Self-care is a huge buzz word. Whether it’s investing in spin classes, buying new skincare products, or enjoying yourself on a tropical vacation, these activities are usually purchased in the name of self-care. But you’re wrong if you think putting yourself first has to cost a lot of money. In fact, there are self-care activities you can do for free even if you only have 10 minutes in your day. DoctorOz.com spoke with Paula Rizzo, author of Listful Living: A List-Making Journey to a Less Stressed You, to break down some of the easiest ways to practice self care — and the importance of doing so.
But before we get into activities, we first need to reframe the idea of self-care. According to Rizzo, self-care and money do not go hand in hand.. “People think [that in order to practice self-care] they need to get a $300 massage or go on a week-long vacation,” says Rizzo. This idea has been perpetuated and monetized as self-care has increased in popularity.
Forbes reported in 2019 that self-care has grown into a “$4.2 trillion dollar wellness industry.” But at its core, self-care, explains Rizzo, is simply small moments you take in your day to rejuvenate yourself. The purpose is to take time to check in with your mind and your body and find moments that bring you joy.