Cheap Self-Care: How to Self-Care without Spending Money

Posted October 14, 2019 by Kalyn in Self Care / 0 Comments

Especially amongst moms, there has been a huge push for self-care lately. I mean, there are nearly twenty million posts on Instagram about self-care. But I’ve noticed this trend that self-care seems to be all about spending money. Where are all the cheap self-care ideas?!

Things like shopping, pedicures, massages, getting your hair done, getting facials and other spa treatments, meeting friends for lunch or drinks are highly romanticized. While those are all fun and good, not only do they not actually resolve any of the stress we as moms feel, it can alienate those of us that are on a tight budget.

Furthermore, with many Americans now out of a job and services such as these deemed non-essential, it’s time we reevaluate what true self-care is.

So here’s a list of cheap self-care ideas that cost $0 and don’t require you to leave your house.

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First, lets define true self-care…

As I said, spa treatments and time with friends are all fun and good, but I think true self-care is about much more than that. I like to define self-care as doing the things we know we should be. If you think of self-care in those terms, then I think it becomes easy to practice self-care without breaking the bank.

I also think this article does a great job of further defining self-care. However, I must disagree that some aspects of self-care are, in fact, things we don’t want to do.

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Here’s a list of cheap self-care ideas:

  • Eating how your body feels best.
  • Regular exercise. Increasing your heart rate by doing jumping jacks, lunges, squats, and some push ups in your own home will do wonders for you!
  • Setting up and maintaining boundaries with friends.
  • Unfollowing anyone on social media whose content makes you feel inferior.
  • Leaving the Facebook groups that stress you out.
  • Sticking to your budget.
  • Drinking plenty of water.
  • Memorizing scripture.
  • Spending less time on your phone.
  • Do an activity you normally do inside and do it outside. Even if it’s just mindlessly scrolling on your phone, being outside just feels good sometimes.
  • Find a podcast that’s about an area in your life you want to improve and listen to it.
  • Stop avoiding important conversations even though they make you uncomfortable.
  • Wake up when your alarm actually goes off. The snooze button is not your friend!
  • Go to bed at a time that allows you to easily wake up when your alarm goes off.
  • Talk with a friend. I’ve been loving the Marco Polo app during quarantine!
  • If possible, have consistent and satisfying sex with your husband.
  • Listen to some guided meditation on Spotify to help calm your mind.
  • Watching the sunrise or the sunset.
  • Pray more.

As you can see, this list covers more than your typical need to escape your problems by spending money. This list tackles several of your personal needs: physical, spiritual, emotional, mental.

Is there anything you would add to this list for cheap self-care?

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