There are many things we can do for ourselves as therapy. Some may involve money, and could be expensive, but there are also things that are either free or cost very little.
If you wanted a physical therapy, you could take up a sport/exercise. Undoubtedly, joining a gym or sports club will cost money and if you have the money to do so, by all means join one. There are many gyms around now to choose from, as well as a variety of different sporting activities and classes for all ages and abilities.
You could dance! You don't need to pay out for dancing, if you don't want to, when you are home alone, put on your favourite songs and boogie!
There are also a number of other things you could do that don't involve money. You could go for a walk, take in the surroundings, admire the views and this could lead to photography. You don't need an expensive camera. Most of us have mobiles with good cameras these days. Print them off if you want to, but you don't need to. You could learn how to cut and paste them onto a document, if you have a computer, then write about how you were feeling before, during and after the walk/photo. There may be a difference.
How about writing a journal? You could use your computer or you could use a notebook and pen.
Colouring and painting are very popular at the moment. There are places you can get pencils quite cheaply and there are many cards and books around these days, either by numbers, copying or choosing your own colours.
How about making greeting cards? You can either cut up old cards to make new cards, or buy various adornments to stick on and create them. There are endless possibilities, cake making/decorating, knitting, crocheting, cooking of any sort. I am sure that you can come up with many more than I have mentioned.
The important thing is to find something that suits your budget, time and motivation. Plunging yourself into creating something or getting physical can be a great therapy either on your own, or as part of a group.
Part 3 coming next.
Jeany Pavett, Author of Life After Death: A Mother's Story