Cheap Ways to Practice Self-Care


Lifestyle, Goals, Health + Beauty, Treat Yourself / Thursday, August 15th, 2019
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Practicing self-care is incredibly important, seriously, rarely do we take the time to care for ourselves. And even when we want to, sometimes we don’t have the money to do it the way we want to. But fear not, I’ve got some cheap ways to practice self-care.

If you’re looking for cheap ways to practice self-care, there are a ton of ways you can do it without spending a boatload of money. In fact, there are a ton of ways you can do it without spending any money at all. 

From taking a walk or a nap to cleaning the house or checking out that hottie on the latest Netflix show, there are a ton of amazing ways you can practice self-care.

Take a walk

Walking is the main way I handle stress and anxiety. I put in my headphones, listen to a relaxing soundtrack and imagine away my stress. I aim to walk 10,000 steps a day, but if I’m looking for ways to practice self-care my steps go up significantly.

One of my favourite places to walk is this dead-end path where I can watch the train go by and listen to the river—both major de-stressors for me.

If you’re feeling particularly anxious, stressed out or you simply want to take some me time, then put on your walking shoes and get out in nature!

Have a bath

One of my favourite ways to practice self-care is to take a good ol’ bubble bath. It’ll wash away your worries and allow you to relax!

I go all-out when I’m feeling particularly stressed or simply need a break. I put on one of my favourite masks, press play on the latest Netflix show and relax. Or, if I’m really into a particular book, I might bring it along with me instead.

There’s no time-limit to a self-care bath, so relax, let your mask do its work and wash your cares away.

Write in a journal

One of the great ways to practice self-care and work out any issues you may have is to journal. Writing down my thoughts, however convoluted or jumbled they are, can seriously help me out.

I actually do my best to journal once a day as a destressing technique. I tend to do it before bed as a brain dump, a way to get all of my thoughts out of my head and onto paper so it’s clear when I go to bed.

Take a nap

Sleep solves everything! Ok, maybe not everything, but if you’re looking for ways to practice self-care taking a nap should top your list. Especially if you’re feeling lethargic. 

Getting a little shut-eye can help you not only take a break but reduce stress. I find it particularly helpful if I’m feeling stressed about a certain situation and I know my lack of sleep is contributing to the issue. 

Put your phone away

If you’re feeling particularly crappy, one of the best ways to practice self-care is to put your phone away. You heard me, put it in a box and forget about it for an afternoon. It’ll help you out a ton.

The truth is, if you’re feeling down, chances are you can blame at least a bit of it on social media. Especially if social media is a big part of your day. Some time away from your phone might just be the break you need!

If you’re particularly phone addicted, locking it in a book safe for a pre-determined amount of time is good practice. For a big break, lock it away before you go to bed on Friday and don’t take it out until Sunday evening. Everyone needs a real weekend off!

Blast your music & clean your house

Cleaning your house doesn’t seem like one of the best ways to practice self-care but it’s a two-bird-one-stone kind of deal. Having a clean home, in my experience, really reduces stress (and clutter seriously adds to it) and moving around to your favourite tunes can lighten your mood.

When I talk about cleaning, I don’t mean doing a hard clean of your stove or dragging your fridge out of its spot and cleaning behind it, I mean sweeping the floors, putting away clutter and essentially putting everything away.

A few hours of cleaning for me both tuckers me out (see tip on napping) but also makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something.

Get lost in another world

One of my favourite ways to practice self-care is to get lost in another world. Namely, I like to read a book, stream a show or get lost in a film. Transporting yourself into a new world and getting lost in it is a great way to forget about what’s going on in your world.

Picking between watching or reading something depends a lot on my energy level and mood. It also seriously depends on whether I have a good book or not, because as many books as I’ve read, the truly good ones are hard to find.

If you’re feeling like you really need some “me” time, take yourself to a movie. Seriously, a solo date at the cinema is a great way to treat yourself

Money-saving tip: If you have a Scotiabank Scene Card you can get free movie tickets! Even if you don’t have a bank account with Scotiabank, you can still get a scene card in Canada.

What are your favourite ways to practice self-care? Share them with me in the comments below!

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