Frugal Feel Goods: Inexpensive Ways to Pamper Yourself
4 Inexpensive Ways to Unwind After a Long, Hard Week
"Treat yo' self," the mantra goes. You deserve it, after all. But, what if you're on a budget? Don't fret! Below are inexpensive ways to pamper yourself.
One of the most popular mantras of today is “Treat Yo’ Self.” And why, not? After working hard every day, in your own ways, there’s nothing better than being able to kick back and relax. Pampering yourself can trigger your relaxation response, and, along with eating healthy and exercising, can provide you with numerous health benefits.
And, if you think that all forms of self-pampering are too luxurious and out of your budget, think again! There are many inexpensive ways to treat yourself without breaking the bank.
Go to the Beach
Want a truly relaxing experience? Then listen to the sound of crashing ocean waves, inhale the fresh smell of saltwater, and feel the fine particles of sand beneath your feet. The endless blue of the sky alone has the ability to induce a sense of calm and peace. Add that to the respiratory benefits of inhaling ocean air, and your trip will be worth it. All you really need is a car and snacks to munch on. If you live near a large body of water, like the Great Salt Lake in Salt Lake City, even better.
Take a Long, Hot Bath
Who says you need to spend hundreds of dollars on spas when you can have a custom spa in your Utah home? This is one of the best, easiest, and cheapest ways to get you in a relaxed state. The heat from the water helps dilate your blood vessels, promoting blood flow and relaxing tight or knotted muscles.
Splurge on a new, fluffy robe, your favorite essential oils, and a bottle of good red wine and you’re all set. If you want to add to the spa-like experience, put on a face mask and play your favorite tunes, then sit back and relax in your hot bath.
Try a Staycation
One of the best ways to take a break from your normally hectic life is to go on a staycation. This is a much-less-expensive experience than a regular vacation, plus you have the choice of staying at your own home or a nearby bed and breakfast, perhaps.
Use your day or week to disconnect from all the stressors in your life and just be. Lounge in bed, learn something new, go to a local museum—it’s up to you what you want to do on these days off. But you’re surely going to be surprised to find how many activities you can do around your hometown. The point is, you’ll have a clearer head when you get back to work and life’s routines.
Lose Yourself in a Book
Whether you tear through a book or two every week or if you’re reading ten pages a day of that paperback your friend recommended months ago, science suggests that you’re spending your time well.
According to different studies, losing yourself in a book not only provides relaxation but also helps you better understand other people and feel more connected to them. Reading also stimulates neural networks in the brain, improving your cognition and abstract processing skills. With your brain remaining active, reading may help prevent the cognitive decline that’s been associated with various diseases.
A paperback today costs somewhere between $10 and $20, less if you buy at bargain stores. For this price and the relaxation and peace it offers, losing yourself in a good book is one of the cheapest ways to pamper and reward yourself.
Always remember that something as small as taking a walk in the park can constitute as pampering yourself, especially if your days are generally packed. As long as you give time for yourself to breathe and relax, you’re already doing your physical, emotional, and mental health a great service.