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Finding it difficult to cope? Here are some self-care practices you can start without breaking the bank

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We’re going through difficult times right now. And with all the turbulence around, it’s tough to prioritise your physical or emotional health. But constant crisis management can take its toll on you. So, it’s understandable that you could need some extra love to feel like your best self. But while you’re living in a PG in Bellandur, you just don’t have the budget to spend exorbitant amounts on self-care. So, how do you create time and space in your paying guest accommodation (which you are likely to be sharing with others) to focus on your personal wellness? We’ve got some affordable self-care practices for you to incorporate into your daily life.

The first thing that’s important is for you to figure out what self-care means to you. It doesn’t have to be a trip to the spa or a vacation or something that requires a lot of preparation, time and money. Go back and reflect on your regular routine and see which parts of your day help you feel more grounded and calm. Reframing this basic idea of self-care will help you identify practical solutions that can guarantee your personal wellness. Also, find private space in your PG where you can rest and feel detached. Let’s take a look at some self-care tips that you can bring into your lifestyle even on a budget.

Self-Care 101

Sometimes self-care is not about going out of your way at all, it’s just about covering the basics that you need to function at an optimal level. From ensuring that you’re hydrated, having healthy meals and getting enough sleep, to focusing on your breath or getting some exercise, these existing parts of your routine sometimes need to be checked on, especially as they tend to get overlooked in the middle of a busy day. So, the next time you find yourself overwhelmed and in need of a break, ask yourself whether you’ve completed your self-care basics first before opting for additional support. Making time for yourself as a regular part of your lifestyle can go a long way towards helping you feel your best.

Explore fitness and meditation apps

Technology makes it a lot easier to incorporate self-care into your life without shelling out the big bucks. Because a gym membership or yoga class isn’t always accessible but taking away the hour you are likely to spend doom scrolling on your phone and using it for a self-care ritual, definitely is. There are a lot of yoga, meditation and fitness apps freely available for you to download on your phone. These will provide you instructions and guidance, and even regular routines to follow on a daily basis. If you’re not sure which app is best for you, you could also try work-out videos and guided meditations on YouTube to identify your style. Then it’s simply a matter of making time for exercise and mindfulness in your daily routine, and you’ll be on the path to a better life.

Spend time with friends and family

Nothing says self-care like being able to sit back and relax with your loved ones. But sometimes the anxiety of having to splurge on a fancy restaurant or club could put you off socialising. Instead of turning reclusive and declining invitations to save money, create inexpensive opportunities to hang out with your friends. Why not choose to go on your evening run in a group rather than alone? Or just get together for a Netflix party one evening? If you’re all too busy for elaborate outings, you could even invite some friends over with their laptops so that you can keep each other company while you work. Simply being around your loved ones will help you feel a lot better about yourself without spending any money.

Get out of a rut

Sometimes, the reason for your stress or fatigue can simply be because you’ve fallen into a rut with your routine. Re-evaluating your habits to identify your priorities and try new things can be a great way to practise self-care. If most of your day at work involves solving other people’s problems, you need to create some space for yourself. Or if your job is very individual, why not try volunteering at a local organisation to improve your community feeling. Switching up your usual routine with a new habit that you enjoy can get you out of your rut and help you find new meaning in your life.

Clean up

One of the best ways of taking care of yourself is by taking care of the space around you. You’re bound to feel more worn down and stressed if you’re surrounded by mess and clutter. Spending time organising your belongings and cleaning your space can be a great way to ground yourself in your immediate surroundings and destress at the same time. And if cleaning up is not your thing, you could always book yourself a room in a professionally managed residence on stanzaliving.com so that you can rely on professional housekeeping staff to help you keep your space tidy and stress-free. 

And there you have it. Our simple and inexpensive ways to practise self-care at any time. Because you can achieve personal wellness without overspending your budget. And no matter the situation, you deserve to always feel your best. 

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