Moving into a new apartment is stressful. From dealing with rent, utility, and grocery bills on your own (or splitting them with a roommate) to adjusting to living alone (if you are), there are some pretty sizable changes that come with getting your first apartment. That’s why these 5 self care activities are some of the best things you can do to sit back, relax, and make sure you’re taking care of yourself.
While self care has tons of definitions, at its core, it’s all about doing the things you love in the midst of your daily stresses. Don’t think you need to head to some expensive spa or book a fancy vacation, either. There are options you can do right in your home that’ll get your mental health in check and help you cope.
What should you try?
Here me out. You may think that meditation is cheesy, but it’s so much more than sitting with your legs crossed in total silence. Thanks to a focus on mental health, there are now apps that will walk you through quick, guided meditations, and the best news? They’re totally free.
2. Head To The Library
Reading is a great way to relax whether it’s fiction or self-help. If you’ve got a tight budget and won’t be heading to the bookstore any time soon, though, your local library is your friend. Head there, grab a library card, and get to relaxing with a good print or audio book.
3. Start Planning
Self care activities aren’t necessarily all about kicking back. Some are more proactive means to manage your stress. One of the best ways to do so? Figuring out the best uses of your time and planning things like your budget and schedule. Not only will you be super organized, but it may also help you feel more relaxed throughout your week.
Just because you don’t have the cash for a membership to a fancy cycling studio or a calming yoga studio doesn’t mean that you can’t use exercise to take care of yourself. With a plethora of affordable, online memberships as well as free sources on YouTube, exercise (be it yoga or tabata) is a great way to clear your mind and do something good for yourself.
5. At Home Spa
Just because you won’t be heading to an elite spa doesn’t mean you can’t pretend you’re at one while at home. If you’re lucky enough to have a bathtub, grab some affordable bubble bath. If not, grab an ultra affordable sheet mask from your local drugstore. Your at home spa day is all about getting creative.
No matter how you choose to take care of your mental health, don’t fret about your budget. From exercise to planning to pampering, there’s something for everyone when it comes to self care activities. Now, it’s just up to you which one you’ll try.