It’s one thing to keep ourselves healthy by eating right and exercising, but there’s a whole other category to consider when it comes to being at our best: our wellbeing.
There’s a soul inside of us that needs to be fed and nourished by more than just an increased heart rate and all our vitamins. It’s the little thing inside of us that is smiling and happy, or a little down and sad, and the thing inside of us behind all the decisions, life plans and daily adventures.
With that in mind, it’s easy to see why you need to take care of it. And the good news is, you can totally do it on the cheap!
Here’s 10 budget friendly ways to support your wellbeing:
1. Buy yourself flowers
Or better yet, go pick them. Not only will they physically brighten your home and make you smile, but the research has shown that the smells emitted by certain flowers can have an endorphin-releasing effect on our body, cheering us up and improving our mood and state of mind.
2. Commit an anonymous act of kindness
There’s nothing like doing something completely unexpected for somebody else to make yourself feel good. Next time you are feeling a little down, pay for the coffee of the person behind you in line, or handwrite a letter and mail it to your best friend. Not only will you improve your own mood, but you will likely brighten somebody else’s day as well.
3. Spend an afternoon getting artsy
Whether you paint, make a craft, or do vision boards and collages, engage your creative mind and get your hands dirty. This creative engagement uses a different part of our brain and can serve to stimulate our senses, motivate us and refresh our brain from what it usually does and what may have become just daily mundane tasks.
4. Hit the great outdoors
Go find the woods, and hike on the trails for a while. Grab your bike, and speed down the wide-open road. Go sit by the ocean and breathe in the fresh, salty air. In whatever way you can, get outside and leave the rest of your world (phones, computer, Facebook etc.) behind. Even if just for an hour, your mind and soul will thank you.
Curl up with a good book and pass the afternoon away as you flip through the pages. Don’t set a time limit or a page limit, just read until your heart’s content. Or until you finish the book!
6. Get busy in the kitchen
For this little bit of time, don’t worry about following your healthy diet or getting all your fruits and veggies. Instead, think of the thing you want to eat the most right now and get busy. Whether it’s a 3-layer cake, tacos or cookies, gather all the ingredients and get busy in the kitchen. And then share the finished product with friends. Cooking is good for the soul, and sharing is even better!
7. Drink tea
Boil the water, pour yourself some tea, and just sit and drink it. No other distractions or sounds, just sit in silence and let the tea warm your soul and ease your mind. It may be hard at first, but do it enough and you’ll start looking forward to your teatime!
8. Light a candle and sit and listen to music
Darken the room, remove yourself from distraction, put on your favourite music and let it fill your soul. Whether that means you sit on the couch and listen quietly, or turn the room into a full-blown dance party, music does wonders at healing the soul and improving your wellbeing. Plus, I guarantee that from now on, whenever you hear the same songs again, it will take you back to this moment of just taking time to make your soul happy, and you’ll feel a smile come across your face.
9. Burn incense or essential oils
Smell is very powerful in helping us ground our senses, ease our minds and distress. In fact certain oils are known to have certain effects on the body or be able to help in certain ailments. Do some research into what oils might help you best and keep some handy for whenever you may need them!
10. Give yourself a pep talk, or write a pick me up letter
Whether it’s in the form of simply a positive mantra that you repeat over and over again, or meditate to, or whether you stare at yourself in the mirror for 30 minutes and have a full on pick me up pep talk, the power of positive thinking (and talking) goes a long way. Not that talkative? Write yourself a letter filled with positive vibes and praise and put it in an easily accessible place. Whenever your confidence is shot or you’re feeling down, pull out the letter and read it again to remind yourself of how great you are!