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6 Ways to Treat Yourself (That Do not Involve Money or Food)

It is not hard to think of great ways to treat yourself. Many options exist in addition to massage in Newport News as we are surrounded by many options across the cities. If you can't find an option here, you can always find something in Hampton, Norfolk, or Virginia Beach. A great way to relax is to come in for a spa or go out to a fancy dinner, but many other ways exist as well. Many options for self care no not cost money. And with all the parks and beaches around, many options exist to find some peace and serenity close by most peoples houses.

Many articles I read about self-care cause me to roll my eyes and think, "Who can afford that?" I'm all about realistic self-care. That is, activities that are not expensive do not involve food, and will make you feel good about how you spent that time. Here is a list of my favorites (bonus: most of these you can do with kids). Meditate, the easy way If you are the kind of person who cannot sleep during the day, napping can be more like torture. However, guided meditation is a whole other story. It gives your mind something (easy) to do so the rest of you can relax a bit. There are plenty of free, guided meditations online. Check out the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center website and the free version of the Headspace app, which has plenty of options to get you started. Read a book When was the last time you read for pleasure? Even if you cannot get to your library, there are plenty of free eBooks on Amazon, and your local library may have a free online borrowing program. Alternatively, reread some of your favorite books from childhood if you have them hanging around. Learn something If you choose the topic right, learning is great self-care. Pick a topic for FUN. Do not feel like you need to learn something pertinent to your work or a current hobby. Check out Coursera, MIT, or Harvard to start. (But there are PLENTY of sources for free online classes, do your searching, too!) Draw Bust out a piece of paper and draw something. Even if you do not have fancy pencils or crayons or markers, you can play with shading and pressure and make something cool. There are plenty of free coloring pages you can download and print out. YouTube Karaoke For nearly every song out there, there is a karaoke accompaniment channel on YouTube. For reals. Crank it up and let 'er rip. You are a stress-free superstar now. And when all else fails: Nap Put your jammies on and take a nap in your bed. Not all jammed up on the couch with the TV on. Close the shades in your bedroom and hunker down for a night of proper sleep. There. You do not have to spend money or fill your belly to feel great and treat yourself, Ill!

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