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If you think that you need a lot of money to practice self love, then this list of easy and affordable ways to practice self love is for you.
Are you in need of more self love? If you’re not sure, there are signs and symptoms that you need more self love. If you find that you are in need of a little more attention, then there are many ways that you can practice self love.
When we start to look at Pinterest or Instagram and browse the self love hashtags, it might feel like it will cost an arm and a leg to practice self love. If spending lavishly on yourself isn’t in your budget – it isn’t in mine – then there’s no reason to get discouraged because there are plenty of ways to practice self love in your life without breaking the bank.
It doesn’t have to be about lavish experiences or shopping sprees. It can just be about being more present in your life and making things more clear and happy for yourself. If you want to show yourself more love this year, check out these simple and affordable ways to practice self love.
1. Keep Up with Personal Care
When you’re feeling down, it can feel so much harder to take care of your daily personal care needs. Sometimes taking some time out to take care of those kinds of needs can be the boost that you need to pull yourself out of a dark place.
Taking a nice, relaxing bath in epsom salts can do wonders for pretty much anyone because it can help soothe away the stresses of daily life. Not only that, but when you take better care of yourself, you’ll feel better and therefore look a lot better. It’s always easier to look at yourself in the mirror when you know you’re doing what you need to do to in order to take care of your personal needs.
Personal care can also include the cleanliness of your clothing. Do you find yourself going through piles of dirty clothes just to find something that smells “clean enough”? It’s time to make laundry a priority.
After all of your clothes are clean, it’s time to take a long, hot shower so you can clean yourself well. After you finish up with your shower, you’ll be able to put on something comfortable from your freshly washed laundry. Be sure to be mindful and appreciate how wonderful clean clothes feel against your clean skin. Gratitude can do wonders for changing a mood.
2. Treat Yourself to a Healthy Snack
In the last few decades, a lot of people have been finding ways to make healthier and tastier snacks that people can enjoy without having to feel too much guilt. That can make treating yourself to a snack a fun and exciting (but not unhealthy) thing to do when you’re in the mood.
Whether you buy some frozen or fresh fruits, or go to a specialty health food store locally to peruse their selection, nothing can put a smile on your face faster than a delicious and healthy treat that you enjoy.
3. Take Time to Get Organized
Take a look around you. What do your living and work spaces look like? When you’re a busy person, it can be far too easy to get caught up in day-to-day events so frequently that you allow your organization skills slide a bit too far.
Did you know that having a cluttered environment can exert stress on your mind because your surroundings can influence how you feel about your life and can cloud your internal thoughts. Be sure to take some time every week to tidy things up and find places for the things that you use regularly to go.
It might also be a matter of simply getting rid of the many things that take up space that you don’t even use anymore (if you ever did). Most of us have plenty of things in our homes that we don’t actually need, so clean those up and move them out.
Once your view of your surroundings is less cluttered, then you will feel a lot less stress as you move through your days. This is especially true for people who work from home like me. It’s best to keep your work space and sleep space separate if you possibly can. If that’s impossible (like it has been for me lately), then a lot of time must be taken to keep your space efficient and happy.
4. Get More Sleep
Sleep is one of the most important parts of the day. It’s essential to get rest because sleep is the time during which your body begins to repair itself.
I know that you know that already or you wouldn’t insist that your kids need their sleep. The thing is, you need your sleep too. To be the best mom for your kids, you have to love and care for yourself as much as you love and care for them.
If you suffer from insomnia or have trouble sleeping, getting better night’s sleep may require you to make some major changes to your habits. The book that has helped me the most with my sleep troubles is Say Goodnight to Insomnia.
5. Take Up a Mellow Hobby or Read
Sometimes people just need some time to exercise their mind, or just be entertained by their imagination. The best way to explore those ares is to find a hobby or find a new series of books that you can read during your down time.
For reading, I actually prefer to read books on Scribd now. It’s a lot more affordable than some of the alternatives and more eco-conscious than buying hoards of paper books. I like self improvement books and parenting books, but I would like to find time to read more fiction again at some point. Before kids, I always had my nose in a book.
Precision hobbies like knitting, needlepoint, model building, painting and music are all great ways to express yourself while expanding your brain power. I like exploring different crafting modalities with my daughters.
I also find just spending time in nature is the perfect hobby for me. I like to sit quietly and listen to the nature sounds that surround me while I feel the sun on my face and the wind in my hair. It calms me down and brings me back to center instantly.
6. Start an Exercise Routine
This one should always be near the top of everyone’s list, but people often forget how many benefits that working out can have and they make excuse after excuse about why they just don’t have time.
Studies have known for ages that getting some exercise can be a great way to help your deal with stress and improve your mood. The endorphins that you get from physical activity can also make it easier for you to sleep.
Start with something simple like walking around the block with your kids. Go for a hike if you have trails nearby. Do yoga at home – my girls love to do yoga with me. Or do some basic exercise while you’re at the park.
The key is to find something that you can take pleasure in. Sometimes it can take a couple of months to acclimate a new physical activity and start to enjoy it, so don’t give up without giving each activity a chance.
These are just a few simple ideas on how you can start to practice more self love. As you can see, it’s more about taking care of yourself as well as you take care of your family rather than overindulging.