One of the dangerous things about the main stream media catching on to terms that for us our sacred, means they often are then picked up by conglomerates. They use them to push us to consume and trap us into thinking that unless we can afford the really expensive thing they are selling we will not get the experience we want. Just to hear to tell you that’s a massive lie! There are ways to self care that don’t involve selling into an ideal or splashing out loads of money you might not even have, or expending energy and precious time on a practise or activity that might not help you! Now depending on your circumstances not all things will be practical for you, but adapt or use something as a catalyst to help you find the thing that will work. So here are some ideas of non-expensive self care that work for me.
Take A Shower
Okay this is something we all have to do and a lot of the time it’s a means to an end. We’re busy! So it’s in and then out. We trying to get clean and then we got things to do. But the the truth is that the reason it much be great to use this as a way to care for yourself is because it is a moment that involves just yourself. It’s an opportunity to check in with yourself. So instead of rushing, take a minute. You’re worth giving yourself time to slow down for.
Sticky Note Affirmation
Now if you can’t get sticky notes don’t worry. Just get yourself a pen and piece of paper. Write down things that are positive facts of yourself. Place them around your space and intentionally read at least 2 of them everyday. Read them and repeat them to yourself. Use this as a mantra through your day.
Clock Your Cycles
Yes I mean your menstrual cycle, but I also mean your behaviour patterns and emotional reactions. Take the time to check in with yourself and know yourself well enough to track if there are recurring patterns and if you can address them. I use a period app, you can get many of them free, to track my cycle physically and emotionally because although I sometimes don’t like to admit it, what’s happening scientifically inside of me usually always influences how I’m going to act externally.
We take it for granted but fresh things can genuinely breathe fresh air into our lives and into our minds. Sometimes just sticking yourself outside of a window and taking a deep breath can be everything you need to calm down, but I know for me that freshly laundered clothes can have a similar effect. The smell of fresh, clean and dry clothes is a privilege whether we’re aware of it or not and it means a lot to me to be able to put something on that’s fresh and helps me feel that little bit more refreshed.
Play The Season You Want
Some of us live for the cold. Being wrapped up in a blanket and a scarf and tucked up in a sofa with a good book and a hot cup of tea. Some of us live for the long days, and the smell of freshly cut grass and the warmth on our skin. Well personally I’m a hybrid of both, but if you happen to be in a season that’s not for you and longing for the comfort of the season you feel more at peace with, then why not look something up on YouTube and play it? There are videos where you can escape to a snowy log cabin or a sandy beach and the soundscape can also work as an extra level of therapeutic anxiety relievers.
You probably think this easy to do, but it’s the same as anything, we have the ability to form addictive attachments to something and the find it hard to cut out. You’ve probably found yourself mindlessly scrolling, becoming self aware of this, cutting it out for a few hours and then going back a few hours later.
SO that being said, try logging out and deleting the apps all together that you are fighting a battle with. Its now scientifically proven that social media platforms are as addictive as recreational substances. Instead of us constantly exposing ourselves to those things, why not give yourself certain days where you do not engage online at all. It might do you a world of good. There are so many other ways of caring for yourself and taking time out for yourself that don’t include spending loads on expensive bath bombs or having time to book into yoga retreats.
Just stop and take time for yourself. Practise self care.