Happy Monday folks! One mental health topic that I think is often misunderstood is self-care. Some people see it as selfish, excessive “me” time, others see it as an expensive spa day, and others see it as a pointless, fake mental health craze that doesn’t actually help people with mental illness. Honestly, it can be all of these things, but none of these things are what it’s really supposed to be.
Self-care is supposed to be a way to take care of our bodies and minds so that we can improve our quality of life. There are many ways to do that, and different strategies work for different people, but sadly, the idea of “self-care” has boiled down to manicures and weighted blankets. Those things can be great for some, but limiting our idea of self-care to any one thing is bad for everyone else.
That’s why, for today’s Mental Health Monday, I wanted to talk about some of my favorite, less conventional self-care ideas that work for me. I have used all five of these activities myself in the last month, and I can attest that they truly work for me. Not to magically make me “better” but to help me survive my intense feelings or slightly improve my outlook on life when it gets dark.
5 Unorthodox Self-Care Activities
- Go through a car wash
- Clean something super well
- Bake something
- Destroy a journal page
- Do something nice for someone else
I personally love all of these options because they’re budget-friendly. I’ve found that a lot of self-care recommendations come with a hefty price tag, and I don’t like the idea of a “self-care industry” popping up and gobbling up what little disposable income most Millennials and Zoomers have so they can try and feel a little better. There really are ways to take care of yourself that are free or very inexpensive.
I talk more about why these activities are so great for self-care in my most recent HealthyPlace post, 5 Unexpected Forms of Self-Care. Check it out, and let me know if any of these activities work well for you, or if you’d like me to make a post with more unusual self-care ideas.