Self-Care & Wellness for the Broke & Bougee
Listen, everybody can’t afford to take trips to exotic places, check in at the Four Season’s spa, or wine and dine on the fanciest of meals. I feel you sis and that’s why I created this post. Often times, when self-care and wellness practices are mentioned, expensive experiences are attached to those suggestions. Such as retail therapy, spa and salon trips, vacations, you name it! The list goes on and on. Being able to do these things on a regular is #goals, but for now, I gotta do what I gotta do.
I’m here to tell you that you can spend little to nothing to practice the BEST care for yourself. Let’s dive in to 6 simple ways that your broke and bougee self can practice wellness and self-care on a regular basis
(Disclaimer: I am not an expert and am only sharing the practices that have worked for me.)
Free Yo Mind
I think this goes without saying, practicing meditation is one of the best ways to bring you back to your center. If you’re new to the meditation game, try apps such as Calm and Headspace to help guide you through the process. And get this, they have FREE guided meditations that only take 10 minutes. Also, there are tons of free guided meditations on YouTube. Just do a quick search to find one that fits for you.
Wash Ya Body
Seriously, sometimes you need to just take a bath. Being in and around water can be both cleansing for the body and the mind. Bougee-up your bath water by adding a bath bomb, essential oils, rose petals, bubbles, etc. Light a candle, put on some music, set the mood, and drift away. Here’s a short video from the @TheChicNatural on how to create your own spa-like experience in your home.
(Bonus tip: head over to LUSH for the best bath bombs that are created with essential oils such as lavender, lemongrass, rose, peppermint, etc.)
Smell the Roses
Speaking of essential oils…you need to get you some sis! Nothing affects your mood like the smell of lemongrass in the morning and lavender in the evening. There are so many essential oils that have amazing healing properties. You can incorporate them into your self-care and wellness routine in many ways; by putting them on your body or through an oil diffuser in your home or office. The possibilities are endless. Watch this video from @HeyFranHey to learn a broke and bougee way to incorporate essentials oils into your home.
Breathe, Stretch, Shake, Let it Go
Take a deep breathe. Go ahead, do it now. On average, most people breathe from their chest which makes our breathes shallow. Breathing from your diaphragm allows for the breathes to be more deep and aids in relaxation. The Calm app, that I mentioned in the "Free Yo Mind" section, has a breathing tool that shows you how to breathe deeply to relax your body. Here's a breathing technique, that I learned from The Friend Zone podcast, that you can try right now while you're reading this post.
Breathe in for 6 seconds, Hold for 2 seconds, Breathe out for 6 seconds, Hold for 2 seconds, then let go of the breathe.
Run The Streets
Okay, not literally. But my point is, go outside! Go hiking, climb a mountain, walk a trail, have a picnic in the park, visit a garden, find an outdoor yoga class. Whatever it is, get outside and get some sunshine. Studies show that being outside for at least 30 minutes a day can contribute to your overall wellness. Also, nature is one of God’s greatest gifts to humans. He gave us trees for oxygen and flowers for enjoyment. Lift your moods by enjoying the outdoors on a regular basis.
Cut the Cord
Sometimes we have to disconnect, reset, and then step back into our present situations. It’s important to allow yourself to retreat in order to re-center yourself. Going on international trips may not be in your budget, but maybe you can opt-in for a staycation instead. A staycation is where you check into a hotel in the city that you live in and do “touristy” things. Approach your home city as if you’re a visitor. Use websites like Travel + Leisure to help you plan out your trip. It will make you feel disconnected from reality and allow you time to recharge and reset. And most importantly, it's pocket-friendly.
Pray and Journal. Sometimes we just need to get things out of our heads. Praying helps me to connect with Jesus and lay all my worries, frustrations, and grievances down. When meditating isn't enough for me, writing usually does the trick. Sometimes I journal my prayers and write out the thoughts that run around in my brain.
I hope this article helped you find some everyday things that you can do to practice self-care and wellness. If there are other broke and bougee practices that you’ve adopted, list them below in the comments section. Share the wealth!
Stay Well Friends.
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