When I announced the CAL, I wanted to give people ideas on Self Care on a budget. Not many people have had much spare cash since the global meltdown. I wanted to give you a few hints on things to do that don’t cost the earth!
There are a lot of things you can do to love yourself for free!
Watch your favourite movie! – If it’s your favourite it’ll be in your dvd collection!
Sing along to your favourite song. – You get bonus points if you do it at the top of your voice! Unless you have tonsilitis! In which case it’s probably best to save your voice! Dancing is fun too.
Go for a walk with or without the dog. A few (quite a few!) years ago I read a book called The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I took a few things from it. One of them being to take yourself on a self date every week. It can be anything from going for a walk to going to see that film you’re dying to see but no one else wants to!
Write a journal post. – Another tip from Ms. Cameron. Try starting every morning with 3 pages of writing. I’m not talking about typing, I mean real writing with a pen and paper! Preferably a fountain pen. I find my thoughts flow better. The main focus is on “Stream of Consciousness”. All you need to know is: Don’t think, just write! There is no right or wrong way to do this. And it’s surprising what you learn about yourself.
Learn something new. – This doesn’t have to cost you anything. I love YouTube! For free you can learn anything from how to wire a plug to how to do that stitch that’s been stumping you!
Read a book! – Join the local library. In RCT, if you have a library card, you can download and join the Borrow Box app for free. Through the app you can “borrow” ebooks and eaudiobooks. It’s well worth it!
Love Someone Else
When was the last time you called your grandmother? – They’re not around forever so take advantage of them. Ask them what their childhood was like. Ask how they coped with rationing. What memories do they have of the war? And if your stuck on a stitch, go and ask for help. I was so grateful to my family members that helped me when I was starting off crocheting.
Volunteer – This goes without saying. You don’t have to do something for a charity. Do you have a skill like carpentry? I guarantee you, one of your social circle could do with work being done! Were you bullied in school? Go and speak to children about your experience. Were you the school bully? Do you regret it? If you do, make an effort to help children that are being bullied now.
Invite your best friend for tea. – Have a good natter and a laugh. Reaseach shows that laughter is good for the soul!
Think about what you would like in a friend. – Put it into practice with your friends. I heard a story many years ago about a young girl that was painfully shy. She decided instead to use it to her advantage and practiced listening to people. She ended up being the most popular person in school because everyone appreciated her listening to them.
Write a list of things your grateful for. – Tell someone you love why you’re grateful for them.
Apologise to/forgive someone. – And do it properly! Don’t be a marter when you forgive them! Also, if you need to apologise, do it properly! I once had a message from a former friend saying “I’m sorry we argued.” Really? If you’re sorry, admit your mistakes and ask for forgiveness. (Sorry! I haave a bee in my bonnet about this one!)
Admittedly, this isn’t an exhaustive list. If you google “Self Care Challenge”, there’ll be a long list of things you can do. If you search for “Mindfulness”, you’ll see a long list of things you can do.
If you’re looking for a good workbook, you should definitely order a copy of The Artist’s Way. (Link above.) The author uses a lot of mindfulness techniques without calling it such!
What do you do to look after yourself? What tips do you have? I’d love to know!
By the way, check out the Self Care tab above to see the prizes!