Self-care can look different on any given day…. and sometimes a face mask or meditation just isn’t enough.
If you’re looking for new self-care ideas that don’t have to break the budget, I’ve put together these tips for you.
Grab what you need to freshen up your self-care routine.
CREATE A VISION BOARD
If you’re looking to refocus your life, taking some time to create a vision board could definitely count as self-care. I’ve been keeping a vision notebook for the past few months. Every few weeks I add 2-3 “vision pages” – essentially pictures and words that refresh my visions. I find it incredibly calming and grounding to put together a collage that expresses my visions of life.
RELAX WITH WHITE NOISE
Take a moment or two to relax to some soothing white noise. Birdsong. A shower of rain. The steady gurgle of a nearby stream. The thrilling rush of a waterfall. The next best thing would be to find a YouTube video.
This is one of my favourite and totally free ways to freshen up the house. I’m not a Feng Shui expert, but I believe it also changes the energy flow. And even the kangaroo ( the one from the Kangaroo Chronicles ) already knew “If you rearrange the furniture for a few days, you can have a very cheap holiday”.
I am not a poetry person myself, but somehow, over the last couple of years, new-age ‘insta-poetry’ (championed by Rupi Kaur, Dhiman, Atticus, Alyssa Harmon, Dhiman, or @dark_ish_diary)…just to mention some poets of this century) has started to feel like a certain form of self-care to me. The uplifting messages, the sharing of universal human emotions – it all feels like a soothing balm for the soul.
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LEARN A NEW SKILL OR HOBBY
Bonus points if you make it creative, or if it’s something to occupy your hands, like a DIY project around the house.
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INDULGE IN NOSTALGIA
Watch the TV series or movie from your childhood, re-read your favourite childhood books or comics, flip through old photos. Of course, focus on the parts of your childhood that you have happy memories of.
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CHANGING BED SHEETS
Ah! There’s something so refreshing about clean sheets. I guess it’s linked to the simple act of stripping away the old/dirty bits and replacing them with clean, fresh things – which is as good as a metaphor for a mood reset… and the smell of fresh sheets always calls me and makes me dream lovely dreams.
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TAKING A NAP IRRESPECTIVE OF THE TIME
My personal life has been rather heavy for the last few months. Lots of changes that I am dealing with. Almost every day, I reach a point of unbearable overwhelm – from my feelings, the never-ending list of to-dos, and just the constant churning of thoughts in my head. Taking a short nap ( especially in fresh bed sheets) – no matter how time inappropriate it might seem – has been one of those things which has truly helped me keep sane during this period.
Well, truth to be told, self-care is never not important !? Right?