It’s been a long winter and a long year amid this pandemic. Celebrate getting through the madness of the past year and the coming of spring with some much-needed self-care.
Now, self-care doesn’t have to be what you see on social media. Really, it’s whatever helps you feel relaxed and loved. And it doesn’t mean that you have to indulge in massages, fancy products, or anything else that’s outside your safe realm, either. Keep reading to learn how to practice self-care on a budget—you don’t want to miss it!
Spend Some Intentional Time Outside
Springtime means warmer weather and the smell of renewal. Take some time out of your day to let go of stress and let in some fresh air. When we refer to intentionality, we mean the walk to and from your car doesn’t count. Instead, take a walk with the kiddos around the block.
If you can, leave your phone at home and spend some time walking in the sunshine. Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving it at home, keep it in your pocket and simply enjoy the sounds and sights around you!
Give Yourself Some At-Home Spa Time
As stated, self-care doesn’t have to be synonymous with spending loads on spa days. But that doesn’t mean you can’t give yourself an affordable at-home spa day! If you love manicures, then one of the best ways to save money is to do your own—and it can really help wind you down as well. Here are some other great at-home spa ideas:
- A candlelit bubble bath (no technology allowed!)
- An at-home facial mask
- An at-home massage (the kids might be better at this than you’d think!)
Cuddle With Loved Ones
Whether it’s your partner or your kiddos, sometimes all we need is some snuggle time with the ones we love. Maybe it’s an end-of-the-workday hug or an after-dinner show and cuddle, but either way, touch often triggers serotonin in our bodies. So get cuddly to reduce at least a bit of your stress!
Start Saying “No”
Okay, this is a big one, and it’s probably the “cheapest” self-care out there! Honestly, the list of how to practice self-care on a budget could solely say, “Start saying no,” and you’d still be way ahead of the curve. The time and effort we spend on doing things we don’t really want to do significantly impact our happiness, presence, and balance.
If you find yourself stressed consistently, ask yourself what you can say no to. Chances are, there are quite a few things. Not to get all Marie Kondo, but if it doesn’t spark joy, then maybe it’s not something you need to do.
Practice Some Self-Compassion
Our last little tip for self-care on a budget has to do with how we speak to ourselves. As we’ve said, self-care isn’t just about spending money on luxury items. Instead, it’s about taking some time to be kind to yourself, and that starts with what you say when you look in the mirror.
If you’re tearing yourself up throughout the day, start practicing some self-compassion. If you mess up, say, “I’m still worthy.” Practice self-affirming statements. Be kind to yourself like you’re kind to your kids. It makes a world of difference!