You might be reading this because you’re finally taking the time to do some self-care. Or maybe it was one of your New Year’s resolutions to invest in some self-care practices. Remember that self-care isn’t selfish and should without a doubt be a priority in your life. You may not know where to start when it comes to a good self-care regime and that’s okay. That’s why we’ve got this article for you, pointing out the best ways to invest in yourself. And no, not all of what we’re suggesting is about taking a nice warm bubble bath while drinking your favorite glass of wine, although that does sound nice.
These money mindful suggestions are practical for your pocket and can be rather fun. Let’s get into some self-care items that are worth the expense.
What’s worth it?
Before diving in, remember everyone’s idea of self-care is different. Some people find going on a six-mile run gets them their self-care fix, while others might just want some peace and quiet to read a book. It all depends on what you enjoy. Investing in yourself shouldn’t be complicated. It’s as easy as making time to do the things you enjoy, improve your health, or simply relax.
Make time for money mindfulness
Unsure how to decide what is worth it to you? Dedicate some time to money mindfulness. This means understanding why you saving, why you spend, and how all of this makes you feel. Once you understand your money motives, you can make better informed decisions when it comes to self-care. Being money mindful can help you identify what makes you happy and why you’re just buying because the self-care marketing says you should.
Exercise is pretty broad, so let’s get specific. First off, do some movement that feels right for you. Whether you enjoy a heavy lifting session or a walk on the treadmill, do whatever makes you feel your best. To truly invest in yourself and your exercise routine, a great tip is to join a gym. Just remember if you’re not making time to head to the gym to workout during the week the membership you’re paying for is probably going to waste. No one likes to waste money.
Find the Right Gym
That being said, invest in things that make you want to exercise and get that necessary self-care. Find a gym that has all the amenities and equipment you need. If you want fitness classes, a pool, or maybe a steam room and sauna, do your research and join the gym you’ll get the most use out of and feel the most confidence in. There are even gyms that pride themselves on low-cost membership options that come with some great perks.
At-Home Fitness Equipment
If joining a gym isn’t your thing and you don’t have a problem with getting motivated, buy some good quality gym equipment for your home. You don’t have to leave the house in order to work up a good sweat. Plus you will always have the equipment and won’t have to spend money on a monthly membership. Not only that but purchasing gym accessories is an added bonus of motivation to keep working out. For an extra boost of motivation find a good athletic wear subscription to join or buy an Apple Watch so you can track your workouts. Another healthy habit could be to start buying some protein powder and mix it in with a yummy smoothie as a post-workout snack. Exercise helps us to achieve more than our desirable physical wants, it’s great for mental and emotional health as well.
Self-Care Cosmetic Products
Taking care of your body is one of the most important things. Especially as we get older our bodies may encounter some serious changes and challenges. An important tip to remember is to purchase good quality skincare and haircare products. Our skin and hair go through so much change as we age, therefore it is important to treat them properly.
Invest in good skincare. Skincare goes beyond washing your face in the shower or doing a face mask once a week. It involves using sunscreen, yes even when in the middle of winter, moisturizing, exfoliating, and doing inflammation management techniques. Curate a routine that is right for you and don’t over complicate it. Sometimes when using better quality prescription skin care products your routine might go down to three steps. Keep in mind that purchasing good quality skincare can get expensive, therefore ensuring you can afford your self-care investment is important. However, you could save on some products by using prescription ones as well and use your FSA to cover any leftover expenses. Proper skin care also goes beyond products. It’s important to educate yourself about your skin and possible stubborn skin issues you could run into like acne, dry skin, or rashes. Knowing how to combat these issues should be considered when starting your skincare routine.
Completing your skincare regime regularly is a great way to schedule your self-care time into your everyday routine. However long it takes you to complete your skincare process, make sure you take the full time and cherish the moments you’re spending investing in yourself.
Hair Care Products
If you’re worried that you won’t have enough time to allocate towards self-care, don’t fret. Hair care can be done while you’re in the shower. Complete some research and consider investing in natural hair products that do not have damaging ingredients. You can also work in a hair mask while you’re doing some chores around the house, tidying up your room, or doing your skincare routine. Self-care doesn’t have to be complicated and use up all your time. A good tip to keep in mind is to book an appointment with your trusted hairstylist to see what they would recommend for hair care.
Invest in Your Hobbies
One of the simplest ways to find enjoyment or participate in some self-care activities is by doing one of your favorite hobbies.
For example, if reading is one of your favorite activities to do when you have downtime, or if you like to do it when you need a break from stress, set up a reading nook in your home or head over to your nearest library, bookstore, or cafe to read. You can also subscribe to a book delivery service and get a box full of books and goodies on a scheduled basis. OwlCrate is a great option for young adults and kids. Inside the box, you could receive gifts from the publisher, knick-knacks, and other book-related items. Every time you open a box, it’s like a gift for yourself. As a reminder, make sure before getting into your subscription plan that your budget allows for this extra expense.
If it doesn’t, borrow books from the library, your friends or buy used books. Use the Goodreads app to track your reading progress and write reviews on the books you read. Friend others within the app to see what latest book they’re reading and what their thoughts are on it.
Take the leap and start your self-care journey today by investing in some of these activities and products. Your self-care regime will only get easier and more enjoyable with time. Don’t neglect to find time for “me time.” Be prepared to adapt to the change in your finances and budget. Self-care doesn’t have to be expensive, there are plenty of great options for every budget so you can reap the benefits.