Updated: Oct 25, 2021
Is the corona-virus pandemic taking a toll on your mental health? From losing jobs to being stuck at home more often, this is a crazy time for everyone. It’s easy to lose track of self-care, and even easier to fall short on self-respect. Thankfully, while you might feel like you don’t have the cash to spare for self-care if you’re newly unemployed, there are a lot of ways you can take care of yourself without spending a lot. Soul Health Chronicles wants you to be happy and healthy!
These five self-care ideas are easy and affordable, and can be done at home.
Exercise at Home with an Affordable Home Gym A home gym doesn’t need a ton of fancy equipment to be a great workout space. With basic equipment, you can meet all your cardio and strength-training needs from your living room! The best equipment to buy for an inexpensive home gym includes: Yoga mat. Resistance bands.
Dumbbells or kettlebells. Step-up box. Jump rope. You can also work out with no equipment at all! Bodyweight exercises and no-equipment HIIT workouts will get your heart pumping whether you own fitness equipment or not.
Use Apps to Find Free and Cheap Workout Classes Not sure where to look for workout inspiration? There are a lot of apps to help you exercise for cheap or free. These are some of our favorites: Nike Training Club. Asana Rebel. FitOn. JEFIT. Yoga Studio. If you’re really looking for instruction, consider 1:1 personal training. A fitness expert can help customize a class to fit your lifestyle and your needs, and help you stay accountable so you reach your goals.
Teach Yourself to Meditate for Free Online Exercise is great for stress relief, but sometimes you need a way to chill out without logging a full workout. In those moments, turn to meditation techniques like breath focus and mindfulness meditation. Even if you’ve never meditated in your life, you can learn how with free online resources like Headspace’s beginner’s meditation guide. Also, take steps to ensure your environment is conducive to relaxation. Putting a stop to negative attitudes, doing some cleaning, and just tidying up can help everyone feel more positive and at ease. What’s more, clutter can erode your self-esteem, so do a little organizing and decluttering here and there to promote good feelings.
Go Back to School
Going back to school can be a surprisingly inexpensive way to advance your career prospects. Many institutions offer flexible programs to help you better yourself. If you want to work in criminal justice, for instance, you don't have to have a background in this field or any college classes to qualify for courses at an accredited school. Learning new things is good for your well-being, and you'll improve your future opportunities. Plus, online programs offer highly competitive tuition rates, so that you’re not stuck with hefty student loans at the end of your coursework.
Turn Unused Space into a DIY Man Cave or She-Shed Do you have a neglected storage shed or an underutilized attic? Put your DIY skills to the test with easy and affordable updates that can turn empty rooms into a fun hobby space. These are some of the DIY projects you’ll need to create a man cave or she-shed: Install insulation. Build a subfloor and install flooring. Hang drywall. Paint. Install lighting fixtures. There’s a lot more you can do to make your man cave or she-shed a cozy place to hang out, like furnishing with secondhand finds. But while some projects are easy to DIY, keep in mind that you’ll need to hire a professional to install electrical wiring. Use Dave Ramsey’s advice to solicit contractor bids and find the right help at the right price.
Self-care shouldn’t be out of reach no matter your budget, as it’s critical to not only your physical wellness, but also how you feel about yourself. When your bank account is dwindling and your stress levels are at their max, turn to cheap self-care ideas like these for stress relief. With a little bit of time and not a lot of funds, you can ease your troubled mind, reinforce your self-esteem, and improve your overall well-being.
Written by: Gabriel Patel
Soul Health Chronicles LLC is a health and fitness business that develops fitness programs, events, personal training, coaching and more. Learn how to become part of SHC at www.soulhealthchronicles.com