30 Ways To Practice Self-Care On A Budget

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In the media, self-care often goes hand in hand with “treating yourself.” Unfortunately, once a wellness trend becomes popular, it runs the risk of becoming productized. Self-care has now become synonymous with spending exorbitant amounts of money on luxurious products, all in the name of self-love.

Self-care doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank. It’s about consistent acts of self-service. For some, that could mean spending $11 on a turmeric latte at Erehwon (whoops), and for others, it could mean getting in a few extra steps in the morning. And that’s OK. Self-care looks different on everyone. Ultimately, it’s about listening to your body and creating space for yourself.

No matter what self-care means to you, there’s one thing we’re certain of: it shouldn’t put you into a financial bind. If you’re on a budget, you’re still worthy of feeling special. And actually, small, daily acts of kindness can go a long way to help manage your general well-being. So, without further ado, here’s a list of 30 ways to practice self-care while on a budget.

  1. Make your bed.

  2. Call someone you haven’t talked to in 6 months.

  3. Pick some flowers.

  4. *Actually* floss.

  5. Repeat “I’ll be fine” until you believe it.

  6. Play with clay.

  7. Pick up that hobby you’re thinking about.

  8. Get a trim.

  9. Take the stairs.

  10. Splash cold water on your face.

  11. Turn off email notifications.

  12. Better yet, totally silence your phone (including vibration).

  13. Take a walk during your next phone meeting.

  14. Wake up 10 minutes earlier, and meditate.

  15. Donate clothes you haven’t used in 12 months.

  16. Watch the clouds shape-shift.

  17. Scream in the shower.

  18. Write down the negative thought you’re having, and then physically tear it up.

  19. Articulate 5 things you’re grateful for.

  20. Boycott social media for *gasp* 36 hours.

  21. Put on your favorite song, and dance it out.

  22. Make tea.

  23. Eat breakfast.

  24. Write a haiku.

  25. Re-organize your room.

  26. Plant a seed. Literally.

  27. Give yourself an oil massage.

  28. Make a needed doctor’s appointment.

  29. Hold a pencil between your teeth.

  30. Look in the mirror, and give yourself a high fucking five.