Back-to-school is busy, but it’s a great time to up your self-care game with the kids in class. Here are some tips to help you relax and recharge.
Taking care of yourself is one of the best ways to boost your mood and sneak in those little treats that make life fun. Now that the kids are headed back to school, why not indulge in a little extra “me time”? Try out these budget-friendly self-care ideas to help you unwind during the busy back-to-school season. After all, how can you be at your best for your family if you don't set yourself up for success first?
Everyone needs an outlet, and many hobbies are very low-cost or even free. Jigsaw puzzles, painting, or working out can all help you soothe your mind and enter a Zen-like meditative state. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s something that occupies your focus while allowing your inner thoughts to wander. This lets your subconscious figure out solutions and long-term plans without your "practical brain" getting in the way.
Self-care for back-to-school time doesn’t need to be complicated, it just needs to be something to you do for YOU. Journaling is a common therapeutic technique that can help you relax, reflect, let go of stress, and even find clarity. Every day, take a few moments to assess how you're feeling and then start writing. Some days you might write only a single line, which is perfectly okay. If you’re not much of a writer, feel free to keep an audio diary or start a sketchbook instead. Whatever medium you choose, be sure not to edit yourself. Just let your thoughts flow freely, even if they don’t seem to make much sense in the moment. Over time, you will begin to see patterns emerge.
Meditation is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to practice self-care. Just five minutes at the beginning and end of the day can relieve stress, help regulate your emotions, and offer health benefits. If you’re having trouble getting started, search online for a free meditation app. And remember, your thoughts will wander, especially when you’re first learning to meditate. That’s okay. Just gently return your focus to your meditation rather than getting frustrated or angry with yourself.
The pandemic was isolating for many people, but now it’s time to reconnect. Self-care for parents during this back-to-school season can be as simple as meeting up with friends and loved ones for some adult conversation. Ask another parent to come over for coffee, start a book club with neighbors, or go out for drinks with a group of friends. To keep the focus on self-care, socialize with people who make you feel good about yourself and share your interests and values.
With Save coupons, reward yourself for making it through a tough year and a busy back-to-school time. Spend the day alone or with a good friend, shopping for deals and taking some time to breathe. On the way home, why not use a restaurant coupon to treat yourself to a nice meal? You’re worth it.