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When people hear the words “self-care” they usually think of day spas and expensive outings, but the true definition of the word tells us that those things are not the only way to ‘fill up your cup’.
1. the act of attending to one’s physical or mental health.
2. the products or practices used to comfort or soothe oneself.
During times of stress, or when it’s harder than normal to control your circumstances, it’s vital to maintain a high-level of self-care for overall physical and mental health. Self-care should be a regular activity that you do for yourself, rather than a last ditch attempt to pull yourself out of a slump when you’ve already dipped a bit too far into the land of burnout.
If we consider self-care as an act of comforting or soothing oneself, the question is, do we need to spend a lot of money to achieve it? There are many things that we can do to self soothe but it’s not often that we pay enough attention to what truly makes us feel good, so we can struggle to identify them. When we find ourselves craving some self-care, the things we find in the forefront of our mind are often connected to what we’ve seen in a recent marketing campaign rather than what we actually need, so it’s worth putting some time into exploring what types of activities create a sense of enjoyment, calm, exhilaration or fulfilment specifically for you.
By doing this, it starts to bring our awareness to the activities that give us those feelings, so it’s important to pay attention. Creating your own personal self-care list can also help you to avoid over spending when emotionally drained and in need of a way to unwind. With your own list of options it takes the thinking out of it (which helps when you’re already in need of self-care!) and gives you options that you know for sure will give you what you need.
We’ve created a self-care list with 20 tips to get you started that won’t break the budget.
Download and start your self-care list now. You deserve it.