We live in a world that’s constantly trying to sell us happiness.
Whether it’s through a big buy like a car, or a skincare product you’ve been dying to try, there’s a ton of things we can only indulge in with the swipe of a shopping card.
While it’s incredibly nice to be able to treat yourself to these things, there’s also a huge misconception, these days, that self-care can only be attained by reaching in your purse.
September is Self–Care Awareness Month.
Though it is nice to book a well-deserved appointment at the spa, or finally buying those items that have been sitting in your online shopping cart, there are ways to take care of yourself that don’t cost a thing.
Sometimes, the best things in life truly are free, and that includes self-care.
These are the 7 best self-care acts you can do right now that will cost you nothing.
First, take out a pen and journal are start writing, it is one of the cheapest and most effective forms of self-care.
It provides one an opportunity to write their deepest thoughts and fears.
Studies show that writing in a journal consistently can lead to improved sleep, a healthier immune system, and helps individuals dealing with trauma heal faster.
Second, spend the first 30 minutes of the day off your phone, instead of being on the phone stretching, meditating or practicing gratitude canbhelp because you are putting yourself first every morning.
Third, focus on your breathing, taking short, shallow breaths into the chest, makes us feel anxious and zaps our energy while taking a few moments out of the day for breathe work is a fast, easy and free tool to ease stress.
Fourth, catch up on sleep, most adults need 8 hours of good quality sleep on a regular schedule each night, and children need 9-12 depending on their age. Getting proper sleep has countless benefits including that it keeping you in a good mood, your mind sharp, your weight under control and your immune system strong.
Having an hour or two nap may also be beneficial.
Fifth, take a bath, sitting in a bath tub for a while after a long, tiring day can help uplift your mood.
It will also relieve muscle pains and give smoother feeling skin.
Sixth, Play your favourite song and dance to it, music can help with managing stress, enhancing memory, and alleviating pain.
Seventh, say no and mean it, you cannot help everybody who might need you so saying no should not be a hard thing to do.
These are simple things that one can do in order to uplift their mood and they do not cost a thing.