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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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4. De-clutter your space.

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

10. Do something small for someone else.

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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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