Being as I am only 20 years old starting out my first year of living without mom and dad, I have begun to figure out how to save a dime or two. I’ve also figured out (as I’m sure most of you have too) that life can be very stressful. With work, bills, grocery shopping, staying active, social lives, and let’s not forget to visit grandma every now and then, the chaos of every day life can really ware you down. I’ve made a list of some things that are cheap, easy, and oh so relaxing for you to do when you start to feel the wrath of life on your back.
1. Buy Some Cheap Plants
Some plants are very expensive and a pain to take care of. If you look around on the web there are plenty of plants that only cost a few bucks and are simple to take care of. I wasn’t a fan of buying plants at first because I figured after a few weeks they would just die off. To my surprise I’ve had a gorgeous orchid for over a month now and she is still as beautiful as she was when I first bought her (yes I have names for my plants and refer to them as so). Now orchids aren’t necessarily cheap but they are easy and beautiful. Simply having a plant in sight of such grace tends to be relaxing all on its own. It’s sort of like having a fish tank. Recently my boyfriend and I added two new plant friends to our collection. These two are succulents. Succulents kind of look like cacti. They come in all different shapes and sizes. These little guys are pretty much no work at all. We keep the orchid in our living room and the two succulents in our bathroom. As long as you keep them next to a window with the curtains open they do great. Just water them once the soil feels dry. There are tons of tips on taking care of each plant online. Having house plants makes the air you breathe more filtered and are a simple way to fung shui your home.
2. Tidy Up
Getting rid of unwanted clutter and making your home more organized does wonders. You would be amazed at how much better you will feel when all areas are livable and functional. Turn your living room into the perfect place to come home and unwind. Nobody likes coming home after a long day and feeling tense in their own home because it’s such a mess. It might take awhile if your house is pretty cluttered but once the clean up is finished you will feel cleansed. Think about it like everything in sight is there for a purpose. Decorations are one thing but if there are items out that don’t have any use they get in the way of a positive energy flow.
3. Get A Good Nights Sleep
If your bedroom is distracting while you sleep you have to change that. Your bedroom should be for sleeping only. Get rid of any bright lighting, invest in some heavy duty curtains, and make sure your room is nice and cool. This is the best recipe for a good nights sleep. Sleeping is a natural destresser and if you aren’t getting a good nights sleep you’re simply adding on the stress. Just like tip #2 your bedroom should be nice and clean as well.
Make sure your home smells nice. Scents like lavender and peppermint are wonderful for relaxing. Easy ways to make any room smell nice are: candles, salt rock lamps, scentsys, in-scents, and scented plug ins. I have a salt rock lamp in our living room and a scentsy in our bathroom. Putting different scents in each room will help as well (otherwise you will get used to the scents).
5. Take A Relaxing Shower/Bath
Letting your body wind down before bed will help you relax and get ready for sleep. Taking a bath with all the works is perfect for this. Draw a nice steamy bath filled with bath salts, lavender oil, and if you want, a bath bomb. Light some candles and turn off the lights. Sit in the bath for as long as you want (or until the water starts getting cold). Laying in hot water is nice for your muscles to relax. Breathing in the steam helps too. Once you get out of the bath/shower cover your body in lavender scented lotion or keep it natural with coconut oil. This will make your skin nice and smooth and re-nourish any oils you lost in the water.
6. Do Some Deep Breathing Exercises
If I feel too stressed and need to relax any time of the day, I’ll practice some deep breathing. This works if you’re at home or anywhere else. You can do it for a short period of time (maybe one minute while you’re at work) or for a long period of time (10-30 minutes at home). Taking in deep breaths and holding them then slowly letting them out can slow your heartbeat and release tension. Listening to nature sounds or Tibetan bells while breathing also helps.
7. Go Outside More
There are plenty of active things to do outside. Just getting a little more vitamin D is great for your health. Swimming, sun bathing, walking on nature trails, or going to the zoo are nice and fun ways to be outside. Be mindful while you’re outside. Listen to the noises you’re experiencing (like birds and wind blowing through the trees), pay attention to what you’re seeing (grass, the sky, trees). All of this is a sure way to calm you down.
A busy schedule is tough but adding in some exercise every day or every other day will effect your health in such a positive way. If you’re too tired after a long day of work, even walking for only 30 minutes is better than nothing. Exercising three times a week is the best you can do. My boyfriend and I do weight lifting every other day during Monday-Friday and run or swim on our off days (Tuesday and Thursday). I’m not a runner but practicing jogging and getting better at it twice a week has already improved my mood and my confidence. If you don’t know how to work out and want to learn I highly suggest getting a personal trainer or taking some classes. There are plenty of different work outs. You can walk, run, swim, do yoga, ride a bike, the list goes on and on. Finding one thing that’s good for your health and you actually enjoy is so important.
9. Partner Massages
Give partner massages. If it’s your friend, boyfriend, husband, wife, whoever you’re comfortable with, give each other a massage. You can do back rubs, foot rubs, neck rubs, anything is enough to feel good and cost nothing at all. If you have the time and can afford it, by all means, pay for a professional massage. But getting a little massage from someone you’re comfortable with can be just as enjoyable. Use lotion or massage oil and turn on some relaxing music or just rub each others feet while you watch tv. Getting a little massage every now and then can be just what you need.
Facials do not have to be expensive at all. I’ve been doing facials with my friends since middle school. They’re fun, relaxing, and great for your skin. Doing an at home facial about once or twice a week is extremely beneficial. I even do facials with my boyfriend every now and then. I recommend doing a facial right after you get out of the shower either in the morning before the day or at night right before bed. You can buy some cheap facials at the store or make your own at home. There are hundreds of different facial recipes online.
Having a busy life and being broke doesn’t mean you have to be stressed out. Relaxing can be fun, good for your health, and make your life feel much easier. Spending time on yourself a little every week or preferably every day is important. You will feel better and be better if you practice a few of the things on this list. I hope you found this helpful and relaxing!