At the end of a conversation, or spending time with someone, it’s customary to send well wishes by saying something like “take care”. But do you plan to say this every single time or are you interested in learning other ways to say take care?
If you’re a non-native English speaker, learning other ways to say take care will give you a variety of conversational terms and phrases to improve your language skills.
For native speakers, learning other ways to say take care will help you adjust accordingly, whether it is a formal or casual conversation.
Here are 25 other ways to say take care that you can use next time:
10 other ways to say “take care”
In usual day to day situations, it’s normal to tell a friend, co-worker, family member, or even a stranger after an interaction.
This shows that you are not harboring any bad feelings, you liked the conversation, you care about his/her well being, and so forth.
Here are 10 other ways to say take care that may be used in general situations:
This is good to use with strangers, but you may also use it with a friend. It is good to use after a brief introduction or talk, as a way to show that you like him/her.
It is good to use this phrase with someone you just met, or haven’t seen in a very long time. It means that you had a pleasant interaction and look forward to meeting with him/her again.
It is good to use this with a co-worker or someone you know that is hardworking. It is a way to say take care of yourself after all he/she has done.
Use this phrase as a joke with friends, or with someone who legitimately gets themselves in trouble like a teenager. It means that you are concerned for his/her safety, but not in the sense that you foresee danger.
You can use this with anyone, but it’s perfect for someone you know you won’t see again that week. It is good to use in emails, or with strangers.
You can use this at the end of a positive conversation that contained good news with a friend, or with a co-worker who is working on someone big.
It is one of the best other ways to say take care when something specific is happening.
This phrase is commonly used between persons who share intimate relationships. It means that you are wishing the person safe travels on the journey home.
You can say this if you notice the person is a little under the weather, for example, is looking pale, or is coughing/sneezing. You may also use it in general with friends and family members.
This is a good one to use with older folk, or with someone who isn’t well, for instance, a friend with a sprained ankle or someone recovering from surgery.
This is a joke that can be shared with friends or loved ones. It means “see you later” and isn’t as formal as “take care” which can feel awkward in certain situations.
8 ways to say “take care and be safe”
Saying “take care and be safe” is more common these days, especially with the pandemic affecting billions of people worldwide.
It’s clear that scientists are scrambling to find the cure so the best we can do is try our best to avoid exposure. After all, prevention is much better than a cure.
The effects are clear, and some people need a nudge in the right direction or a reminder that everything will be okay.
You can share these kind words, or use any of these other ways to say take care to share kind thoughts:
As crazy as it might have sounded even in 2019, this is a common phrase used by persons to tell each other to stay safe.
It is an amazing and extremely caring thing to say since it can literally save someone’s life.
This is good to say in the pandemic as experts recommend keeping social distance to slow the spread of the virus. This is one of the most caring things you can say.
Say this to someone younger than you, like a younger sibling or any youngster who might not be taking the threat of the pandemic very seriously.
This is good to say when someone who is unwell is troubling themselves with your affairs. This redirects their attention and shows that you care about what he/she has going on more.
This can be used in an email as a closer or over a zoom call since we can’t have much face-to-face interaction right now.
It is an acknowledgment of the fact that many persons are having a difficult time coping and that you are wishing him/her well.
This is good to say over a phone call, text, or social media since a pandemic puts everyone on lockdown.
This shows that you wish he/she makes it through okay and you can be together again soon.
It is good to say this to someone who has a sick relative or friend. It means that you are actively thinking about his/her situation and that you wish him/her well.
You can also use this with a co-worker who you don’t know very well, but you have knowledge of an unfortunate situation he/she is in.
This is good to say to someone who is under quarantine or isolation. It means that they should continue doing what they are doing to stay safe, or until he/she feels better.
7 ways to say “take extra care of yourself”
When does it call for you to say “take extra care of yourself?”
Well, if a person is known to be a bit of a clutz or is prone to mishaps, you can use it then. You can also use it during a pandemic with persons who are at high risk of exposure, i.e. essential workers such as nurses, doctors, grocery store workers, pharmacists, and so forth.
You may also use it if you know the person is stressed out or going through a lot.
You can use these other ways to say take care of yourself to stress your concern or good biddings:
This is good to say to someone who is going on a long journey. It doesn’t necessarily mean he/she is a bad driver.
This is good to say when you live in an area that is no stranger to crime. This is good advice to ensure he/she stays safe.
It is good to say this when someone is going on a trip as well, or when they are about to do something risky.
Use this when the person isn’t the smartest cookie in the jar and finds him/herself in her trouble when you aren’t around to look out for him/her.
This can be used as a joke among friends, but it is best used with someone who actually gets into a lot of trouble.
This is military talk for watching your own back. It is especially useful for persons who perform high-risk jobs like cops or firefighters.
Use this when someone is already sick and is feeling hopeless. This positivity will not heal him/her, but it will lift spirits.
It’s important to note that when you use these other ways to say take care, that you use them in the right context. Otherwise, it may be taken the wrong way.
Avoid using intimate alternatives with people you aren’t well acquainted with, like a boss, or co-worker. In some cases, saying “take care” is just fine.