The concept of self-care is growing in popularity, and for good reason. In an increasingly fast-paced world, it can be challenging to make time for yourself.
On one hand, practicing self-care can get expensive very quickly. But fortunately, you don’t have to take a fancy resort vacation or spend hundreds of dollars at a spa in order to prioritize your most basic needs. In fact, for many people, self-care can be affordable enough to treat themselves regularly.
Here are 10 ways to make this spring break all about caring for yourself, without blowing your budget. (See also: Treat Yourself With These 7 Free Self-Care Routines)
1. Go outside
Nature is full of interesting new sights and sounds, plus, the fresh air and sunshine can help you to feel more at ease. Plan a hike, bike ride, or camping trip, and spend as much time outdoors as possible. Meandering in nature can help clear your head and is a completely free way to practice self-care.
2. Call an old friend
Sometimes, the best pick-me-up is speaking with an old friend whom you haven’t caught up with in quite some time. A phone call costs almost nothing, and with the extra time on your hands, this spring break is the perfect time to reconnect.
Simply making time for exercise can be one of the most care-filled gifts you can give yourself. Moving your body releases endorphins, which reduce pain and improve your mood. And you don’t need to spend any money to work up a sweat. There are plenty of free workout videos on YouTube that you can follow along with at home, free apps that take you through guided exercises and yoga, or you can hit the road for a brisk walk or jog. (See also: 14 Smartphone Apps That Make Self-Care a Snap)
4. Meal prep
It can feel hard, if not impossible, to eat healthy throughout the week. After a long day at work, you may be tired or stressed and the…