11 Ways to Treat Yourself (that don’t involve money or food)

It’s not hard to think up great ways to treat yourself. We’d all love a spa day topped off with a meal prepared and served by someone else, or maybe a sitter for the night, or just a morning where the cat doesn’t wake you up by sitting on your windpipe. 

But for every article I see about self care, I roll my eyes at least 12 times and think “Who can afford that?”  And sure, I would love to have an afternoon to myself and a bucket of fried chicken, and a cookie dough chaser. But that’s not particularly healthy. 

So I’m a fan of realistic self care. That is, activities that aren’t expensive, don’t involve food, and will make you feel good about how you spent that time.

Here’s a list of my favorites

Meditate, the easy way
If you’re the kind of person who can’t sleep during the day, napping can be  more like torture. But guided meditation is a whole other story. It gives your mind something (easy) to do so the rest of you can relax a bit. There are plenty of free guided meditations online, my favorites are at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center website.

Walk and a picnic
Okay, this one does involve food, or just a beverage. Pack a little bag with a snack and a drink and go for a walk. It doesn’t need to be far and it doesn’t need to be fancy. Just get outside, find a rock or a bench, settle in and sip your beverage. Listen to the quiet, or people-watch. Even better, bring a little trash bag and pick up litter along your route. You’ve just added in a random act of kindness to your personal time. Go, you!

Read a book
When was the last time you read for pleasure. Even if you can’t get to your library, there are plenty of Free ebooks on Amazon, and your local library probably may have a free online borrowing program. Or reread some of your favorite books from childhood if you have them hanging around.

Learn something
If you choose the topic right, learning is great self-care. Pick a topic for FUN. Don’t feel like you need to learn something pertinent to your work or a current hobby.  Check out Coursera, MIT or Harvard to start. (But there are PLENTY of sources for free online classes, do your own searching, too!)        

Bust out a piece for paper and draw something. Even if you don’t have fancy pencils or crayons or markers, you can play with shading and pressure and make something cool. There are plenty of free coloring pages you can download and print out.

Write a letter (this one will cost you the price of a stamp)
Remember letters? On real paper? It’s becoming a lost art, which is kinda sad. It used to be so exciting to get a real letter in the mail. Not a bill, not an advertisement, but a real letter, with news, from someone you love. It was downright magical.

If you feel totally lost and don’t know where to start, here’s a site to help you out. 

Geocaching! (Pre-PokemonGo-Style)
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. There are plenty of free apps to help you learn geocaching and get started.

YouTube Karaoke
For nearly every song out there, there’s a karaoke accompaniment on YouTube. For reals. Crank it up and let ‘er rip. You’re a stress-free superstar now.

Play cards
Get a kid and play Uno, or find an old deck of real cards and fall into a game of solitaire.

Foot bath
You can go nuts and find a whole bunch of fancy recipes on the internet, or just throw some salt into big bowl of warm water. Put a foot in there, scrub it a bit with a washcloth. It feels good, the warmth is calming (or use cool water if it’s a zillion degrees where you’re at), and your feet will be all soft and good-smelling when you take ‘em out. Got a teabag? Throw it in. Got an essential oil you like? A few drops’ll do. 

When you’re ready, dry that foot off and slather it with some lotion, or coconut oil, or olive oil! Whatever you have is just fine. (Put some socks on to really make it last, and so you don’t slip, ok?) 

And when all else fails: Nap
Put your jammies on and take a nap. In your bed. Not all jammed up on the couch with the TV on. Close the shades in your bedroom and hunker down for a proper sleep.

There. You don’t have to spend money or fill your belly to feel great and treat yourself well!


Consistency is key in anything you do. If you want to see results you have to work at it. 

Your health and wellness goals are no different. Will getting a massage once a year make you feel better? Absolutely. 

But if your pain is chronic or stress is an everyday obstacle, then consistency in your treatment plans may be what you need. 

So what is your wellness goal? Even if its not with massage how will you commit to your goal?

The Reboot for you Mind and Body

Do you ever feel stretched in a hundred different directions?

Obligations, deadlines, appointments, meetings, work, housework, sports, everything. More often than not, it seems that there just aren’t enough hours in the day or days in a week for all that we need to do. We’re on constant high alert. We’re always moving.

All this chaos can be hard on your body and mind.

When this happens, we tend to be less mindful of our eating, or chasing sleep like it’s a lively kitten, or we get snippy with loved ones and coworkers.

The effects of this day to day stress are cumulative for most of us. Stiff joints get stiffer. Cranky shoulders get crankier, then one rogue golf swing or one heavy laundry basket makes it worse.

Massage is the mini-vacation you probably need.

Without the sand in your shoes and having to pull your computer out of your backpack.

Massage therapy is a reboot. It’s the control-alt-delete for your body and mind.

A massage resets your thoughts, slows your pulse, regulates your breathing, and recharges your mind.

Spend some time on my massage table, taking care of you. You can schedule online right here, at the Massage Móvil Online Scheduler or call or text me at 210-378-8939 to make your appointment.

Stop headaches before they start

As June comes to a close we are sad to say that we missed the bandwagon for Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. I don’t know about you but when a headache comes on or worse a migraine I don’t want to do much of anything, but as someone with a hectic lifestyle I can undoubtedly say, ain’t nobody got time for that! So, we are going to jump right in and look at some ways to stop the pain before it starts. Are you ready? Let’s go.

Avoid triggers

If certain foods or scents have triggered headaches in the past, it could be time to make a note of them and avoid them at all costs. Things like caffeine, cigarette smoke, and bright lights can be a big culprit in spurring on pain, but it doesn’t have to be that obvious. Perfumes, loud noises, flowers, and even lunch meat have the power to make you miserable.

Workout often

Exercising on a regular basis reduces tension and can help prevent headaches. Choose something you enjoy doing - walking, biking, kayaking, hiking, etc. - and follow the proper guidelines for the exercise you’re engaging in. That means stretching and warming up slowly. And don’t forget proper hydration.

Bonus: It is also said that being overweight can be a factor in triggering migraines, so not only will exercise help you stay healthy but it can help curb the pain that can be caused from headaches or migraines.

Eat and sleep regularly

Lack of sleep and skipping meals can aggravate symptoms for the migraine sufferer. Make sure you are getting enough fluids and are eating meals at regular times. Lack of sleep (or even getting too much sleep) can also aggravate symptoms, so implement routine and stick to it.

Control stress

Stress. Stress. Stress. It happens. Sometimes it’s hard to avoid. The only thing we can change is our response to it. Learn techniques to reduce stress levels like breathing, yoga and meditation. You can also combat stress with a massage, a long walk, a hot shower, or whatever you need to do to take the edge off.

According to the Migraine Research Foundation, nearly 36 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. Acknowledging the triggers and patterns surrounding your migraine episodes will help you figure out what’s causing them and minimize your chances of experiencing headache pain.

Why your feet need a massage

We don’t usually think about our feet, that is until they hurt. We tend to take them for granted, but like other parts of our body they get tired, overused, sore, and in need of some attention.

If you’re like me when your feet hurt, you don’t want to do much of anything. You want to stay off them, but your body likes to move and your brain functions better when you are active.

Foot pain can be the cause of other pain in your body too. If your foot hurts, you may change the way you stand, walk, and move, and these changes can affect your legs. When your legs hurt, you make more changes in what you do, which affects your hips, then your back, then your neck. And the next thing you know, your whole posture and normal body mechanics have been affected, and it all stemmed from your foundation, your feet.

Think about all of what you put your feet through…

At work, you may be on your feet for most of the day on hard floors or rough terrain. You may even have a long walk from the parking lot to your place of employment.

At home, we constantly walk to take care of our family, our belongings and our house. We shop, stand chatting with a friend, stand in lines, and walk around doing errands. We cook, do laundry, clean and put things away. You may make multiple trips up and down stairs every day. Yard work and home maintenance keeps us on our feet as well.

You may kick things out of the way or stomp your feet to let out some frustration. Your feet may have things dropped on them or they get stepped on. You step on unexpected things such as rocks, tools, or toys (Legos are the worst!).

You may use your feet for exercise like yoga and fitness classes, hiking, climbing, kickboxing, and dance - and hauling all your equipment around. If you enjoy sports you use your feet to run, jump, and kick. Your feet take a real pounding since they support your body weight along with the extra force from exertion.

Sometime we squeeze our feet into uncomfortable shoes or boots. Sometimes it may be for the sake of fashion, such as high heels. Other times work footwear is uncomfortable. Sandals may be more comfortable but they may not provide the support your feet need.

The joints in your legs can be affected by your feet too. Your joints are under pressure from the muscles and bones pulling and twisting on them. Relieving that foot pain will allow your muscles and joints to live in their proper positions with less pressure on them alleviating that pain and helping you feel better.

Massage provides relief from Plantar Fasciitis, heel pain, and other common foot pain. Most muscles that move your foot start in your calf, so relieving foot pain can also reduce calf pain too.

Your feet do a lot for you so give them some much needed attention and get a massage! With the help of Massage Móvil, you can give them that attention in the comfort of your home with an in-home massage! Check out our schedule and book online today!

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