Simple Ways To Care For Your Physical, Mental, And Emotional Health When You’re On A Budget

Hi everyone, hope this finds you well, and that you are surviving in this pandemic. Today we have a guest article once again, by our contributor Sheila Olson from who is going to share with us some tips about self care on a budget. Here goes:

According to a PsychCentral article written by Psychologist Raphailia Michael, self-care activities and practices are essential to our physical, mental, and emotional well-being—especially if we suffer from anxiety, depression, or chronic stress. In the age of the coronavirus, however, it’s even more important that we take the time to care for our bodies and minds—as failure to do so could weaken our immune systems and make us more susceptible to contracting COVID-19 and other illnesses. 

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Fortunately, there are plenty of things we can do to care for our physical, mental, and emotional health without spending a whole lot of time, energy, or money as we experiment with different self-care strategies. To explore three affordable and effective self-care strategies for better physical, mental, and emotional health, read on!

Get Rid of Negative Energy

One way to stay on top of your self-care is to get rid of negative energy. According to Mindvalley, negative energy can have a profound effect on your overall well-being, affecting everything from your ability to get good sleep to increasing your anxiety and nervousness. For many people, spending time in nature is a fantastic way to let go of negative energy, as is finding things that make you naturally laugh and smile.

Ridding your home of negative energy can also help you get control of your overall well-being. In addition to eliminating criticism and negative relationships, it’s a good idea to decrease the amount of clutter. Believe it or not, clutter can trap bad energy in your house and lead to an increase in anxiety and stress, which isn’t good for anyone.

Stock Your Medicine Cabinet

If you find yourself worrying incessantly about the COVID-19 outbreak and wondering what you’ll do if you or another household member contracts the virus, it may be time to focus more of your attention on the things you can control—like the types of over-the-counter medications you have on hand. To alleviate some of your COVID-19 anxiety amid the pandemic, be sure you have:

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  • A good cough medicine. When buying online, be sure to research several different options before making a purchase—as this will help you to find a reliable cough suppressant from a safe and dependable brand.
  • Allergy medication. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, be sure to keep an additional supply of allergy medication on hand—as untreated allergy symptoms could exacerbate existing anxiety symptoms.
  • Cold and flu relievers. If you contract a cold or flu during the pandemic, you’ll need to self-isolate just as you would if you had the coronavirus. As such, it’s also important to stock up on a cold and flu reliever such as Theraflu, Excedrin, or Sudafed.

Write in a Journal

In addition to focusing on the things you can control in a challenging time like the COVID-19 crisis, journaling is an excellent self-care strategy worth incorporating into your daily life. According to Elizabeth Scott, MS at Verywell Mind, regular journaling can help you to manage stress, work through problems, process negative emotions, and feel happier and healthier overall. Plus, you only need a pen and paper to get started—making journaling an affordable self-care strategy that can be practiced nearly anywhere.

If you’re concerned about your penmanship or don’t enjoy writing by hand, however, a journaling app could be a better solution for you. Several top-rated journaling apps include the Gratitude Happiness Journal, Day One Journal, Bullet Journal Companion, and DayGram.

Try a Free Meditation App

Like journaling, meditation is an effective self-care strategy that helps to alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and chronic pain, while also improving your attention and focus. If you’re new to meditation or struggle to keep your focus while meditating on your own, however, a variety of mobile apps such as Headspace, Calm, and Aura are available to guide you along the way. Meditation apps like Calm and Aura are both free to use, while Headspace offers a free two-week trial that includes sleep-promoting exercises and sounds, daily meditations, and exercises that help to strengthen the body and mind.

Taking the time to care for your physical, mental, and emotional health is always a good idea, but it’s especially important in the midst of a global pandemic. By focusing on the things you can control, expressing your thoughts and anxieties through journaling, and downloading a free meditation app to your smartphone, you’ll have three new self-care strategies to utilize during the pandemic and well after it ends.

Once again, thank you Sheila! Please check out her website by clicking on the image just below. And check out the other links below that too!


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