Ways to care for your mental health if you can’t afford therapy

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Practice self-care

The term “self-care” is a buzzword that is tossed around liberally in casual conversation. For some, it can mean taking the day off of work to binge a Netflix series, or spending a day shopping or otherwise splurging.

But for folks with mental health issues, self-care is an imperative that we often neglect, which has consequences. So if you want to stay above water, don’t let self-care fall by the wayside, even when it seems like a chore.

Courtney Rodrigue, a licensed mental health counselor, told me, “Good self-care is essential for overall well-being. This includes mental health: take time (schedule it if necessary) for yourself and engage in activities that are not only good for you, but also things you enjoy. This can include cooking a beautiful meal, going to a yoga class, or taking a bubble bath on a weeknight.” And all of these things cost less than regular therapy sessions.

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