I don't know if you can relate but I feel like no more than ever self care is difficult to practice. We live in unprecedented times and we don’t make ourselves a priority. Our careers can take a toll on us to a point we don't book our annual doctor appointments because there isn’t “enough” time. Stop and think for a minute, without health there is no wealth. Taking care of ourselves both physically and mentally is crucial and helps enhance our productivity.
Stop feeling obligated to say “yes” to everything! It’s ok to say no to our families, spouses, children and friends. I encourage you to start saying “yes” to yourself and what your mind and body needs.
Self care doesn’t always have to be purchasing a massage, getting our nails done and going to a yoga studio. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love those things but sometimes my schedule can feel so hectic that I don't have the time to drive somewhere. Also, I can be mentally and/or physically tired that I just don’t “feel” like going out of my way.
I’m excited to share with you my top 3 budget friendly self care routines that can easily be incorporated into your schedule:
Listen To Music
“Alexa play spa music!” is one of my favorite demands I tell Alexa. I mostly enjoy this self care ritual in the evening, with the lights off and the music on. I do NOT recommend lighting a candle especially if you are tired because the music personally puts me to sleep. Listening to relaxing spa music helps me turn off all my thoughts about work, negative encounters and overall anxiety. My preference is instrumental as I love to focus on the sounds rather than the lyrics.
Take A Bath
If you don't have a bath, then take shower. Light a candle, play some music and take care of yourself. This is the time I enjoy wearing face masks and my hair is soaking up conditioner.
Below are some of my favorite bath essentials:
Go For A Walk
Go outside and get fresh air. I don't always go for a walk for the exercise component (even though it’s a bonus as it releases endorphins!) However, I go for a walk to practice mindfulness. I enjoy looking at the scenery, breathing the fresh air and enjoying the moment as it clears my mind.
I encourage you all to add one of these self care tips to your agenda tomorrow.
Trust me, you wont regret it!