Self Care Is Important But It Doesn't Have To Cost A Thing

August 12, 2019

Self Care is defined as,  "what people do for themselves to establish and maintain health [and] prevent and deal with illness." On average, according to a 2018 study, Americans spends just under $200 a month on everything from spa treatments to yoga to vitamins.  With an increase in depression and suicide more and more of us are quite aware of how important it is for us to practice self care.  In short we are finally realizing we deserve to take care of ourselves.  But what if you are on a limited budget?  Massages and pedicures can get expensive and don't get us started on how much many yoga studios charge.  If you have the money, great!  You should go to stretch your body and your mind as often as you can but if you don't we found some self care suggestions that don't cost a penny!

DIY spa treatment - You don’t need to pay for a pricey appointment to get a facial.  Steam your face at home by standing over a bowl of really hot water to clean your pores and relax you.

Grow a spider plant - House plants can clean the air you breathe by absorbing toxic compounds inside, and spider plants aren’t inexpensive, plus they look good too. Mother-In-Law's Tongue is also great to provide clean air and reduce humidity in your house.

Shower when you first get home from work - Showering helps establish a boundary between the worries of work and your sanctuary at home.

Take five - Meditating has many benefits, but so is just sitting quietly, breathing and not looking at your phone for five minutes while you sit with your thoughts. Btw we suggest turning OFF your phone while you do this.  C'mon it's only 5-10 minutes.

Watch your posture - Most of us walk around or sit hunched over and don’t even realize it, so make an effort to sit up straight. Orthopedic surgery professor Dr. Neel Anand advises sitting straight in a chair, putting your hands on your thighs and squeezing your shoulder blades together for five seconds, and doing it a couple times a day to work on your posture.

Listen to Native American flute music - Yep. Aaccording to a study, listening to this traditional wind instrument can benefit everything from asthma to hypertension. And it’s pretty cheap to download this music, if you find it soothing.  It's also been suggested you check out some free spa music on Youtube or Spotify.  

You are constantly on the go and it will do your body good to just disconnect for a few minutes a day to recharge your own battery.  

Also go on and give yourself a hug.  It may work.  You don't know if you don't try.

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