The Self-Care Guide for Lazy People

Does a 90-minute vinyasa class or baking a loaf of sourdough from scratch count as self-care? Sure. But if your vibe is slightly more laid-back (guilty), here are some more low-maintenance—but just as valuable—ways to treat yourself. (Because you totally deserve it.)

25 Totally Free Ways to Practice Self-Care

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Keep A One-word Journal

Who has the time to write a lengthy entry every day about your innermost thoughts and dreams? Ugh, not us. Instead, we’re all about one-word journaling, the low-key ritual where you pick a word that captures the spirit of your day—no other requirements or restrictions. Simple.

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Do A Two-minute Stretch

Let’s be honest: The best part of a workout is that delicious stretch at the end. So, in the name of self-care, we’re skipping the exercise part and going straight to the good stuff. Here’s an easy stretch that will elongate your spine and feel ah-mazing. (But chilling out in child’s pose is also totally acceptable.)

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Call Your Best Friend

You and your squad text on a regular basis, but next time you’re walking to an appointment or waiting for the bus, pick up the phone for a quick chat with your bestie. It’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face and make a typically-dull activity way more fun.

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Put On A Sheet Mask

Bring the spa to you with a pampering (and low-effort) sheet mask. Slip it on, pour yourself a glass of wine and turn on the latest episode of The Handmaid’s Tale. Then congratulate yourself on reaching peak nirvana.

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Purge Your Instagram

Your old high school classmate who can’t let a day go by without posting an inspirational quote? Delete. That ultra-toned, six-packed stranger who loves posting #workoutselfies? Gotta go. Instapurging will make you feel so much better about your feed life.

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Do Nothing

Just sit on the couch and chill. Maybe take a nap. Or you know, don’t. You do you.

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Alexia Dellner

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Alexia Dellner is an executive editor at PureWow who has over ten years of experience covering a broad range of topics including health, wellness, travel, family, culture and...
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