Self-care isn’t selfish — and it doesn’t need to be expensive. While the term “self-care” may conjure visions of face masks and bubble baths, it’s more than just purchasing products for pampering: when you take the time to care for yourself, you’re also prioritizing your mental health. Whether you’re suffering from seasonal sadness, you’re looking for ways to better manage anxiety or you’re just feeling a little low, the following affordable self-care strategies can help support you — and your mental health.
Disclaimer: It’s always a good idea to talk to a qualified healthcare practitioner if your mental health is in flux, and these strategies are not intended as a substitute for the advice of your doctor.
Slay SAD with light
While outdoor-light-imitating phototherapy boxes can be helpful, they can also be costly. A free option? To help your body absorb the sun’s vitamin D to boost your mood, try integrating at least 30 minutes of time outside into your daily routine. To maximize the benefits of the sun, aim to set out in the late morning or early afternoon — when the sun is strongest.
Anchor your anxiety
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Cook up chill vibes
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Drink up for stronger mental health
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Join a book club
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Stitch together a more positive outlook
Take a nap
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Embrace your inner artist
Put pen to paper
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Feel the rhythm
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