Self-Care is Priceless

Five Ways to Practice Self-Care Without Breaking the Bank

by Chantal-Annik Ezoua

Society has allowed many of us to believe that practicing self-care includes a price tag. In fact, we often see the hashtag self-care on social media connected to expensive activities such as shopping, traveling, spa dates, and dinning at 5-star restaurants. While these are great ways to treat ourselves, self-care is much more than that. Self-care is ensuring that we take care of our mental and physical health as we also focus on other commitments and responsibilities. Previously, on the Alika blog, Lola Troy reminded us that practicing self-care means that at times we may have to say “no” to focus on ourselves, and that’s ok. Now take a moment to think about the last time you did something great for yourself. Think about the last time you made yourself simply smile. If it’s taking you a while to identify one thing, don’t worry you are in good company and there is a solution for us all THIS MONTH!

September is a pivotal point of the year because it causes many of us to self-reflect, and what better time to do that than National Self-Care Awareness Month. That’s right, September is the perfect time for you to focus on YOU! As we enter into a new season and get closer to the end of the year, we start to think about areas in our lives that could use improvement or even a little sprucing up. Naturally, it means that we consider eliminating bad habits, realign ourselves to set goals and embrace positivity. Hence why it’s the perfect month to focus on our self-care routines.

Remember, you don’t have to spend a dime to treat yourself. Here are five ways that you can practice self-care without breaking the bank! Try one, two or even all five of these activities, and challenge your loved ones to do the same.

5 ways that you can practice self-care:

                                                           

 

1. Turn off your phone or enable do not disturb mode.

There are days where it can be helpful to disconnect from the world and focus on your thoughts. In these moments you may find clarity and solutions to unanswered questions that you have. Many of us have become dependent on our phones and feel the need to always be connect, but I challenge you try disconnecting for 30 minutes a day. Image what you can do for yourself during that time! Try it.

2. Take a walk in the park or have a solo picnic with a good book.

This pandemic has forced us to reminisce about the joys of being outside. Honestly, it is not a requirement to surrounded by people to enjoy being outdoors. Since the start of the pandemic, I have been on many picnics, walks in the park, and I can sometimes be spotted reading a good book under a shady tree. There’s nothing more refreshing than being in nature and sorting through your thoughts. Not only is a great way to reset, but you will also get Vitamin D, and according to many academic studies, Vitamin D has a direct correlation to our mental health. The lack it can lead to depression, being moody and exhausted. Take a walk, your body will thank you.

                                                                           

 

3. Enjoy a spa day at home.

Now listen, you may have to spend a ‘lil coins for this here suggestion…but hear me out! Last month, I visited my local Marshalls and got lost in the beauty section. I left with lavender Epsom salt, bubble bath, a face mask and a candle and spent less than 20 dollars (for more than one spa day!). When I got home, I ran my bath, lit my candle and turned on a good playlist (oh and I added a glass of wine here). It was vibes all afternoon and I did not want to get out until the lavender Epsom salt had me begging for my bed. I want that for you too sis. Leave your phone in under a pillow somewhere and relax your mind. I guarantee that you will be at peace right before you drift into the best nap! Try it.

4. Journal and/or meditate.

Writing your feelings and thoughts down can be so therapeutic. It also allows you to self-reflect, record patterns and hold yourself accountable in various areas of your life. Whether you are attracted to beautiful notebooks or if your note section on your phone is sufficient, take some time to be still and write. Don’t think about it too much, just allow the words to flow. You will surprise yourself with all thoughts and ideas that fill the pages, and you may find clarity and peace in the process. Try it.

                                                           
 
5. At Home Yoga Workout.

Feeling stressed? Breathe. If you have never tried yoga before, believe me when I say it is one of the greatest ways to unwind and relieve yourself of unnecessary stress. Being a regular yoga class goer can get pretty pricey; but guess what?! There are endless classes on YouTube and Instagram that are FREE! I encourage you to search for a video and make space in your home and enjoy some yoga time. Do not be discouraged, you do not have to be athletic or super flexible. Yoga is for everybody! Try it.

 

Now, I hope you understand the assignment. Challenge yourself to identify sustainable ways that you can practice self-care even when your budget it tight. This September, commit to practicing self-care and protecting your peace.

May blessings, be encouraged and stay tuned for the next Beauty for Ashes post!

 – Chantal


 

 

Chantal-Annik Ezoua is passionate about women’s empowerment, self love and encouraging people around her to live at their fullest potential. Professionally, she works in academic publishing promoting the study of physics amongst her clients internationally. In her latest endeavor, she has become a key contributor for the Alika blog where she started Beaty for Ashes section to remind our readers that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. During her free time she enjoys volunteering with organizations such as the National Urban League, blogging, traveling and brunches at tasty restaurants. Be sure to subscribe to helloalika.com to stay uplifted and to read the latest Beauty for Ashes posts! 

  • Edna Pettiford
    September 12, 2021

    This article is great as well as the previous one about how to say no. Recently because of being a caregiver for my husband I’ve had to learn how to say no to my older sister who came to depend on me far too often for just little things. Had to start saying no. Ask someone else maybe your children. As for me I still like to have me time by just browsing in stores looking for bargains. However because of the pandemic I have had to cut back on this. Thanks Alika. Great suggestions for self care.

    • Alika
      September 20, 2021

      Thanks for your response. You deserve to take time to care for yourself. Being a caregiver is no easy task. So glad to hear that these tips are helpful + and you are enjoying the Alika blog.

  • M.K.
    September 12, 2021

    Great post and surely a reminder to add self-care to any daily routine.

    -M

    • Alika
      September 20, 2021

      We are happy to hear that you liked the post and it serves as a reminder for daily self care. Thanks for being a part of our community.

  • Charnita Robinson
    October 6, 2021

    I am definitely preserving this list. Something I plan to keep in rotation every quarter.

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