This week, unwrap the gift of 35 ways to experience 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 more ways to elevate your self-care…
31. Witness your beauty
32. Do the dishes
33. Don’t do the dishes
34. Act as if you’re Mother of the Year
35. Write a love letter
31. Witness your beauty – Grab a sticky note and write, in bold letters, “You’re beautiful. Yes—you!” Post it on your bathroom mirror so you’re reminded every day that you are a true beauty.
32. Do the dishes – Wash, rinse, dry, put away. Do the dishes as an act of service for your family. Do the dishes with your full attention as an act of meditation for yourself. Do the dishes as an act of gratitude for the food that filled your table and nourished your body.
33. Don’t do the dishes – If the thought of handling the dishes overwhelms you, irritates you, or otherwise sinks your mood, let them sit. They’ll be there later when you’re feeling better, and there’s always a chance someone else will do them in your absence. (Hey, a mom’s gotta dream!)
34. Act as if you’re Mother of the Year – For a short time—a day, a morning, a minute—act as if you were Mother of the Year in your kids’ eyes. What would that look like? How would it feel?
35. Write a love letter – Write yourself a short letter—Dear me, What I really love about you is…—and mail it to yourself or tuck it into a book or journal to discover later.