As you rush to get your home, your budget and people organised for what you hope will be a picture-perfect holiday, you’ve probably heard that loud voice in your head saying, “Take a break. Breathe”
This may sound impossible and sometimes selfish – but remember a happier, relaxed you is a win-win for you and everyone around you, especially when it comes to decisions on what to spend, save, loan and give / gift.
Here’s what to remember and what to do, according to financial therapists,
“Christmas is a rollercoaster of emotions ranging from excitement to anxiety and self-care helps you feel less overwhelmed and more in control”.
Therefore, when we mention, “treat yourself / self-care” we are referring to a plan to figure out how to pamper yourself and spend responsibly.
Let’s dive into 6 solo’ ways to treat yourself on a budget next time you need some “me time”, without compromising other budget plans and without worrying about unwanted company.
A guilt-free moment to enjoy your own space with no obligations or to-do tasks is an easy way to get away from everything and everyone, for a little while.
All you have to do is pick a date and commit to actually showing up for your “me time”. Simply:-
You know you need to bring your “A-game” before the holiday festivities and working towards a happier’ you – emotionally, mentally and spiritually is a start.
If a new hairdo, a shave / beard trim, a manicure or pedicure, a facial (etc.) is how you want to relax, go ahead. Check out your regular and local trendy shops and try them out.
The exciting thing about the holidays is that the spirit-of-giving extends to businesses too so don’t miss out
What’s your preferred ‘’royal date / dining treatment’’ look like?
Lunch at a scenic restaurant location, milkshakes at a café booth, take-out dinner on your cozy couch, chocolate and wine – whatever it is; enjoy yourself and stick to your budget.
Any new indoor or outdoor activities you want to try? (maybe) There are hobbies you want to take up again
Whether your choice of a hobby is academic, athletic or creative - make sure it is enjoyable and beneficial to you.
Hobbies are quite easy to get started-on - just keep your spending low and the fun-times going. Here are some ideas:-
They’re low-priced and inclusive offers, which include transport, refreshments, entry fees and some special freebies depending on the tour package
“Curling up on your bed, couch or recliner with a cozy duvet or shawl, to watch as many shows or movies as you want
is a “me time” session to look forward to”
Cinemas or movie theatres are fun but for some free-to-low cost leisure time, this option is more about what you like - making this a go-to option all year round too.
Engaging in simple yet creative tasks can be a stress-reliever, which is a great plus for your emotional and mental health.
According to mental health expert studies, it’s clinically proven that self-care reduces stress, reduces or eliminates anxiety, improves concentration, increases happiness and improves energy
Choosing a creative outlet is an entertaining option, especially if TV and cinemas aren’t your preference.
It doesn't matter if you consider yourself creative or not - there is no expertise required and it’s an ideal way to spend your time at low-to-no cost.
This year, have the last laugh after all the holiday preparation ups-n-downs.
We’re not ignoring that a lot of overspending or impulse buying, often occurs when we choose to splurge or choose to treat ourselves; however, with the budget-friendly ideas above treating yourself can be a frequent, enjoyable experience at any time of the year
Now, it’s your turn to treat yourself!