Ah, self-care. Such a freaking buzz word these days.
In NYC there’s no shortage of fancy treatments that promote self-care. Cryotherapy and infrared saunas and acupuncture and color puncture. And holy moly, I can barely afford to workout, let alone all these fancy shmancy treatments I’m supposed to do to be “well.”
I ain’t go no time nor money for that.
So today I’m focusing on more approachable (**cough cough** CHEAP) ways to indulge in some self-care. Nothing woo-woo and definitely nothing crazy expensive.
Self-care is something you actively choose to do that nourishes your mind and/or body.
Yes, it can be working out if you’re going for a run to clear your mind. But it’s not the same as Oh my god I need to hit the pavement because if I don’t workout I’ll feel guilty about all that vegan cheesecake I ate this weekend.
Nope, def not that.
Wellness extends beyond working out and eating kale. Self-care is about having a wellness practice that goes deeper.
As I’ve realized from experience, you can eat all the kale you want and work out 6-days a week. But if you’re not taking care of yourself elsewhere, you’re still going to feel like utter crap.
That’s where self-care comes in. It’s those wellness-y things that aren’t quite working out or food related. But are still important when it comes to living a balanced life.
Why it’s especially important for me lately.
I’ve been struggling a lot lately with feeling balanced with all I’m juggling. I’m filled with guilt if I’m not being productive during every second I’m awake.
This introvert has been “on” a lot lately. So much so that I’m left feeling wiped out more often than not. One way to take care of myself? Self-Care. I gotta do the things that recharge my battery and leave me feeling refreshed.
15 Ways to Practice Self-Care For The Lazy (and Cheap…)
Your turn: How do you practice self-care?