Simple Self-Care Tips for Showing Yourself Compassion When You Need It Most

Simple Self-Care Tips for Showing Yourself Compassion When You Need It Most

Feeling overwhelmed by life? That’s actually pretty normal. From jobs to kids to keeping up with the news, things can get stressful fast. That’s why practicing self-care is more important now than ever. Want to know more about how self-care can help you be a better version of you? If so, keep reading these self-care tips. 

Self-Care Doesn’t Need to Be Complicated

When you think about getting more self-care as a busy adult, you may be thinking that it’s impossible to fit spa days or massages into your schedule or your budget. However, self-care doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated to provide benefits to your mental health. For example, your version of self-care may involve watching your favorite movies, alone or with your family. Streaming sticks make this simple self-care practice super easy, and the different models and prices mean you pay only for the features you want. Spending time relaxing with familiar shows and movies is a small self-care habit that can provide big benefits. So indulging in hundreds of TV shows and movies with your family — or even with your spouse after the kids are asleep — can be a perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of a hectic day. 

Self-Care Can Be Strategized in Advance

Does the thought of taking on your daily challenges trigger feelings of frustration for you? If so, you’re not alone. From dealing with finances to unexpected health issues, there are a lot of reasons people get so stressed. By planning for these emotional triggers and practicing compassion through self-care, you can reduce the negative effects on your mental and physical health. If you have a strategy for how to approach a situation now, you’ll be in a better place to tackle it when a problem arises. For example, if you know money is tight, plan a budget and stick to it or look to making homemade creations as birthday and holiday gifts to help cut costs.  

Self-Care Doesn’t Have to Come With Any Cost 

Did you know that 53 percent of Americans feel stressed about money during the holiday season, and those feelings can linger well into spring? With pressure to keep up with the Joneses, that may not come as a surprise. But you should know that including self-care into your plans doesn’t have to add to any financial worries. While simple self-care, such as using a streaming device to relax with classic holiday movies, can come with a seriously low price tag for your budget, there are other self-care steps that are 100 percent free

You could keep a gratitude journal, start a home yoga practice, or slather on some DIY face masks. Another self-care practice that costs nothing but comes with major payoffs is finally learning how to say “no” without feelings of guilt. First of all, know that it’s normal to feel a little weird about saying “no,” especially when you are turning down friends, family members, or co-workers. If it helps you feel less guilty, you can try offering a compliment with your refusal; however, a firm “no” is always okay too, especially if it keeps you from feeling too overwhelmed. 

The bottom line: More self-care can make managing your mental health less stressful. And even if you are on a budget, it’s possible, and is a reward you deserve!

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