Many people have a misconception about self-care. They think that they must have earned it. They feel that doing something good for themselves is excessive. Or that it seems extravagant. That’s the mindset I want to change today. Self-care is something you deserve. Everyone deserves it. It benefits all of us when we prioritize our own well-being. You can’t take care of others if your own well-being suffers. Let’s look at some free and low-cost ways you can take care of yourself.
Take some time off
Sometimes you just need a little time to yourself to rejuvenate. So why not treat yourself to some time off? Relax in your room with a nice cup of tea. Listen to some quiet music. Just sit quietly and think for a while. It’s a luxury we can all afford.
Waste some time
We often feel pressured to be productive all the time. Being busy is a sign of value and accomplishment. But it really doesn’t have to be. Just sitting back and doing nothing is important to recharge our batteries. Give yourself some downtime to do something frivolous, like watching your favorite show on Netflix, taking a nap, or just petting your cat. You’ve earned it.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, journaling can have a very therapeutic effect. It’s been proven that writing down what you’re grateful for has a positive effect on your well-being. It can also be very energizing to just have a brainstorm where you write down all the things that are on your mind. Writing down dreams for the future can inspire you and motivate you to action. Try it out.
Reach out to someone
Socializing is an important part of self-care. Even introverts benefit from interpersonal contact. Humans are not designed to be isolated. Pick up the phone and call a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while. Sit down and Skype with your favorite Internet friend. Better yet, meet up in person for a walk or a cup of coffee. Connecting with other people could be the spark you’ve been missing.
Change your perspective
A change of scenery can be a wonderful source of renewal, and it doesn’t have to cost much. Just taking a walk around your neighborhood can help if you’re not feeling well at home. If you can afford it, an inexpensive vacation to a nearby location for a day or two is a great change of pace. You’ll be surprised what this change of perspective can do for you.
These are just a few of the countless ways you can pamper yourself without spending a lot of money, but they may be just the push you need to explore this concept. You really deserve to spend time, energy, and effort on your own well-being.
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