25 Completely Free Self-Care Practices You Can Do Tonight – Be Well

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Ah, self-care. It’s practically impossible to scroll Instagram these days and not see at least one face mask-wearing friend hashtagging #selfcare. While yes, self-care is a total buzzword these days, it’s also for a good reason. In a day and age of digital overload and constant stimulation, it’s not surprising that we feel a bit overwhelmed from time to time. Simply put, self-care is anything you do to be good to yourself and combat that feeling of overwhelm. It’s all about giving yourself a little TLC.

Self-care can look like a lot of different things, from Instagrammable face masks to elaborate spa treatments, but self-care can also be this totally free thing that’s easy to do every single day.

Ready to start your new self-care routine? Here are some things you can do for free tonight.

  • Write down 10 things you are grateful for today.
  • Journal for 10 minutes about your day.
  • Meditate. (Try these three anxiety-relieving meditations.)
  • Take a bath.
  • Light scented candles. (Make sure to use a safe, non-toxic, naturally-scented one!)
  • Go for a walk after work.
  • Put your phone on airplane mode for the rest of your evening.
  • Tidy up your home for 15 minutes.
  • Take a long, hot shower.
  • Text a friend to ask them how they are doing.
  • Read before you go to bed.
  • Watch an episode of your favorite TV show.
  • Give yourself a massage with a lacrosse ball or foam roller.
  • Do some gentle yoga moves to unwind, like cat/cow, spinal twists, and hip stretches.
  • Do a quick breathing exercise: Inhale for four counts, hold the breath in for seven counts, exhale for eight counts. Repeat three to four times.
  • Call up a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while.
  • Blast your favorite song and have an impromptu dance party.
  • Give yourself a manicure/pedicure.
  • Brew up some herbal tea and sip it slowly.
  • Take a nap.
  • Unfollow and unsubscribe from people who bring you down on social media and emails that clutter your inbox.
  • Make a playlist of all your favorite mood-boosting tunes. (Check out the Be Well Spotify channel for inspiration!)
  • Get creative and color — turns out coloring as an adult is super relaxing.
  • Write out your to-do list for tomorrow.
  • Write a “done-it” list — list all the things you accomplished today.
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