The following is a guest post by the lovely Sophia. She’s a fantastic blogger, and I recommend checking out her blog posts. Find out more about Sophia at the end of this post!
Looking after yourself should always be a priority. Whilst thinking about and prioritising others, we can forget about the most important things, including our own well-being. Expensive tools and methods are not necessary to improve your mental health, and there are many cheap self-care ideas to keep you going and create the life you want.
Keep a Journal
Making note of your feelings and getting them out on paper is an efficient tool to understanding your emotions. Especially when there are problems- venting your ideas will always be a better solution than bottling everything up.
We have all had burnout right? It is an absolute nightmare, for sure. A slump does not need to be the end of the world, it just means that relaxation and downtime is the medicine you need. Slow down your work pace for a while and insert relaxation between the tasks in your day.
If you need cheap self-care ideas- it must begin with sleep. It is the cheapest option around! There are so many reasons why sleep is important, yet many of us do not hit the required 7-8 hours a day. Let your mind rest by getting the sleep it needs, and hopefully, it will improve your overall well-being.
Sleep deprivation can cause many side effects, from irritability and restlessness. Shutting your eyes, even for a few hours, should help your mind to unwind from busy days.
Reduce Your Screen Time
Even as a 21st Century problem, screens are always an issue. You can understand why many parents aim to reduce the screen time of their children. The same policies should remain in place as you get older. Focus on your well-being by reducing eye strain and turning on the blue light filter on all screens!
Filter What You See
Leading on from this, a major cause of worsening well-being is social media culture. We have all compared ourselves to others, and we are driven- sometimes to push ourselves way too hard. The need for our stats to be better. We want to be more aesthetic; we want to improve our image. This impacts self-care because the important things are pushed to the side.
Take vanity and image out of the question and scratch beneath the surface to improve the person you are on the inside.
Talk to Others
No matter what your mind may tell you at silly hours in the morning, there will always be
someone to listen. Whether it’s a loved one, a friend, or a helpline- if you’re struggling, share your feelings with others and let the self-care process take over.
I spent years bottling up my feelings- and choosing to speak out was the wisest thing I did. When you do start talking, you notice all the issues you had forgotten about. Improving your well-being will always help as you allow yourself to open and understand the root cause of the pain- to clear your head fully.
You may not have a solution to your problems but noticing that something is wrong is half the challenge!
Do What You Enjoy
When looking at cheap self-care ideas, starting with what you enjoy is the easiest route. I
usually run a bubble bath or watch a crime documentary- anything to escape from the stresses of life. Use trial and error and find out what works.
Do you need to do nothing, or stay active? Nap or run? Someone can give you a step-by-step guide to bettering your self-care, yet the main issue is that every single person is different. Especially when it comes to downtime- we all do things differently in our spare time.
So, the best tip: take the advice of others but do what feels right for you, and you only.
Appreciate the Little Wins
Things do go well at times, even if it may not seem that way. Self-care can always be put at risk if we focus on everything that is going wrong all the time. Shift your mindset to focus on activities that allow you to appreciate the little wins. At the end of the week, I always make a list of things that went well– whether it be blogging-related, or self-care, or nice things I have done for someone else.
Inserting some form of positivity into yourself and appreciating the great person you are can do wonders for improving your self-care.
Improve Your Daily Routine
I don’t know about you, but I have constantly beaten myself up for falling into bad habits. Waking up late, not drinking enough water, not washing my face- the list goes on. Build a routine you are happy with and be proud of sticking to it.
Self-care is easily improved by focusing on the person. Know what needs to change and make improvements to do so. Even if you’re just taking baby steps, the aim is to look back retrospectively and think that you have done all you can!
About the Author
Sophia is a 21 town girl who started her blog in 2015 as a New Year’s Resolution and an outlet for a rough few years. 6 years on, the rough years have disappeared and yet- she is still typing! Her main calling is blogging for beginners, and all things home, finance, and well-being.