I’ve realised lately that a lot of what I’ve grown to call self-care is pretty expensive. Trying out a new class at the gym, taking myself to the cinema, bougie candles and fancy skincare products, or trying out a new restaurant are all great things I love to do in the name of #selfcare but, like a lot of people, my money situation has taken a hit while at the same time managing and protecting my mental health has become even more of a priority. Because of this, the way that I approach self-care has changed a lot and I thought I’d share with you some of the free(ish) things that I’ve been doing to show up for myself lately that you should try for yourself.
1. Move your body
It took me a while to get to this place, but over the last couple of years I’ve come to realise how great a mood booster exercise is. It doesn’t have to be something scary or intense; I’ve found that stretching during the day or starting my morning off with a walk brings me a lot of clarity. Whatever it is, find a way to get moving.
2. Catch up with someone you haven’t spoken to in a while
If you’re anything like me, you might have let some friendships slide during lockdown since you weren’t seeing each other face to face. Don’t let the time it’s been or the distance stop you – reconnecting with the people you love is so rewarding! There’s so much you can do even if you can’t meet up in person and, honestly, nothing beats a good old fashioned phone call.
3. Clean your space
This is the tough love part of this post. An untidy space can be a reflection of an anxious or unhappy mind and just a small act towards cleaning your space can do wonders for your well-being. No one’s saying you need to do a total decluttering or reorganisation (although, nerd alert, I find that really fun!) but you can start with making your bed or tackling the pile of dishes you’ve been trying to ignore. Every little truly helps.
4. Discover something new
There’s always comfort in the familiar, but something that I’ve really leaned into these past few months has been discovering something new within the areas that I’m already comfortable. Things like listening to a new podcast or finally watching that show or movie that’s been on my list for ages but I never got around to. It’s letting Spotify choose an unexpected playlist for me and discovering artists that will soon become firm favourites or opening up a book that someone bought me that didn’t really seem like my thing. That food or drink in your cupboard that you’ve been saving for a special occasion? This is your special occassion.
5. Log off of social media
I truly believe that time away from social media is one of the best acts of self-care we can practice. No matter what you’re relationship with social media is like, constantly consuming information and other people’s content can be emotionally overwhelming and we can all benefit from taking a break and getting more grounded in our own realities.
So that’s it! Acts of self-care that I’ve been loving that you can try out this weekend. What’s your go to self-care?