As I age, I am slowly starting to realize the importance of self-care and how it is an essential link to one’s road to self-love and personal growth. Gone are the days where I stress over the littlest of things and blame everything for a slight inconvenience I am experiencing. I am now welcoming the days where I truly learn and discover how to love and be kind to myself.
I have learned how to let go of the things that only add up to the unnecessary clutter in my space and welcome the things that are necessary for my mental and physical relaxation. I wouldn’t call this a minimal living (I am not quite there yet), but I am sure that I can call this a smart living. I call this smart living because I invest in things that matter most – and the most important investment is myself.
I know there are a lot of ways to invest in yourself. You can start as big as traveling all over the world to learn about new cultures and gain experiences, or you can start as small as buying necessities that contribute to your growth. The latter is where I am in as of the moment.
Here is the list of things I have started investing as I age, and maybe you can get ideas on how you can invest in yourself as well:
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The first thing I invested on when I was serious about my personal growth journey were journals. But not just any journals, though. I wanted journals that has daily questions and exercises in it which will guide you throughout your journey. I find that writing in my journal at least once a day (especially during mornings) helps me to be in the right, positive mindset throughout the day.
You can find my most recommended self-growth journals here.
I consider myself as the type of person who plans out everything. However, I haven’t really thought of actually writing it all down… until now. I fell in love with planners the moment I gave it a try. Whenever I think of something to do or even an idea for my website, I will jot it down and I’ll magically remember it longer than whenever I just let it stay in my head. I admit though that I’ve had problems before with being consistent on my planners. What I did was I always kept my planners on places that I am always in. I keep it near my laptop and on my bedside table. Easy access.
Here are some of my favorite planners:
12-Month Planner In Full Bloom
12-Month Planner Luxe Edition
The moment I tried lighting a scented candle, I was immediately invested. It was only recently that I took my self-care routine seriously. My routine consists of being in a quiet and peaceful place, writing in my journal, and playing serene music. Scented candles were just the last additional recipe for my self-care routine. I loved how the scent just calms you and puts you in a good mood. Plus, it makes your room smell good for a long period of time.
Here are some of my recommended scented candles:
(Water Lily Pear)
Self-help books (and audiobooks)
I love reading books ever since I was a teen. However, the books I read were in the fantasy, romance, and sci-fi genre. I took a chance on self-help or personal development books and became addicted ever since. My first book in this category is The Secret. It is an introduction to the law of attraction and that was the first step for me to start my own personal growth journey. I have collected and read tons of self-help books and audiobooks that really helped me grow a more positive mindset and a healthier and mindful way of living.
Check out these books I swear by:
Home workout equipment
Your health and your body should be one of the first things you should invest in. I have always had a body that is too small and skinny for my age. I knew that eating all types of food wouldn’t just solve it alone so I had to start gaining muscle mass. I tried going to the gym but my social anxiety is looking at me with puppy dog eyes. So, where else would I feel comfortable working out than in my own home? I started investing in beginner workout equipment (e.g dumbbells, resistance bands, yoga mat, etc.) accompanied by a bunch of workout Youtube videos.
As a person who does not leave the house with a touch of concealer and lipstick (on lazy days), and is living in a very humid country with smoke-belching the moment you step out of the house, I didn’t have to second guess about getting serious in skincare. I am just in my twenties but I know that I should start taking care of my skin if I want it to age like fine wine in the long run. Personally, I love using Korean skincare brands because these are the ones that always give me positive results. It will not hurt if you try to experiment which brands and ingredients will perfectly complement with your skin type and sensitivity.
If you aren’t the type of person who keeps a journal but can’t live without your phone, then installing self-care apps will be a gamechanger for you. I install self-care apps and turn on their notifications because it serves as my reminder to always take a short moment to breathe and take care of myself.
Here are some free self-care apps I would love to recommend:
Now, before you say that this is a senseless indulgence, let me explain to you the benefits of wearing lingerie has given me. I have always had body confidence issues because, again, of my weight (or lack thereof). I always walk with my head down and stare at the ground instead of walking with my head up and smiling at passersby. Owning my first lingerie and looking at myself in the mirror while wearing it gave me an immense amount of boost in confidence. It made me feel sexy and unstoppable.
It’s as if I have a very dirty and interesting secret that I bet people would love to know, and that just made me love lingeries even more.
My mantra is: “As long as I live, I should never stop learning”.
Before I started Kronicles, I had no idea how to set up a website nor manage a blog. But that did not stop me. I read tons and tons of articles about setting up a money-making blog and learned more about SEO, how to drive traffic to your website, and how to monetize your blog posts. I invested in blogging courses and Pinterest strategies. I invested in knowledge for myself. Aside from blogging courses, I also invested in proofreading courses (because I also want to be an editor) and personal development courses. You do not need to go to a well-established school or university to learn. As long as you are eager to gain knowledge, there is always a way.
Throughout the years of failures and successes, I learned that the best place you can invest in is yourself. You are your greatest asset and your greatest investment. Start taking care of yourself.
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