The Little Ways You Can Practice Self Care Without Breaking The Bank

If you hear the words "self-care" and immediately think to a bath turned pink with a Lush bath bomb surrounded by candles, an expensive face mask that promises to leave you with incredible looking skin and a glass of the finest wine your nearest bottle shop has you would be forgiven.

This image though, is not what self care is all about. Sure you would feel pretty damn great coming out of the bath with silky smooth hair, deliciously moisturised face and a slight buzz from the wine- but the reality is that there are much smaller, simpler ways to practice self care, some that are more important than bubble baths.

Self care cannot be considered a once a week deal, something we only allow ourselves to indulge in on a Sunday night in preparation for the week ahead. Self care is so important we need to be practicing it constantly. Below you can find some of the simpler, less extravagant acts of self care that you can practice for yourself regularly.

An image from a beautiful sunset on a self care afternoon walk I took recently. 

  • Hydrate yourself with water- you know those times we you force yourself to have a glass of water and its not until then that you realise just how much you really did need that? Drink the water. Set reminders on your phone if you have too. 
  • Declutter your life a few items at a time- that jumper that you keep staring at every time you open the cupboard but never actually wear? Donate it, sell it, give it to your sister. Those bills that you have paid that are still magnetised to your fridge? File them. A massive declutter isn't always an option- so take it slowly.
  • Unplug yourself from technology- this could be as simple as no phones for an hour after waking up, no technology in the bedroom, phone off after eight! We are constantly wired to our phones and to technology, take the step back and observe life away from the rush of your phone. 
  • Acknowledge the positives from your day- too often we get to the end of the day and dwell on the negatives that occurred, but what about all the good things that did happen? No matter how small. You can write them down if you want- what was good about the day? What did you feel grateful for? 
  • Audit your social media feeds- Scroll through your Instagram feed- does someone make you feel shitty about yourself? Unfollow them. Does someone make you compare yourself to their online life? Unfollow them. Unfollow, delete, whatever it may be, rid of them from your feeds. It's self care to be watching out for yourself and how you feel when you scroll through social media. 
  • Move your body- this doesn't mean you have to push yourself to go to the gym or sweat it out on the treadmill. It can be as simple as going for an evening stroll with your dogs, taking a few minutes to stretch out your muscles in the lounge room. Whatever it is, your body will feel better for it. 
  • Eat your favourite food- food can make you feel good, and even more so if it is a food that you enjoy eating and love the taste of. Just eat it. Don't worry about if it fits your macros, whats in it, don't worry about any of that, just eat the food that you love and enjoy every last bite of it.
  • Try something new- something that you have NEVER done before. It doesn't have to be big, it could be as simple as trying a new cafe, or choosing something different for your coffee order, taking a different route to work, attending an event you would usually say no too. Do something that makes you think "oh I should have done this earlier!"
  • Sleep- get as much as you can! In a world where we seem to prioritise being busy constantly- never sitting still, always being on the go, forever having something to be working on. Take the time to sleep, hit that snooze button if your body needs it, call in sick and spend the whole day napping if that is what it takes. 
  • Consume good content- this one was originally "read a good book" but in this day and age I am well aware that not everyone reads from an actual, physical book. So consume the things that educate you, that give you a different perspective, that widen your eyes, that make you wonder how the world operates. Audiobooks, physical books, articles, e-books, podcasts, whatever it may be- consume it and let it consume you. 
  • Make a to-do list, and check things off it- no matter how productive you may not be feeling it always satisfying to watch some of the things you really need to do be ticked off a physical list. 
  • Meditate- ever if it isn't your thing, even if you think its stupid and a waste of time, just give it a go and see how you feel. Start with a few minutes, take it easy, be open to giving it a fair go. 
  • Hang out with your furry friends- quality time with your pets is so good of the soul. Lounge around together, go for a walk, throw the ball and watch as your dog looks at you like "go pick that up yourself." 
Self care does not have to be grand gestures that cost more money than they might be worth, it doesn't have to be this huge deal. Life has warped our view of what self care really is- it's being kind to yourself, taking time for yourself, its caring for yourself, even if that is the smallest of tasks to achieve it.

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