A Self-Care Routine for the Most Serious Budgets
Trying to find a self-care routine and squeeze it into your budget can be difficult. Especially when you need it the most: after the holidays and in the full-blown winter.
It seems that we get pulled in every direction while the to-do list gets longer and longer. Not only that, but the to-do list has a dollar sign attached to most of them. Needless to say, stress is higher during this time of the year.
If you find yourself in the after-holiday-before-spring slump, get comfy. Today, you'll get to explore new ways to take care yourself while keeping your budget happy. All of these to-dos are free! These are all winter-hermit friendly too, so do them in the comforts of your warm home! No need to start the car!
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Reading taps into your natural inquisitive mind. Be it a fiction novel or a self-help, your mind craves to learn something out the normal routine. Reading is also one of those rare hobbies that let you completely immerse yourself in the act of doing it.
After a long day, allowing yourself some quiet time with a few articles, magazines, or if you have a book you’ve been meaning to jump in can help round out the day. Take that time to unplug for the day and turn your thoughts inward.
New to self-care and this sounds like a dream? Trust me, I felt the same way, but it’s doable. Even now, on the weekdays, I set aside 10-minute articles three times a day. It helps and makes it more manageable when you’re just getting started.
If you’re reading on your phone or tablet, turn off your distractions. Before I learned to truly unplug, notifications for everything under the sun would drag me away from a good article or a chapter of my book, leaving me more frazzled than normal. Turning on Do Not Disturb or turning off all notifications will keep your time sacred.
Along with digital distractions, family interactions can take away from this time. If you’re taking part in the bite-sized reading times, this is easier to disappear for a bit instead of setting a side a chunk of time.
Journaling is the best self-care that you can do for yourself. Hands down.
Guys, back in the day, I was one of those people who scoffed at this. I just didn’t get it, nor could I find anything that fit what I needed journaling to do for me. Besides, if I bought one more notebook that just sat somewhere, I would blow a gasket.
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Simplifying your thoughts into a maximum of 5 words and plugging it into your planner is a great start to get your foot into journaling. If you’re just starting out, write the 3-5 words that you would describe the whole day. Even if you’re too tired at the end of the day, write it down in the morning when you’re looking over the day.
Putting your first journal alongside of your planner will help nudge you into looking inward.
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My meditation time happens after my somewhat-daily yin-yoga routine. (Hey, I’m getting better!) I like to round out my me-time with a bit of inward listening. Even when I’m not doing a somewhat-daily routine, I still set some time aside for this.
Meditation helps with refocusing your energy, especially after a day being pulled in every direction. It allows you to connect back with yourself. A morning meditation session can help start your day off on the right foot. While a session at night can help smooth out the bumps along the road.
Even a mid-day, “save me please” session! Just pencil a few minutes to yourself.
Meditation can get a bad rap. Sit up straight, open palms, eyes closed, now OM!
Let me tell you: you do not have to have your time dictated like that. This is your time to love yourself and get back in touch with your true you.
I’m usually in corpse pose to finish up my practice and begin my meditation. My rickety hips can’t take sitting on a thin little mat for however much time I need.
Make yourself comfortable.
Lay on the ground or on your bed.
Call it shavasana if anyone asks.
Light Body Work
Squeezing in a few moments to do some light body work can make a huge difference not only in your physical health but your mood as well!
Even just a stretch here and there throughout your day can be the first steps in the right direction. Remember, it’s not about quantity, and this is true with bodywork as well.
If you practice just a few quality stretches, think of how much more that will help rather than stressing yourself about squeezing a 2-hour practice into your already-jammed-pack day? Start small and work up to those lengthier practices!
I found that, for myself, yoga is something that I really enjoy incorporating into my self care routine. I love that I can practice within my home and intertwine a meditation practice into a session.
Related Post: A Beginner’s Guide to Yin Yoga
Self care is all about feel good about yourself and what better way than to go out of your way to help others?
Volunteer work or community work is often overlooked or undervalued in the self care world. Not only is it overlooked, but it’s often pin-holed into one aspect of outreach work.
If you’re ridiculously good at cooking, ask yourself how you could volunteer that skill to someone in need. Selfless acts don’t need to be huge or intertwined with a non-profit, sometimes just the little things add up.
Going out of your way to be kind to others can bring out the positivity in yourself, as well as within others.
This book was SO amazing and really helped with outside of the box ideas for doing something kind. Not only did I pick and choose what to do each day for different people, but I really challenged myself to implement these ideas for a slew of different people.
Definitely a must-do challenge! You can pick your’s up here.
Building a routine to love yourself is so important for your well-being. When you start taking care of yourself, you allow yourself to take better care of others.
Stress melts away.
You can decompress and restart, so you can start your to-do list at 100%.
A lot of times self care can look glamorous or even expensive. But when you take away the glitz, it all boils down to what you enjoy and what makes you feel good.
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