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10 Simple and Free Ways to Embrace Self-Care Every Day

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Self-care, often considered a millennial obsession, is so much more than treating yourself to a mani or splurging on a Kendall Jenner-approved furry new bag; it’s about caring for yourself in ways that help you live a happy, healthy, and productive life. Luckily, this kind of thing doesn’t require the cash you might spend to try a new trend or update your look. Not convinced? Read on for 10 simple self-care acts that don’t cost a thing.

1. Start each day with gratitude. Inspirational writer and illustrator Mari Andrew recently shared some of the best advice she’s been given on Twitter, and one of the brilliant points was, “We were never even promised that the world would still be here in the morning. Start with gratitude for this alone, and just keep counting.” Challenge yourself to come up with a single blessing each morning you wake up, and be intentional about recognizing acts of kindness and good things that happen during the rest of the day.

2. Make your bed. It might’ve seemed like something annoying you had to do when you were younger, but there’s something about getting into a made bed when you wind down at night that feels really relaxing. Take it a step further by warming your pillowcase or PJs in the dryer for a few minutes before you crawl under the covers.

3. Acknowledge something you appreciate about yourself. It’s easy to pick yourself apart or beat yourself up for what you haven’t done, but it’s critical to give yourself love and props for the things you like about yourself too. Treat yourself to a moment where you do nothing else but come up with something you appreciate about your existence. Were you a great friend today? Did you nourish your bod with a healthy breakfast? Do you love your work ethic? Acknowledge and appreciate whatever it is you’ve done well or love about yourself. You deserve it.

4. Meditate. Meditation doesn’t need to be long or intense; in fact, you can accomplish a solid session in a matter of moments. The Headspace app is perfect for newbies or seasoned pros, and basic breathing exercises can help you calm your mind while providing a daily dose of zen.

5. Take a walk. Nature is a proven mood booster, and walking is one of the best things you can do for your body. Treat yourself to a stroll around the block, a couple of laps around the neighborhood, or even some steps by the beach. You’ll enjoy benefits like increased focus and energy, improved blood flow, and stimulation from your change in surroundings.

6. Change your phone screen. Given the ample amount of time that we all spend on our phones, the picture we select for our lock-screen or background is something we see often. Switch yours up to remind you of a fun time you had recently, or someone you can’t wait to see soon.

7. Shift your perspective. Instead of thinking “I have to,” reframe your thought process to have an “I can” type of mentality. For example, rather than dreading a workout you “have to do,” get excited about your body’s strength and capabilities to complete it. Feeling overwhelmed by something at work? Find an “I can” opportunity in a big project or chance to learn something new. Not only will you save yourself stress and negative energy, but you’ll find appreciation for even the most tedious tasks.

8. See a sunset. Drop what you’re doing and head to a place where you can catch a clear view of the sunset. Winding down with a natural light show is sure to make you feel grateful, calm, and inspired. Ahh, bliss.

9. Update your pictures. Fill your home and workspace with photos that make you smile. As great as social sites and digital images are, displaying the printed versions of your favorite pics will make it easy to spruce up your desk, update your gallery wall, or round out the photo album you never finished. Looking at the people you care about will remind you how good it feels to love and be loved while inspiring you to text, call, or make plans with them.

10. Play your power jam. Music is powerful, so crank up your favorite song and bask in feeling all the feelings — even if you resort to a microphone hairbrush and dancing around your living room. Seems like the fun ends way too soon? Put that toe-tapper on repeat and let loose.

How do you show yourself love? Tweet us your favorite self-care rituals @BritandCo.

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Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)