10 Inexpensive Weekly Self Care Ideas


Self-care is important to both our mental and physical health.  But because we are constantly on the go, we often neglect taking the time to actually care for ourselves.  I for one, know that I am often guilty of this.  

We often feel that because we have so many activities on our plate – work, school, church,  kids, after-school activities and the list goes on and on, that we are unable to actually fit “me time” into our schedules.

When it comes to carving out the time to practice self-care, consider this: You probably don’t engage in it often enough, which in turn means that you are left feeling tired, run-down, and overwhelmed.  Honey, it’s high time you treat yo-self! 

I have reached a point in my life as to where I am making myself a priority.  I take a couple of hours each week to do something that I enjoy, and you should too.  

There are simple things that you can do to add a little self-care to your week.  Here is a list of my favorites:

1. Take a relaxing bath.  Light some candles, and add a half cup of your favorite bath salts, then immerse yourself in a warm bath.

2. Read a good book.  Curl up on the couch or in your favorite chair and enjoy that book that you’ve been wanting to read for some time now.

3. Enjoy a glass of wine.  Pop open that cork and pour yourself a glass of vino.

4. Listen to your favorite tunes.  Put on your favorite tunes, turn it up, and shake your boo-tay.

5. Visit a coffee shop.  If you are a coffee lover like myself, you can go to your local coffee shop and order up your favorite cup of coffee or tea.  While you’re there, treat yourself to a pastry as well.

6. Manicure/Pedicure.  Give yourself a Mani/Pedi.  Your feet will definitely thank you.

7. Take a walk.  Put on your tennis shoes and go for a leisurely walk through your neighborhood.  Inhale the fresh air.

8. Binge out on your favorite tv shows. This is one of my favorites!  I love to spend hours in front of the tv catching up on my favorite shows.

9. Light up a candle. Can you say aromatherapy? Enjoy a scented candle.

10. Go to bed early (or on time).  This is one that I am working on.  I am often up until the wee hours of the morning because I get more done after my hubby and the kid are in bed.  I have come to realize that my health is more important, so I have been going to bed much earlier than in the past – well most of the time.


10 Inexpensive Self Care Ideas

You should take some time to incorporate weekly self-care activities into your schedule.  It’s easy to spend our time caring for others while neglecting self.  But as the saying goes – you can’t pour from an empty cup.  So remember that self-care is not a luxury, it’s actually a necessity.  

How do you spend your “me time?” Leave me a comment.  

Until next time…








  1. Love all these ideas! Self-care is something that is difficult for me tor prioritize as a SAHM with a toddler. Once she is asleep in the evenings, I usually choose to spend time with my husband. I need to make myself a priority too! He is off work this week, so I’m looking forward to going and getting a mani/pedi while he spends time with our toddler 🙂

    • I certainly understand, being a SAHM myself. I have made a commitment to myself though to add some form of self-care to my week. I am finding that it enables me to better care for my family. Have a great day, and enjoy your mani/pedi!

  2. You are right selfcare is important I do most of these, my favorite is taking a relaxing bath with music, candles and a glass of wine.

    • Yes, it is important. I love a nice, hot relaxing bath along with a glass of wine. Have a great day!

  3. This was a very insightful read. I very rarely remember to give myself me time. Especially with homeschooling our almost 10 year old and having my almost 2 year old at home all day too. I love being around them but sometimes I like some relaxing quiet time. If I do happen to manage some me time it is normally after everyone, including my husband, is asleep. I tend to browse Pinterest, Read some of my favorite books (The Cat Who… series by Lillian Jackson Braun), or get some sewing done. Right now we are in the process of moving and downsizing so I have no time for me time. Hopefully once it all settles down and we settle in I can get some.

  4. I love all of these. This past Saturday I was having a bad day so I went to get a mani/pedi, massage and a little retail therapy. I buy candles to make me feel better because I love coming home to house that smells good

  5. Self care is something that I stress so much. You have to take care of yourself in order to take care of others. These are all great inexpensive tips. #8 is probably my go-to when I don’t feel like leaving the house.

  6. Love these tips. I’m ALL about self-care and being unapologetic with it too. We as women, especially black women, sometimes need reminders that it’s okay to take care of ourselves and/or be selfish.

    • That is so true. We have a tendency to neglect self in order to care for others. But we have to realize that if we don’t care for self, we won’t be able to care for our loved ones. Thank you for reading Ashleigh.

  7. I enjoy everything you mentioned above, my favourite me time is taking to meditate and sitting under the sun to take in all the beauty in nature with no artificial interference.

  8. I love all of these ideas! Now if only I could do the last one were good! I have a baby who isnt sleeping through the night yet so we still have a while to go.

  9. Yesss! Self care has been something I’ve been trying to practice for so long. Quite a few of these I have been practicing. Thank you for sharing and reassuring that these are great practices.

  10. Taking a bath is a good one, I love taking baths but I don’t really have the opportunity, showers are just more quicker. When I take a bath, I love to read a good book. This reminds me that I need to find a book and make time for a bath.

    • That sounds so relaxing. However, I don’t tend to read while bathing because I’m afraid I would get so wrapped up into my book that I wouldn’t want to get out. Thank you for reading.

  11. This is a great list. I’m working on taking better care of myself as well. I have been doing better in the past few months. Now I’m working on eventually just going on outings by myself.

    • I actually had to work up the nerve to go out by myself. But after that first time, I thoroughly enjoy spending the afternoon to myself on occasion. Try it, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Thanks for reading.


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