Behavioral Health


Self-care for Teens

What is self-care?

Self-care is a term used for activities and practices that we can engage in on a regular basis to lower stress and increase our health and well-being.

Why is self-care important for me? 

Self-care is necessary to show love and compassion to ourselves! Sometimes life is stressful, especially when you have food allergies, so we all need to take time to relax and reconnect every day. Self-care can also decrease anxiety and improve our mood. 
How do I Know What Self-care Activity is Right for Me?

Self-care looks different for everyone. What works for your friend might not work for you! You can try out any and every self-care activity to find out what you like. Self-care can be anything, as long as it is something you are doing to make yourself happy!

When Should I Do a Self-care Activity?

Self-care is best when it becomes part of your routine. Self-care should be easy and fun, so you should do it at whatever time works for you! Maybe it is after school, before bed, or during dinner!

Check out the list below for ideas on where to start! And, download FAACT's Self-care for Teens handout.

52 Self-Care Ideas for You to Try:

1. Listen to music

2. Read a chapter from your favorite book

3. Go on a nature walk

4. Go on a run

5. Sing your favorite song

6. Go shopping

7. Ride your bike

8. Try yoga

9. Reorganize your closet

10. Do your laundry

11. Make a garden

12. Call your best friend

13. Call a family member

14. Write a poem

15. Bake something

16. Cook something

17. Watch a movie

18. Write a positive note to yourself

19. Try a new craft

20. Meditate

21. Make a list of things your grateful for

22. Try adult/teen coloring

23. Join a team

24. Make a garden

25. Make a scrapbook

26. Complete a puzzle

27. Watch funny cat videos on YouTube

28. Practice deep breathing

29. Start a journal

30. Eat your favorite dessert

31. Volunteer for something

32. Go outside and look at the stars

33. Play with your pet

34. Play board games

35. Make a bucket list

36. Dance!

37. Go to the spa/salon

38. Draw or paint!

39. Lay out in the sun

40. Take a warm shower or bath

41. Repaint your room your favorite color

42. Take a phone/social media break

43. Hug someone

44. Try something new!

45. Drink some water

46. Burn a candle with a scent you love

47. Sip a cup of tea

48. Get a full night’s sleep

49. Try a face mask

50. Go to therapy

51. Take some pictures

52. Wear your favorite outfit

Self Care for Teens