70 Ways To Treat Yourself When You Are Busy

A white bath tub with silver chrome taps that are on with running water and a chrome shower cord. A white bath tray across the bath. On the bath tray is two candles, one of the candles are lit and the other is brand new. There is two orange books stacked with a mug of tea on top and next to the candles is a faux plant.

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Many people are guilty of only treating themselves on a rarity, is this you? In such a past paced world, the cost of living is expensive, you need to save, you have bills to pay for and then treating yourself becomes bottom of the list. If you are a busy person treating yourself becomes something that is seen more of a hinderance than a help, when your time is so limited. You are always thinking about something you see as productive you could be doing rather than looking after yourself. However, this is not a healthy way to live your life. 

Showing yourself some love and treating yourself should be a part of your regular self care routine. Self care is choosing to look after your mental health and making yourself a priority. Treating yourself does not necessarily mean going out and spending lots of money, it can be small inexpensive gestures that make you happy and gives you time to relax. The key is to regular treat yourself as it acts as a reset button which means you feel refreshed and motivated. 

Life is busy for a lot of people now, if you are working full time and have a family, time can completely run away. If you struggle to fit everything in, taking time out for yourself can feel near on impossible. I know that a lot of my friends who are mums that they struggle to find time for anything but sleep. That is why small ways to treat yourself can be extremely helpful for busy people. No matter the time of year there are always inexpensive ways that you can use to treat yourself kindly and to help with health and mental health. 

Here are 70 things you can do to treat yourself when your schedule is busy:

  1. Make yourself a healthy meal
  2. Have a lay in on a day off
  3. Have a duvet day
  4. Watch your favourite films
  5. Give yourself a pamper
  6. Spend time with loved ones
  7. Buy yourself something you’ve wanted 
  8. Challenge self doubting behaviour
  9. Remove yourself from toxic situations
  10. Journal your feelings or memories
  11. Read a self help book
  12. Learn new skill
  13. Show random acts of kindness
  14. Talk to someone about your feelings
  15. Speak kindly about yourself
  16. Learn a new hobby
  17. Apply for that job you really want
  18. Go for a walk locally in nature
  19. Sit quietly with your thoughts A white woman with brown curly hair is wrapped up in a light pink duvet cover and is smiling.Photo Taisiia Stupak on Unsplash
  20. Book yourself a holiday or mini getaway
  21. Go to a dinner with loved ones
  22. Make continuous effort to believe in yourself
  23. Say no to something when you really do not want to do it
  24. Watch your favourite TV shows
  25. Take note of your imperfections and love them
  26. Go to a concert or a show
  27. Get creative with a colouring book
  28. Read a book
  29. Have a long bath or a shower
  30. Put off the housework for a day
  31. Schedule some time alone in your week
  32. Have a warm drink
  33. Go out dancing
  34. Sing along to your favourite songs
  35. Buy yourself a new outfit
  36. Bake something yummyThere is a white table and chair in the middle of the image. On the white table is a vase with pink flowers in. Next to the flowers is a pile of magazines with a plate of pastries and cakes on with a tiny mug of tea. There is goldPhoto by Ellieelien on Unsplash
  37. Get your hair done
  38. Start meditating
  39. Visit your favourite shop
  40. Take an afternoon nap
  41. Listen to a motivational podcast
  42. Visit the beach
  43. Buy yourself a new pair of shoes
  44. Order your favourite takeaway
  45. Put on a face mask
  46. Buy yourself a piece of jewellery
  47. Take photographs with loved ones to capture memories
  48. Explore a new place 
  49. Get a massageThere are two black women with white towels on their heads holding skincare products. They are sat next to each other on a bed with other skincare products on the bed.Photo by The Creative Exchange on Unsplash
  50. Achieve something from your bucket list
  51. Organise and declutter your workspace
  52. Make a vision board or scrapbook 
  53. Have a social media detox
  54. Buy yourself some flowers and chocolates 
  55. Go to the cinema
  56. Watch a sunset
  57. Have a yoga session
  58. Sit outside in the sun and soak up that vitamin D
  59. Put on fresh bedding
  60. Start a morning routine that works for you
  61. Have an early night
  62. Start a gratitude journal
  63. Watch some of your favourite youtube channels
  64. Read your favourite blogs
  65. Start an evening routine that works for you
  66. Cook a meal for you and your loved ones
  67. Hug your loved ones
  68. Make some homemade soup
  69. Buy yourself some new bath products
  70. Buy a house plant

These are just 70 ideas that you could choose from when you have some time to yourself and you want a treat. Remember it is important to look after yourself and your mental health especially through tough times. 

What is one way you treat yourself when you are busy? I’d love to hear in the comments.


102 thoughts on “70 Ways To Treat Yourself When You Are Busy

  1. This is a full and delightfully inclusive list! I love that you have simple ideas like sitting with your thoughts or having a warm drink (or both!) contrasted with massages and hair days. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. How did you know I needed to read this today? I’ve been working practically around the clock lately because of the holiday season! I knew it was time for me to really focus on some self-care when I began to get 3 o’clock headaches and fatigue every day from staring at screens for 10+ hours a day. My favorite way to treat myself right now is with a good, cheesy Christmas film and some spiked spiced mocha. It’s so relaxing! I need to also utilize some of the other suggestions here!

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  3. This is such a great list of ideas to pamper yourself! One way I’ve been caring for my mental health right now is spending an hour listening to Christmas music while I walk or dance. I feel so much better after I’ve done so!

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  4. It is so important that we are able to spend some time on ourselves. This includes treating ourselves to something nice, even if it is experience-based! Oooh I like the idea of applying for the job you really want, or a job for the lulz. YESS on scheduling alone time!! I make a point to do that – distraction-free! Thanks for sharing all of these great ideas!! For me, being able to play Call of Duty is a treat!!

    Nancy ✨ mdrnminimalists.com


  5. These are some amazing ideas so thanks for sharing! It’s so important to treat yourself after hard work and being busy. My favourite things to do for self are is having a bath, doing my hair, sleeping and doing face masks!

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  6. These are great suggestions. I have never been one to do the napping thing, but enjoying an occasional afternoon nap has become a favourite form of self-care as of late. It gives me that opportunity to relax and step away from all the stress in the world today (both from work in general as well as the unique stresses that have come with 2020). I’m going to start working my way through your list more!

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  7. This post is so relevant to me at the moment! Definitely need to have a treat when all the Christmas prep has finished. Will have to bookmark your list to keep referring back to. I love to have a good pamper in the bath with a face mask and some candles.
    Thank you for sharing!
    Aimsy xoxo

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  8. It’s important to take time for yourself so I found this post really helpful and uplifting. I love putting a good face mask on if I’ve been feeling a bit rough/stressed!

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  9. Oh what a lovely post, and I love the images you used too. It’s so good to take time for yourself, and I always forget that just sitting with my own thoughts is OK – I don’t have to be productive 100% of the time to feel fulfilled! Thanks for sharing ❤

    //teandtwosugars.blogspot.com xx

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