We all need time to take a step back. Breathe. And reset ourselves. But in today’s, fast-paced, modern world, it’s easier said than done.
Self-care is defined as – taking action to preserve and improve one’s health – but sadly not enough of us are doing it. Denying yourself time out from the stresses and anxiety that modern life can bring will only have a negative impact on your mental and your physical health. Some believe that self-care is all about heading to expensive spa retreats and spending a small fortune – but believe it or not, you won’t need to spend all your gold dollar coins in order to spend some time on yourself.
Read on for 5 frugal ways to look after you!
Take a long hot bath
There’s very little that a soak in the tub won’t cure. If anything, it gives you a chance to listen to your own thoughts and rest and relax those aching muscles. Taking a long bath uninterrupted isn’t always easy – especially when you have kids at home! So find a time when they’re either at school or asleep to minimize the chances of you being interrupted. Light a candle or two, enjoy a glass of something cold, indulge in a body scrub or relax your muscles in a bath filled with Epsom salts or your favorite luxury bubble bath. Try listening to a podcast, or some sounds of nature, or if you prefer – enjoy the peace and quiet.
Do something cultural
We’d all like a little more culture in our lives, right? Well, why not visit your local museum or art gallery and indulge yourself? They’re usually free or request a small donation. The thoughtful silence in an art gallery allows you to be alone with your own thoughts, the beautiful displays are a welcome distraction from all that is causing you stress and worry. Visiting your local museum gives you a chance to learn more about your local area and exercising your brain, taking on new information and learning new facts makes you feel good!
Create a list – about you!
What are your most valuable assets? What do you love most about your body? Or your personality? What are your most valuable achievements to date? Being a mother? Passing your driving test? Overcoming a really stressful situation? The list is possibly endless! Write down facts about yourself and revel in them.
Clutter is stressful. It looks awful and can quickly become overwhelming. Well, decluttering your home (a room at a time is recommended) will be like lifting a weight from your shoulders. Get rid of anything that doesn’t make you feel good, or you no longer need. Sell items on eBay or through social media or donate items to charity.
Call a loved one
When we do get the chance to speak to loved ones, it’s often digital. So, why not call them instead and tell them you love them? Hearing the voice of someone you love will make you feel incredibly warm and happy inside. It’s also incredibly comforting and will banish those feelings of isolation and anxiety.
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