A big part of self-care is the idea that you deserve to treat yo'self every once in a while. But moving away from the stereotypical notion of often expensive bath bombs and face masks, how can we treat ourselves on a tight budget? Here are some tips for taking time for you without taking away from your savings in the process.
1. Spend time with a pet or visiting and volunteering at a local animal shelter.
2. Practice some well-known breathing exercises, or take ten minutes to meditate if you’d like.
3. Spend quality time with your family, your loved ones and the people that make you feel loved.
4. Call someone you miss and catch-up on each other’s lives.
5. Plan a day in the near future to sleep in and make yourself a yummy breakfast afterwards.
6. Get into your favourite pyjamas, get cosy, and take a nap.
7. Have a social media blackout — unplug as much of your technology as you can to get some breathing space.
8. Try journaling and come up with a list of the things you’re grateful for.
9. Spend some time outside and enjoy the fresh air.
10. Wake up early to catch the sunrise and revel in the moment where it’s just you, the sun and nothing else.
11. Find somewhere in your city that you can walk to that’s hosting an event for free. Whether that be a local museum, gallery or a community night, anything could be fun.
12. Watch something funny or scroll through your favourite memes and let yourself laugh as much as you can.
13. Write some letters to the people in your life that need to hear you – whether that be hearing your love for them or hearing your heartbreak - and decide whether you send it to them or not.
14. Put on your favourite song and dance around your room. (Bonus points if you get some much-needed chores done while doing this!)
15. Try jumping in the shower and karaoke-ing to your heart's content.
16. Read a book you’ve been meaning to for a while or re-read an old favourite.
17. Put your favourite film on (if you have the amenities to do so) and get lost in it.
18. Try out some art therapy, and don’t worry if you don’t have much equipment (you can get creative with a biro and the back of a receipt if you’d like to).
19. Take a look in your cupboards and find something easy to bake or cook with the ingredients you already have there — even if it sounds a little funky, you never know what it’ll turn out like.