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18 Self-Care Hacks That People Actually Swear By

"Lying in my hammock is so relaxing and allows me to detox my mind and just let all my thoughts happen and pass."

Recently, we asked the BuzzFeed Community what ~self-care hacks~ they use when they're feeling anxious, stressed, or just plain stuck. Here are some of our favorite answers:

1. Cook a fun, yummy meal for yourself.


"I had the house to myself for the first time in months, so I got myself some hard cider, made a pizza from scratch (pre-made pizza dough is the BEST), and put some cookies in the oven. Then I got cozy, posted in front of the TV, and watched a movie. It was EVERYTHING. It seems so simple, but when you need to focus on you, do exactly what you think will make you feel better."


2. Have a night in with some good friends.

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"Have a night in and do face masks. The sillier the masks look, the better!"


3. Get some exercise.

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"For me, it’s getting into the gym and pushing myself further than I have before, whether it’s trying to run a faster mile or lifting heavier weights, etc. It's about pushing myself out of my head and getting in touch with my body and my own personal strength."


"Exercise. I hate doing it — and sometimes I hate every second of it — but the idea that I got out and accomplished something instantly improves my mood."


4. Revisit some of your favorite childhood hobbies.

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"I think about the activities I enjoyed as a kid and try to do one or two."


5. Meditate with a calming app that you like.

"I use a great iPhone app called '#selfcare.' It has little activities that are simple and somewhat mindless, so you can do them and recenter yourself. It offers guided breathing, affirmations, fidget games, and calming sounds. Plus, you get a cat that you can pet without the scratches and allergies!"


"I try meditating with an app that helps. Personally, I like Oak and Headspace. They even have someone who talks you through the process as well as unguided sessions."


6. Take a nap and don't set any alarms.

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"Sometimes I just need a hard reset, so I start winding down at like 6:00 p.m. and just fall asleep as early as possible with no alarm. On those nights, I typically sleep for 12 hours because my body and mind were just so tired. I wake up feeling infinitely better!"


7. Do a deep-clean of your house.

8. Have a hammock moment in the park.

9. Write down your thoughts and feelings.

10. Put on some music and have a sing-and-dance-a-long.


"My favorite thing to do is just take some time alone and put on my current favorite musical (or album) and just sing along and dance. It helps get blood flowing and it makes me so happy."


11. Watch a light-hearted TV show.


"I watch Gilmore Girls when I'm upset because it’s always funny, lighthearted, and upbeat. Stars Hollow is my happy place."


"Whenever I'm upset, I watch the dinner party episode from The Office. Life may be rough right now, but it’s not as bad as dating Jan."


12. Change up your environment.

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"Feeling overwhelmed at work? Take a break and step away from the computer. Feeling stressed at home? Go to the park or for a coffee. Mix it up!"


13. Take a bubble bath with the works.


"Bubble bath. Face mask. CBD gummies. And some Al Greene!"


14. Listen to a motivational podcast.


"Whenever I’m feeling unmotivated or stuck, I make a cup of tea and listen to a motivational podcast. It centers me and totally recharges my batteries."


15. Get outside.

"Go outside and walk. Find some woods, find a garden, anywhere pretty where you can walk and connect with nature. It always makes me feel 100% better."


"I recently started gardening to help with my anxiety and depression. The idea of taking care of something else always makes me feel better, and in turn, inspires me to take care of myself."


16. Pamper yourself when you can!


"If I can afford it that week, I go get a massage."


17. Find a spot by a window and breathe in some fresh air.

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"I sit on my windowsill and breathe in the fresh air to calm myself down. It always helps!"


18. And if all else fails, go to Target.


"TARGET....I go to target."


For further help, here are some quick resources:

You might want to learn more about starting therapy, since pretty much everyone can benefit from talking to a professional.

You can learn more about mental disorders here.

And if you need to talk to someone immediately, the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. A list of international suicide hotlines can be found here.

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