“My definition of self-care is letting yourself do whatever you want to do. If yoga, meditating, or writing endlessly in your journal about your woes isn’t your thing, don’t do it. It won’t work, self-care only works when you listen to your body, and do what you want without resistance.” There are lots of low-cost and free ways to relax. This self-care list works. As you learn what works best for your self-care, personalize it to make it yours. There are endless ways to pamper yourself and work in a little self-car, but here are some suggestions for free at home self-care activities. Search YouTube for a relaxing yoga or meditation routine. Write down what’s stressing you. If you want, you can rip up the paper, and maybe even write a new list of things that make you happy. Close your eyes and listen to some relaxing music. Listen to some fun music and dance around the room. Go for a walk. Pet or play with a pet for 15 minutes. Take a bubble bath. Whip up a homemade, edible facial mask and let it do its magic. Invite a friend over and do each other’s nails. Ask your partner to give you a massage. Give yourself an afternoon tea break, alone or with a good friend. Spend some extra time getting ready in the morning, just to get that looking-good mood boost. Find a free, local event that sounds like fun, or keep an eye out for free days at m museums, botanical gardens, or zoos. Take up a new creative hobby, like reading, embroidery, gardening, or painting. Pick up a favorite treat at the grocery store (or if you like cooking, set aside an afternoon to make it yourself) and then take a break to slowly savor it. Volunteer somewhere, such as the hospital, an animal shelter, or at a museum. If you’ve got a little extra money in the budget, you’ve got even more relaxing, self-care options available to you.