“Self-care” is a buzzword we hear all the time, but it’s not just an excuse to justify indulgences. Having a three-scoop sundae may be tasty, but it’s not really self-care. But you don’t have to spend a fortune on expensive massages or weekend retreats to ease stress and take care of yourself. When you’re short on time and low on funds, these cheap and free health boosts can help meet your self-care needs.
- DIY spa treatment – You don’t need to pay for a pricey appointment to get a facial, you can 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.
- Shower when you first get home from work – If you tweak your schedule to make this happen, it 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.
- 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, it’s randomly specific, but according to a 2014 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.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution