7 Genius Self-Care Ideas You’ve Never Thought Of

By Lindsey Sirera

Regardless of the season, finding time to prioritize yourself is paramount—especially in the context of 2020. But if you don’t have free time to pop in for a quick salt scrub at your local spa during the holidays (or ever), then we’ve got good news: these seven self-care ideas are so simple, so refreshing, and (for the most part) so free that they’re quickly edging into genius territory.

Don’t worry, you can thank us later (winks).

Schedule a Zoom Fiesta Happy Hour

Maybe you can’t hit up your local bar, but you can reunite your friend group for an at-home fiesta. Schedule a time, buy some margarita ingredients, order in some tacos and spend time with the gang like you used to.

Start Your Day with 15 Minutes of Watching Cute Animal Videos on Instagram

The internet is a strange and wonderful place, and lucky us, there is no shortage of kin- hearted accounts who share their pet’s every movement. Whether you’ve got an intense corgi obsession (that would be!) or nerd out over your local zoo’s panda cam, there’s no shortage of adorable animals over which to fawn. Plus, there’s no better way to get up on the right side of the bed than to invest your first few waking minutes ogling over cute animals.

This 3-Ingredient Honey Moisturizing Face Mask

Got honey, cinnamon and lemons in your pantry? Presto, you have all the makings of a skin-softening face mask! Mix together 2 tbsp. honey, ½ tsp. cinnamon and ½ tsp. lemon juice, apply to skin for 10-20 minutes and rinse with warm water. Pro Tip: Add a drop or two of Unflavored Updrops to the mix for added redness relief.

Re-Read your Favorite Childhood Book

Reconnect with your inner child by spending the afternoon in Narnia, playing a quidditch match, escaping the clutches of Count Olaf, or whatever novel reminds you most of long, free summers before the worries of adulthood.

Listen to a Sound Bath on Youtube

If you love meditation apps or just finding a few moments of calm, then you may be into trying out a virtual sound bath (like this one!). While in-person sessions can run upwards of $25 a pop, there are loads of free recordings online where you can experience the bliss free of charge. So find a quiet room, light a few candles, and dedicate some time to recharge yourself to the tune of Tibetan singing bowls.

Adopt a Positive Mantra

This may seem simple, but the surest way to change your life is to change your thoughts. So pick a positive mantra, write it down, then say it to yourself throughout the day. Whether it’s “I’m okay,” “I am worthy,” or “I forgive myself,” you’d be shocked how quickly a tiny positive thought can snowball into a positive lifestyle.

Have a Crazy Dance Party

No matter who you are, there is at least one song that makes you want to break out into dance. So do! Whether you’re in a living room full of roommates or your closet by yourself, turn on some music that inspired you to let loose, then shake it off and let your endorphins run wild.

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