Lots of people get the wrong idea about self-care. They think they have to be deserving of it. They feel like it’s splurging to do something good for yourself. It can seem extravagant. I’d like to change that mindset today. Self-care is something you deserve. Everyone does. It benefits us all, along with those around us, when we put our own well-being at the forefront. You can’t take care of others when your own well-being is suffering. Let’s take a look at some free and low-cost ways you can care for yourself.
Take a Time Out
Sometimes just a little bit of alone time is all you need to feel rejuvenated. So why not give yourself a time out? Shut the bedroom door behind you with a nice cup of tea. Listen to some soothing music. Be still and try not to think for a bit. It’s a luxury we all can afford.
Waste Some Time
We often feel pressured to be productive all the time. Being busy is a sign of worth and accomplishment. However, it really doesn’t have to be that way. Just kicking back and doing nothing is important to recharging our batteries. Let yourself have some down time to do something frivolous like binging on your favorite show, taking a power nap or taking your dog for a nice, refreshing walk to the park. You deserve it.
Do Some Writing
Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, journaling can be a very therapeutic activity. Jotting down what you’re grateful for has been proven to be beneficial to well-being. It can also be energizing to simply do a brain dump in which you write down all the things that are floating around in your head. Writing down dreams and aspirations will inspire and motivate you to take action. Give it a try.
Reach Out to Someone
Socializing [when it is safe] is a crucial part of self-care. Even introverts benefit from interpersonal connection. Humans aren’t meant to be isolated. Make an effort to call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while. Do FaceTime or Zoom with your family across the pond. Meeting up in person for a walk together or a cup of coffee is even better. Connecting to others might just provide the spark you’ve been missing.
Change Your Perspective
A change of scenery can be a wonderful source of renewal and it doesn’t have to cost a lot. Heading out to walk in your neighborhood might help when you’re feeling stir-crazy at home, especially during these times. If and when it's safe to do so, a low-cost staycation to a nearby locale for a day or two is a fun way to switch things up. You’ll be surprised what this change of perspective can do for you.
While these are just a few of the countless ways you can indulge in self-care without spending much money, it's the jumpstart you need to begin exploring this concept. You do deserve to spend time, energy and effort on your own well-being. Get out there!