While many of us are working hard to stick to our budgets, it can seem like an unnecessary burden to work in space for self-care. Our instinct can be to forget ourselves, put our own wellbeing or enjoyment on the back burner because it feels less vital to us. Sometimes it can seem like the stereotypical self-care measures, like vacations or spa treatments, are out of reach financially for us.
But self-care can come in all forms: walking outside, staying hydrated, and getting rest are all self-care practices, and none of them cost anything. Self-care can look like so many different things; the most important thing is simply to invest some of your time and resources back into yourself. Here are a few items that can help you on your self-care journey without the stressful price tag.
With daily prompts to think about all that we have, this journal can be an easy tool to access more gratitude and happiness even in stressful and difficult times.
There are theories that salt lamps can help cleanse and deionize the air around them and even help contribute to better sleep. They’re also a genuinely peaceful piece to add to any room, bathing spaces in a soft warm glow.
This bath mix combines lavender foam with healing epsom salts for the perfect restorative bath. Epsom salts can reduce aches and soreness and the lavender essential oils can help soothe frayed nerves and calm a restless mind.
Working on a little project can be a great form of self care, and everyone can benefit from spending a little time reflecting on their favorite people and places. For the price of this album and some cheap drugstore photo prints, you can start putting together a book of your favorite memories to look at even when life is challenging.
At ten dollars for a six-count or under two dollars for individuals, this is one of the cheapest ways to give your skin a little care. The witch hazel is extremely soothing, smells great, and helps send a message to yourself that you’re worth pampering.
For under five dollars, you can order a little cactus that only needs sparing water and sunlight and will bring some life to your home. You can plant them in pots, old candle jars, or even a mug you don’t use very often; to add some personality. You’d be surprised how much taking care of something simple like a plant can boost your mood.
We are all washing our hands so much more right now which means our skin can get dryer much faster without consistent care. Keep a lotion on hand (like this one, in a luscious honeysuckle scent) to make sure you don’t end up with painful cracked skin.
We experience so much in our day-to-day lives and often, without accountability, we forget to reflect on and honor our feelings and reactions. Try investing in a journal to pay more attention to your cares, worries and thoughts. It’s a great way to look back as you continue to grow, and to recognize patterns you might not have noticed otherwise.
This part book, part journal is an easy way to encourage yourself to make the most of a practice as simple as going outdoors. If you’re feeling bored or checked out of your daily life, this guided journal can be a great way to bring some mindfulness and joy back to your day-to-day.