Life is everything. It’s adventurous, stressful, full, and so many things all at once. This summer has been fun, but I found myself where I need to invest in self love and self care. I took a vacation, but still it wasn’t enough. I didn’t get to relax, or visit the beach, or spas like I wanted to. I’ve been thinking about taking a solo trip on my own after joining a Solo travelers group on FB. Right now, I’m in between jobs and starting a new one at the end of the month, so I have no room to treat myself to a deep tissue massage, or this Hamamm Bath House I’ve been obsessing about lately. I promised myself I would make it there, the experience is one that I need on my list of things to do. I got creative and wanted to share 5 ways I plan on relaxing and showing myself some TLC without spending too much money. Self care on a budget.
1. Take a Hot Bath
Yes, it’s that simple. I know showers are the thing these days, i’ve been apartment hunting and people barely put actual bathtubs in apartments. If you’re lucky enough to have a great tub, give it a good cleaning first and try a bath soak of Milk and Honey. I found this recipe on CrunchyBetty.com. It’s amazing for your skin. Light some candles and put on a spotify playlist of soft music. Enjoy that time alone, and enjoy the peace of silence. Sometimes a good ole bubble bath does the trick as well. It’s so hard to find bubbles in my local pharmacy. I’ve been using Deep Steep, they have so many scents that I love like Grapefruit and Bergamot.
2. Do some yoga.
I’ve found that I can do yoga on my own, without paying for a class. Yoga has always defeated me well within ten minutes of paying for a class. Some yoga classes just aren’t made for bigger bodies, some instructors don’t bother to modify the poses either. To combat wasting the money and then walking out of the class, I find a beginners video on youtube. It’s been a lifesaver when I really want to get a quick workout in, when I want to relax and stretch out all of the kinks from the day. Sitting all day at my desk hurts my hips like crazy. I’m constantly up and walking around to loosen them up and this yoga hip workout is amazing. I try mixing in new videos but I really love this one before and after my workouts at the gym as well.
3. Meal and Movie Night.
We’re a household that doesn’t know what we want when it comes to entertainment. I’m move of a Netflix/Hulu gal, and others love renting through Vudu, or watching shows on cable. When I have the house to myself I make a comforting meal like my One Pot Hamburger Mac. or a Huge Turkey Club . I find my PJ’s, my favorite blanket and the sofa. It’s okay to break the rules for one night and eat on the couch. Typically I watch Harry Potter, or some Cult Classic from my childhood like Addams Family or the Old Batman movies. Right now I’m obsessed with Shameless and The Fosters. There is something about eating my favorite food as a kid or anything with bacon and cheese and watching a movie alone, or with a good friend. It puts me in a good mood, to put my phone on silent and just enjoy being a veg on the sofa.
4. Go near the water
If you’re in a city, take a short drive to the nearest beach. Take your favorite book, a big beach umbrella and relax. While I consider this great TLC, I don’t mind taking a friend who could use to relaxation as well. Catch up with your friend, who you haven’t seen in awhile, or go hang out with a sibling that you’ve been away from for awhile. Take a swim while they watch your things, or rent some jet skis and have a little fun. If you can’t get yourself to a beach, your local pool will do, try to go during the non peak times, like when they first open, or a few hours before they are about to close. Call ahead and ask them before the summers up.
I know this seems like and odd one, but trust me. There’s nothing like giving someone the gift of concern and love. That alone makes me feel a little better about humanity in general. There are so many things happening in the world, that it can stress you out to have all of that information coming at you from the TV, the news, and social media. Take some time to focus on helping those who need your help, helping those who might be where you are mentally, financially, or however. Helping kids, our future is rewarding trust me. Helping cook a meal for your local homeless veterans, and the conversation your have with them will enlighten you and help you understand the people in our society a little better. I like to lend my time at DC Central Kitchen, check out this amazing story of Chef Anand struggle from Addiction to Culinary genius.
XOXO – Michelle