I recently took a class on Childhood Trauma and Psychology and a huge emphasis of the class was not only focusing on children, but focusing on individuals after their childhood. We wrote down a list of self care items and it became widely apparent that I don’t focus on myself nearly as much as I should.
Ever since that class ended, I have started to work on self care more and giving time to myself each day. Ever since I started taking care of myself more, I’ve noticed I’m much more positive and more happy with my days.
Here are different ways to relieve stress for cheap.
1. Go to a park and practice yoga for free.
What I do is save certain yoga poses on my phone and then do them in the park. I don’t do it at just any park though, I choose a park that doesn’t have children nearby. There are also apps you can download that are specifically geared to show you different yoga poses and as long as you have a cell phone, the app should work anywhere with data.
2. Go for a bike ride, hike, or take your dog for a walk.
Doing this can help clear your mind, while also allowing you to get a good workout in. If you have a dog, you will also be making them very happy, which is another positive!
3. Volunteer at an animal shelter.
This can potentially be an amazing stress reliever, as long as you are okay with seeing animals possibly have injuries or having a hard time finding a home. I get easily attached to people and animals so saying goodbye is extremely hard for me. Animal shelters truly need help and some heavily rely on volunteers.
Dogs need to be walked and cared for in these shelters just as much as dogs in houses do. Not only are you helping out the animals and animal shelter, you’ll also be helping yourself by receiving a rewarding feeling of helping others. I truly believe in dog therapy or animal therapy altogether.
4. Clean your home.
I can admit that I used to not be such a clean person. I was quite dirty and unorganized actually. Everything changed when I read an article online a couple years ago about how the environment you live in can have a huge impact on your stress. It seems like common sense, if you have a dirty house you will have a stressful life.
This is not the case for all people though, as I know many people who are perfectly fine living in dirty environments and seem to live pretty stress-free lives. I like to de-clutter often and donate items that I no longer need. It feels quite refreshing to get rid of old things that I no longer need, and can potentially be put to better use.
5. At night, practice meditation.
I know of people that also practice meditation in the morning, but I believe I get pretty sleepy when I do it at that time. Practicing meditation for just 1-5 minutes each day can really improve your thinking and way of living over time. Meditation doesn’t require too much effort and obviously it is free as well.
What are other ways you can think of to relieve stress for cheap? Do you participate in any of the above activities?