What is self-care? Self-care is defined as “the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.” Flight attendants define self-care as: “Put on your oxygen mask first, then help others.” Self-care is not a luxury; it as a necessary way to help others by helping yourself first. Self-care need not be expensive, such as spa treatments. Below are ten ways to practice self-care for free.


1. Take a walk. Walking and other forms of exercise can be a great mood-booster.

2. Take a bath. Bath time isn’t just for kids. Throw in some epsom salt, make a bath time playlist, maybe light a candle or two.

3. Connect with others. Call or meet up with a good friend that always puts a smile on your face for a catch-up session.

4. Take a nap. Listening to your body and resting when needed is an important part of taking care of yourself.

5. Watch a video or show that makes you laugh. YouTube or Netflix can be a great option.

6. Listen to your favorite feel-good Podcast or one that will give you a happiness boost. Check out these

7. Put your phone on “Do Not Disturb.” If only for an hour, spending time without texts, emails and social media can be refreshing.

8. Write in a gratitude journal. Thinking about what you’re grateful for can bring happiness and relieve stress.

9. Put on your comfiest pair of clothes and meditate. Check out this article from on how to get started.

10. Do something creative. Make a DIY craft project.