I was recently hanging out with some friends when the topic of conversation turned to meditation. I shared that I generally try to meditate for a few minutes on a daily basis to ease my anxiety and chill me out. It’s a major part of my self-care routine.
They looked at me with bewilderment. They had experienced various struggles with their attempts at meditation and thought that it simply wasn’t for them. They found it difficult to quiet their thoughts, to be still, to think of absolutely nothing.
Halloween is upon us! While I will be nibbling on plenty of candy and spending the evening trick or treating with my little siblings, another holiday is occupying my brain space: It’s the eve of NaNoWriMo!
National Novel Writing Month, usually shortened to NaNoWriMo, is a month-long writing marathon that commences on November 1st. It celebrates putting the pen to the paper or the fingers to the keyboard and pushes you to write and write and write with the goal of hitting 50,000 words by November 30th. It encourages living in the moment of the first draft and halting your inner editor and critic for thirty days.
“What would you like to order?”
“How do you want to celebrate your birthday?”
“What do you want to do with your life?”
Questions like these tend to sneak up on me and catch me off guard. They strike me with a flash of anxiety and I’m suddenly tripping over my words. This is because I can be terribly indecisive.
Admit it: there’s nothing better than feeling pampered and unwinding. Treating yourself can be a great way to de-stress, but the price tag associated with more expensive self-care options like vacations, spa visits, and shopping sprees can be an obstacle when you’re trying to save money.
The good news is that there are plenty of ways to practice self-care without spending a dime! Here’s a list of fifty free or cheap ways to treat yourself:
- Take a walk
- Listen to a podcast
- Call a friend and have a heart to heart
- Lay in the sunshine (with adequate sun-protection, of course!)
- Dance around your room
- Write in a journal
- Look for a free fitness class in your area
- Spend quality time with your pets (or find a friend who has pets)
- Check out free events in your community
- Wake up in time to watch the sun rise
- Try a new recipe that features your favorite ingredients
- Rearrange your furniture and decorations
- Play music that makes your heart sing
- Take out a new book from your local library
- Plan a day off from work
- Find a nearby hiking trail you haven’t been to before
- Window shop and make a wish list of your favorite finds
- Doodle or color
- Get dressed up when you feel like it
- Stay in your pajamas when you feel like it
- Search for a new mantra
- Take a long bath or shower
- Snuggle under a blanket with a cup of tea
- Volunteer for a cause you care about
- Add new things to your bucket list
- Dig up old pictures and put your favorites on your fridge
- Stretch your body
- Watch silly videos online
- Use the beauty products hiding in the back of your cabinet
- Hug a friend
- Strike up a conversation with a stranger
- Write down your favorite inspirational quotes
- Take deep, slow breaths
- Make a homemade gift or card for someone special
- Water the plants
- Water yourself
- Visit a museum with free admittance
- Look up at the stars on a clear night
- Try a new (affordable) hobby
- Roll down the windows when you’re driving
- Masturbate or have sex with a partner you trust
- Find a free crossword puzzle to do
- Prepare today for an easier tomorrow
- Re-read your favorite book
- Go to bed early
- Visit a garden and smell the flowers
- Practice gratitude
What’s your favorite way to treat yourself on a budget? Let us know in the comments!
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