Self-care. It seems like the word of the year, or rather century. And like many other “trends” before it, it’s presented the problem of being highly productized. I’m sure I’m not the only one who rolls my eyes when I see at least 20 sheet masks, bath salts, and candles all boasting claims of “self-care” on any given day. And if you ask me, that’s not what self-care should be about.
While material items can certainly have elements of relaxation to help us destress after a long, arduous week (bubble bath, anyone?), there are so many ways that we can incorporate self-care into our lives without spending a dime. I have ideas…five to be exact. Get started below.
Let’s be real. Being holed up for too long at the office give you a slight case of cabin fever. Before calling it a day and changing out of your work clothes, try setting aside some time to just go outside and breathe a bit of fresh air. Or even try going on a walk and bask in all that Vitamin D! You’ll be surprised at how centered you’ll feel being surrounded by greenery when you’ve been staring at a computer all day.
Go DND or turn your phone off, altogether.
If the Do Not Disturb feature had a brand ambassador, it would probably be me. Whether it’s so I can get a full night’s rest or so I can actually be more present, utilizing this setting has taught me to be less dependent of my phone. Remember, most emails can wait until the following morning and, yes, those social media updates will likely be there tomorrow, too, so be sure to take time away from your phone and invest it into yourself.
Speaking of social media, go on a hiatus, if you can.
Have you ever looked up from your phone after scrolling through Instagram, only to realize that an hour has passed? Sadly, I know that feeling all too well, and that time is usually SO much better suited to doing something else. This one can be tricky if your job requires you to be heavily invested in social media, but that doesn’t mean you can’t delete it off your app on the weekends or whenever possible.
Listen to your body and prioritize downtime.
Our bodies are the best indicators (besides medical professionals) of how we’re feeling. If you’re frequently getting sick, it could be your body trying to tell you to give yourself a break. Having fun on the weekends is great, but remember to also prioritize downtime so that you can take care of your mental and physical health, too.
Set aside time dedicated just for your happiness.
This one’s specific to you and what brings you joy to your own life! Whether that’s catching up on a show, checking out a new spot downtown, or simply just reading a book, make sure you have time allotted each week to do something that is completely for your own pleasure–and then do it!
If you’ve bought in (literally and figuratively) to the self-care trend, I hope my suggestions give you a new perspective on what it means to give yourself the TLC you deserve. Because remember, a happiness shouldn’t cost a thing!
Be good to yourself,
Kimberly Arnold is ACPR’s Freelance PR Assistant and doggo obsessed mom of three sweet little weiner dogs: Rocky, Luna and Bella. She can be found scouring Instagram for hours on end, sifting through ALL the adorable #dachshund posts to ‘aww’ at. Her favorite account is Princess LiLo, which serves as inspiration for her future role as dog momager.
Photo courtesy of Cassie Rosch, Photographer