6 Self-Care Changes You Can Make Right Now Without Spending a Dime

Woman enjoying morning coffee by a river Photo credit: Rawpixel

I want to extend a massive shoutout to my guest blogger for this post-Emma Grace Brown. You can check her out at her site https://emmagracebrown.com/.

Search for #selfcare on social media, and you’re going to see thousands of photos of people on lux vacations and indulging in pricey spa days. All of those images can make self-care feel out of your reach. The way you take care of yourself each day can do more for your mental health than any amount of money spent.

Thkeya Life Inspiration is filled with practical tips for living your best life, and to supplement those tips, we offer a few extra budget savvy suggestions to help you change your habits for the better.

Focus on Simple Stress-Relieving Improvements

Taking vacations and spending time at the spa are both incredibly effective ways to reduce tension in your life. But you can’t necessarily hit the spa or take a vacay every single day, or even once or twice a month. So it would be best if you had more practical approaches to managing stress. Techniques that you can incorporate into your routine without spending a small fortune.

Like Clearing Negative Energy Out of Your Home

Okay, so how can you release tension without putting a dent in your budget? Well, one way is to clean and declutter your home. It is that simple! You see, when you live with clutter, dust, and disorganization, you’re also living with residual stress and bad energy you may not notice outright. But if you and your family have been complaining and feeling agitated for no good reason, these bad energy sources could be the culprits. Clear them out to boost your mood.

Or Setting Up a Little Relaxation Space Just for You

Once your home is tidy and clean, you can add more self-care by dedicating a room or corner to pure relaxation. Think about what helps you unwind, and then center this soothing space around that activity. Maybe this means creating a simple meditation corner or a cozy reading nook where you can escape with your favorite books. Whatever makes you happy! As long as you keep these spaces simple, it would be best if you didn’t have to spend a ton of extra money.

You Should Set Boundaries to Reduce Stress

Boundaries are important! They are so crucial that you should establish clear boundaries in all areas of your life. It could mean letting coworkers know that your time is off-limits or telling family members that specific topics aren’t up for discussion. Set your boundaries, and then stick with them but don’t be afraid to reassess them after significant life changes. You may need to pull back on some limitations, or you may need new ones.

Speaking of Boundaries, You Should Also Learn to Say “No”

What’s the simplest way to create the boundaries you need? Saying “no” more often is going to be the most effective strategy. Just like setting boundaries, learning to say “no” to family, friends, coworkers, and supervisors can cause anxiety at first. But once you practice this essential self-care habit, you’ll feel like a new person! You’ll be protecting your energy and, in turn, learning to value your time and yourself. Understanding this can make such a difference.

But Don’t Forget About Basic Self-Care Your Body Needs

It would be best if you also had self-care to preserve your physical health. Self-care can be broken down into specific areas: physical, intellectual, professional, financial, etc. Take better care of each of these spokes in the wheels of your own life, and you are bound to improve your quality of life. And you don’t have to spend a cent.

Self-care is a non-negotiable if you want to live your best life. But don’t think self-care has to be expensive to be useful! The best self-care changes are the ones that don’t cost a thing. Those are the changes that will improve your everyday routines and help you relieve stress.

Living your best life should be a lifestyle change! If you think so too or want to learn more, get inspired by reading past blog posts from Thkeya Life Inspiration.

Importance of Setting Boundaries

pexels-jens-890774

One thing that I have always struggled with is setting boundaries. I was too busy with being concerned about people liking me and avoiding conflict. Now that I’m self-reflecting, I have realized now more than ever how essential setting boundaries are. Not only does it help prevent conversations that make you uncomfortable, but it also keeps your privacy to yourself. The fewer people that know your business, the less likely you have to worry about information getting out. I came up with four steps to help with setting new boundaries within your relationships.

Decide Which Boundaries to Set
Before you can set boundaries, you need to determine what your limits need to be. Get a pen and paper to write down your limits and to whom each category represents. For example, finances and dating are off-limits to parents for discussion. Follow this exercise for others, such as friends, acquaintances, and coworkers. Doing this will help with oversharing information as well. Conversations should be a dance, and if it’s turning into a solo act, you’re sharing too much. Having boundaries will help you with not sharing details before it’s safe to do so.

pexels-frans-van-heerden-632470

Start Implementation of Your Boundaries
Now here comes the fun part of implementing the new boundaries that you set. It won’t be easy at first, but people will learn to adjust over time. You will most likely get backlash from folks closest to you but stick with it. People who love you will respect your boundaries after some time. Start with someone who will be least resistant to your limits. That will give you the confidence to continue down this new path. Don’t give up easily if people start to provide you with a hard time. People will try to see how far they can go, but enforcing your boundaries will let them that’s not possible.

pexels-bich-tran-636246

Continue to Reinforce Your Boundaries
The best way to keep people on board with your boundaries is to continue to enforce them. Once someone tries to overstep, you have to shut it down immediately. Also, people need to know there are consequences to their actions. For example, if you told someone that dating was off-limits and they continue to push, the result is that they don’t get to speak with you. I understand that sounds harsh, but you have to put your foot down. People need to respect the boundaries you have set forth. However, if you don’t consistently enforce your limits, people will walk all over you. You have to be intentional for people to understand why your boundaries are vital for them to follow.

pexels-cqfavocat-613508

Reassess Your Boundaries as Needed
As life changes, so should your boundaries. There may be new topics to add or old ones to remove. Whichever way it goes, continue to reevaluate your boundaries. Make sure you do this often to avoid conflict when a topic comes up that you weren’t expecting. For example, a newly married couple will receive unsolicited advice from different people. It can even become overwhelming at times. When a new life event like this occurs, your boundaries need to include it. That way, people will understand that every new life event is not up for discussion. If you do decide to share, it will be your choice to do so.

pexels-august-de-richelieu-4427547

Setting boundaries can sound scary if you never did it before. It can seem like a difficult undertaking at first, but it’s worth it in the end. I recently started implementing boundaries, and it’s working out great. I’m not forcing myself to discuss or do things I’m not necessarily comfortable doing. The beautiful thing about boundaries is that it helped me improve my self-care and improve my overall mental health. Boundaries are helpful because it sets expectations of what topics you will share and which ones are off-limits. Don’t look at it as a bad thing, but something beneficial in the long run.

pexels-pixabay-258063

Be sure to check out the discussion questions below before you go, and I’ll chat with you in the next blog.

Do you have boundaries set up? What type of challenges did you face while implementing your limits?