Self-care on any budget is possible. In fact, most acts of self-care don’t cost a thing. Self-care is simply the practice of treating yourself with enough respect that you honor and fulfill your own needs as they arise. Self-care isn’t something that you can just put off until you have more time or money. Your brain, body, family and self-esteem suffer when you don’t take the time to tune into your needs. It’s not selfish, it’s necessary. So try one these 5 ways to care for yourself.
1. Designate some tech-free time every day.
It’s so freeing to stop communicating via the Internet or playing with our phones. Even if we need these tools for work etc, there will be opportunities to put technology down for a while and simply be with what is happening right in front of you. Go for a walk, meditate or focus on the dishes that’ve been piling up. Whatever you do, don’t tweet about it!
This is something we can easily allow to slip away as adults. Whether it’s a board game, sports, finger painting or even having a good old water gun fight–have some fun!
3. Keep a gratitude journal.
Listing things that you’re grateful for is a great way of keeping yourself positive and grounded. You can buy some pretty cool journals online or you can DIY one for cheap. Heck, there’s even tons of smartphone apps that’ll help you track your daily gratitude too, like Gratitude Journal and Thankful.
4. Schedule weekly me time.
We all say we’re going to make time for ourselves, but actually squeezing in time can be quite difficult. We suggest having a weekly pamper session (candles, face masks, music and a good read are musts haves!) and treating it like any other appointment. You can even re-watch your favorite episode of a TV show on Netflix – (I love re-watching episodes of Broad City…hilarious!) But whatever you do, put it on the calendar, and don’t cancel on yourself! To keep costs low search for Pinterest recipes for a DIY at-home facial.
Are there people in your life who refuse to respect your boundaries or are regularly unfair, rude, manipulative or aggressive towards you? If so, then it’s probably time to consider how the relationship is affecting you and whether you can improve things. If not, you might even have to say some goodbyes. Sometimes people just can’t get along, no matter what, and even partners and best friends can change. It’s sad, but it’s true.
What way do you plan to unwind and take time for yourself? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @dashaguyton
“The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself.” ― Steve Maraboli