Four Low-Cost Ways to Pamper Yourself

Need a break? Instead of doing chores this weekend, pamper yourself—you’ve earned it. Here are a few simple ways to relax and recharge.

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Dip into a hobby

Hobbies are an excellent way to unwind, according to the American Institute of Stress. For instance, Tessa Morrell, an editorial manager in Nashville, Tenn., says art is her favorite way to relax.

“Creating art can be really therapeutic,” she says. “Sometimes I’ll just paint for the sake of painting with no direction or goal in mind.”

Read a book

Instead of watching TV or surfing the Internet, curl up with a book. The mental escape helps you forget your worries and keep your mind sharp. Like to talk about books? Join a book club to interact with others and discover new authors.

Spend time with friends

Remember how good it felt the last time you hung out with friends? If you can’t remember, you’re overdue for a reunion. Have lunch with a friend, invite people over for a game night or meet a pal at the mall for retail therapy.

“If I can get out of the house, a lunch date with girlfriends is always great,” says Jennifer Parker, a stay-at-home mother of two from Murfreesboro, Tenn.

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Take a hike

The wind in your hair, the sound of birds singing and the sight of spring blossoms make hiking a pleasure. As a bonus, the physical activity can relieve stress, improve mental function and make you feel better about yourself, according to the American Psychological Association. Double the fun by inviting a friend.

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