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15 Self Care Tips That May Give You The Boost You Need

Some are even free!

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to share their favorite self-care tip that costs less than $15. Here are some of the best ones.

1. Treat your hair to a deep condition.

2. Have a beauty-specific self-care day.

"At least one day out of the week, typically a Saturday or Sunday, I'll do a full-blown beauty/skincare routine. This usually includes cleansing, exfoliating scrub, hair mask, face mask, and moisturizer. Then to end my night, I'll make a hot cup of tea and read. I find that reading before bed makes me feel more relaxed and refreshed as opposed to scrolling through my phone for hours. Depending on how much or how little you spend on beauty/skincare products, you could easily find inexpensive but still effective drugstore products!"


3. Champagne and a bubble bath.

4. Save posts that make you smile.

"This is free, but if you're on something like Tumblr or Reddit, you can save posts. Personally I like to save things that I know will make me smile, like funny posts or cute animal videos, and then when I'm struggling I go to my saved posts and scroll through them."


5. Stretch those tired muscles.

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"Stretching. Costs nothing, and there is a ton of free yoga videos on YouTube."


6. Set firm boundaries.

"Setting boundaries! Costs nothing, might be difficult at first, but it is so worth it and will save your mental health in the long run. Stop wasting too much of your own mental sanity on other people’s problems. Put your oxygen mask on first; take care of yourself so you’re more able to take care of those who need you."


7. Sit by a peaceful body of water.

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"Sitting at the water's edge. Doesn't matter if it's a lake, river, or the ocean. It always helps me relax and breathe easy for a moment. When I'm stressed, I look for the nearest body of water to visit."


8. Try a relaxing hobby like cross-stitching.

"I took up cross-stitch during lockdown last year, and it's so relaxing. If I'm in a bad mood, I can stab something, and instead of a murder charge, I've made something cool. There are loads of awesome patterns on Etsy; it doesn't always have to be old-lady-style stuff either. For example, I recently commissioned a pattern of the characters from my favorite TV show!" —constanvee

9. Take a luxury shower.

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"Once a week on a Saturday or Sunday, I take what I call a serenity shower. I found shower steamer tablets that last really long and have a strong aromatherapy to them. I turn off the main lights and use only the dim nightlight in the shower. I play spa music from YouTube on my phone. I have one of those scalp massagers for shampoo. It's a long luxurious shower with nothing planned after, so I take my sweet time. Totally serene and calming."


10. Put an end to doomscrolling.

"Doomscrolling has been one of the biggest causes of stress for me. I've started identifying what kind of news I need to be aware of and what is just causing unactionable worry. I stay aware of how much caution I need to exercise about COVID and get involved in tackling issues in ways that are affordable and safe for me, but I've cut way back on how much news I read."


11. Unwind with a coloring book.

12. Sit outside by yourself.

"Sometimes I will literally just sit outside by myself."


13. Read for free using a library app.

14. Use YouTube to find free guided meditations.

"YouTube has tons of free ASMR, guided meditations, etc., and it's all free. You don't need apps like Calm or Headspace."


15. Cultivate creative playlists as a mood booster.

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"Listening to music. Have a playlist ready to go of your favorites!"


Do you have a tip you love? Share with us below!

Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.