When you think of self-care practices, where does your mind go? To a light-and-airy spa with fluffy robes and slippers, or a day soaking in a hot spring surrounded by green foliage? Those are incredible self-care days, no doubt.
My mission is to help you bring self-care practices into your everyday life so that they become second nature to you and, better yet, don’t cost you a dime.
Here are a few totally free self-care practices that will make you feel more relaxed and more put-together.
Start the day with a pen and paper.
It doesn’t have to be excessive, but spending a few minutes each morning journaling what you are grateful for can start you on the right foot. When we exercise gratitude, we become more present and thankful for the otherwise mundane parts of life that can easily be overlooked. As an added bonus, journal intentions for the day. And if you can’t turn your mind off to sleep, use the same journal to jot down any lingering thoughts to clear the mind before bed.
Drinking enough water is a daily self-care practice that will do more than make you feel better. It helps keep your skin clear and healthy looking, help your digestion stay on track, and gives you the energy to walk through your day with a pep in your step.
Listen to an inspiring podcast.
Instead of spending your free time scrolling, choose a podcast that is energizing and uplifting to indulge in. Search in the podcast app and find 2-3 that look interesting to you so that you can queue up some episodes. Having them already downloaded will result in a higher likelihood of choosing this option.
Protecting your time and energy from the digital world can take some time and practice, but it’s well worth the benefits. Factor a monthly digital check-in into your schedule to take stock of where you are with your boundaries and where you can make some shifts.
Get some fresh air.
Getting outside for a walk has a special way of clearing your mind that nothing else compares to. Whether it’s a slow morning stroll with a warm cup of coffee, a quick walk on your lunch break, or an evening walk with your family to end your day well — some fresh air is always a good idea.
Spending a few minutes each day clearing your mind and calming your nervous system is an extremely valuable self-care practice. If meditation isn’t your thing, you can spend this time stretching instead. Both techniques help to slow down and bring yourself back to your body.
While these are just a few examples of self-care that doesn’t cost a thing, there are many other options you can choose from. Of course, everyone’s version of self-care may look a bit different, even day by day, but building these self-care routines into your schedule will bring more balance, peace, and energy to your life.
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