How to Practice Self-Care on a Budget
Learning to practice self-care on a budget is an invaluable skill. For me, as a new mom in the second year of a global pandemic, finding time to care for myself is rare; throw in financial restrictions, and it feels impossible. But that's because I used to think self-care was something that required a large chunk of money, trips to the salon, and a counter full of expensive products. Once I reframed what self-care means to me, I realized it is way more attainable than I previously thought—even on a budget.
Maybe you can't justify spending loads of money on yourself, but there are a myriad of other methods to prioritize personal wellness that can be even more rewarding. Here are some ways to access practical self-care that require little to no spending.
Remember: Saving money is self-care, too.
As the world begins to open up in 2021, the urge to splurge is normal. For some, saving money during lockdown was easy. Others barely made it through. Either way, if you're trying to stick to a budget, don't let FOMO and advertisements derail your goals. It's easy to feel left behind as friends book flights and cruises to celebrate being fully vaccinated—but try to remind yourself that saving money is self-care. Sticking to your budget, in the end, will always feel better than impulsively purchasing beyond your financial means.
When we stay grounded in what we actually want, it keeps us from impulse buying, so when we do spend money on ourselves as a form of self-care, we'll know it's laser-focused—and actually worth it. Besides, checking in with mental and physical health always feels better than blowing money on things we can't really can't afford.
You can have both: personal wellness and a reasonable budget. It's easy to think self-care means giving ourselves expensive things, but self-care can be free and more intentional when we just get creative and tap into what it is we are truly craving.
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