I realized the other day that so many of the things that keep me healthy are free. There are things that I love that are not free (acupuncture, massage) but there are so many free tools too. Self-care does not need to cost a lot of money.
- Walk. In the last few months, I have been aiming to hit 10,000 steps every day. Before I set this goal, even though I worked out 3-5 times a week I could easily be at 3,000 steps on a work day without exercise. I realized that even with physical activity I was sedentary 2 days a week. This goal has really motivated me to get moving. My husband and I now go for walks at night instead of TV or time on computer. Whenever I go somewhere I ask myself if I can walk not drive.
- Meditate. I love the Insight Timer app with free meditations. I noticed benefits the first day I started doing 5-10 minute guided meditations. It is such a small time investment.
- Sleep and more sleep. This is a daily goal of mine. I don’t always achieve it with work-life balance. Life is full! However I feel so much better when I get 8 hours. My outloook is better, I crave less carby stuff, and I just feel better overall.
- Cook. You all know I love to cook. Well actually, I love to eat. So cooking ensures I get to eat healthy, yummy food every day. It costs less than eating out and I get more steps towards my daily goal.
- Make time for people. For me this could be a hug, a listening ear, making lunch dates, calling a friend, date night with my husband, etc. This meta-analysis of 148 studies clearly established that one’s social relationships (social networks and support one gleans from their social network) are an independent risk factor for all cause mortality. In this review, social stress was more impactful than smoking, inactivity and alcohol on health!