52 Uplifting Self-Care Ideas That Don’t Cost a Dime!

by | Feb 19, 2020

Self-Care is any activity you do to improve and take care of your physical, mental, and emotional needs. When you practice self-care, you’re honoring yourself and treating yourself as if you matter (because you do!).

When we don’t practice self-care, we feel depleted. It’s hard to feel healthy, motivated and centered when we neglect our needs.

Self-care doesn’t need to take a long time or cost money. A few minutes will fill up your emotional cup and keep you feeling good!

Check out these 52 100% FREE uplifting self-care ideas:

  1. Listen to a motivational podcast
  2. Spend time in nature
  3. Sleep in
  4. Go to bed early
  5. Read
  6. Spend alone time
  7. Meditate
  8. Take a walk
  9. Take a bubble bath
  10. Do yoga to a YouTube video
  11. Take a nap
  12. Plan for the week ahead
  13. Watch a feel-good movie
  14. Journal
  15. Unplug from social media
  16. Give yourself a facial
  17. Paint your nails
  18. Make a cup of tea
  19. Do a craft
  20. Call a friend
  21. Make yourself a nice breakfast
  22. Write a to-do list
  23. Go for a drive somewhere pretty
  24. Hang out at a local park
  25. Write a gratitude list
  26. Go to the library
  27. Make some tea and get cozy on the couch
  28. Make something healthy to eat
  29. Color in an adult coloring book
  30. Play uplifting music
  31. Create a vision board
  32. Have a pajama day
  33. Write out affirmations
  34. Say no to someone
  35. Open that bottle of wine you’ve been “saving”
  36. Do your hair and makeup for no reason
  37. Be intentional about drinking more water
  38. Hang out a local beach
  39. Clean out your closet and donate clothes
  40. Put your phone on “do not disturb”
  41. Burn a candle
  42. Create a bucket list
  43. Check out free events in your community
  44. Do a jigsaw puzzle
  45. Walkthrough a local farmers market
  46. Go for a bike ride
  47. Play a board game
  48. Go to a museum (many are have days that are free!)
  49. Take some time to stretch
  50. Bake a dessert – then eat it!
  51. Take a mental health day (yes, skip work!)
  52. Focus on taking nice, deep breaths throughout the day



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  1. Great list! Surprised how many of these I already do! Go me. I should write these on popsicle sticks and pull them when I’m stressed or bored lol

  2. I do a lot of those things on your list, every day. Thanks for giving me new ideas! 😉

    • Hi Kari, I love that you do so many of the things on the list already! I love that you have a few new ideas to try x

  3. Truly love this! Self-care is uber important.

    • Thank you Grace x Self-care is 100% uber important!! It’s one of the most (if not the most) important things we can do!

  4. Great list of self care ideas that don’t cost a thing Jennifer! Love your pajama day idea, and drive somewhere pretty 🙂

  5. Great list of self-care ideas that don’t cost a thing Jennifer! Love your pajama day idea, and drive somewhere pretty 🙂

    • Thank you Zoe!! I appreciate the feedback! Pajama days are my favorite 🙂


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