Are you guilty of ignoring yourself in order to get everything else done in a day? According to Psych Central, one of the biggest barriers to practicing self-care is feeling guilty over tending to your own needs. In reality, treating yourself can actually be a powerful way to care for others. After all, when you’re worn out, you’re not much help to your co-workers, family or friends.
Transform the narrative about self-care and think of small, budget-friendly ways to treat yourself throughout the week. Whether you want to indulge in a relaxing cup of tea or want to transform a room in your house, you can find small ways to honor yourself. Here are some ideas to get started.
Create a luxury tea experience
After a long day at work, reaching for the cocktails aren’t always desirable and can compound the impact of stress. Instead, create a luxurious tea experience by indulging in high-end teas. Consider splurging on a brand new teapot that speaks to your signature style, whether a ceramic elephant or Osaka inspired. Coming home to a relaxing cup of tea while sitting on your back porch could become a new sacred tradition where you take time to relax and decompress.
Transform your bathroom into a sanctuary
The one place in the house you likely find quiet refuge is in your bathroom, so why not make the most of it? Transform it into a sanctuary that fits your budget by diffusing essential oils like lavender and eucalyptus, lighting pillar candles and using bubble bath or bath salts for a decadent bath after a long day. Consider purchasing a luxurious new shower curtain in bold prints or soft fabric that suit your tastes. Oversized bath towels, a bath pillow and plush bath mat complete your look and bring a touch of comfort.
Do something you once loved to do
What’s gotten lost in the shuffle of work and family? If you’ve let go of friendships, hobbies and favorite indulgences, it may be time to get reacquainted with them. Call up an old friend for brunch, take a long walk during your lunch break or go to a wine tasting to reconnect with yourself. Sometimes just giving yourself permission to relax and do something that brings you joy is enough to truly treat yourself.
Create space for yourself
It’s hard to practice self-care and treat yourself if you can’t make both literal and figurative space for yourself. Start by earmarking a half an hour a day to focus on you, whether you want to sit quietly with a crossword puzzle or listen to your favorite tunes. Create a space in your home with a relaxing chair and side table to hold a good book. Now make a commitment to use that space you created on a regular basis.
Set a budget
Sometimes we also need to make intentional space into our budgets in order to treat ourselves. Whether it’s $5 a week for a decadent coffee or $100 a month to buy a new outfit or get a massage, you can earmark money to go towards a special treat. You’ll end up looking forward to that treat and have less guilt around the expense if it’s already been scheduled and accounted for in your budget.
You don’t need a ton of time, money or even space to treat yourself on a regular basis. Start with the things you already love and create an intention for more self-care in your life.