25 FREE (!!!) Ways To Treat Yo Self To A Little Self Care TODAY

Take some time away from all the bad news in the world and just BREATHE.

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By Dominique Astorino

Self-care doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, it can be totally free.

Find what brings you inner peace, joy, a sense of calm, and a release of stress — for $0 — in this list. Mix, match, do all of them, or just find your favorite. When done regularly, these small actions can add up to big changes in mood.

Not all treats have to break the bank, and this list proves it!

Here are some ideas for how to manage stress with a little self care:


1. Take a bubble bath


2. Light a scented candle or diffuse essential oils

3. Do a face mask

4. Give yourself a mani-pedi

5. Meditate for 20-30 minutes

6. Do some at-home yoga



7. Write down some compliments and things you love about yourself

8. Sleep in and make yourself your favorite breakfast

9. Unplug for a few hours; turn off your phone, computer, email, etc.

10. Journal and write down what you're grateful for

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11. Give yourself a leg massage with a foam roller


12. Go for a walk outside and get some fresh air

13. Visit your local park, beach, or even backyard and soak up some sun (with SPF, of course!)

14. Watch a comedy sketch or a funny movie, or scroll through some memes to laugh a little

15. Call a friend you haven't talked to in a while (or that friend who always cheers you up)



16. Write hand-written letters to loved ones

17. Brew up some tea and get cozy under a blanket

18. Put on some happy music and dance around your house while doing your chores

19. Practice some deep breathing with a guided app, fitness tracker, or YouTube video

20. Read a book — an old favorite or one that's been on your list



21. Take a few minutes to just stretch your muscles

22. Do a three-minute dance workout

23. Take a nap


24. Pretend your house is a spa; wear your robe, take a bath, give yourself a scrub, light some candles

25. Invite your best friend over for one-on-one time