Simple, Budget-Friendly Self-Care Ideas for Individuals in Recovery

Special to Palmetto Counseling’s Blog | June 27, 2019 1:55 PM EDT
This issue features an article by Maria Cannon

Self-care isn’t always easy to maintain in today’s world. Making sure your mind and body are well-balanced can be tricky when there’s stress, anxiety, dietary concerns, and every day responsibilities to take care of. When you’re also living in recovery, it can be overwhelming to stay focused on your well-being. Unfortunately, this can lead to anything from depression to a relapse; both your physical and mental health are on the line, and when you don’t take the time to care for yourself, you’ll feel the consequences.

The good news is that there are many simple things you can do to promote your well-being every day. The key is to get into a rhythm that will make it easier to maintain. Start small to avoid becoming overwhelmed and to stick to your budget, which is often important for individuals who are in recovery. Look for ways you can turn your diet around and eat healthfully or for activities that will allow you to have fun while getting a workout.

Here are a few things to consider when you’re in recovery and need to focus on your well-being when you’re on a limited budget.

Look for Deals

There are several ways you can save money while still incorporating healthy practices into your lifestyle, but one of the easiest is to look online for money-saving Groupon codes. You can find great rates on gym memberships, meal delivery services, and active events that will keep you healthy and won’t blow a hole in your budget. You might ask a friend or family member to sign up for some deals along with you; not only will it help you stay motivated, but it may also get you a better rate, depending on what the deal is for.

Make Every Moment Count

If you suffer from stress or anxiety, it’s important to make sure every moment counts when you can find time to take a break. Unplug from technology and put away your phone during your lunch break. Take a walk instead, or take a nap when you have an hour to spare. Put yourself first and take steps to make sure your mind and body are in a good place rather than spending every moment focused on getting things done or taking care of other people. Your mental health demands it, and it won’t cost you a penny.

Be Conscious About Your Diet

The way we eat and drink can play a big role in how we feel, so being conscious about your diet is crucial when you want to be healthy. Think about the details, such as how to read food labels or stay hydrated, and consider meal planning for the week so you won’t be tempted to eat out or grab food from the vending machines at work. Meal prep is a wonderful way to eat healthfully, and it can save you money at the same time. Look online for easy, affordable recipes that will allow you to plan healthy meals for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner.

Incorporate Some Fun Into Your Workout

Staying active is important for everyone, but for individuals who are in recovery, it can provide a chance to boost self-esteem and motivation. If you can mix a fun activity with your exercise routine, you’ll also be taking care of your mental health while making sure your body is in great shape. Hiking, going for a walk around the neighborhood, and dancing are all great ways to stay fit because they allow you to have a good time, and they can also be social activities. What’s more, you don’t have to spend any money to simply get up and get moving.

Self-care can be tricky when you’re in recovery; you want to do things that make you feel good but that also keep you on track with your goals and budget. The key is to make sure your choices are the right ones for you. Talk to a close friend, sponsor, or family member who can help you stay accountable throughout the process of introducing new strategies into your lifestyle.

About the author

Maria Cannon believes we’re never too young to dedicate ourselves to a hobby. She created HobbyJr to encourage young people to find a hobby they love. Maria has suffered from depression and anxiety for years. Her hobbies include gardening, quilting, sewing, and knitting–play a major role in maintaining her mental health.

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