Mental Health, Mindfulness

Self-Care Doesn’t Have to be Expensive

I had a thought today…as I was driving home from getting a massage.  Is self-care really expensive?  I think the answer to this question is different for everyone.  For me, the answer is no.  But I have to be mindful about how I practice self-care because for me, it can get expensive if I practice it too much.  Let me give you an example of how it can get expensive.

Let’s just say someone decides to practice self-care by taking care of themselves.  This person does a monthly massage, gets their nails done twice a month, goes to a weekly yoga session and has a coffee date with a friend every Sunday morning.  Now, let’s do some simple math for the expense for the month.

Massage – $80.00          Nails – $125.00              Yoga – $50.00              Coffee – $40.00

Now this is just an estimate but that adds up to almost $300.  Per month!  Doesn’t sound all that affordable, does it?  For some, this expense might be easy but for most of us, it’s an added expense we just can’t swing.  Maybe we can handle one or two of these practices but not all of them each month.  How do we choose?  It’s hard isn’t it.  It would be hard for me.

That’s why I have found some practices that don’t cost a thing.  Now let’s see how some free practices can take the place of some of these expenses.

Beach Time               At-home Pedicure             Gardening                   Forest Walk

All of these cost little to nothing.  A day at the beach can be free, depending on the beach.  Doing your nails yourself only has the cost of buying the polish.  Gardening can involve cleaning up your yard or planting some flowers.  And a walk in the forest is totally free!  And each of these practices can be swapped for one of the more expensive practices.  You still get your self-care in and you save some money.  That’s what I call a win-win!

Listen, the bottom line is that you DO practice self-care.

  • Practice in ways that you can afford.
  • Don’t feel peer pressure to do things that cost more money than you can afford.
  • Make them fun so you can keep doing them month after month.
  • Change up your practices when you get bored.
  • Create a reward system so you can have one luxurious practice every three months.

Before you know it, you’ll be able to spoil yourself more often because you’ve saved money every time you’ve done a practice that’s free.  

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