Sometimes you need a break from your routine to feel rejuvenated and boost your mood. Treating yourself doesn’t need to involve an expensive night out or a fancy spa day. Inexpensive indulgences can have a big impact on your happiness and well-being. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, spend some time on your self-care and give yourself some love.
Whether you have time for a full day of revitalizing activities, or only 30 minutes, our list of inexpensive ways to treat yourself has something for everyone.
Make a special dinner at home.
It’s cheaper than a fancy restaurant and you can go all out – tablecloth, candles, and fancy dishes. Our Precision Pro Food Thermometer will ensure that your dinner is cooked to perfection.
Soak in the tub.
Take a long, indulgent bubble bath. Dim the lights, play your favorite music and drift away into a state of total relaxation.
Watch funny videos on YouTube.
Laughing is great way to reduce tension. Whether you watch your favorite comedian, pet, or kid videos, you’ll feel more relaxed afterwards.
Visit a local museum or gallery.
Spend some time looking at art. If there isn’t anything close to home, check out Google Arts and Culture. They have art from venues such as The Met in New York City and The Tate in London.
Give yourself a mini back massage.
Grab a tennis ball and stand near the wall. Place the tennis ball near where you are experiencing tension, lean back against the ball, and move gently letting the ball massage away tension. You can also do this lying on the floor.
Take a hike.
Hit a local park or hiking trail and spend the day exploring. Even local hikes require you to carry basics like water, snacks, first-aid and a flashlight. The smallest TravelWise Packing Cubes make it easy to stay organized, and they fit neatly into a backpack.
Have a movie marathon.
Make popcorn, cuddle up on the couch and spend the afternoon or evening watching your favorite movies.
Indulge in your favorite beverage.
Treat yourself to your favorite beverage. Try these easy DIY recipes for your favorite coffee drink, hot chocolate, or smoothie.
Enjoy breakfast in bed.
It feels decadent and special to enjoy breakfast in the comfort of your own bed. Easy Homemade Waffles take just 15 minutes to prepare, and they are perfect for an indulgent breakfast in bed.
Hit the local library.
Browse the stacks for new ideas or old favorites. Spend some time reading just for the pleasure of it.
Don’t wait for a special occasion. Enjoy your favorite treat in the middle of the day for no apparent reason. Need some healthier recipes? Check out our blog for Healthy Valentine’s Day Recipes, Toasted Coconut Macadamia Chocolate Bars and many other healthy treats.
Spend time outdoors.
When the weather is nice, go sit in your yard or visit the local park. Read a book or simply admire your surroundings.
Go to a matinee.
Check out when the local movie theater has half-price matinees and treat yourself to that movie you’ve wanted to see.
Make chocolate fondue.
Take a nap.
A twenty minute nap will have you feeling refreshed. Put on your softest pajamas for an extra comforting treat.
Learn something new.
Go to a local lecture or take an online class in something that interests you. Sites like Coursera offer free courses from top rated universities.
Make a playlist.
Create a playlist of songs that make you happy and listen to it while relaxing.
Take an afternoon off.
We often use our free time to run errands and tend unfinished business. Instead, clear your schedule and do something fun.
Explore your neighborhood.
Be a tourist in your own neighborhood. Check out the free and inexpensive offerings.
Take a yoga class.
Yoga can be relaxing and rejuvenating. Your gym probably offers classes and some studios even offer donation based classes.
What is your favorite inexpensive way to treat yourself? Tweet it to us @EatSmartScales.
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