Written by DiveThru Team
Reviewed by Natalie Asayag MSW, LCSW
5 Self Care Practices That Don't Require Money
Published Sep 10th, 2019 & updated on May 22nd, 2021
You can’t read a blog or scroll through Instagram without someone talking about self-care. When you look on social media, you’ll be convinced that you need numerous things to take care of yourself – Epsom salts, face masks, essential oils, manicures, massages and even subscription boxes that come with an assortment of self-care things each and every month.
You can essentially buy millions of things that will help you take care of yourself.
It can be overwhelming, and, quite frankly, quite disappointing.
Luckily, there are numerous ways you can take care of yourself that don’t require money. Here are a handful of our favorites:
1. Read Fiction (Young Adult Is Our Favourite)
Whether you have been a lifelong fiction reader, or it’s never really been your thing, turning to fiction is a beautiful way to practice self-care.
Listen, self-help books can be too much. It’s so easy to get swept up in this constant need to help yourself. Fiction is a must needed break from alllll of that.
Not super into reading fiction? Have you tried Young Adult novels? Game. Changer.
Netflix recently released To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. It’s based on the incredibly successful trilogy of the same name. Around the office, we loved the books just as much as we love the movie.
Regardless of the genre of your fiction, it can be a beautiful way to turn your mind off for a little while.
Best part? Reading is also an inexpensive way to take some time for self-care. While purchasing the books requires money, library cards in most places are free!
Bonus points… if Epsom salt baths are still your thing, try out reading your book as you soak!
Would we really be DiveThru if we didn’t mention journaling? As we talk about like alllll of the time, journaling is a simple and effective way to care for yourself.
While a lot of self-care practices are often used as a way to distract ourselves, journaling helps you turn inward and see what the heck is up. We dig that.
Andddd, it’s free! It’s free, whether you use pen and paper, your iPhone notes or even the DiveThru app (which you can download here).
Need some ideas on what to journal about? We put together 5 journaling prompts for you here.
3. Admit That You’re Not Okay
Hello, unconventional self-care tip… Listen, it’s exhausting to pretend you’re fine all of the time. Life is hard, and it’s okay (and normal) to not be okay. A fantastic way to take care of yourself is by merely admitting you’re not okay. While it may sound simple, it takes a lot of courage to be able to recognize how you genuinely feel.
Whether you reach out to someone, turn to your journal, or look yourself in the mirror to simply say I’m not okay, it can be incredibly therapeutic.
4. Talk With Your Friends Or Family About Your Emotions
As humans, we’re basically all just searching for connection – connection with ourselves and those around us. Beautifully, talking to your friends and family about the way you feel can be a beautiful way to take care of yourself.
You may be in a place in your life where you’re out of touch with your family, and don’t have any close relationships. This can actually be a beautiful period in your life for you to work on yourself. Social media can be a tool to connect with people facing similar things. There are numerous support groups on Facebook or local meetups you can attend to connect with like-minded people.
We created our DiveThru Together Group for this exact reason. Want come hang out? We’d love to see you in there. Add yourself here!
5. Take A Social Media Break
Remember the time where we weren’t always glued to our phones? What did we even do with our times? While stresses and anxieties were a thing even then, we weren’t carrying around millions of people’s opinions in our pocket. Taking a break from social media can be a powerful way to take care of yourself.
While these self-care practices are free, it’s not to say that taking a bath with rose petals and a diffuser going is wrong. Just remember, they’re just not the only ways you can care for yourself.