9 activities that help reduce stress and cost little or no money
Practicing self-care on a daily basis doesn't have to be tedious, or even expensive. In many cases, it may actually be free, or it may cost a little.
Christine Karper, director of the Mental Health Counseling program at the University of Phoenix recommends practicing mindfulness by simply tapping into your five senses before emptying your pockets.
Here are some ways you can do this:
1. Light a scented candle that you like
2.Soak a cloth in warm water with a tea bag inside and place it around your hands to mimic the experience of Oshibori towels (available to customers in Japanese restaurants and bars).
3.Rub a polished stone or rose petals to appreciate their texture
4. Listen to soothing music
5.Sit outside and watch the clouds or listen to the birds sing
6. Eat your meals slowly to enjoy them more
7. Make a gratitude visit: write a letter to someone who has positively influenced your life and visit to read it to them
8. Recall a favorite memory and think about what you felt, saw, smelled and tasted during this moment
9. Look at old photos that bring you back to good times