take care of yourself

Okay, from zero to ten, how much do you hate when lifestyle bloggers talk about self-care and then promote products that are worth about 1000€?

I freaking hate that!

It’s so easy to talk about creating a self-care routine that will make you feel like a princess if you are rich and companies send you hundreds of products every month. Having expensive products just makes you feel like a million bucks, but that’s not the reality for most people.

I don’t know about you, but I, personally, am currently not able to spend tons of money on body and face scrubs, ten different face creams, weekly massages, spas and other things that I hope to do someday.

That means that I have to be creative and focus on taking care of myself without going broke. Not to mention I want to be good to Mama Earth and not be a materialist.

Being an environmentalist and someone who truly loves Mother Nature, I often look to her for advice and healing – no, I don’t mean actual healing because you know damn well I love pills and therapy.

What I mean is that I use every day things and places to be included in my self-care routine. I too want to feel like a million bucks, but I also want to be eco-friendly.

Here are some ideas on how to take care of yourself without spending money:

  • Use sugar and hair conditioner as a body and face scrub! I bought this hair conditioner that my hair hates and since I don’t want to throw it away, and my sisters don’t use it, I decided to take a glass bottle and mix the conditioner with a few spoons of sugar together. It works wonderfully and you don’t need to spend money to remove dead skin! All these fancy products have nothing on what you can find in your kitchen.
  • Instead of spending tons of money on yoga or Pilates classes, why not do it in the comfort of your home? There are so many incredible people on the web that create beautiful videos with amazing content and encouraging words. Try doing yoga with Michelle Muench or Pilates with Cassey. I also wrote about how to move your body if you only have 15 minutes of free time here.
  • When we think of self-care we usually forget about our mind. That’s why I want to remind you of how important daily meditation is and how much it can improve your life. I wrote about why you should meditate even when you don’t feel like it here, but if you just want to go straight to the practise, I recommend using the Waking Up meditation app.
  • Being mindful of what you eat every day is, in my opinion, the most important thing you can do to take care of yourself. That’s why I want to encourage you to eat food straight from the garden, a bush or a tree. Look around and see if there are fruit trees that bear food you don’t often eat or make Dandelion salad from the greens you picked on your daily walk. If we looked at the trees more often than we look at our phone when ordering pizza, we could actually live more healthily.

These are just a few things I do to have a mindful, self-care routine that doesn’t require me to spend money.

The world would be such a beautiful and ethical place if we all focused on using Mother Nature and things that we already have at home to pamper ourselves with.

You don’t have to buy a million products to be healthy and fit and you don’t need fancy foods and supplements that just spoil your body so it forgets how to eat like a fucking Homo sapiens – you just need to use your head a bit.

You can look good and be an ethical consumer. It is possible and I hope these few tips will help you be more conscious of what you spend your money on – and how to save it so you can invest it in books or crypto (hey, it’s the future).

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Tanja

take care of yourself