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Practice Self-Care on Any Budget


Article by Jennifer McGregor

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Self-care is an essential ingredient in any happy life. Taking good care of yourself is your ticket to improved mood, higher energy levels, better sleep, and more positive relationships with the people around you. It can also help you find relief from mental health issues like anxiety and depression. In our fast-paced world, it’s safe to say that we could all use a little more self-care in our lives. Fortunately, practicing self-care is both easy and affordable! Here are some tips to help you get your daily dose of self-care without breaking the bank.

Shop Online to Save on Self-Care Products

You don’t need a lot of stuff to practice self-care. That said, there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to some new products once in a while! A few personal care and beauty products can really take your self-care routine to the next level. To keep your shopping under budget, look for deals and discounts online instead of paying full price in-store. For example, you can grab all kinds of online coupons and promo codes to save money on beauty care products from Sephora!

Keep Your Diet Simple for Affordable Nutrition

While eating healthy can be expensive, it certainly doesn’t have to be. Budget-conscious consumers should steer clear of prepackaged foods and buy inexpensive produce and bulk pantry staples that can be whipped up into nutritious meals at home. Bonus points if you shop and eat seasonally! Eating Bird Food recommends stocking your pantry with fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, lean protein, nuts, and seeds so you always have healthy ingredients on hand.

You might not even have to go shopping to start your healthy meal plan. Take a peek inside your pantry and see what ingredients you have to work with! Foodies Today recommends several tasty, nutrient-packed meals that you can make with ingredients you likely have at home. For example, try kicking that tomato soup up a notch by adding frozen spinach and tortellini, or throwing together a quesadilla with whatever proteins and veggies you have in your fridge. You spent hard-earned money on all that food—don’t let it go to waste!

Skip Those Fancy Fitness Classes 

Regardless of your body type, regular exercise is undeniably essential for your overall physical health and mental well-being. Daily physical activity keeps every part of your body—from your heart to your brain—operating at its best. But you don’t have to go to the gym, hire a personal trainer, or attend pricey fitness classes to get in shape. You don’t even need to leave the house! 

At-home bodyweight training can be very effective as long as you have the motivation to get started. All you need is a cheap workout mat and some comfortable clothes, and you can begin burning calories and building muscle right in your living room! If you have a little extra room in your budget, pick up a few dumbbells or resistance bands to take your workouts to the next level.

Establish a Revitalizing Morning Routine

If you’re having a hard time finding the motivation to make healthy diet changes or exercise daily, it’s time to re-evaluate your morning routine. As Thrive Global explains, how you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. If your morning consists of dragging yourself out of bed, rushing through breakfast, and downing a cup of coffee as you’re running out the door, you’re missing out on the motivating and energizing effects of a good morning routine. 

Instead, be sure to allow extra time for a wholesome meal, some morning stretches, and a few moments with City Lifestyle to start your day. City Lifestyle will help you get on track for a positive and healthy day, focused on intention and gratitude. The best part? Adopting a positive and worthy morning routine is completely free!

Do you take care of yourself? While self-care is a simple concept, taking deliberate actions to care for our mental, physical, and emotional well-being is easier said than done—especially when you’re on a tight budget. Keep it simple by focusing on diet and exercise, and don’t forget to treat yourself every so often!