How to Practice Self-Care on Zero Dollars a Day

How to Practice Self-Care on Zero Dollars a Day

The idea of affordable self-care was born late one night when I was brainstorming post ideas for my professional Instagram page. It was a reaction to all of the posts you see when scrolling through #selfcare. If you just had those posts to go by, then you would be under the impression that self-care was a synonym for spa treatments. There were candles, massages, fancy nails, and a lot of bubble baths. I found myself having a strong reaction to seeing self-care marketed as a “treat yo’self” indulgence. In that marketing is a message suggesting we need to pamper ourselves in order to get the care we deserve. Can it be indulgent? Sure. Does it need to be? No. I decided to flip the script on this commercialized version of self-care. My budget for affordable self-care posts has always been $0. And, all ideas must be relatively accessible for most people following my page. Rather than feeling limited by my budget, I find it fuels my creativity. I’m better able to spot the free things I do that help me function at my best. If it helps me, then it just might help someone else. Many of the posts I’ve written on this topic involve getting back to the basics of healthy living. Take these examples: 1. Go to Bed Earlier. We all know we are supposed to do this. Sleep is critical for...
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Organize Your Student Loans like a Pro

Organize Your Student Loans like a Pro

It’s really easy to forget about your loans in graduate school because there are so many other things to think about. However, your loans will eventually catch up to you, and you’ll need to start making payments on them. Unfortunately, this tends to start happening right as you’re midway through a fellowship and trying to apply for jobs, or when you’re trying to apply for licensure and take the EPPP. Having to start paying on your student loans can come at a very overwhelming time, and also be an overwhelming thing to think about. With some simple organizational strategies, you can feel more confident about the financial responsibility that awaits you. Organize Your Priorities Consider how you want to go about paying off your student loans. Some people want to keep their loans on the back burner, pay the lowest amount due every month, and use whatever expendable income they have to start living life. After all, this is finally the time for self-care and eating more than whatever is on sale at the grocery store. There is also the mindset of wanting to get rid of loans as quickly as possible and being willing to make cuts to the quality of living until loans are paid off. These cuts might mean skipping Friday lunch dates with colleagues or still trying to share a hotel room with...
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