Apparently, you don’t have to go on a pamper spree. Hello Giggles, an online community for women, enumerates self-care ideas that most may deem useful – and it doesn’t cost a penny!
“While we’re glad to hear that people are embracing self-love and indulging in a bit of extra “me” time in 2020, this idea that we have to spend money and buy into self-care puts pressure on us do it in a specific (and expensive way). Let’s face it: As women, we already put enough pressure on ourselves and the last thing we need is another way to feel like we’re doing something wrong,” states the article.
Sanna Khoja, a licensed counselor in Houston, explains that a self-care plan must include different aspects – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. One can tap into these aspects and may even turn activities into daily or weekly habits.
Take a walk
Doesn’t cost a penny to take a walk right? Simply walking for 30 minutes a day has been proven to have physical and mental benefits. This includes increasing endorphins and reducing the stress hormone cortisol.
Listen to music
Music soothes the savage beast, right? Not a literal savage beast, of course. According to Psych Central: “Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies, especially slow, quiet classical music. This type of music can have a beneficial effect on our physiological functions, slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones. Music, in short, can act as a powerful stress management tool in our lives”.
Write a Journal
According to Cassandra Freeman, an accountability coach on journaling, “This type of self-care does amazing [things] for your mental and emotional health. It helps you to release any negativity and it amplifies the positive.”
Declutter Your Space
In the words of Mari Kondo, remove the things that don’t ‘spark joy’ in your life. Moreover, Adina Mahalli, a mental health expert at Maple Holistics, states that “an excess of visual stimuli is correlated with increased production of cortisol, which is your body’s stress hormone. This is backed by research that shows that cluttered homes cause people to feel stressed. With this in mind, decluttering can go a long way in helping you to feel relaxed and recharged.”
Because why not? Meditation is a form of emotional self-care. There are plentiful of mobile applications that can help you medicate.