10 Self-Care Tips That Practically Won’t Cost You Anything

Nowadays, self-care is not only important, but it is also practical. When we say self-care, we don’t just mean using skin white toner or tea-tree-oil shampoo. Self-care goes beyond grooming and hygiene, as helpful as these things are.

A lot of people who let themselves go and neglected to care for themselves have suffered some form of anxiety and depression. This has led to folks not functioning well in the workplace and in society.

One has to learn how to take care of himself or herself to live a fuller life. Invest in yourself, too. You are as important as your other concerns.

10 Very Practical Self-Care Tips that Almost Costs Nothing

If you want to bring order to your life, start with your home. A messy and cluttered space adds to one’s stress and anxiety. Cleaning and organizing your space frees you from these unnecessary triggers. In this case, cleaning is no longer a chore but a therapy.

One of the things that add toxicity to life today is online exposure. Do yourself a favor and turn off those notifications. If you can’t completely disconnect, then keep your time online to a minimum and don’t argue with people in the comments section.

Journaling is a great way of unloading unwanted baggage off your shoulders. It allows you to go on a deeper and more intimate journey of self-discovery.

Taking naps allows your body to slow down for a few minutes and do a quick reboot especially when you’re exhausted and still have a long way to go. Taking a nap between 4:00 PM is also proven to give you a mental recharge and minimize weight gain.

We all tend to get caught up in the notion that we need to always be on the move to be productive. Thus, we run ourselves to the ground grinding and hustling. We fail to recognize that taking time off and doing absolutely nothing is also a crucial part of one’s productivity. It’s good for your health and well-being.

Dance is a great way to exercise without going to the gym or any classes. Sure, there are paid group classes or one-on-one sessions but if you don’t see yourself pursuing dance as a passion and just need an outlet to let loose, turn the volume up and just dance like no one’s looking.

A hobby is designed to distract you from your routine to re-energize you. If you have a few hobbies that you were into growing up, revisit them. If you don’t, try getting into one. It doesn’t have to be expensive. It just has to be something you’re interested in that you can pursue.

One of the simplest yet highly-therapeutic ways of enjoying life is to list down all the things you are thankful for in a small notepad. At the end of the day, go over that list and see just how blessed you still are.

Setting boundaries for people is a great way of reminding them that you are your own person and you are not at their beck and call. Stop trying to please everyone by being a “yes” man.

Life, as it is, is such a wonderful thing to not enjoy. Take time to live by laughing and playing. It is okay to have fun. In fact, it is important to have fun. It keeps you sane and energized.

It’s always a good thing to take care of others but in the process, do not neglect to take care of yourself. Remember, you can’t give what you don’t have.

Speak soon,

Lotsa love

AG xxo

Living in lockdown – how are we really getting on?!

Well gals, here we are.

Week 67 of lockdown?

I have honestly lost count of the time, days and weeks at the minute. Every day is Groundhog Day.

How are you getting on?

I think we have all been asked this question / asked this question to someone recently lol but does anyone really know the answer? Truth is there is no right or wrong way to feel in this situation because nobody has ever done it before. We are living in literal history. This will be a GCSE question in 20 years time folks 🤣.

I have been back home with my family for just over 6 weeks now, I was home for a ten day break before this really kicked off and low and behold I never got back to London. I don’t think we ever expected it to get this bad. For me ( and this sounds stupid I know) i just thought the rest of the world would go through it and we would skip on by somehow. Now we are all adjusting to the new ‘normal’.

Now more than ever, we are on our phones constantly, social media flat out refreshing looking at what everyone is doing and sharing what we are doing. I am grateful for this as I have a bit of a platform to distract myself with and throw my attention at. At the same time it can be the source of anxiety and stress. I only have a fraction of clothes with me; which is whatever I know because we aren’t going anywhere! But for me it’s the creative distraction I’m craving while I can’t work. Things like this can lead to constant comparison. Same with seeing people being more organised, doing more workouts, more baking more anything really. I am a very organised and routine driven person normally, so for me I need to write lists and plan things in my head to keep me going. Saying all this, I have had days where I have barley brushed my hair or got off the sofa mind you – but these days are gonna happen. While we all go through this new way of life what we need to remember is we can only do what feels right for us and our bodies. Some days we can take what everyone else is doing as motivation or we can say well fair play to them but I’m going to eat 5 Easter eggs today not run a 5k.

I can’t say I’ve learnt any new life skills so far but what advice I can give is to talk, be present and be kind. Keep in contact with everyone more now than ever, send a random message to someone you maybe haven’t seen in a while. Talk to your friends about how you’re feeling: even if it is to say you feel shit that day. Love everyone harder after this, hug everyone tighter and don’t ever say no to a night out again 😛

Stay safe everyone, see you on the other side of this.

Speak soon,

Lotsa love

AG xxo