A mention of self-care often conjures up images of massages, $13 smoothies, or a weekend trip to a beachside town. Bliss…but these aren’t always the most realistic or practical ways we can take care of ourselves—especially if money is tight. While modern society may lead us to believe that self-care requires expensive spa treatments and meditation classes, the reality is that you can implement a healthy self-care routine and reduce stress without breaking the bank. Here are five ways to practice self-care on a budget.
Take a Bubble Bath
Few things are more relaxing than taking a good old-fashioned bubble bath. So put on your most smoothing soundtrack, light some scented candles and soak away the stress.
Bake a Cake
Instead of purchasing a pricy dessert from an upscale bakery, try your hand at making your own. There’s something incredibly soothing and relaxing about measuring ingredients, mixing them together, and creating a from-scratch delicacy. If you want to get really creative, use a shapeable cake mold. After cutting yourself a hearty slice of cake, put on one of your favorite movies for a relaxing, rejuvenating evening.
Create an At-Home Nail Salon
We love pedicures and manicures as much as the next person, but spending $60 at a nail salon isn’t always financially feasible. To bring your nail salon game home, consider a three-in-one nail dryer and storage station outfitted with an application surface, fans for regular and gel polish, and built-in compartments that can hold up to 10 polishes at a time. With an at-home nail salon at your fingertips, you can easily change your nail color without putting a dent in your bank account.
Keep a Daily Gratitude List
Studies have shown that people who count their blessings tend to be happier and less depressed than their counterparts who do not. So start a daily practice of writing down three things you’re thankful for in a journal. Getting into a daily habit of gratefulness will train your mind to appreciate the little gifts you may otherwise miss — like an unexpected call from an old friend or a fulfilling project at work. You can either purchase a blank journal to scribble your blessings into or buy a gratitude journal that will walk you through weekly affirmations to cultivate a deeper sense of thankfulness.
Go for a Run
Exercise can improve your mental health and mood, so it’s a great way to practice self-care. Lace up your shoes and go on a jog around your neighborhood or favorite park. Afterward, head home and make a healthy fruit smoothie to further boost your spirits.
The next time you’re in need of a little TLC, resist the urge to reach for your wallet and try one of these budget-friendly, at-home methods instead. Each one is guaranteed to help you feel better — without breaking the bank.
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Rebekah Bell is a writer who lives in Los Angeles.