Self Care is super important. It is a big buzz word in the Wellness Industry and a popular #hashtag across all the socials. Self Care has almost become anther badge of honour, akin to how stressed you are or how green your bowl of food is. The thing is, Self Care has become a saleable item, or the lack of it. How many of you feel the guilty or pressured for not booking in enough pedicures or facials at your local beauty salon?
I'll admit, I am in the business that markets to Self Care. But more than that, I am in the business of Stress Management and Wellness Coaching. I love nothing more than helping my busy clients find an hour or more of relief from the tension and stress that manifests in their body, by creating a sustainable approach to their Self Care. Many of my clients are once a monthers - maintenance and wellbeing bookings. So what happens in the weeks between?
How can you sustain your Self Care without breaking the bank? Not all Self Care has to look like paid appointments or classes. Here are my personal top 5 ways to engage in Self Care activities, that are cheap and not overly Woowoo.
1. On ya bike. I have a bike. It's vintage inspired purple number that I named, The Purple Lady. It has a basket and a child seat. Getting on my bike (when the weather is nice) brings about an amazing sense of freedom and wellbeing. I love being able to cruise on down to the River Foreshore and ride along at a pace I choose.
2. Netflix. or Stan. or any other platform that you can get hooked into a series. I have no problem with Binge watching for Self Care. Obviously if you are doing it day in day out, there's a problem. Everything in moderation. I'm currently loving Flaked - Will Arnett is too good in this series.
3. Cooking. or Baking. When the mood strikes or if I'm feeling bored, making food is great Self Care, from reading food magazines and cook books to planning and creating. The good thing about this Self Care activity is that you often end up with meals for the week or food for lunches, taking the pressure off other days when you are busy.
4. Reading. Fiction. I love books. I have heaps of them, although many of them are non fiction, self help, massage related or business books. Novels are good. An engaging story with great characters is so enjoyable to get swept up in and carried away. Reading fiction before bedtime is great Self Care. It helps to wind the brain down.
5. Laughter. They say laughter is the best medicine, and I would have to agree. Get silly, tell jokes, muck around with your kids, play, have a fun time with your friends and find something to laugh about each and every day. Laughing is great Self Care; drop the constant seriousness and lighten up.
Self Care can come in many different shapes and sizes, and doesn't;t have to break your bank. Have a think about all of the things that you enjoy. Maybe it's colouring in. I like doing that with my kids. Music on, pot of tea or glass of wine and a fresh box of sharpened coloured pencils to colour with. Maybe you like flying kites. What ever it is for you, know that you can find Self Care activities that are relatively cost free and easy to engage in.
Stress Less, Live More!