38 Free Self Care Things You Can Do To Destress and Relax

Being busy or not having enough time is always the top reason for why we stop taking care of ourselves. Self care can be priority, easy simple and best of all cheap. Being mindful of the little things we do each and every day can help build our self love and increase our self care.

38 Free Self Care Ideas You Can Do To Destress and Relax

College has been taking me for a roller coaster ride and is not letting me off the path of assignments, stress, and teacher expectations.

For those who are unfamiliar, I am currently in my Junior year of remote learning and my professors have revitalized what it means to be in an online college. Update: senior year starts in August 2021!

Needless to say as a science major that my course load is intense. As I gear up for finale exams and projects, it has been a journey to understand what taking care of myself actually means.

My grades are important to me, I have big goals that revolve around maintaining a high GPA. For me it makes the difference between being accepted into a graduate school I can pay out of pocket for or one that will need a massive loan.

That's enough pressure to keep anyone on their toes. But it's important to me that I go to bed knowing portions of my day were dedicated to my mind, body, and soul since college has ramped up the stressors in my life.

Keep reading to find out some of the self care things I do during a busy day to make it through a stressful time.

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Go to bed at a specific time

The more rest you can give your body the better. You can't expect to be your best productive self while running on 4 hours of sleep.

Use an app to remind you when it's time for bed, and wake you up the next day.

Bed time app on iPhone

Make up your bed

It helps to get your body out of sleep mode and the room looks more organized.

A decluttered room can declutter your mind.

Wake up earlier

I wake up an hour before my alarm has to go off to ensure I have time to journal, read my book or sit and do nothing. The time before your shift starts, or your family wakes up is precious and should always be spent catering to your needs.

Take a nice shower

If you read 18 money lessons I wish I knew before 18 you got a glimpse of just how nice a mindful shower can be

Be mindful while you're in the bathroom

Pay attention to how your hands react to cold water as you wash them, how the water makes your skin tense and wake up, and how bright your eyes get after you have been awake for a few minutes.


A few moments to rub your feet and hands hydrates your skin and can relieve stress.

Brush your hair

Appearing put together can help you to feel confident and ready for your day.

Change your clothes

Changing my pj's, although I stay home to work, allows me to have the illusion of getting ready to head outside.

Have a morning beverage

Tea, coffee, water, orange juice. Sip until your belly is content.

Pick an activity you enjoy

Read , journal , exercise, meditate, speak with a friend. Everyones definition of what gives them joy is different.

Take breaks during your work shift

Time flies when you are busy so make sure you give your mind a break. 5 hours straight of staring at a screen or interacting with others can leave your head feeling fuzzy.

Turn off your video camera so that you can eat

Having back to back classes allows for a small break that gave me time to make my food but not eat it.

Give yourself the space to eat without feeling like your classmates or meeting colleagues are watching.