By Emma Grace Brown
Guest Author

It’s a well-documented fact that people are a lot more stressed today than ever before. This is due to a lot of factors, ranging from increased workloads to world issues. It’s no wonder, then, that self-care has now gone beyond being just a buzzword made popular by millennial influencers to a real lifeline for many people. After all, everyone needs solace in an increasingly frenetic world, so why not find it within one’s self?

However, while the importance of self-care is easy to recognize, making a practice out of it is the opposite. Research shows that most people have such a difficult time incorporating self-care into their lives, mainly because of a lack of time and resources. However, this need not be the case, as there are many approaches to self-care that don’t take up much of your time and, more important, your budget. Let us count the ways.

Travel

It’s oft said that travel is good for the soul, but bad for the wallet. While this is true for the most part, there’s no dearth on travel hacks that make it an affordable – and by extension, viable – self-care method. With that in mind, there’s really no better way to use your hard-earned vacation time by actually going on vacation.

Know that while some destinations are cheaper than others, they are no less worthwhile. Consider our own gem that is right here – Savannah. As Turnkey notes, it offers the perfect balance of relaxation and excitement with its laid-back Southern charm and selection of invigorating activities and locations, including City Market and the Historic District.

One good way to stretch your travel budget is to ditch the hotels and share a vacation rental with family or friends. For added flexibility and savings, choose a vacation rental that makes the attractions you’re interested in easily accessible. Case in point, staying closer to the historic district in downtown Savannah allows you to go back in time with its historic monuments, museums, and cemeteries. Alternatively, if going outdoors is more your thing, there’s also a good number of trails and beaches available. You may then wish to opt for a beach rental right on the water on Tybee Island, just 20 minutes away from Savannah’s bustling downtown district.

Outdoor Time

Speaking of the great outdoors, few things are as effective for self-care as fresh air and gorgeous scenery. It’s a well-known fact that spending time in nature can greatly reduce stress and anxiety. This can be anything from nature hikes to picnics or wildlife watching to outdoor sports. Indeed, the sky is literally the limit when you go outdoors for self-care. Best of all, Mother Nature runs a free show, so this will definitely not break the bank.

Move and Nourish

Taking care of your body is the very tenet of self-care. We’re not talking about massages and nail appointments, as lovely as they might be. On the contrary, it is really as simple as making time to move your body and being mindful of how you nourish it.

Exercise is, of course, a huge part of self-care. So, don’t look at it as a chore, but rather, commit to it as a fun part of your daily routine. This also doesn’t mean spending loads of money on costly gym memberships and the like. In fact, it can be as basic as hitting the road for a run or firing up YouTube for a yoga session.

Similarly, your diet is just as important. So, practice mindful eating to ensure that you only take in what truly nourishes you. Having good eating habits not only helps keep your body healthy, but also saves you money in the long run. And, of course, don’t forget to hydrate!

Remember that self-care matters because you matter. And with so many budget-friendly ways to incorporate it into your routine, there’s really no excuse not to put yourself first. So make self-care a part of your life. You only have yourself to thank for it.

Emma Grace Brown believes that it’s time for women to embrace their inner joy, strength, and beauty, and live life by their own rules. You can visit her website at emmagracebrown.com.