Simple Ways to Relax & De-stress: Easy and Affordable Self-Care Practices for Your Everyday Routine

Self-care has been such a huge part of my life and throughout the last few years, I have experimented with A TON of self-care related practices and products to figure out what works best for me. I’ll admit that I am huge product junkie! I love going to TJ Maxx and finding new bath oils, body lotions, foot soaks, face masks, etc. That place is like an adult candy store.

Everyone deserves a self-care routine that works perfectly for them, that rejuvenates them, and makes them feel all warm and fuzzy. No matter how much time you have or how much money you can spare on ‘spa’ items, you deserve a little pampering always. Nowadays, my self-care routine is pretty simple because I have narrowed down some of the best day-to-day practices that enhance my self-care.

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Yoga //
Before you start imagining me twisted like a pretzel, just don’t! Headstands might not be for everyone, but yoga is not necessarily contorting your body and hearing your spine crack. Yoga is about calming the mind and nerves, finding a space you feel relaxed in, and soaking in every bit of the moment.

Yoga looks pretty traditional for me; I roll out my mat, light some candles, and stretch. I hold poses much longer to really feel the benefit of the stretch and move with purpose. The art of yoga can look very different though! If reading, singing, knitting, painting, etc. make you feel in the moment, at peace, and stress free, congrats! Do what clears your mind and makes you feel the best inside and out.

Bubble Bath //
Bubble baths are literally my best friend. I used to think bubble baths were for babies until I realized wine can be involved in the fun! Game. Changer. I buy my bubble bath from any grocery story or TJ Maxx (around $2-$6).

If you’re in a dorm or a place without a tub, invest in some shower tabs! They are infused with essential oils and melt at your feet in the shower. (Tip: As the tub is filling with hot water, put four to eight bags of green tea and lemon slices in to infuse while you wait! It’s a relaxing way to detox your body! You can even soak your hair as well.)

Essential Oils or Aromatherapy //
Aromatherapy is one of my favorite ways to relax and de-stress, and the best part is that you can take essential oils with you everywhere. Oils can definitely be pricey and are usually way out of my budget, but that’s why I utilize TJ Maxx, Homegoods, and Eden’s Garden! There are tons of discounted oils and aromatherapy options (just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean they don’t work!)

Exercise //
Working out has saved me time and time again from boredom, anger, depression, etc. Exercise has been a huge stress relief for me over the years and I totally understand that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Making an effort to take a short walk outside will drastically change your mood and enhance your day. Feeling the sunshine or the cool air as well as getting your blood pumping helps your body circulates through all the yucky energy stuck and built up in your body.

Find a friend //
We all think of someone who has been there through thick and thin, a true friend. My favorite way to de-stress is hanging out with my close friends because there is guaranteed to be laughter (and laughter is the best medicine!) Call someone you love and schedule a little date. It’s also beneficial to talk with someone about what’s going on in your life that causes stress; talk to someone who really cares about you and could give you good advice!

Write in a journal //
I have been journaling since I was in 6thgrade. Currently in my closet I have a large plastic bin full of journals I’ve collected over the years. They are full of thoughts, feelings, and events I don’t want to forget, and the collection continues to grow every year. You don’t have be a good writer to journal, you don’t need to edit or proofread or even share with others what you write in your notebook.

It can look anyway you’d like; I’ve had nice fancy journals with pretty covers and I’ve had college ruled notebooks from the drug store. Writing down your thoughts and feelings is a simple and effective way to de-stress and organize all your thoughts on paper, especially if you’re feeling scrambled!

There are many, many more ways to promote more self-care in your life; it’s not necessary to buy into all these over the top expensive products when there are resources at your fingertips. Self-care can look however you need it and want it to, as long as you are able to relax, unwind, escapes, and center yourself during the process.

~ Shelby B.
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