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Escape from It All — Without Spending a Dime

By August 27, 2019Well-being
A woman sits in a chair with a cup of coffee, gazing out the window

Full of stress but low on cash? Don’t fret, here are three ways you can recharge your batteries, for free, without ever leaving town. Try them over a weekend or make them part of your every-day life, either way, you’ll reduce your overall stress levels, which in turn will boost your productivity, mood, and immune function.

Unplug (Yes, It Will Really Help Recharge Your Batteries!)

Nothing messes with your ability to relax quite like technology, and while completely powering off all your devices for a weekend probably isn’t possible, consider shutting down for short periods of time or turning off unnecessary notifications. Once you’re successfully off the grid, look around and take advantage of the museums in Philly with free admission and the top free attractions in Philly — and enjoy the moment without having to capture it or tweet about it.

Sleep Late, Nap Often

The health benefits of sleep are indisputable, from improving memory, to unlocking creativity, to enhancing mood. Good sleep is essential to good health! And research has shown that a combination of naps and night sleep can help your body recover after a week of poor sleep.

Make a point of going to bed early, sleeping in, or napping this weekend. If you struggle with falling asleep, try these tips and tools, and you should be sawing wood in no time.

Free Your Endorphins

Endorphins are the chemicals in your brain that reduce the effects of stress and make you feel happy. Take a look at these every-day activities that release endorphins and can help you relax.

  • Just about anything — from walking, to interval training, to tai chi — will do the job. Need some help finding an activity? Check out the #FearlessFit events happening throughout the Philadelphia region.
  • Make your next meal a happy meal with 8 foods that help fight stress.
  • Getting a back rub. Even though someone else is doing all the work, you’ll reap all the benefits. Just lie there and relax (until it’s your turn to return the favor).

How do you unwind, recharge your batteries, or reboot when you’re short on time or money?


Sheila Perlick

I am a copywriter at IBX as well as a spouse, parent, dog owner, and kind of meh cook. Just like a lot of people, I am always looking for ways to make my day-to-day life easier so I can spend more time with family, sneak in a little more exercise, and (hopefully) get more sleep.