Everywhere we turn, we’re told we need to up our self-care quotas. Most of the messages saying that include, but are not limited to: bath bombs, going out for a coffee, going on a shopping spree, going out for drinks, splurging on that expensive concert ticket, etc etc etc. What does that all boil down to? SPEND MONEY TO FEEL BETTER!
But how realistic is that for most people? In all honesty, it isn’t, and can be part of what amps and ramps people up so that they need to do more self-care, then continue in the cycle of guilt and dread and anxiousness and frustration. As part of my practice, I encourage clients to do self-care that’s cheap or free: sitting outside for 5-10 minutes; going to bed earlier; taking a walk in a park; just sitting and listening to music, really getting in to it; reading a magazine or book (or listening to an audio book, if that’s your jam). These are just a few things that clients have brainstormed over the years. Some take up 5 minute yoga routines, or replace a cup of coffee or a can of soda with a glass of water or unsweetened tea.
My own self-care includes putting on pajamas as soon as I’m home, and cuddling with my cat, which has added benefits besides annoying him. Simple, free, and can be done daily, provided I’m at home and not traveling.
Until next time, keep up the good work!