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10 Easy Ways To Care For Yourself That Cost Little To Nothing

The tiny ways in which you help yourself can really add up.

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1. Stretch.

If you're stressed out, your body may be more tense than you realize. Taking a minute to stretch, or even adding some stretching to your nightly routine, can feel really nice!
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If you're stressed out, your body may be more tense than you realize. Taking a minute to stretch, or even adding some stretching to your nightly routine, can feel really nice!

2. Listen to a podcast.

Listening to a podcast that draws you in with an enthralling story or makes you laugh can be such a great way to stop your mind from racing and boost your mood.
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Listening to a podcast that draws you in with an enthralling story or makes you laugh can be such a great way to stop your mind from racing and boost your mood.

3. Sit in the sun.

This is probably the simplest one of all, but it can feel so nice to sit down on a park bench and people-watch in the sun, even if it's just for 15 minutes or so.
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This is probably the simplest one of all, but it can feel so nice to sit down on a park bench and people-watch in the sun, even if it's just for 15 minutes or so.

4. De-clutter your space.

When you're surrounded by a pile-up of clothes, dishes, dust, or whatever else, it can affect your mood more than you even realize. A lack of clutter, and the feeling of accomplishment that comes with cleaning up, is a great gift to yourself.
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When you're surrounded by a pile-up of clothes, dishes, dust, or whatever else, it can affect your mood more than you even realize. A lack of clutter, and the feeling of accomplishment that comes with cleaning up, is a great gift to yourself.

5. Wash your face and moisturize.

This may not seem like much, but even the smallest and most routine acts can help you feel calmer when you're not feeling your best.
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This may not seem like much, but even the smallest and most routine acts can help you feel calmer when you're not feeling your best.

6. Make a list of things you're thankful for.

Remembering things that have made you happy or appreciative today, even if it's something as small as the weather, can be a good way to keep your mind focused on positivity. Alternatively, try writing down one thing you're proud of accomplishing each day, however small.
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Remembering things that have made you happy or appreciative today, even if it's something as small as the weather, can be a good way to keep your mind focused on positivity. Alternatively, try writing down one thing you're proud of accomplishing each day, however small.

7. Make a list of things that frustrate you.

Similarly, getting your anger and frustrations out in a healthy way, like writing them out in a list, can feel really validating and help you move on with your day!
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Similarly, getting your anger and frustrations out in a healthy way, like writing them out in a list, can feel really validating and help you move on with your day!

8. Fill your space with pleasant smells.

Walking into a room that smells like lavender (or your favorite scent) can put your mind at ease and make you feel relaxed.
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Walking into a room that smells like lavender (or your favorite scent) can put your mind at ease and make you feel relaxed.

9. Plan a weekend of rest.

Everyone looks forward to having fun on the weekend, but sometimes it's nice to just take that time to rest, relax and recharge.
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Everyone looks forward to having fun on the weekend, but sometimes it's nice to just take that time to rest, relax and recharge.

10. Do something small for someone else.

Whether it's texting someone you care about or holding the door open for your elderly neighbor, there are times when showing someone else you care in the teeny-tiniest of ways could boost your own spirits.
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Whether it's texting someone you care about or holding the door open for your elderly neighbor, there are times when showing someone else you care in the teeny-tiniest of ways could boost your own spirits.

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