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Sometimes you just need to relax, am I right? There are tons of things going on in our minds at any given time. It’s hard to turn off your brain to get some peace. In this post, we talk about 30 relaxing things you can do that are close to free. These things can help you recenter and destress.
1. Paint Your Nails
There’s something oh so relaxing about painting your nails. Dig through your drawer for a nail file and polish. Grab a glass of champagne and give yourself a home manicure.
2. Take a Long Bath
Draw a bath, dump in some bubble bath, and take a long soak in the water. Think about life and relax your muscles.
3. Write a Letter to Yourself to Open Later
I love writing, as you can tell. Writing down your feelings, especially in a letter to yourself, can be cathartic. The goal is to read the letter later after whatever you’re going through has been resolved. This way you get to acknowledge how far you’ve come.
4. Write Poetry
If you’re more of a creative writer, put some of your thoughts down into poetry. If you’re not big on poetry, write a fiction short story. Be creative.
5. Read a Book
Reading is the ultimate release. You get to put yourself into another world which can help you forget your current stress.
6. Binge Watch a Show
There’s nothing wrong with watching a bit of TV. Choose a show that you’ve been meaning to watch and get a little bit of tele on!
7. Soak Your Feet
Tired of walking around all day at work? Get a tub of warm water and soak your feet. Put on some calming music or put on the TV and give your feet some love.
8. Go On a Long Walk
Sometimes fresh air cures all. Put on some walking shoes and head outside for a bit. Ask a friend to tag alone.
9. Invite Friends Over for Tea
Speaking of friends… have a few over to sip on some tea. It’s a cheap way to have a little pow wow and get social.
10. Take an Afternoon Nap
Nothing wrong with napping during the day folks. You deserve to be lazy and a day nap every so often. Lay in bed and pull up the covers.
11. Go for a Mall Massage
You know those mall massage chairs? Yes, people actually use them. Pay a few bucks to use a chair or to get someone to massage out the kinks.
12. Write in Your Diary
Got a lot on your mind? Write all of it down in a diary.
13. Play Video Games
Your entire life probably shouldn’t revolve around video games. But if you enjoy them, it’s okay to be playing video games in moderation.
14. Visit Relatives
Get out of the house for a while and see some family. Shoot the breeze and catch up.
15. Go to Church or a Place of Worship
If you feel calm or relaxed at places of worship, head there to put your mind at a bit of ease.
16. Do a Puzzle
Puzzles or mind games can be a good way to get your mind off of other things that are stressing you out.
17. Experiment with Recipes
If cooking relaxes you, head into the kitchen and start making stuff. Look up some fun recipes on Pinterest or online and put your chef’s cap on.
18. Go to the Movies
Movies are a good place to get your mind off of other stuff that’s going on. Sit back and watch a story unfold.
19. Go Out for a Run
Running and exercise is a GREAT way to reduce stress. Head outdoors or hop on the treadmill to get a good sweat on.
20. Go Watch a Comedy Show
Who doesn’t like to laugh? Head to your local comedy club or an event space that hosts comedy night. Open mic nights are also a good opportunity for affordable entertainment. Plus you get to support local and new talent.
21. Read Your Favorite Positive Blogs
I’m a blogger so naturally I like to read a lot of blogs. Choose a few that you really like and bookmark them for when you need something to do. I LOVE Mark Manson‘s blog and always read it when I want a pick me up or when I want to get his take on a topic like self-improvement.
22. Take Your Pet to the Park
If you need to get out of the house, there’s a good chance your dog needs to as well. Take your dog out for a run or play fetch.
23. Go to the Flea Market
You may not have the funds to go on an all out shopping spree. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t get a little bit of retail therapy going on. Head to a flea market and see if you can find any affordable things for fun.
24. Do Crafts
Crafts like knitting or painting can be calming. Draw a picture or create something to relax your mind.
25. Do Yoga
Yoga is obviously a known and loved stress reliever. YouTube has tons of yoga videos that you can look up for direction and inspiration.
26. Go to the Gym
Tie up those sneakers and lift some weights. Lifting weights is something I LOVE to do.
27. Plan a Vacation
If you’re stuck at home right now, the next best thing to do is plan where you’re going to take your next adventure. Go to Pinterest to look up fun things to do!
28. Take Yourself Out for a Cheap Dinner
You don’t have to splurge for a nice meal. Look up restaurants or pubs that are having a special. You can also try sites like LivingSocial or Groupon to see if any of the participating restaurants are offering a special for several courses.
Nothing like bbqing on a nice afternoon to relax the spirit. Light the grill and throw some food on. Gather a few friends and it’s a party.
30. Go to a Local Trail, Beach, or Park
Lastly, local parks, beaches, and trails are a serene place where you can get some fresh air. Look up some places near you and enjoy a day out!
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