Guest Post: Fast, Affordable, and Achievable Self-Care Strategies for Everyone

As millions of Americans face financial hardships in light of the coronavirus, it’s important to remember that self-care doesn’t have to cost you a ton of money.

As millions of Americans face financial hardships in light of the coronavirus, it’s important to remember that self-care doesn’t have to cost you a ton of money. In fact, doing something nice for yourself can provide benefits that go beyond dollar value, like boosting immunity and reducing stress. And even if you enjoy shopping and spa experiences, you can indulge in a little self-love without having to watch your stimulus check fade away. Here are a few ideas on how.

Go for a walk.

Walking is free but is more valuable than gold when it comes to self-care and exercise. Not only does walking help keep your body in top shape, the time you spend meandering through your neighborhood or on your favorite walking trail is an excellent time to reflect. Plus, being in nature is good for your mental health. The reason for this, according to Harvard, isn’t fully understood, but what is known is that interacting with nature has therapeutic benefits. Learn more about why walking is a good exercise.

Enjoy retail therapy.

Even if you’ve mostly put your spending on hold, there’s nothing wrong with earmarking a few dollars here and there for shopping. While Fast Company notes it’s typically best to invest in experiences versus material goods, sometimes treating yourself to a new pair of jeans, for example, can have a huge impact on your mood.

Many retailers, including major brands such as American Eagle, often have great deals online, especially now as retail sales are down. Even above regular sales and savings, if you don’t mind a little investigative research, you can usually find coupons for American Eagle Outfitters to save even more. Plus, you have a brand-new outfit in which to make your debut once quarantine is lifted.

Take a bath.

Is there anything more soothing than a long, warm bath? Not really. And, Pentucket Medical explains that taking a bath has way more benefits than simply getting you clean. It’s soothing, relieves muscle tension, and can help regulate your internal body temperature so that you can get a better night’s rest. Take a look in your bathroom closet. There’s a good chance you have a package of bath salts, which can push your bathing benefits even further. Epsom salt or sea salt can decrease congestion and even help detoxify the body. The next time you’re out at your local dollar store, grab a few scented candles and create your own spa experience for just a few dollars.


Meditation is essentially the process of clearing your mind and paying attention to your body. It is being mindful of yourself and your surroundings, and it’s a great way to identify stressors so that you can make positive changes to your daily routine.

It might seem too easy to be true, but you can begin your meditation practice by sitting still for just two minutes. Why not wake up each morning and meditate before you get out of bed to start your day off on the right foot? If you’re having trouble getting started on your own, you can download a free meditation app. PureGym recommends Headspace, Calm, and Aura among others.

Slow down and say no.

If the coronavirus has taught us anything, it’s that we really don’t have to do everything we put on our plates. Many of us are still struggling with this idea, but it’s important to know that it’s okay to slow down and not do so much every once in a while. When you try to do too much, you can feel overwhelmed and may even lose sight of your priorities. Remember, it’s okay to say no, even if it means hurting a few feelings here and there. If you spend all of your time taking care of others, there won’t be any hours in the day left to take care of you.

Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean tanking your finances. What’s important now, more than ever, is that you do prioritize self-care, and you can do so effectively for a few dollars at the most. After all, this will all be over soon, and you’ll want to look back on your unexpected isolation as the time you learned to treat yourself lovingly.


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Please note that there is no guarantee a particular stress relief tool will work for you. Thus you must take complete responsibility for using them and for your own physical and emotional wellbeing. Further, Professor Pete Alexander is not a licensed health professional. Please consult qualified health practitioners regarding your use of any stress relief technique. Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner.

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 35 years of Sales, Marketing, Educational and Entrepreneurial experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to better protect their health and handle challenging situations with grace and success.

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