When you think of self care what do you think of? Sometimes I feel like we build “self care” into a concept or kind of goal that isn’t attainable. I still catch myself believing that luxury self care is the only type. That if for the next six months I can’t afford to join a gym, get regular facials and massages—then I shouldn’t even try; I just can’t do self care right now. It takes the value away from the daily habit self care that actually makes the huge difference in my life and just gives me another reason to judge myself. Here are some super casual and inexpensive ways to ground self care back in your daily habits rather than throwing yourself under the bus of daily stress.
You might still be asking, but when? These things are all just habits. Once you work it into your routine they take no time at all. The first few weeks of making space for them is hard. One of my strongest recommendations that is also one of the most hated recommendations is for you to put your television in a closet and turn off unlimited data to your devices. Egad, she can’t be serious. Oh, I am. Putting it away will force you to go outside your comfort zone and actually DO one of the amazing things there are to do in this world. What did you watch shows on? Go and do it instead! Go to the library and borrow books, take a class, follow a tutorial, go outside, make something, literally do ANYTHING else but watch tv. If you want to watch something, go see a movie with your best friend and sneak in tall boys and giggle. Or go to a family members house and have dinner with them then watch a show. Turning off unlimited data will make you go into public for a wi-fi signal, enjoy our public spaces a little. After a few months you can bring it back out now that you can have a healthier relationship with your passions, your brain, and the tv.
Remember to put yourself and the health of your family first!
*photo by Historia Collectiva
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