Thoughts on self-care: 15 ways to affordably practise self-care

Ah, self-care! What a lovely way to take some time, recharge and connect with the self. Self-care can improve your happiness and align you with your relationships, friendships, and all things that unravel in your daily life. Self-care has been a massive part of my daily routines since I was a teenager, and I’ve learned that it doesn’t have to be expensive. Everyone deserves to feel good and their best. So continue reading the points below for ideas on practising self-care affordably.

Place yourself in positions that brings joy.

Whether you’re choosing to hang out with your loved ones, choosing a new job or venture, it is essential to ensure that you find joy in all that you do. There’s no point in placing yourself in situations that will make you unhappy. Sometimes it’s easier said than done. However, you should try to reevaluate your circumstances and plan positive change.

Read this book

Okay, it wouldn’t be a J.P. Mooney blog if I didn’t inject my own work. But on a serious note, I worked on this ebook to incorporate Neuro linguistic Programming strategies that will help get you where you need to be.

Play with your skincare product

No, don’t throw them around the room and make a mess. Instead, you can make time to use your skincare products as part of your daily routine. Lotions and potions moisturise your skin, although you can also use them to massage your face and body to release tension. Scented products can also elevate your mood, but it’s best avoided if you have allergies and sensitivity. If you don’t already have skincare products, there’s an abundance of good quality and affordable brands you can research and try.

Draw Something

Even if you don’t have fancy art supplies, take a pen or pencil with a blank piece of paper, let go and start sketching. This is therapeutic as it allows your mind to focus on being in the present.

Play With Art Supplies/ Paint

Similar to the above, if your budget allows it, grab some art supplies to create your very own masterpiece. Get in touch with your feelings and pour them on a canvas. Or, get your hands on an adult colouring book.

Buy or Create Bird Feeders

Photo by J.P. Mooney

You’ll be surprised and thrilled to know that you can attract wildlife into your garden and the neighbourhood. You can do this by creating or purchasing affordable bird feeders and food to hang on a tree or fence. I first hung a bird feeder on a large tree in the garden, and within two days, it attracted a variety of colourful wild birds. Hearing their sound is also high vibrational and calming.

Walk in Nature

Whether you have a small patch of green by your house, in a garden, or you have access to a majestic forest, connecting to nature is undoubtedly a great approach to self-care.

Do Some Gardening

There’s a great sense of satisfaction when you see your plants bloom in season.

Meditate or Just Sit Still

If you don’t know about meditation by now, then you’re in for a whirlwind of surprises. Meditation relaxes your mind and can support healing. Meditation can be adapted to meet your needs. There are various ways to practice, research and find one that suits you.

Light A Scented Candle

A scented candle can instantly change the atmosphere in your home and elevate your mood.

Spray Perfume

Likewise, a natural body fragrance or room spray will instantly make you feel good.

Use Essential Oils

Riveting orange, relaxing lavender or earthy patchouli…You’re in for a treat. More information here.

Read My Mated Fortune Series

Read Contemporary Poetry

Read Free Blogs

Reading is a great way to explore current world affairs, gain knowledge and expand consciousness. The beauty of technology is that you can read pretty much anything from anywhere. By reading blogs, you also show support to the content creators and contribute to their online visibility while enjoying the content you love.

Until next time.

Thoughts on knowledge: The importance of reading

Reading is a great resource to find information for educational purposes and self-development. I have to be honest and confess that I couldn’t always read and write confidently in the English language. But I will always remember a wise person’s words that were told to me as a young person, ‘reading is the key that opens doors into new dimensions’. Growing up, I always thought that only ‘serious’ books were educational. Thus, the authors who wrote them were the only voices worth expanding my library for. I even thought ‘real writers’ and ‘real books’ didn’t belong on a kindle. Of course, that was me at such a young age, before I even dreamed of writing stories or building a literature business. For me, reading is and will always continue to be a way into gaining self-knowledge, to detach and re-charge my energy, and enter a world full of opportunities regardless of the genre.

Books are portals to indulge in fantasy, connect with characters and explore the author’s expression. They are also a way to understand history, culture and the expansion of life. It doesn’t really matter if you’re excellent at reading and writing, what matters is our overall understanding of the messages that have been written on pages and how we use it to improve our lives. You can also use books as a way to communicate and connect with people, to teach the generations to come. Regardless of personal preference in genre, kindle or kobo, Amazon or bookshop, we are moving into deeper integration with technology where authors’ works will become even more accessible. Now is the right time to venture into new genres and explore someone’s story.

What are you currently reading?

Until next time.