Self-care is really important to me. That doesn’t always mean pampering myself, but when it does, I’ve often ended up splurging in order to treat myself. Pedicures massages, or a trip to Starbucks can be a great way to relax, but they’re not the only option.
Self-care means a lot of things. It means taking care of myself in every aspect of my life. This includes taking care of my finances, even if it means that I need to change up the way I relax from time to time.
Currently, I’m on a tighter budget than I have been in the past, so I’ve had to come up with some more creative (read: cheaper) ways to pamper myself and relax. Here are a few of the ways to change things up if you’re on a tight budget or just want to save up some money while still occasionally treating yourself. I hope you’ll find some of these tips helpful.
Have a spa day at home. Although this will be really different from going to an actual spa, you can do a lot to make it a relaxing experience. Turn off your phone, avoid making any plans, and treat yourself to a day of relaxation. You can take a nice bath, do your nails, apply a face mask, and spend a large time just relaxing and staying away from the busyness around you.
Allow yourself to have a splurge day without overspending. If you’re the type of person that likes to treat yourself by going out, try to learn some alternatives for the same sort of activity. If you want to have a movie night, invite some friends over and encourage everyone to bring a snack to share. You can all unwind together and watch one or more movies. Snacks or ice cream from the store will be cheaper than they would be at the movies, and you won’t have to worry about annoying strangers around you if you feel like being loud.
Give yourself permission to stay in. If you’re having a particularly difficult day or you don’t feel like spending money, don’t let yourself feel peer pressured to spend money just to hang out with friends. Allow yourself to pass on those invitations if that’s what you need in order to take care of yourself.
Enjoy the simple things in life. Make yourself your favorite tea. Buy a new candle and spend some time enjoying the new scent in your room. Enjoy a scoop of your favorite ice cream. If you take the time to enjoy the small pleasures that come with life, that simple act will go a long way.