When you’re working within a tight budget, it’s easy to let certain things go by the wayside simply because you can’t afford them. And while many of these things likely were non-essentials to begin with, one area that people often think has to get pushed to the backburner when they’re low on funds is their own self-care.
Luckily, so much of self-care can be completely free if you only know what it truly takes to take care of yourself and your mental health. So to help ensure that you’re strict budget doesn’t leave you feeling hopeless or downtrodden, here are three tips for practicing self-care on a tight budget.
Learn How To Say “No”
If you don’t have a lot of money to play with, you’ve got to get used to telling yourself “no” pretty quickly to keep yourself from spending all your money and winding up in debt. And while hearing or saying “no” isn’t always an enjoyable thing, at times, all this practice you’ve had with saying “no” could start to pay off when it comes to your own self-care.
According to Susan French, a contributor to The Mighty, sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself and your mental health is to say “no” when someone asks something of you. Especially if the thing they’re wanting won’t bring you happiness or fulfillment, it’s perfectly fine to decline. And the plus side of this is that it’s completely free to say “no” to someone.
Decide What’s Most Important To You
Unless you’ve really budgeted yourself to every penny, there’s likely going to be at least a little wiggle room in your budget. So when you’ve been given a little excess, it’s important that you use that money wisely, especially when it comes to self-care.
To help you do this, Kelly Burch, a contributor to Her Money, recommends that you spend some time thinking about what’s really important to you and what you’ll feel the happiest spending your money on. If you can’t afford to get a monthly massage and visit your friends on the weekend, choose the one that’s going to be best for your mental health while also helping you stick to your budget.
Take Care Of Your Body To Take Care Of Your Mind
One of the best ways to care for yourself mentally is to care for yourself physically. And while many people believe that you have to spend a lot of money in order to eat healthily or be active, the fact of the matter is that you don’t.
Jame Jackson, a contributor to Buzzfeed.com, shares that some of the best ways to care for your body that are completely free include drinking more water, getting more sleep, spending more time outside, relaxing in a hot bath or shower, and getting some daily exercise.
If you think you can’t practice self-care due to financial restraints, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you realize all that’s possible in caring for your mental and physical health without spending much money at all.