13 Ways to Practice Self Care This Season, Without Spending a Cent

Nicole Singh

The idea of self-care can sometimes feel a little enigmatic. It’s a nice idea, but practically incorporating it into our already full day makes it a little harder to grasp. But now, after finding inspiration from an article on Girlboss, we figured that as the year draws to a close, it seems like the perfect time to try and add simple rituals into our routine.

While massages, facials, and of course a mani-pedi combo seem like obvious ways to take a moment to pause, those tried-and-tested pastimes require a significant cut of your pay cheque. So, if you too are feeling a little cash-strapped, we’ve thought up 13 ideas that won’t cost a cent. 

  • Take a detour after work and go for a scenic walk.

  • Write down a list of things you are grateful for on your morning commute.

  • Download a free meditation app and practice five minutes of mindfulness. 

  • Sit by yourself with a cup of tea, on your couch, and do nothing else.

  • Wake up early and watch the sunrise with your SO.

  • Give yourself a mini facial using the products you already own.

  • Indulge in a midday nap on the weekend.

  • Take excerpts from your favourite books and write them down in one place.

  • Call a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while.

  • Go to your favourite local beach for a sunset swim.

  • Take a bath with Epsom salts.

  • Look up yoga stretch tutorials and allocate some time to try them before bed.

  • Read an article on a topic you are passionate about or would like to know more about.
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