Mainstream society defines self-care as splurging, self-indulgent, and sometimes recklessness.  While self- care is needed many people ignore it.  To make room for all of life’s responsibilities, lunches are skipped, gym memberships are canceled, books are left to collect dust, and dinner dates are put on hold.  Self-care isn’t as indulgent as people make it out to be.  It’s crucial to your well being.  Being tired all the time is counterproductive when you are attempting to mark off your to-do list.  You lose focus and become more and more worn out.

Before you write this off, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you think it’s selfish to spend money on something you love?
  • Are you a mom who think it’s selfish to take care of herself?
  • Do you think it’s selfish to carve out time to take care of yourself?
  • Do you feel you are undeserving of practicing self-care?
  • Do you try and sneak in self-care due to feelings of guilt?
  • Do you feel it’s inconvenient for everyone else when you practice self-care?

Several things take place when you don’t take care of yourself.

  • Low energy levels
  • High-stress levels
  • Creativity suffers
  • Sleep is interrupted
  • Unhealthy vices are started such as emotional eating
  • Money is wasted
  • More irritable and frustrated
  • More impatient
  • Prone to distraction
  • Depression can take place
  • Health is affected

While it’s important to take care of yourself, your budget may not always for shopping sprees, luxurious trips, 5-star spas, any anything else you enjoy.  I love my spa days, shopping sprees, travelling and more, these don’t always fit into my budget so I’ve had to come up with ways to enjoy these luxuries on a budget.  We had to budget in my personal fun money to allow me to enjoy some of my favorite things but I still have to be careful not to spend just because I have money.  I quickly learned that self-care and budgets go hand in hand.

How do you budget in time to practice self-care?

Long work hours, tons of housework, child rearing, and nurturing your marriage are all excuses we give to not take care of ourselves.  How do you find the time for self-care?  Before you say you don’t have the time, there are several things you can do to fit it a little bit of self-care but you have to remind yourself that self-care isn’t selfish and you must make time for it.  If you love a good mani and pedi or massage then you must budget for it. By carving out time and money for it, you will no longer feel guilty about spending time or money on something you love.  If you don’t have a lot of time, check out the items below:

If you have 5 minutes

  • Start a gratitude journal. You can pick up a nice journal at Ross, TJ Max, and Marshalls
  • Organize your day by creating a quick to do list and remember to budget in your “me time”
  • Listen to your favorite song
  • When you come home from work, take 5 minutes to sit down and relax
  • Play your favorite song
  • Drink a cup of herbal tea

If you have 15 minutes

  • Take a nice walk
  • Give yourself a manicure or pedicure
  • Read the book that’s been hugging the shelf
  • Read your favorite magazine
  • Work out for 15 minutes
  • Call a friend or family member you haven’t spoken to in while

If you have 30 minutes

  • Exercise
  • Light candles around the bathroom and take a hot bubble bath
  • Get lost in a good page turner.  Sycamore Row  and Small Great Things are both page turners.
  • Go window shopping. My husband and I like to walk through Ross and Marshalls just to get out of the .
  • Cook your favorite meal
  • Research a new hobby.
  • Organize your closet (I don’t feel comfortable when my house is unorganized).
  • Go for a long walk

How do you budget for Self Care?

Practicing self-care doesn’t have to break the bank.  Because we are saving for a house, I don’t have a large monthly allowance so I think long and hard before I make a purchase.  I live on Groupon and Living social. Most of our date nights have been purchases from these sites.  I also like to travel and while we budget for our yearly vacations, my husband doesn’t mind me saving up to take a quick 24-hour trip or weekend getaway.

  • What do I want to buy?
  • Why do I want to buy it?
  • Do I really need it?
  • Is it good for me emotionally?
  • Will it hurt our family financially?

If you have 5 dollars

  • Buy an ice cream cone
  • Buy a used book
  • Buy your favorite chocolate
  • Buy yourself a cup of coffee or tea.
  • Shop the Bullseye section at Target. (They have some great stuff!!)

If you have 15 dollars

  • Take yourself out to lunch.
  • Check out Groupon or Living Social (I just purchased tickets to two well-known museums in Tampa for $15 for two people! You can also get good restaurant deals here. We’ve also used them for a new mom and pop restaurants. You can even find events for sports, upscale restaurants, and even archery which we’ve done too. They always have a coupon code, which means more savings.
  • Buy yourself an outfit
  • Give yourself a mani or pedi (remember to check out Ross, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx to grab some good spa products.
  • Rent a movie and order takeout.

 If you have 30 dollars

  • Get a mani and pedi (remember to check Groupon and Living Social.
  • Get a massage. There are tons of places in Tampa that offers great massages for $30.
  • Take yourself on a dinner date.
  • Go on a tour of your city. There are so many things you can do. Check out a historical part of your city. We visited the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks a few months back and spent less than $30 on an authentic Greek lunch.
  • Purchase items to redecorate an area of your house.

Remember this list is not an exhaustive list.  You can do anything you like as long as it fits into your budget.  Taking care of yourself should be the foundation of taking care of those around you.  I firmly believe that creating a budget with a purpose will help you find the money even if it’s as little as $5 to enjoy some of the things you love.  Relationships and work will seem more meaningful when you have taken the time to take care of yourself.

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