It’s not always easy to find cheap ways to relax after a long day. Sometimes it’s hard to find the time to really treat yourself, and other times it’s ridiculously expensive! If you’re looking for cost-friendly ways to relax after a long day, you’ve come to the right place! Whether you decide to relax with a nice bath or simply by zoning out with your favorite music, there’s something on this list to help you de-stress after your next long day!
1. Give Yourself a Manicure and Pedicure
Everyone loves a good manicure and pedicure to de-stress after a long week. Whether you don’t want to spend the money or don’t have the time to get a manicure or pedicure at the nail salon, that doesn’t mean that you have to forgo a manicure and pedicure altogether! Rather than go to the salon, give yourself a manicure and pedicure at home! It's one of the easiest ways to relax after a long day. It takes less time, saves more money, and will relax you in no time!
2. Take a Bath
If you’re a bath person, you know that there’s nothing quite as relaxing as a soak in the tub. You can add a bunch of different scents, oils, and soaps, but if you don’t have those on hand, you can even simply add baby oil or anything else you have lying around your house. You don’t have to make it an elaborate affair to relax!
3. Act like a Kid
Regression, strangely enough, is always pretty relaxing. Do something that you loved to do as a kid. Listen to your favorite music from that time. Play your favorite game from your childhood. Whatever you loved as a kid will help relax you and get your mind off whatever’s been stressing you out. I’ve found that “going back in time,” so to speak, is one of the easiest ways to relax when I’m really stressed.
4. Make the Perfect Playlist
Make the perfect playlist for your mood. Whether you want to get up and dance around to happy music, or simply listen to some of your favorite acoustic music, pick music that will relax you. Spend an hour or two listening to your perfect playlist, and you’ll be relaxed in no time!
5. Try Yoga
You don’t have to go to a yoga class to try yoga, especially if you don’t have the time. When you’re super busy, it can feel like you barely have time to breathe, let alone try out a new hobby. Never fear, though, because the Internet can help you out with this one. Try some less strenuous yoga exercises and poses from the comfort of your own home to relax and decompress. Be careful about which poses you try, though. Without the help of an instructor, you may injure yourself. Stick to simpler and more common poses if you can’t find time to take a class!
Just because you don’t have time for a nap doesn’t mean that you can’t quickly relax. Take a quick nap when you find a few extra minutes. To get the most out of your power nap, it should be between ten and twenty minutes. Seriously, you only need to find ten or twenty minutes in your day to get a little boost of energy!
7. Read and Write
Reading has always been a super easy way to shut your mind off, but there’s also something incredibly relaxing about writing. It can shut your mind off even on your craziest days. Putting the two together is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to de-stress, and fast.
How do you de-stress after a long day? When I’m really stressed, I love playing my favorite childhood games. It reminds me of simpler times and relaxes me instantly! Let me know what you do in the comments!