Easy And Affordable Ways To Take Care Of Yourself | Hea Boosters
What does “taking care of yourself” mean to you? In the age of social media and reels, we often misinterpret the word “self-care” with lavish vacations, expensive spas, the latest facials, boutique health classes, and more. Though as great as all this may sound, not all of us have a large disposable income and for most of us, spending tons of cash on self-care just isn’t realistic. Do you know what else you can do apart from all of these?
Below we have mentioned some of the best ways to practice self-care that are free.
Here are a few tips to take care of yourself:
1. Step out of your home:Go for a stroll around the square, sit in the grass, go on a hike or simply let your hair down in the sun. A few minutes of sun exposure can do wonders for your mood. Trust me all this is free and all you need to do is enjoy some time with yourself away from your hectic life. Make sure, you do it the 2021 way, wear a mask and social distance yourself!
2. Arrange your living space:An unorganized room or a cluttered office space can take a toll on your mental well-being, causing you to feel more worried, overwhelmed, and restless. So, next time when you feel like the walls are caving in, just pick up that duster and get rid of all the clutter and tension.
3. Reduce the time you spend on social media:We are often looking through your social media thoughtlessly. We check out stories and reels for a long time that we are simply stuck in a loop and as long as we are connected to social media it brings down our confidence level, leaves us restless, and increases the risk of FOMO or “fear of missing out”.
There are so many ways in which we can limit our screen time. Through "screen time" or "digital wellbeing" features in both iPhones and Androids can help you cut back on screen time or you can disable the pop-up messages, changing to the grayscale mode, or adding your favorite apps in a hidden folder so that it does not appear on your home screen.
4. Journaling or any other relaxing hobbies:
Journaling can be extremely restorative, therapeutic, and economical. All you need is a pen and some paper to begin. Journaling can be a remedial practice that can help you understand your thoughts, work out through troublesome feelings, think about certain occasions, or develop more appreciation for your life.
5. Get your good-night sleep:Getting the prescribed seven to nine hours of sleep can have an immense effect on your general prosperity. Getting a decent night's rest has many benefits like better immune resistance, mood changes, and better performance at work.
6. Time to take a break:When we say take a break, we don’t mean to pack your bag and go on a vacation. We mean, you need to give your thoughts some break. Start by contemplating and meditating. You can sit in silence and focus on your breathing, or you can try directed meditation applications like Headspace or Calm, or check out some videos on YouTube.
7. Check in with yourself:Once per day, if not more, set aside some time and effort to check in with yourself. Interrupt your daily schedule to check how eager or full you are, any feelings you might be feeling, or simply take out time to relax your body.
8. Move your body:You don't have to spend a great deal of money to exercise in a fitness center. You can begin by walking around your home or fire up your favorite playlist and dance your heart out, doing squats, or taking part in a local yoga class (which is way less expensive wellness classes).
9. Connect with friends and family while being disconnected:Messaging and email are effective types of communication, however, they don't fulfill our profound requirement for association in the way face-to-face connections do. When you listen to the voice of your loved ones, a sense of calmness and security arises and makes you feel more relaxed and less stressed.
10. Make time for your hobbies:Work, family, and different commitments take most of our time and leave us with less energy, foggy memory, and scarcely any room in our timetables to appreciate what we have and what we love. Be that as it may, cutting out some time for our interests — in any event, when we have too much going on — even a minute matters.
11. Take some deep breaths:During high-stress periods, we may go hours or even an entire day without taking a full and restorative breath, which we do not do deliberately. However, we need to take out time to relax our breathing and make time to appreciate the fact that we are alive.
12. Cuddle with your loved ones:Cuddle up close to your loved ones, your baby, your pets, or even your BFF. Trust me pets make incredible snuggle pals. Additionally, investing energy and time with our furry friends has shown signs of easing uneasiness, depression, and can improve your mood visibly.
Conclusion:Self-care is the best care. When you learn to take care of yourself, you can take better care of those around you. Apart from the tips we have mentioned, you can also try joining groups either non-profit or clubs where you can enjoy the activities you love with like-minded people, adding more fiber-rich food has also shown to improve your mood considerably.
Most importantly, you need to learn to say “no” whenever it is necessary because no matter what we do or try, we cannot ever be as how everyone wants us and we will end up hurting ourselves, which brings me to the last tip: be kind to yourself.
When you learn to accept yourself, you have taken one step to take better care of yourself.