When we think of self-care, we often picture luxurious vacations, expensive skincare products. But it doesnt have to be that way. Taking care of yourself doesnt have to cost you a fortune and several ideas can be game-changing if practised in our everyday lives. Self-care means different things to different people, but if you really probe into the origins of the phrase, it stands for anything that gives your mental and physical health a boost. To help you take better care of yourself, weve put together a list of easily doable self-care activities that will cost you nothing.Practising positive self-talkIt is the easiest thing in the world to put yourself down with negative thoughts. The worst part is that this practice can become a habit, leaving you glum, demotivated, and defeated. If you want to break out of this cycle, the easiest thing to do is to fight negativity with positive self-talk. If you dont know where to begin, just list three things you like about yourself and repeat them to yourself while looking in the mirror. This may seem a little awkward at first but over time, you will see the effects of this activity. Read about the power of giving yourself a high-five, here.Saying noThe other day, I read a quote that really made me think: By saying yes to things you dont want to do, youre saying no to future opportunities that you may want to be a part of. Declining something doesnt make you a bad person, it is an act of self-care that we all should partake in. Of course, there are deadlines and conversations and things to check up on but we live in a day and age where everything is urgent, overwhelming, and pressing. This is why it is important to maintain boundaries and prioritise things that matter to you. Do it right now so later, youre less stressed, more energetic, and generally well.Writing your to-do lists before bedThis is an easy way to get a head start on the next day. List out everything you have to do and then put it away. This will not only help you to sleep better but also prevent you from dwelling on things too much.Doing something creative, for funThink about the last time you did something because it brought you pure joy. It can be something like painting, dancing, drawing, making music, playing an instrument, anything! In the hustle-bustle of our everyday lives, we often tend to lose out on nurturing our passions. Working on something for fun and out of pure passionwithout the involvement of any electronic devicescan really nourish your mind and soul.Making a happiness jarThis one is my favourite activity ever. Begin by finding a medium-sized jar. On a piece of paper, write down one or two things that brought you happiness. You can be as detailed as you like. Fold it and put it in. On the days when youre feeling no-as-good, reach out for a note (or two!) from your happiness jar and I guarantee you, youll feel a rush of gratitude.