19 Ways to Feel Good Now That Cost Absolutely Nothing

One of the most common questions I get from women is, “How do I break out of a rut?” Life is constantly throwing us curve balls, presenting challenges, and testing our sanity. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in a sea of stress and discontent, but there are also very powerful ways to battle those obstacles and not only keep your cool – but feel great despite what is happening around you.

The other day while on the train, I made a quick list on my phone of ways to feel better that cost absolutely nothing. While we’d all love to be able to book a weekend getaway to St. Barts or get a weekly massage at the Four Seasons, its not always possible financially. And honestly? Those things don’t always do the trick. There are deeper, more powerful ways to feel good that go beyond material items. So I came up with 19 totally free ways to feel good now. And the best part is many of these things will also help someone else, too.

So, here we go. No more excuses. Here are my 19 ways to feel good now (for free):

Perform a random act of kindness

Take a walk in nature without your phone

Sign up to volunteer for a cause that is special to you

Exercise (walk, run, hike outdoors, run up and down the stairs)

Take a hot bath (add rose petals if you have flowers around!)

Call an old friend

Make a meal from scratch from items in your pantry


Write a new vision for your life

List 8 things you’re thankful for

Blast music and dance around your house

Write yourself a love letter

Reach out to someone to see if they need support/help

Make 3 meaningful promises to yourself

Give yourself a massage


Pick a book off your shelves that you’ve been meaning to read and start it

Make yourself a hot cup of tea with honey

Write a poem

Feel free to try any of my suggestions, or create your own list! Remember, we hold the keys to our mind. Be sure you are unlocking your best self, choosing your thoughts wisely, and always walking in your power. You’ve got this!

*Image courtesy of We Heart It*

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  • Kimberly Cram

    I am addicted to Cara’s zest for life and her glamorously simple tips for leading a happy, successful, fulfilling life! πŸ’—πŸΎ

    • caraalwill

      Thank you Kimberly! xoxox

  • Rena

    I love your list! I would like to add to “write yourself a love letter” …. Write yourself a love letter and read it out loud! It’s an incredible feeling. If you get stuck and don’t know what to write, ask some of your closest friends to pick three words to describe you. Then add those words to describe yourself and read it out loud! πŸ™‚

    • caraalwill

      Love that addition πŸ™‚

  • Suni

    Love ALL of this. Thank you!!

    • caraalwill

      You are so welcome! xo

  • Yvonne

    Love these suggestions! πŸ’œ As always, thank you!

    • caraalwill

      You are welcome! Thanks for stopping by! xo

  • Shirley

    I am so happy I used my Audible credit to listen to your book Girl Code πŸ™‚ It was such an inspiring book and lead me to your just as inspiring blog. TWO BIG thumbs up to you Cara for continuing to express your positivity and love for life all the while helping us ladies do the same xoxo

    • caraalwill

      Thanks so much, Shirley! I’m happy you used that credit too πŸ˜‰ Glad you’re here xoxo

  • Natasha

    Wonderful suggestions Cara! Bubble baths, with candles and some relaxing music is one of my favorite ways to unwind. It’s amazing how taking time for yourself can reset your mood when you’re feeling in a funk.

    • caraalwill

      Right!? It’s so important to remember that there is always a way out and UP! Glad you enjoyed the post! xo

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