INSIDE: Self-care doesn’t have to be expensive. There are plenty of things you can do to make your wellbeing more of a priority that are either cheap or free. And in this post, I’m sharing five of my favourite cheap and easy self-care ideas that you can try today. Want to know what they are? Keep reading!
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Self-care doesn’t have to be expensive…
It’s a common misconception that in order to indulge in self-care we have to spend a lot of money. That we have to book ourselves into some fancy spa for the day or head off on a week-long yoga retreat. But that’s simply not the case.
Truth is, self-care doesn’t have to cost a thing. There are literally hundreds of ways to practice self-care that either cost very little or are totally free.
And so, in today’s post, I’m busting the myth that self-care is expensive by sharing five of my favourite cheap and easy self-care ideas. Five inexpensive and totally affordable ways that you can take care of yourself today – whether you’re on a budget or not.
If you think that you need a lot of money to invest in your self-care or you’re looking for some cheap and easy ways to practice a little self-love, this post is for you. After reading it, you’ll know exactly how to indulge in a little self-care WITHOUT having to break the bank!
Five cheap and easy self-care ideas…
#1. | Taking time out
The first on my list of cheap and easy self-care ideas is taking time out. Why? Because sometimes, all we need to feel rejuvenated is a little time out. To step away from all the hustle and bustle and lock ourselves away somewhere quiet so that we can just sit and think.
Just like sleeping on it before making a decision, taking time out gives us space to breathe and regroup. Especially if you’re an introvert like me.
Taking time out to spend time by myself is the quickest and easiest way for me to feel calmer and refreshed. Sometimes curling up in the chair in my bedroom with a cup of herbal tea does the trick, other times I’ll lay on my bed and just listen to music.
No matter how busy your day – or how tight money might be, taking time out is a luxury we can all afford. If you’ve never done it before, try giving yourself some time out and see how much better you feel.
Lock yourself in your room with a cup of tea next time your child goes down for their afternoon nap. Create a playlist of your favourite songs and spend 30 minutes listening to it when you get in from work. Or simply just sit still and allow yourself to be with your thoughts.
#2. | Waste some time
There’s so much pressure for us to be productive. That to feel accomplished and worthy we have to be ‘busy’ all the time. To be constantly doing and never stop. But it doesn’t have to be that way if we don’t want it to. Sometimes it’s nice to just kick back and do absolutely nothing. To waste time and not feel guilty about doing it.
Turning off the TV might be a sure-fire way to get more done but do you know what? Sometimes, it’s okay to spend three hours on Netflix binge-watching your favourite show too. Or to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon watching movies instead of rushing here, there and everywhere.
Some of my favourite weekends have been spent doing just that. No housework, running errands, shopping or DIY. Just watching movies with my boys or trying to beat one another to first place on our favourite PS4 racing game.
We all need time to recharge our batteries and wasting time is a great way to do it. Watch that movie, go take a nap, take the dog for a walk or sit and pet your cat. You deserve it!
#3. | Do some writing
Another of my cheap and easy self-care ideas is journaling. Whether you’ve never tried it before or you don’t consider yourself a writer, journaling can be a very therapeutic activity. And it’s probably one of my most favourite ways to practice self-care.
A great way to get to know yourself better, writing down your thoughts – especially the things you’re grateful for can be incredibly beneficial to your well-being. Studies show that not only can journaling reduce anxiety and stress but it can help you sleep better too.
Whenever I’ve been journaling for a few days in a row, I definitely find this to be the case. Not only is it easier for me to get to sleep but I wake up feeling more refreshed too.
Jotting down your thoughts – also known as a mind dump – can be incredibly freeing. Writing down your dreams for the future can inspire and motivate you to take action. And journaling about whatever is bothering or overwhelming you can help you figure out what you need to do to resolve things.
Try fitting a little journaling time into your day. It doesn’t have to be long, just five minutes at the beginning or the end of the day is enough. You can even buy Five Minute Journals like these to help you do just that.
#4. | Reach out to someone
Now I know you’re probably not expecting to see reaching out to others on a list of cheap and easy self-care ideas but socialising with others is a crucial part of self-care. By nature, us humans are social creatures. We’re not meant to be isolated. And as much as the introvert in me likes to hide away and regroup by myself, I know that I also need interaction with others in order to feel rejuvenated.
And you do too.
If you’ve been feeling a little lost lately, connecting with others might just be the spark you need to feel better. Pick up the phone and call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while. Or sit down and FaceTime one of your online buddies. Better still, meet up in person and go for a coffee or walk together.
Make reaching out to someone a regular thing. Build it into your month or your week. Have a monthly coffee date and when you say goodbye get a date in your diary for the following month so you can keep the momentum going.
#5. | Get a change of scenery
The final of my cheap and easy self-care activities is to get a change of scenery. It can be a great source of renewal and you don’t have to spend a lot to get it. No travelling to far and distant lands or expensive holidays are required. Just a simple walk in a different part of your neighbourhood can be enough to do the trick.
Always visit the same beach or forest or walk the same route each time? Drive to the next town and try a different one. Or try being a tourist in your own town and visit places you’ve never been to before. Have a favourite coffee shop? Try a small, independent local café instead. Drive the same route home each day? Choose an alternative or opt for the country route home instead of the motorway.
A change of scenery can freshen things up and add a little spice to your life. What can you do to add a change of scenery this week? Write it down and do it! And if you can afford it, why not treat yourself to a small low-cost staycation for a couple of days too. Pick a place not far from home, hire a cottage, pack a bag, throw it in the car and head off to somewhere new for the weekend. You’ll be amazed by what a small change of scenery does for your wellbeing.
Cheap and easy self-care ideas…
There you have it – five of my favourite cheap and easy self-care ideas! All of which can be easily fitted into your daily routine without having to take the day off or hire a babysitter. These are just a few of the many ways to indulge in self-care without spending too much money. There are countless other ways too – you just need to get a little creative.
If you’ve always thought that self-care has to be expensive, hopefully, they’ve busted the myth for you. Consider them your jumpstart to exploring low-cost self-care. You deserve to spend time, energy and effort on your own well-being and as you can see from these cheap and easy self-care ideas, they don’t have to cost a fortune!
That’s it for this post! What’s your favourite cheap and easy way to practice self-care? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…
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