This life can be a lot. We need to look after ourselves and it’s important to work a self-care routine into your daily, weekly or monthly routine. When someone once said to me: “I need to be selfish.” A part of me immediately dismissed this notion but over time I started to think on it and they were right – prioritising yourself is key because you can’t give from a proverbial empty cup.
Self-care is an essential part of our well being. It’s important to pay attention to yourself as it helps you to feel more connected to yourself and those around you. Here are some budget-friendly self-care tips:
Unwind – tea makes it all ok – add some lemon and mint and some delish biscuits and you’re good to go.
Escape – my budget doesn’t allow for weekends away so I’ve chosen the more affordable way – I read.
Mediate – I find this one challenging. It’s hard for me to quieten the mind but if you can take a few minutes each day to reflect, it all adds up.
Pamper – painting my nails while binge-watching series is a nice way to treat myself. From soaking, to scrubbing then moisturising my hands and feet – it’s really the little things.
Treat – a good glass of red, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate and spicy snacks are my go to after an exhausting day.
Write – ever since grade 6 English class, I’ve been keeping a journal. Writing helps me to ‘talk’ about my feelings without any judgement. I also love reading back past entries and giggle about some of the crazy things I’ve overcome.
Record – count your blessings. In 2017 I read about keeping a ‘good things’ jar and I started one that year. Each time something good happens, I write it on a sticky note and place it in the jar – when the year ends I’ll open it up and look back at all the lovely things that have happened.
Listen – music is an amazing way to help lift the spirit. Despite the mood I’m in, when certain songs come through the speakers, I immediately feel good.
Unplug – switch the phone off, go outside and watch the clouds float by.
When self-care becomes part of your routine, you’ll feel less stressed; you become happier and are able to deal with situations more positively. Luckily good vibes are contagious so the people around you will be grateful too.