1. Have a drink from your favourite cup/mug. Coffee. Tea. Even plain water is nicer when it’s in your fave cup (and you’re probably dehydrated right now so get on that).
2. Visit the library. Seriously. Nothing says “quiet me time” like the quiet couches and a novel in a library.
3. Look up some topics on iTunes U and read up on them. You’ll feel accomplished when you learn about a new scholarly topic.
4. Check over your resumé. Anything need to be updated or polished? Do that now, it can come in handy when opportunity comes knocking.
5. Call a beloved family member or close friend. I just called my aunt for the first time in a little while and honestly you feel a lot lighter and a lot warmer.
6. Listen to ASMR, Binaural Beats, or guided meditation. There’s ASMR and meditation videos on youtube for pretty much any need– general relaxation, reassurance, etc.
7. Volunteer at the local animal shelter. Volunteering is proven to make you feel better about yourself, petting animals helps lower your blood pressure, and nothing compares to the love and gratitude from a dog or cat.
8. Randomly browse Quora.com or Medium.com. Clicking the random article is always an adventure– probably a laughable one, but you might learn something new or realize that a lot of people have felt the way you have.
9. Clean out your closet. It’ll feel like a lot of weight is off your shoulders, and you can sell or donate pieces that are still in good shape.
10. Write out a list of things you like about yourself. It can be tricky at first, but write down whatever comes to mind, even though it may seem trivial. Put the list away for times when you are being too hard on yourself, or need some self love.
11. Movie night. Obviously. Netflix, Hulu, library… A lot of thrift and secondhand stores often have really cheap DVDs. Re-watch your faves, allow yourself a guilty pleasure, or choose something that looks laughably awful.
12. Have a bonfire. Check your local fire codes beforehand, first. A bonfire or a fire pit is extremely soothing, especially wrapped up in a blanket.
13. Meal Plan/Prep. You’re probably going to be cooking anyway, so setting aside a day or half a day to prep meals ahead of time helps free the rest of your schedule.
14. At-Home spa day. Wash your hair. Trim your nails. Soak your feet. Exfoliate.
15. Write letters. Especially to your grandparents if you can– it will make them feel really loved.
16. Sleep in or nap. No explanation needed.
17. Bake cookies or make eggless cookie dough. One serving of edible cookie dough uses only spoonfuls of ingredients you probably have at home.
18. Wash your pillowcases and linens. This is especially good if you’re like me and somedays you just don’t want to get out of bed. The feeling of fresh sheets makes everything suck a little bit less.
19. Forgive yourself. Acknowledge that past mistake that’s been eating you alive and accept the fact that you can’t change the past. You’re still growing, still learning.
20. Keep a happiness journal. Before bed, write three things that made you smile that day. Life won’t seem all that bad, and it’s a good way to de-stress.
21. Shamelessly sing and dance along to music you enjoy. That song you would TOTALLY kill on lip sync battle? Own it.
22. If you like makeup/skincare, go to your local sephora or drugstore that has a beauty section. Sephora does free mini makeovers if it’s not busy. At the drugstore makeup counter, ask the beauty questions that you’ve wanted answers to.
23. Remember to say “no.” Declining to do a favor or go on an outing you can’t currently justify or afford does not make you a bad person. It means you have boundaries and deserve respect.
24. Visit a local park and be present. Look at the flowers, look at the sky. Getting outdoors will refresh you mind.
25. Create something. Paint, color, or get a blank piece of paper and let it out in writing. Sometimes having it all out in black and white can make solutions easier to realize.
Remember my comment section is always open. I would love to know your best No/Low Cost Self Care Rituals.
Rivers of blessings,