Easy (And Cheap!) Self-Care Ideas To Help You End Your Year

We’re inching closer to the end of the year! It’s an exciting – if not overwhelming – period of transformation and release. I look at it like a deep breath; with eyes closed and chest puffed, I pull in the good and try to release the bad. By making room in my body for what I need, instead of what harms, I’m hitting a reset button, if only for a few moments.

I think it’s fair to assume we’re all rushing about, trying to get our affairs in order, and have the last bit of fun, then dive into the next year with a clean slate. This year, I would like to try a different approach. Rather than beating myself up trying to get to an ever-changing point on the horizon, I want to end this cycle with ease. If you’re interested in doing the same then keep reading!

I am a true believer that self-care should be easy. It has been my experience that when we can take joy in the simple tasks, the big tasks won’t seem so daunting. For instance: you can’t expect to climb Mount Kilimanjaro when you aren’t able to be at peace with a walk around the block. That’s a little of an oversimplification of what it takes to become a mountaineer, but I think you get the point! So, this list will be comprised of activities you can do with few, if any materials, in the comfort of your own home. Because healing is our right, the path should be clear and wide.

Let’s hop to it!


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This one is my favorite, and you don’t have to go to a salon  to get it done. Just settle in with your favorite polish, warm water, maybe some Epsom salt, and get it going.


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The free-est of free things to do for yourself! If you struggle to relax enough to get this done, another option (that I use) is tapping. You can read about that {here}

Face mask (s)

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You can snag these at the Dollar General, Target, or Walgreens, then settle in for a night of relaxation. I prefer ones with lavender for the calming effect.

Try a new podcast

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I love podcasts. This might sound strange, but when I have them going during a task everything just flows easier. It’s like being surrounded by friends and feeling safe enough to relax. Some good ones: Natch Beaut, The High Low, and NPR

Create something, even if it isn’t perfect

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We’re all Picasso in this space! Get some kiddie paint, some loose paper, and start slapping away at it. Or, if you like to sew, try our a new pattern. Wherever your heart takes you, give it a whirl. Don’t be worried about perfection, because that’s boring.

Call a friend 

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Nothing helps to bolster the spirit like a conversation with a trusted confidante. You never know, they might just be in need of your call, too.

Read that book you’ve been avoiding

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If it’s been sitting on your nightstand, desk, kitchen table, or any surface where you have to look at it daily, then it is time to give it a go.

Start a journal

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You don’t have to run out and buy a pretty leather book to fill up, unless that’s something you want to do! I still keep a paper journal, but that’s not the only way to go. Thanks to technology, you can start a journal on your laptop, desktop or phone. 

Take an” intentional” nap

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I say “intentional” to mean not waiting until your body and mind are so exhausted that you can’t stand anymore. Settle into your bed or couch, draw the blinds, and give yourself permission to rest. You’ll wake up like a new human.

Walk around the neighborhood

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Kilimanjaro training has to start somewhere, right? Take in the air, the power in your legs, and conquer the world.

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