The yoga retreat on an island somewhere in the Pacific and that £50-apop massage habit – beneficial for your wellbeing, sure, but your bank balance? Not so much. If you’re wondering just when did self care get so expensive, don’t worry, here’s how to do me-time minus the price tag
Although we’re big advocates of the mantra ‘treat yourself’, looking after your wellbeing can seem like an expensive habit. In fact, in America alone, the self-improvement industry represents an eye-watering $10 billion per year, so it’s not surprising we’re more often associating care with cash. However it needn’t be this way. “For me, self care is a mindset and it doesn’t have to mean spending loads of money to achieve it,” says motivational speaker Kitty Waters (kittytalks.com). “Of course, we all like spa days and getting our nails done but don’t let your finances stand in the way of your self love. Rather than think of the money you need to spend in the perfect self care activity, carve out time each day to connect inward. A daily meditation practice can make a huge difference. Self care comes in many forms, including the food you eat. Nourishing yourself with healthy food and positive thoughts is part of it too!
Praise your body and yourself daily for the things you do, and be kind to yourself when you look in the mirror. People mistakenly think of self care as just their overall outside appearance, but mastering your inner voice is crucial to this too, so train it to be loving and feel the shift.” There are many ways to master this mindset. Life and wellness coach Elisabetta Franzoso (elisabettafranzoso.com) suggests the following ways of low-cost, nurturing self care practices you can add to your daily routine. “The most important thing is that we learn what activities nurture us in all four dimensions of wellbeing – physical, intellectual, emotional and relational,” she says. “Having a self care practice is to show up for yourself, give yourself that time in the day for you and do so consistently.”