We get so busy sometimes that we forget to take care of ourselves. This happens to everyone but if you don’t take care of yourself you won’t be able to live your best life. Sometimes when we hear the word “self-care,” we think of going away for a weekend getaway or having an entire day of pampering with massages, facials, and beauty treatments. All these things are amazing but they are also very expensive. I’ve listed some simple and best of all free ways of pampering yourself and practicing good self care.
It’s important to remember that self-care also means taking care of yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Here are five free ways you can practice self-care daily or at least a few days a week because you deserve to take time for yourself.
1. Meditation and yoga.
This doesn’t have to be long; even 10 or 15 minutes will help. This will bring you more calm and inner peace and it also helps you live in the moment and brings your mind, body, and spirit in harmony.
We all know there are the physical benefits, but other benefits of working out include improving your mood and reducing stress, promoting better sleep, and making you feel happier. You can work out at home or take a nice walk.
Reading is one of my favorite self-care practices. I enjoy reading fiction, inspirational memoirs and autobiographies/biographies. Reading often reduces stress and puts you in a better mood, and can improve your focus, and also can help to develop your creativity.
4. Spend some time in nature
Taking a walk in nature can often improve your mood, and boost your overall well-being. Walking outside can also helps you sleep better and gives you a break from technology.
5. Do something that makes you laugh and brings you joy.
In the middle of our busy day, it’s easy to forget to make time for things that make us happy. Think about what brings you joy, then make time to do at least one of those things daily.
Sometimes the best way to make daily self-care a habit is to schedule it. When you’re planning your day or week, write down the activity — or activities — you’ll do; writing them down will make you more likely to follow thru with them. Remember to always make time for you.