Every week I share five frugal things that I’ve done during that week just to show you that the small things you do all add up to a great frugal lifestyle where you can learn to live a fabulously frugal life.
I started to write this week’s post and decided it was a bit boring with most of the money-saving things that I’ve done this week being very much the same as what I’ve done for the last three months so I thought I’d do something a little bit different. I wrote a post on Sunday about how self-care is super important for people who are working from home at the moment – it’s not just people working from home though, self-care is important to every one of us so today, I thought I’d share five ways that I’ve been looking after myself and putting me first over the last three months or so.
1) In the past, I know I’ve mentioned more than once that one of my little indulgences was getting my nails done – I’m pretty sure I’ve gone as far as saying that there’s no way I’d give up getting them done as they’re my little treat each month and I feel like I work hard enough to justify the expense considering how much more confident I feel when I have my nails done. I know, such a little thing but it really does make me feel good when I have my nails done so it’s worth it to me.
Then lockdown happened and I had no choice but to give up getting them done and I hated it at first but I’ve turned it into more of a self-care opportunity and I’ve spent time doing them myself.
I’m still going to be first in the queue when I can get my nails done again next week when they re-open but I’ve still enjoyed taking the time out to pamper myself a little bit.
2) Another thing I’ve enjoyed on a night is a simple bubble bath with a good book. Just soaking for half an hour in a bubble bath with a scented candle burning on the windowsill and the odd glass of wine has done me the world of good after a long day at work. I’ve always been a big reader but lately, I’ve read more books than ever.
I’ve finally worked my way through all of the books I had in my reading pile (mostly from the Tesco charity bookstall) and have made the most of my Kindle Unlimited subscription which is well worth the money when you read as much as I do even under normal circumstances let alone when I think about this last few month’s worth of reading. Reading is definitely self-care for me, it’s like a bit of an escape from real life.
3) I love this one because it’s something that I can’t remember ever doing in my life as I’ve always had something to do with my time. I’ve found it quite relaxing lately to do things for absolutely no reason at all – like binge-watching TV shows like Real Housewives of New York or randomly watching Youtube videos. They’re just not things that I’ve ever really done before but I’ve found it really relaxing just to let my brain switch off.
4) I always feel happier when my house is tidy so as odd as it sounds, self-care to me does mean a good little tidy up so my house is super clean. I don’t do it all myself though, we have plenty of jobs that are shared out and I have regular full-on house cleans with the kids where we do the whole house in an hour working together. I just find it calming to have a tidy house so tidying makes me feel good so it’s worth it to me!
5) Spending time with the kids has been a huge benefit of this whole situation as we’ve made a conscious effort to spend time together outside of the house. We haven’t been able to do much for obvious reasons but we’ve spent time on a night out walking, driving along the coast and generally having fun together. Even teaching Miss Frugal to drive has been fun as we’ve driven to little towns near us for ice cream.
The things I class as self-care just shows that self-care is absolutely different to everyone so you need to do what’s right for you.
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