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

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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 change: Going with the flow

As we enter autumn, the day closes earlier, and the cold weather seeps into our pores. Remember to move with the flow of life and take some time to reconnect with yourself. This is a time to elevate your self-care routine and indulge in the fall aesthetic as well as balancing productivity. Immerse yourself in creative projects and open your perspective to abundance. If you can see a better life for yourself, know that you have what it takes to create it. Take manageable steps and stay aligned with your discernment. On a metaphysical note, the veil is now thinning, therefore protect your energy and mental health. Do the work required to manifest and stay aligned with the best version of yourself. Whether it’s meditation, yoga, deep breathing or journaling, make time for your practice. Remember, the fiercest character most times evolves from chaos and uncertainty. I wish everyone the very best in doing what is best for you.

Until next time.

Thoughts on growth: Self-care Tips For Online Entrepreneurs

You’ve managed to launch your online hustle, and things are going well for you. However, you’ve realised that you’re working extra hard in the early stages to ensure you have a sustainable way of making an income. With the hard work comes burnout, and with burnout comes less time to indulge in self-care. This doesn’t always have to be arduous and a chore. Self-care should be for you to reconnect with the self, to boost your mental health and vitality. Below are a few inexpensive tips to help you indulge.

Meditate

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If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I constantly affirm the practice of meditation. Meditation is a great way to quiet the mind and calm the nervous system, and with regular practice, it helps you see all angles and better manage situations. Meditation is free and can be done anywhere and in any way that suits you. Any activity can be turned into meditation as long as it allows you to connect with the self. Whichever way you choose to meditate, ensure to always stay in the present, breathe and allow yourself to let go. Personally, meditation has opened a doorway to my creative ideas and enables me to explore my subconscious limitations, heal and grow into myself. I love to accompany my meditation with incense which helps create a high vibrational space to get me there. My favourite scent is Oudh and Patchouli.

Take a bath

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I used to hate having baths until I surrendered to the power of bath oils and salts. Having a bath is a great way to remove toxins and unplug from technology and the outside world. You can add your oil or salt blend to enhance the mood and calming benefits as you see fit. Light a lovely smelling candle (My favourite is Jardin De La Lune and Baies), put your phone away and relax.

Workout

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One of the best ways to beat stress and burnout is to get active doing something you love. Working out doesn’t have to be insufferable and painful. You can get a sweat on with your loved ones or just go for a brisk walk in nature.

Read a book

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Let the narrative of a book take you into the unknown for a while. Sometimes, our brains are constantly in overdrive to take in information, and we don’t seem to have the capacity to read for fun. It doesn’t matter whether the book has reviews, but merely it’s whether you connect with it and if it brings you joy. If you’re stuck on ideas for an easy read, check out my fiction series Mated Fortune below.

Available on Amazon.

Until next time.