Self Care on a Budget: 15 FREE self care ideas

If you’re looking for an easy way to take yourself and recharge your battery without spending a dime then keep reading because the following tips are completely free.

You’ve probably found other “free” self care tips and rolled your eyes because they actually do cost an earlier investment.

15 free self care ideas

($8.50 bubble bath and $20 candles anyone?)

But keep reading because each of the 15 easy simple FREE self care tips below will not cost you penny.

To build a concrete desire for self care let's discuss why people indulge in self care activities


This is a guest post by Mrs. A. Grace Martin scroll until the end for more information on this guest blogger!


Let’s start with our motivation.

Why do some people practice self care?

There has to be a solid “why” for your self care no matter how small.


Some people use money as a motivator. Buying a self care product or service and guilting themselves into using it because it cost so much.

However, since these tips are free, you might find the next reason to be something you can identify with.

Self care can be a fun challenge

How much pleasure and value can you build from these simple techniques?

Start right now with rating your sense of peace, calm, relaxation, energy, and rejuvenation on a scale of 1 to 10.

After you’ve done one thing for your self care, check in and repeat. Since there is no financial limit on these activities, you can easily choose to do three a day.

Yup, three things a day.

That’s my challenge to you. Choose three things from this list to enjoy TODAY.

Self care challenges can be fun

Why? Because self care needs to be a daily priority in your life.

Why is self care important

There are seven pillars of self care according to the International Self Care Foundation which include

  • knowledge and health literacy

  • mental wellbeing

  • physical activity

  • healthy eating

  • risk avoidance

  • good hygiene

  • and rational use of products and services.

This post focuses on the mental wellbeing and physical activity pillars of self care.

Self care is healthy living

Self care is not just a buzz word that means go get a massage or take a bubble bath. It’s an approach to healthier living.

Who can’t afford to live healthy these days? Take your self care seriously and it will save you tons of money in the future by avoiding illness and centering your wellbeing to make better life choices.

Need a clearer headspace for writing that budget? Hit up some self care.

What is self care?

Self care is so important that even the World Health Organization has a definition for it.

WHO defines self-care as “the ability of individuals, families and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider.”

WHO also states that self care encompasses a wide range of factors, including socioeconomic factors like income level.

If your income or budget are tight and you’re being diligent about your money, it can seem impossible to prioritize your self care.

These tips will launch you right over that financial barrier and have you investing some time in nourishing your soul.