Today we have finally realized how important mental health is. But you go online and see influencers yachting on far away lands, celebrities getting expensive spa treatments and random gurus selling meditation classes for $200 a pop. The average Joe can’t live like that! But don’t worry, you can still implement a healthy self-care routine and reduce stress even if money is tight. Here are 5 ways to practice self-care on a budget.
1 – Bake some Cookies
There’s something incredibly soothing and rewarding about measuring ingredients, mixing them together, and creating a from-scratch delicacy. If you want to get creative, use a shapeable cookie press mold. After you’re done, sit down, relax and enjoy your creations, maybe with one of your favorite movies on.
2 – Create an At-Home Nail Salon
Getting a mani-pedi can make us feel beautiful and rejuvenated in an instant, but how much do we spend for it? Nail salons aren’t always the best option – financially speaking. To bring your nail salon game home, consider getting a professional electric polishing tool, a nail clipper kit and finish off with a UV nail dryer to apply your favorite nail polish in an instant. With an at-home nail salon at your fingertips, you can have nails always on point, without putting a dent in your bank account.
3 – Surround Yourself with Plants
Studies have shown that indoor plants boost mood, productivity and concentration and reduce stress and fatigue. How? They clean indoor air by absorbing toxins, increasing humidity and producing oxygen. Not bad, uh? If you’re always on-the-go though it can be hard to take care of another living being! That’s why I suggest these mini, easy options. Handmade with a rustic feel, these creative vases make caring for small plants super easy.
4 – Go for a Walk
You don’t necessarily need to run a marathon to get the benefits of body movement. According to health experts, you only need to do a 30 minutes walk every day to get that adrenaline pumping and feeling rejuvenated. To help you keep track of your progress make sure to get a smart bracelet or smart watch that works as pedometers and feature health functions so you can monitor your walking distance, steps count, blood pressure and hear rate in real time. To avoid getting bored, bring with you a Bluetooth headset, but make sure to choose a neck-hanging, magnetic and sweat-proof one.
5 – Make Healthy Snacks
Healthy snacking regulates mood, boosts brain power and gives you the energy you need to keep going all day. So resisting the urge to reach for some candy or chips can make a big difference in your overall health. Fruit is the best healthy snack there is but it can be quite plain. That’s why I suggest exercising your creativity by making original fruit platters. You can achieve that with the help of core removers and carving tools to dice, ball, cut, carve and scoop fruit.