Don't Let Self Care Derail Your Finances
When the poet Audre Lorde first wrote, "caring for myself is not self-indulgence; it is self-preservation," she did not mean to inspire an entire generation to buy expensive cosmetics or to justify costly spa treatments. She knew that taking care of herself was the only way she'd be capable of consistently offering her most brilliant writing and her most important intellectual thought.
Nowhere in Lorde's poems does she advise derailing your savings goals or jeopardizing your financial stability in order to buy into debt-inducing consumer trends. In fact, experts suggest that free and low-cost investments in mental and physical health—like these—may make the most meaningful difference in your quality of life.