7 Days of Self-Care: Day 1

This week, unwrap the gift of 35 ways to indulge in and appreciate self-care. Sometimes self-care is big, like spa day or date night. More often, it’s a state of mind that embraces you and centers you in compassion. Sometimes self-care requires a little planning. Other times, you simply need acknowledge the goddess that is *you* in the moment. Come back to your center, beloved. Remember that you are enough, just as you are, the crown Mama jewel.

 

“Self-care is the development of your highest self.” ~ Rachel Harris, PhD, author of 20-Minute Retreats: Revive Yourself in Just Minutes a Day with Simple, Self-Led Practices

5 ways to elevate your self-care…

1. Breathe. Again!
2. Sigh
3. Daily all-done list
4. Spend time with a friend who makes you feel great about
5. Stay home alone ~ enjoy your space

1. Breathe. Again! – This is a go-to moment-by-moment act of self-care. When things are just wild and you feel the spin of chaos swirling about you, search out your center. Plant your feet. Fill up slowly, luxuriously with breath. And then let the breath ease its way out with your exhale. Enjoy the mini-release, the wash of tingling energy in your body, the slide of shoulders away from ears, as your whole body leans into Mother Earth. Then, repeat.

2. Sigh – A breath is lovely, and sometimes the truly attention-getting release of a sigh is sweeter still. Breathe in, fill up, and then open your mouth wide to release your breath with a soft sigh, the breeze that sweeps away the tension you hadn’t even realized you carried. Set it down, mama. Set it down.

3. Daily all-done list – I once said to my beautiful, insightful friend and colleague Baraka that I knew basically everything I was “supposed to do” in a day, to make my life just about perfectly perfect. But I couldn’t seem to make myself do it. What was wrong with me, already?! I was endlessly listing, in my mind, all these improvements and changes to make so I could just be better. “Stop,” she said, kindly. Instead, she counseled, make a list of what you did do already. Let that be your meditation and reflection on your day. The diapers, the dinner, the dishes. The kisses, the book reading, the nose wiping. The seat-belt buckling, the potty training, the clean-up clean-up everybody everywhere. The self-care, the spouse care, the family care. What an amazing list! How incredibly productive you are!

4. Spend time with a friend who makes you feel great about yourself – Whether playdate, coffee date, or girls night out, set aside some time to connect with a woman who enjoys you for you, flaws and all. Let yourself be appreciated by her, and return the favor: See the amazing effort she brings to her life and her loves, and enjoy her just as she is, quirky and perfect all at once.

5. Stay home alone ~ enjoy your space – Schedule a playdate for the littles or make arrangements with your partner to clear the house so you are home alone. Beforehand, decide what will be the most rewarding to you: Will you lounge around? Work on a project without interruption? Sleep in absolute peace? Tidy up? Journal, dance, cook—what will absolutely delight you, heart, body, and soul? It is your time to use as you wish. Even “squandering it” with dilly dallying around has its own allure and wisdom!

 

35 Ways to Unwrap the Gift of Self-Care
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