10 cheap self-care activities

Self-care isn’t complicated and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Not that I’d say no to a fancy spa retreat, or a holiday in the Italian Rivera… but they aren’t a necessity.

First of all, I’ve come to realise that self-care isn’t spontaneous… as much as we like to think we’ll find some ‘me time,’ in our daily existence, it rarely occurs. But that’s ok, self-care requires and deserves scheduling like other activities.

On a Sunday evening, book out one hour (everybody can do one hour a week) of self-care time. Put it in your calendar and stick to it as you would a work commitment. If you have kids, let the relevant people know that you’ll be unavailable (guilt-free) for said hour! If you don’t have kids, then make yourself unavailable to the usual distractions (*cough* social media).
Trust me, it’s for your own good.

 Ten cheap self-care activities

  • A bath – no surprises there, but bear with me! Make it a ‘posh bath.’ Treat yourself to a nice bubble bath substance of sorts, have a glass of wine, and maybe a Twirl (if you’re my mate Bec). Read a magazine, or watch an episode of something online, (if you can angle your phone safely). My point is, do something a bit extra. It doesn’t have to cost much, but make it a treat.
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  • Facial/massage/nails – Like the bath, make these activities special. 
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  • Reading – find a nook, get cosy with a brew/vino/chocolate item, and disappear into the realm of fantasy.
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  • Baking – I’m more of a cook, than a baker… but I love having an hour in the kitchen, throwing stuff together whilst listening to a podcast. (‘Conversations Against Living Miserably‘ is my current fav).
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  • Go for a walk – and when I say a walk, I mean a fucking walk! No brutal exercise regime required. Just enjoy the stroll and listen to music/an audiobook/podcast that you love.
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  • Mindfulness/meditate – none of this works for me per se, but I know it does wonders for other people, which is great. So, find a quiet haven, use a specific aromatherapy oil (that you associate with calm) and enjoy.
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  • Self-pleasure – You heard me. Think of the endorphins.
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  • Creativity – As children, we’re encouraged to be creative, just for the sake of it. Short stories, painting, sewing, scrapbooking, etc… I was inspired by the book ‘Big Magic’ (not an AD) to start meddling in the creative world again and I’ve never looked back. I might be in my thirties, but why can’t I make a dress from scratch? Or write a series of poetry? It’s good for the soul.     
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  • Rest/sleep/bed privileges – I’m a sucker for any time I get in my bed. Reading, sleeping, staring into space… is all heaven to me. An afternoon snooze is the ultimate act of self-care!
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  • Pet therapy – Is there anything better than quality, uninterrupted time with a pet? Especially one that can give you cuddles and an endorphin hit. Animal love is pure.

    Find yourself one hour a week for self-care. Don’t leave it to chance.

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