Self-care can sound expensive and luxurious, and many might think of a spa or a get-away when they hear the word. But self-care is much more than treating yourself to things. It’s about taking care of yourself, your body, and your mind.
Self-care doesn’t have to be a big deal. In fact, it shouldn’t. It should be something we have integrated into our lives. For our health. For our personal sustainability. Just carving out a few minutes a day can make a big difference, so don’t feel that it isn’t for you just because you can’t consecrate an hour a day to meditate or go to the yoga studio.
If you feel like you really don’t have time to spare (I mean we all have busy lives) think about if there is anything you could prioritize differently? Maybe you could save up some time during the week by prepping your food on Sunday. Or maybe you could skip 10 minutes of Netflix or Instagram time to meditate? Just focusing on your breathing can make a huge difference, and that is something you can integrate whenever during your day. Just by taking a few deep breaths, all the way down to the belly.
So now that you’ve found some time, here are some small ideas of cheap (but still pretty luxurious) self-care you can do at home:
- Take a warm bath or shower
- Do yoga (I love Yoga with Adriene YouTube channel)
- Take a nap
- Put on a face mask
- Paint your nails
- Read a book
- Turn off your electronics
- Meditate (here I’ve shared some favorite apps for meditation)
- Massage (either doing it yourself or having someone massage you)
- Gratitude journal
How do you make sure to take care of yourself?