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40 FREE Self Care Activities

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Treat yourself!

Self-care is the latest buzzword that refers to giving yourself space and time to re-charge your batteries. In a world that is overwhelmed, overworked, and underpaid, self-care is necessary; more so than ever before!

So here are 40 ways that you can care for yourself, right now, at absolutely no cost:

  1. Take a deep, cleansing breath in through your nose, and out through your mouth
  2. Take a nap
  3. Drink a glass of water
  4. Journal
  5. Download the “insight timer” app to listen to a free, guided meditation
  6. Put on your coziest pajamas and socks
  7. Straighten up one corner of one room of your house
  8. Go for a nature walk, during which you observe the natural landscape around you
  9. Call a friend who you haven’t talked to in a while
  10. Watch YouTube videos of puppies or kittens
  11. Listen to a favorite song
  12. Use a nice-smelling soap, shampoo, or lotion
  13. Sing at the top of your lungs
  14. Give yourself a hug (I know this sounds hokey, but it seriously feels great)
  15. Make funny faces in the mirror
  16. Do whatever yoga poses you remember off the top of your head
  17. Or just stretch
  18. Jump up and down on a bed
  19. Feel a soft blanket or pillow
  20. Cuddle a stuffed animal, or better yet, a loved one
  21. Re-read a favorite book from childhood
  22. Make a list of all the things you are grateful for
  23. Clip and paint your toenails and fingernails
  24. Take a hot bath or shower
  25. Make a joke and laugh at it
  26. Clip pictures you like out of old magazines and make a collage
  27. Write a limerick or haiku
  28. Sing “My Heart will Go On” or “I Will Always Love You” at the top of your lungs
  29. Wear bright colors and lots of jewelry, just because
  30. Name your plants
  31. Look at photos of yourself or loved ones as babies
  32. Make lists of reasons why you love your friends and give them to them
  33. Color in a coloring book (or if you don’t have one, print a free coloring page)
  34. Play a musical instrument very badly on purpose
  35. Work a Sudoku or Crossword in a free local paper
  36. Imagine your dream home in 10 years; maybe even draw it
  37. Watch a T.V. show that makes you laugh
  38. Think about nice things people have said to you in the past
  39. Play with play-doh or slime
  40. Turn off all the notifications on your phone for an hour

Self-care it up! And if you want to work with a therapist who LOVES self-care, contact me.

-Rebecca

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