How to Make a Self-Care Jar! (My 10 Favourite Self-Care Activities)

Self-care is so important. It is what reminds us of who we are, to focus on our wellbeing, to check in with how we’re feeling and promote long-lasting mental health.

But how often do we neglect it?

Over the last few years, I’ve been trying a lot harder to add self-care activities into my life. This involves everything from yoga, to phone detoxes, to simply watching a funny video. There are endless possibilities.

Last weekend, I made my Sunday a self-care Sunday. I did a lot of reading, I drank lots of tea, I let myself chill without placing any expectations on myself, and I also created a self-care jar, and that’s what I want to share with you all today!


What is a Self-Care Jar?

A self-care jar is a jar full of self-care activities. I’m not sure if it’s a well-known concept; I simply thought it would be a fun and beneficial thing to do!

The idea is that you put your hand into the jar and pick out pieces of paper, each one containing a surprise self-care activity for you to do!



1. Firstly, you need to find/buy a glass jar. Luckily, I already had one that I’d bought a few years ago for my Gratitude Jar, but if you’re not willing to buy one, you could reuse a jam jar or something similar!

2. All you need after this is paper and a pen! Rip off pieces of paper (I like them to look imperfect and ragged, so I didn’t bother with a ruler or scissors, but feel free to do that too!) and write on each piece a self-care activity.

TOP TIP: Choose activities you genuinely enjoy, or believe you will enjoy if you had the time and motivation to do them. The idea is to promote relaxation, not make you dread taking part! (see my examples below)

3. I wrote down each self-care activity twice, so I ended up with about 20 pieces of paper and 10 different activities. I had a leftover piece of paper, so I wrote on that one “Treat yourself” – something which is nice to do, but not as often, especially if it involves spending money!

4. Fold each piece of paper in half and throw them all into the jar!

5. Then, you can decide how often you want to pick out an activity. Although I practice a bit of self-care everyday, with journalling, reading, etc. I decided to pick one out every Sunday! That will be my day to focus on something for myself.


My 10 Favourite Self-Care Activities

If you’re struggling for ideas, here are the 10 self-care activities I used in my self-care jar!

  1. Read for an hour
  2. Do a face mask
  3. Have a relaxing bath
  4. 30 minutes of yoga
  5. Phone detox for a few hours
  6. Cup of tea, podcast and a candle
  7. Go for a walk in nature
  8. Do some meditation
  9. Play a card/board game
  10. Declutter/Organise


Overall, I’m hoping this will be a fun way to take some time out for myself, but also make self-care a consistent routine. There is no reason why you can’t also include your friends and family in your activities! Go for a walk with a friend, or do a face mask with your Mum. It may be self-care, but you can practice self-care with others too.



Do you practice self-care?

What’s your favourite self-care activity?

Let me know down below in the comments!


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21 thoughts on “How to Make a Self-Care Jar! (My 10 Favourite Self-Care Activities)

  1. I think my favourite self care things are not actual tasks like reading or having a bubble bath but things like not checking my phone past 10pm, or getting my 8 hours of sleep! I agree the self-care should be a consistent thing!

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    • That’s great! Time away from the phone is so beneficial for me too – I try not to use it past 10:30pm at the latest 😊 it makes such a huge difference!


  2. This is such a lovely idea. I did something similar as a gift to my mum a few years ago. I wrote down lots of different places and other things that she had mentioned wanting to do so that whenever we had a day off together, she could pick something.

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  3. Self care activities for me depend on the day. Some only seem to help recharge me sometimes. Watching football, when I’m not worried about the result. Listening to rain sounds and writing with no expectations of how much I will write. Watching a TV show with friends. Going for a walk and praying. Reading with no scheduled time to stop.

    One that always works: going to sleep and getting up at the same time each day.

    Thank you for sharing and encouraging thought about self-care. 😊

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    • I completely agree about having a consistent sleeping schedule – it helps immensely!
      And you’re right – I think it’s all about finding the activity that works for you in the moment. Sometimes it’s going to change, but then you become more intuitive and know what you need to relax. You’ve got a great list of self-care activities there!
      Thanks for leaving a comment 😊

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      • You are welcome. 😊 I look at it like a toolbox. We’re not going to get very far trying to use a screwdriver on a nail. Or a saw for sticking stuff together. But they all have their place. Loud music when I’m trying to calm myself for sheep. Probably not the things to pair up. 😆

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