friend

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Practice Self-Care Ideas Daily

Stop looking for that person that will always support you. You already found them. Just look in the mirror.

Learn to be your biggest fan.  If you make a mistake, give yourself words of encouragement.  When others treat you poorly, please don’t allow it.

One of the most essential ideas on ultimate self care is loving yourself UNCONDITIONALLY.

Realize that you’re an amazing person and offer the world your gifts.

2. Lead your life from the heart

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Live Your Life from the Heart – Self Care Idea

Your head will give you great advice, but your heart will always guide you in the right direction if you put your welfare first. Listening to your heart is part of spiritual self-care.

Make sure all your future decisions are made for the life you want to create and not made because of old habits.

3. Make your own food

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Hygge Ideas on Ultimate Self Care is Easting Healthy Foods

When you make your own recipes, you know exactly what ingredients go into every bite.  

Keep in mind that restaurants and fast food places don’t always have your best interest at heart. They sometimes use poor-quality ingredients or add too much salt to make their food taste better.

Taking control of the fuel you use to power your body throughout the day will completely change your life. Your family members will also benefit from a healthy diet.

Growing your food is also one of the best ultimate self care ideas. Not only do you end up eating more fruits, vegetables, and herbs – but just-picked produce are the healthiest ingredients out there.

You also have a strong connection to your food. Nothing tastes better than a home-grown tomato.

4. Beneficial beverages

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Add Healthy Habits like Infused Water

Instead of wasting empty calories on drinks that harm, rather than heal your body, change your beverages to ones that nourish your cells.

Drink herbal teas that help your organs do their job – I wrote a blog post called 7 Best Detox Teas for a Flatter Belly. You can make your own lemon ginger tea – recipe here, or make your own homemade hot cocoa with stevia, almond milk, and organic cacao.

I start every day now with green lemonade. I juice two apples, two lemons, one bunch of greens, one cucumber, half a bunch of celery, and 1/4 of a fennel root. It usually makes one quart of juice, and I drink it all morning.

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Making Infused Water

5. Continued education

Hygge Self Care Ideas Continued Education

Just because you graduated from high school or college, that doesn’t mean you need to stop learning new things.

Use your commute to work to listen to podcasts instead of music. Take that online course that interests you. Sign up for continuing education classes.

Investing in yourself, both for work and pleasure, is one of the best ideas for ultimate self care to create a life you love.

6. Vision board

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Vision Board

Create that vision board you’ve been thinking about for your life. It would be best if you kept your dreams in front of you at all times.

When you come to different forks on the road, refer to your board to make sure you’re making the right choices. Part of learning to self-nurture yourself means taking action on your goals.

7. Simplify your life

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Commit to owning fewer things but better quality.

Make sure you love every article of clothing you have and that you’re comfortable wearing it.  Are you happy with the quality of your bed and chairs?  

If not, sell or donate the items you don’t love and make sure you’re cozy both in your home and your wardrobe. If you’re looking for more Simple Living tips, take a look at this article I wrote about changing your life.

8. Little luxuries

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Spoil yourself with high-quality, inexpensive treats.

Buy a unique candle with a scent you love. How about a candle with a wooden wick that sounds like a fireplace crackling with the smell of maple syrup? You can find one on Amazon.

When you get a sweet tooth, indulge in a small box of truffles. You can also keep a supply of bathroom luxuries ready like bath bombs or Epsom salts with essential oils for the next time you need a long bath during a stressful time.

Little luxuries are small ways to give yourself little boosts throughout your week.

9. Wrap yourself in nature

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Houseplants in the Home

Separating yourself from nature is unhealthy.

Houseplants dramatically improve air quality in homes and offices. They also add beauty to any room they grace.

You can get various types of plants and sizes to fit the size of your rooms. Make sure you select your houseplants based on how much light they need and how hard they are to keep alive if you’re just starting out.

Adding houseplants to your home is just one of the small steps you can do to improve your emotional health.

10. Release negativity

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Release Negative Emotions

It’s time to let go of the people in your life that no longer serve your higher purpose. Putting yourself first is one of the most important things you can do for your own self-care plan.

Just as you can have toxic items in your home, unhealthy relationships can be even more damaging.

You may also have a few people you have to forgive in your life. I wrote an article about How to Forgive and Move On that might help you through the process.

11. Daily plan

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Hygge Self Care – Daily Plan

Create a plan of how you want to start your day, live your day, and how you end your day. Start by adding one idea at a time.

When you add a positive habit to your day, be sure to subtract a negative one simultaneously.  I like to give each new good practice a week to take hold before adding another one.

Make sure you fill your day with kindness for yourself and others. Once you start adding self-care activities to your days, you will find yourself accomplishing your dreams at a faster pace.

I wrote two articles that might help you plan your day. Cozy Hygge Morning Rituals to Try Today and Hygge Bedtime Rituals to Nourish You’re Soul will help you start your mornings off right and get enough sleep on a daily basis to feel refreshed throughout the day.

“Every single day, do something that makes your heart sing.”

Marcia Wieder

12. Magical moments

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Magical Moments

Look for the amazing things going on in the world, and tune out the negative.  Learning to focus on the positive things in life is one of the most important things you can do for emotional self-care.

Finding those magic moments in a smile, the clouds, or even the beautiful notes of a song will enrich your life. Seeking joy in the most unexpected places, can put you in a state of gratitude that can make every day just a little bit brighter.

13. Give yourself permission to play

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Give yourself permission to play

Did you know that training yourself to be more playful leads to greater happiness? A study in the journal Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being found there was a connection.

Dancing in the rain, splashing in puddles, riding bikes, skipping rope, swimming in the ocean, and roller skating are just some of the ideas to bring back into your life.

14. Get outside

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Physical Self Care – Get Outside in Nature

One of the fastest ways to nourish ourselves is to get outside and walk in nature.

Listening to the bird’s chirp, the forest rustle, and immersing ourselves in the natural beauty can transform our mood instantly and benefit our immune system.

15. Create a cozy home

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Mental Self-Care – Create a Cozy Home for Ultimate Self Care

The world can be an exhausting place to be part of, both emotionally and physically. By making your home as cozy as possible, you will be able to get the rest you need to take on the day.

Instead of falling for the latest design trends, decorate your home with things you love and bring comfort to your friends and family.

How to Create a Hygge Home will help you get started on your overall home decor. Creating a Hygge Kitchen , Making a Hygge Bedroom You Never Want to Leave, and How to Make Your Bathroom More Cozy will help you with specific rooms.

16. Journaling

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Hygge Ideas on Ultimate Self Care Journaling

Journaling is a way to relieve stress, organize our thoughts, tap into our creativity, and solve our problems.

If you’re unsure how to begin, I put together over 100 journal prompt ideas to get you started.

17. Gather your tribe

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Ultimate Social Connection Self Care is a Circle of Close Friends

It’s better to have a smaller circle of friends that support you than a broader circle that exhausts you. Be cautious about who you let into your world.

Even one close friend that you can count on can improve the quality of your life.

18. Create a bucket list

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Ultimate Self Care – Creating a Bucket List

Life is busy, and most of the time, we put ourselves on the back burner. Start a life bucket list, and check off a few ideas throughout the year.

19. Beautiful Music

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Ultimate Self Care Idea – Beautiful Music

Listen to beautiful music while you commute, clean, and even take a bubble bath. The right music can elevate our mood and create a more peaceful environment.

20. Live in a state of gratitude

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Give thanks for all the blessings in your life every day. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a roof over their head and plenty of food to eat.

Here’s a list of gratitude quotes to inspire you.

21. Explore the world

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Explore the World

If you find yourself in a routine that leaves you lacking inspiration, create a different path by exploring the world around you.

Take the more extended route home, which is a more beautiful path. If you live in a city, spend a weekend in the country at a bed-and-breakfast. Bring your bike and ride around town. The possibilities are endless on how to add variety to your life.

22. Make two lists

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Ultimate Self Care Hygge – Bubble Bath

In one of my groups, a lady decided to make two lists.

The first list was the things that made her happy. She listed things like a bubble bath, watching a sunset, and petting her dogs.

On the second list, she put all the things that made her unhappy. Bugs, hot weather, traffic, crowds, and loud noises made her list.

Every day she focused on adding more of the things that made her happy and less of what made her unhappy. Eventually, she created a different reality for herself.

23. Start a Hobby

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Ultimate Self Care Start a New Hobby

Immersing yourself in a hobby relieves stress and lets you tap into your creative side. Look for hobbies that you find joy in doing.

I created a list of ideas in case you don’t currently have one. You can find that list here.

Even something as simple as doodling can give you great pleasure and help you relax.

24. Join a Club

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Ultimate Self Care – Join a Club

According to the researchers of the Journal of Happiness, your sense of well-being will increase significantly with every social circle you’re part of.

Whether you share your love for dog breeds, vintage cars, baking, or even foraging, spending time with people who share your interests brings you a better connection to the area in which you live.

25. Buy Yourself Fresh Flowers

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Ultimate Self Care – Buy Yourself Fresh Flowers

Beautiful flowers makes everyone happy! Buy yourself a bouquet and turn it into smaller bouquets for your home and work. You can even put a little bud vase in your car to put a bloom!

26. Sit Alone in Your Car

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Best Self Care Ideas – Sitting Solo in Your Car

A question was asked in one of my groups,”What’s your idea of self care?” One answer received a lot of “likes.” It was sitting alone in your car. They found it was a great way to give themselves a much-needed pause in the day.

Everyone had a different version of that idea. Some likes to park their car near water and read a book. Another person liked to stop for a 5 minute break on her way home from work to decompress.

Getting a few moments alone everyday to take deep breaths and center your emotions is one of the best self-care tips you can try.

27. Take Yourself on a Date to a Coffee Shop

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Ultimate Self Care – Take Yourself on a Date to a Coffee Shop

Take yourself on a date to your favorite coffee shop. Bring along a notepad to start writing that book you know you have inside you, a coloring book to tap into your creativity, or that book you’ve been meaning to finish but never find the time.

28. Grounding

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Physical Self-Care – Grounding

Grounding is when you connect with the earth’s electrical charges. This ultimate self care idea is easy to do, simply go outside and stand in the grass with your bare feet.

This practice is also called “earthing.” Grounding is said to help improve mood, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders.

Some studies show grounding is beneficial for cardiovascular health and may also help reduce muscle damage and pain.

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How Quickly Does Grounding Affect Your Body – Self Care Tips

29) Stretching

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Benefits of Self-Care – Stretching Improves Overall Health and Muscle Tension

I recently watched an interview with a famous singer that set her phone alarm at intervals throughout the day to remind herself to stretch. She swore stretching helped both her body and mind.

When you don’t stretch often, your muscles shorten and become tight. Stretching can also help alleviate back pain and help with your posture. As a bonus, stretching will help you sleep more soundly.

30) Read Interesting Books

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Ultimate Self Care – Read a Good Book

Something about a house full of books just stirs the soul. I think it’s because it feels like you are surrounding yourself with mentors rooting for you.

Books are an inexpensive way to get a new perspective on the world and learn how others navigate this thing we call life. The right book can be life-changing.

31) Daily Movement

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Daily Movement = A Healthy You

Instead of viewing exercise as something you have to do, look at it as something you’re privileged to do. Not everyone has a healthy body to dance, swim, walk, or run.

Ultimate self care is ensuring we create the best version of ourselves, and it starts with our own health and a body in peak condition.

Start by adding at least 10 minutes of physical activity to your morning routine and add more time when you’re ready.

This small change is easy to implement and will lead to more positive changes. Taking care of your body will take care of your mind at the same time.

We’ve reached the end of Hygge Ideas on Ultimate Self Care. I hope you enjoyed it! If you liked this article, please share it on your social media channels.

Let me know in the comments below what you think self-care means and how you take care of yourself in times of stress.

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Wednesday 28th of November 2018

Found this very helpful. My favorite way to take care of myself is to go to sleep with my wake-up therapy light on it’s sunset simulation, my old way was candles, but it helps me go to sleep easy.


Thursday 29th of November 2018

Thank you so much for the suggestion Bransun! I will have to look into sounds interesting. Kelly


Sunday 16th of September 2018

Just what I needed. Looking to re-energize myself for autumn.


Sunday 16th of September 2018

Hello Colleen! Thanks for writing in. Yes, we totally forget to take care of ourselves. It's time to change that. Kelly

Maureen Abraham

Friday 30th of March 2018

Liked the entire article


Friday 30th of March 2018

Thank you so much Maureen! I just published one on how to Hygge your office. Check it out! :) Kelly


Saturday 20th of January 2018

I enjoyed the hygge article. I wrote down the green lemonade recipe. I have a juicer that isn't used, but I plan on getting all the fruit and veggies and make this.


Saturday 20th of January 2018

Hi Sheryl! You will love the green lemonade. When you juice, it makes you sleep like a rock. You'll love it! Kelly

Cheryle Holder

Wednesday 10th of January 2018

Thank you.

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