Real talk, friends. The world’s kind of gone to shit so my anxiety’s been acting up, and I’m totally ok with that. I used to take what I called “me days” to deal with stress, but I hadn’t in a while so I decided to indulge my hedonistic desires. I spent a good day or 2 binging movies and eating sour gummy bears – I slept in and splurged on unhealthy food because that’s what I needed, and I have zero regrets.
I’m really good at pushing myself, and if you know me in real life, you know that I’m kind of a hard ass, but hey, sometimes you just gotta let loose. I was overwhelmed, and I knew I needed to deal with my mountain of stress. I spoiled myself at home because it’s quarantine, and I gotta do my part. So, here are five budget-friendly ways I like to unwind in the comfort of my abode.
1. Delivery + Netflix Marathon
My achilles’ heel is Chinese delivery, but pizza works just as well. Get your favorite eats to go and bingewatch your favorite TV show/s. I’ve been rewatching Buffy because Sarah Michelle Gellar’s a badass, the series is nostalgic AF, and David Boreanaz is a snack and a half. Am I right or am I right?
In all seriousness, there’s just something so comforting about enjoying delivery on the couch. So, what are you waiting for? Order some stupidly delish noms and turn on a series to get your lazy on. Bonus points if you’re wearing sweats while indulging! Don’t judge me – you know you want to!
2. At-home Spa Nights
Take a long bath (with bath bombs, obviously), throw on a fluffy robe, and grab your favorite face mask. I’m a skincare FIEND so I have a bajillion different options at home. I really love sheet masks though, and I’m currently obsessed with WHEN because they work well, and I can get them at Costco for a fraction of the price.
So, light a few candles, turn on some soothing music, enjoy a glass of red (my current fave) and lie back. Afterwards, take your sweet time applying moisturizer and breathe out all the negative juju you’ve been holding in.
3. Journal, Journal, and Journal
I recently ordered two cute notebooks from amazon, and I’ve been putting them to good use. I use one for my (very many) to-do lists and the other to jot down my frustrations. It’s something I learned from Tim Ferriss, the author of the “The 4-Hour Work Week.”
Basically, you write down anything and everything that pisses you off, and then tear it up to symbolize release. Hence, you’ve acknowledged the negativity and dealt with it in an efficient and healthy way. It may sound lame, but I swear it works. You really DO have to let things go afterwards though – no dwelling allowed!
4. Get Your Game On
I am a video game fanatic! For my NY “me days,” I’d hit up Dave & Buster’s with friends for some friendly competition, but nowadays, I just play games on my phone to blow off steam. I talked about Fun Run on here before (on a post I wrote called, “4 Free Games You Need On Your Phone STAT”), but I also really like Manor Cafe. Whether you want to play casually or go hardcore on [insert system of your choice], the world is your oyster.
5. Curl Up with a Book
Call me a nerd, but I’m big into self-help. I find the genre inspiring and extremely helpful! The Power of Habit is, hands down, one of my favorite books of all time, but I could recommend a slew of others for those of you interested. If you don’t feel like reading, give Audible a try!
I also watch a ton of impact theory, an incredible youtube channel run by Quest Nutrition CEO Tom Bilyeu. He interviews some pretty epic people, and it’ll get you pumped the eff up. I know this isn’t nearly as hedonistic as the other options listed above, but it’s a really great way to motivate yourself when you’re in a rut…if you’re in one. Either way, you’ll learn a lot and most likely feel inspired so go check it out. Here are some of my favorite talks to start: “How to Make Yourself Immune to Pain” and “Why Motivation is Garbage.”
Alright friends, I hope you enjoyed reading this post! With everything going on in the world, self-care’s more important than ever. Let me know what you thought of my latest by leaving a comment below, and make sure to check back soon for new content coming your way. Sending you big hugs!