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15 Free Self-Care Ideas to Practice

Self-care is a concept that everyone loves. Being kind to yourself? Yes please. Setting time aside to rest? Don’t mind if I do. Setting money aside to invest in an exercise class you’ve been dying to try or splurge on that pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing? Yes and yes.

Self-care is having its time in the spotlight and we hope it stays there permanently.  Some self-care practices like getting a massage or signing up for therapy sessions involve spending some extra money and that’s totally OK. But if you’re living on a limited budget, want to participate in this self-care action and don’t have a lot of funds, then this is the article for you.

Discover 15 free ways to practice self-care and feel like a million bucks without spending a dime.

Free Self-Care Idea #1: Be honest with how you feel

Take the time to process how you really are with this interactive flow chart.  This chart is made for people who have a hard time tuning in with themselves or making executive decisions. It helps them determine areas in their lives where they need to show some TLC. Test it out and see which area of your life you can practice some self-care.

Free Self-Care Idea #2: Take a Relaxing Bath


This is a timeless self-care act that has been used since the BC times.  If you’re feeling physically tired or need some time to away from the world, draw some hot water, shut the door and relax.

Shop our bath & spa collection to find a bath bomb or bath salts that moisturizes your skin and smells absolutely scrumptious. Also, read our latest blog post For The Love of Baths and see why we think you should include bath time in your self-care routine.

Free Self-Care Idea #3: Give Your Skin Some TLC


You see your face every day, so show your beautiful self some self-care with a DIY face mask. Whip up a Lemon Facial Mask that exfoliates and moisturizes your skin. Combine the juice from 1 lemon and ¼ cup of olive oil and slather the mixture on your skin. Leave for 10 minutes and then wash it off.

Or treat yourself to an inexpensive face mask like our Emoji Face Mask.

Free Self-Care Idea #4: Drink Some Water


We all know that we need to drink some more water, but if you actually kept track of how much water you drank every day, you’d quickly realize you need to drink way more. So grab a cup, start hydrating yourself and flush out all the unwanted toxins. Your body will thank you, trust us.

An easy way to stay on top of your water game is to carry a water bottle. Invest in a fun water bottle, like our Infused Water Bottle, and chug away. Who knew self-care could be so simple.

Free Self-Care Idea #5: Go for a walk

Do this self-care act during your lunch break, in the early morning, after work or with the family. There’s no set time limit, just lace up your shoes, head out the door and start walking.

For more self-care workout ideas, click here.

Free Self-Care Idea #6: Journal

Spend 10 minutes each day emptying your mind and writing down how you feel or what your day looked like. This simple act will help you refocus, lose unnecessary emotional baggage and free your mind.

Free Self-Care Idea #:7 Paint Your Nails


When is the last time you painted your own nails? We don’t know either! There’s something soothing about beautifying yourself. So grab your favorite nail polish and start painting.

If you’re looking for an new color, try our Gradient Nail Polish and get two colors in one! This fun polish changes colors based off the temperature.

Free Self-Care Idea #8: Be Creative


Practice using the right side of your brain and unleash your creativity. Write a poem, play an instrument, practice a dance routine or start an art project. The goal isn’t about perfection. It’s learning how to use creativity to release stress and birth new ideas.

Buy an Adult Coloring Book or borrow your kids and enjoy being creative.

Free Self-Care Idea #9: Take a Nap


Taking a nap is by far the easiest self-care practice. If your body and mind needs some extra rest, give it what it needs, set an alarm and take a quick snooze.

Wrap yourself in a comfy blanket like our Flannel Blanket and quickly slip off into dreamland.

Free Self-Care Idea #10: Take a break from your phone

This self-care idea might be a little hard to practice, but if you routinely practice it, you’ll benefit your mind and eyes. Americans check their phone 80 times a day, and no one needs to check their phone that often. Take a break from the bright screen, social media and the calls / needs of others, and learn how to enjoy the present.

Free Self-Care Idea #11: Cook a Meal You Are

Excited To Eat


There’s nothing like creating a meal that you look forward to heating. Now don’t get us wrong, if you are trying to switch up your eating habits and eat a diet filled with veggies, lean proteins and non-processed foods, that’s amazing. But if you continually find yourself eating meals because it’s a necessity but not really enjoying the meal, then that’s no way to live.

Find an amazing recipe that fits your diet, skill level and budget on a site like Foodgawker, and create a meal that you’ll love. If you want to enhance the overall cooking experience in general, find fun cooking tools on our site.

Free Self-Care Idea #12: Start Saying No

This act will completely change and benefit your life. Living a life that pleases everyone isn’t living. Determine areas in your life where you need to enforce more boundaries and say no to things you’re not really interested in so you can say yes to the right things.

Free Self-Care Idea #13: Write Down Things You like About Yourself

It is so easy to rag on yourself or pinpoint the things you don’t like about yourself, and you’d be surprised how often you do that. Add some positivity in your life and celebrate yourself. Write down a list of 10 things that you love about yourself and check back on that list on the days you’re feeling low.

Free Self-Care Idea #14: Do something Good for Others


When you do something good for others, you feel good and are doing something good for yourself. This year be intentional about helping others and offer to watch your friend’s kids or treat someone to lunch. Or shop for a cause and support shops that donate proceeds to help people in need.

If you want to spend more time doing good for others, check out local volunteer opportunities at VolunteerMatch and bring a smile to someone else’s face.

Free Self-Care Idea #15: Breathe

Just sit down, relax, breathe and remember, you got this. Click here for breathing exercises that ease anxiety.

For tools that will help you on your self-care journey  and live the best version of your life, click here.


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