30 Ways To Practice Self-Care On A Budget
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. After reading this timely and thought provoking piece on practicing self-care by Girlboss, we were inspired to create a list of our own.
So, without further ado, here’s a list of our 30 favorite ways to practice self-care while on a budget.
Make your bed.
Call someone you haven’t talked to in 6 months.
Pick some flowers.
Repeat “I’ll be fine” until you believe it.
Play with clay.
Pick up that hobby you’re thinking about.
Get a trim.
Take the stairs.
Turn off email notifications.
Better yet, totally silence your phone (including vibration).
Take a walk during your next phone meeting.
Donate clothes you haven’t used in 12 months.
Watch the clouds shape-shift.
Scream in the shower.
Write down the negative thought you’re having, and then physically tear it up.
Articulate 5 things you’re grateful for.
Boycott social media for *gasp* 36 hours.
Put on your favorite song, and dance it out.
Write a haiku.
Re-organize your room.
Plant a seed. Literally.
Make a needed doctor’s appointment.
Look in the mirror, and give yourself a high fucking five.