11 Cheap Ways To Relax

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I’d love to spend a week sitting on the beach, or maybe a few days at a spa, but it’s not always possible to take a vacation. For one thing, sometimes it’s  not easy to get away, and for another, vacations can get expensive! Relaxation is important, though- without some down time you’ll burn out quickly! Try some of these quick ways to relax for free:

  1. Meditate: Meditation helps rest your mind and your body. Find something you like on YouTube and take a break.
  2. Take a bath: Create a spa experience in your own bathroom with bath salts and scented candles. Play soft music and ignore all knocking on the door!
  3. Read: Find a quiet corner and sit down with a book. Getting into a novel is the perfect temporary escape.
  4. Color: Yes- you read that right. Coloring books for adults is a big thing now, said to be very soothing and therapeutic.
  5. Eat some dark chocolate: Let’s be clear: this is not stress eating! It’s for health reasons- eating dark chocolate helps regulate stress hormones.
  6. Deep breathing: Sounds pretty basic, but taking a few minutes for some slow, deep breathing has an extremely relaxing effect.
  7. Watch a movie: Indulge yourself, and make sure not to do anything else while you watch- no folding laundry, picking up toys, or making shopping lists.
  8. Acupressure: Rub the space between your thumb and index finger to relieve tension from your neck and shoulders. Make it extra relaxing by using lavender oil.
  9. Sit in the sun.
  10. Listen to music: Whatever makes you happy.
  11. Cook a meal: Not because you have to, but because you want to. Engaging in a project can be very relaxing, and you’ll feel accomplished with the results.

And remember: When you’re relaxing, make the most of it-  no checking emails or worrying about what to cook for dinner!