Between keeping up with the kids school and sporting functions, keeping our homes semi-neat, running errands, and cooking meals, and in my particular case, running a home business, it’s hard to take time for yourself.
Take it from me, in order to stay saner, you need to make it a priority to schedule time for yourself. Not only because you deserve it, but because it forces your brain to reset and that helps to make you more productive.
So that actually means that we need to take a break in order to keep up with everthing else!
But just because we need to do it, doesn’t mean we can afford it.
Let me tell you how you can treat yourself without breaking the bank.
Take a Hot Bubble Bath
I know I am not the only one who can feel like a brand new woman after a nice, hot bath.
Sometimes I will use fun bath bombs or bath salts during my soak. They leave my skin feeling refreshed and soft, but beware, as the bath bombs can sometimes stain the tub (causing a whole other level of “now I need to clean the tub, guilt”.
Bath products can be expensive, so it’s especially best to stock up when you find a good deal.
Read a Book
Taking quiet time for yourself to just relax and read a book can do wonders!
Sometimes, I will even read while I am in the bath!
You can easily get books for free from your local library or borrow them from friends and family.
Sitting down with a nice book can help you unwind after a long day, and help you focus on something else besides your to-do list.
Make Your Favorite Beverage
It’s no surprise that I love a great cup of coffee!
Just sitting down, sippin’ on a hot cup of joe and breathing in the aroma, without having to do anything else is just amazing.
If coffee is not your thing, make yourself a delicious cup of tea or hot chocolate.
Take some time for yourself, sit down, and allow the warmth to consume you.
Take A Nap
Did you know that taking a quick cat nap can restart the rest of your day?
If you’re having a stressful day or just need to take a break, nothing will make you feel better than a nap!
If you are afraid of sleeping the rest of the day away, simply set an alarm. A friend of mine gave me a great tip that works wonders for not feeling sluggish after a power nap: quickly drink a cup of coffee before you lay down. By the time you open your eyes (approx 20-40 mins later) the coffee has kicked in and you’ll perk right back up! Genius!
And guess what? Naps are free!
Watch Your Favorite Show
In an effort to cut our cable bill, we have Netflix subscription and Hulu for our TV.
When I want to relax without dealing with life’s responsibilities, I’ll turn on a fun show such as Cake Boss or Say Yes To The Dress. You know, something my boys won’t normally sit through.
Watching some TV is still a nice treat, and it won’t cost you anything extra!
Get Your Makeup Done
There is something amazing about getting my hair, nails, and makeup done. But going to a salon can be very pricey!
Most makeup stores or makeup counters in the department stores will do your makeup for free!
This is a great way to get pampered, feel amazing, and it wont cost you anything. If you are worried about feeling compelled to make a purchase, when you make the appointment mention that you are on a tight budget and ask if they do makeovers for free. Then, when you arrive at the appointment, mention that you are trying out the feel of their skincare and you need time to wear it and try it out.
Give Yourself A DIY Pedicure
Spending $25 to $50 at a salon to do your nails can hurt your pocketbook.
Plus we all have a ton of nail polishes we’ve got for free with our coupons. Let’s put them to good use!
Freshen up your toes and make them feel new again by giving them the royal treatment. Soak first, scrub the bottoms, use lotion on them and then polish those piggies!
Having nicely painted toenails gives you confidence to wear those fun sandals that have been buried in your closet too!
Go For A Walk
This one might not be a treat for everyone, but I love going for walks.
I’m naturally a slow walker so I love taking walks on my own where I can go at my own pace.
I get the added benefit of enjoying the breeze, without the pressure of a hard workout!
As I walk I pray, listen to the birds and sometimes I put on my headphones and listen to an audiobook I received for free.
Plus, walking gets your blood flowing to make you more productive through out the day. Another benefit!
I know you’re probably laughing at this one but think about the last time you truly did nothing. You probably can’t remember, can you?
This is such a rare occurrence that it really is a treat!
Make a pact with yourself to do nothing for an hour this month, or even just 10 minutes.
Sitting alone with your thoughts, without any distractions can feel amazing.
My best ideas come when I am not trying to come up with them (or when I am in the shower and have nothing to write them down…).
Treating yourself doesn’t have to mean spending hundreds of dollars for a day on the town. If you’re feeling run down and could use a pick me up, give one of these a try!
Your Turn: What is your favorite way to treat yourself? Let me know in the comments below!
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