Self care isn’t always face masks and bath bombs, but today it is. We’ve set boundaries and held ourselves accountable for our mess, now it’s time to reward yourself for honoring you. If this sounds foreign to you, I’m talking directly to you. If I asked you when’s the last time you did something nice for someone, how long would it take for you to name yourself? We buy gifts for people to show them that they’re appreciated. We make time for people that fill us up to strengthen bonds and deepen relationships. And I’m almost positive that we can all benefit from more self-love and appreciation. Why wait for someone to give you something that you can give yourself. That being said here are 3 of my favorite pocket-friendly self-care activities:
- Sensory Deprivation Pod - I know, you’re probably wondering WTF is that. The simple answer is a personal or shared salt water pod that forces you to disconnect from the outside world for the duration of the session. They range from 30 minutes to an hour and can be a nice alternative to the usual massage. Spa music is played to add to the tranquility and you have the option of leaving the pod open or closed. I first discovered them when I was dealing with back pain but stumbled upon a host of benefits such as: muscle relaxation, better sleep, a decrease in pain, and decreased stress and anxiety.
- A walk by the water - Depending on where you live, this may not be possible during the winter season. If there isn’t a body of water in sight, pencil in a vacation for 2020 and call it self care. However, if you have a pond, lake or even an ocean nearby take the time to reset without your cell phone, emails from the office or anything else that typically occupies and overwhelms you. Nature costs absolutely nothing to enjoy and can allow for an amazing reset.
- Journalling - Once again, this costs absolutely nothing and is a great way for you to offload. You can journal daily or when you feel the need. Make note of your wins (big & small), process your emotions and record milestones. Re-reading the journal can help with personal development or simply put a smile on your face by way of nostalgia when you dust it off and revisit your writings in a few years. If you have no idea what to write, jot down a few things you’re grateful for each day.