11 Nov

Breathing Exercises and Other Techniques to Remain Calm

If you’re looking to improve your ability to stay calm and collected under pressure, then there are numerous different techniques you can use. One of the most potent is to learn to control your breathing, which can immediately help you to feel calmer and avoid being pushed over into the stress response.

In this post, we’ll be looking at some breathing techniques you can employ to stay calm, as well as looking at some other techniques you can use.

Equal Breathing

Equal breathing is a technique from yoga, which essentially requires you to breathe in and out through your nose. While doing this, you maintain your breath for an equal amount of time on the in-wards and out-wards breaths. So you might breathe out for 4 seconds and then breathe in for four seconds.

This helps you to empty your lungs and fill them with fresh oxygen. What’s more, the slow and deep breathing will allow you to trigger your ‘rest and digest’ state which is similar but slightly different to the ‘fight or flight’ state and is controlled by the parasympathetic nervous system. This is a great way to stave off an anxiety response.

Breathing From the Stomach

Another breathing technique to try is simply to breathe from the stomach as we are naturally designed to do. If you try breathing right now and note whether your stomach or chest moves first, you may well find that you breathe by leading with your chest. This limits the amount of oxygen you can take in with each breath and that can increase stress.

Instead, breathe by first allowing your abdomen to expand. Use your transverse abdominis, also known as transverse abdominal, and expand your abdominal cavity. This will allow your diaphragm to drop into that space, opening up your lungs. You can then follow by expanding your chest and you’ll have more space in total to take in more oxygen.

Power Positions

Power positions are positions that have been shown by research to trigger the production of testosterone and other positive, stress-fighting hormones. One is the ‘victory pose’. If you simply stand with your arms above you in a ‘V’ shape, as though you had just won a competition, this will increase your production of testosterone, helping you to feel more confident and more driven. Of course it’s best to do this somewhere private before the event you’re nervous about!

 

08 Nov

A Basic Introduction to CBT

If you’re looking for a way to stay calm in a tense situation, for a way to be focused when all you want to do is relax or a way to control your anger – then CBT is something you should definitely consider.

CBT stands for ‘Cognitive Behavioral Therapy’ and is essentially a set of tools used for psycho-therapeutic interventions when treating anxiety disorders and other psychological conditions. This also happens to be the preferred method of therapy among most health institutions today.

The best bit? As well as being highly effective and proven in countless studies, CBT is also very simple to teach and can even be explained ‘remotely’. Here we will take a look at what CBT entails, why it’s so powerful and why it’s very much worth learning.

How CBT Works

CBT is essentially the natural evolution from behaviorism. Behaviorism is a school of psychology that views all of our behaviors and beliefs as being learned responses that have been trained via conditioning. Behaviors that have been rewarded become reinforced and we perform them more often. Behaviors that have been punished become less common.

CBT takes this principle and adds an additional cognitive element – showing that we can actually reinforce a behaviour through the way we think. If we have anxious thoughts about an action for instance, then we can find ourselves actually enforcing that association to the point of even developing a phobia. We don’t actually have to experience anything bad – our belief and predictions alone are enough to create the association!

The same can also work in reverse though and if you logically break down your fears, explain to yourself why you shouldn’t be afraid of them then eventually you can completely remove those phobias.

So how might this work?

A good example is a social phobia, which can be created through the belief that you’re going to embarrass yourself, that you’re going to faint or that perhaps you’re in some kind of danger. It is your job then to remove this association through CBT using techniques such as ‘thought challenge’. Thought challenging involves assessing just how realistic a fear is in a logical way and often you’ll be able to disprove your own fears to yourself.

You can then formulate these new thoughts as positive affirmations and actually talk yourself up before big events. Eventually, this can be enough to complete remove the phobia or anxiety – and it’s something that anyone can practice alone at home!

01 Sep

4 Tips For Dealing With Exhaustion

Fatigue is a normal and a common body reaction to physical exhaustion. However, several other factors can cause fatigue in individuals among them poor eating habits, lack of sleep and even boredom. Chances you probably know the underlying causes of fatigue. With simple lifestyle changes, individuals can easily combat fatigue.

Try these tips to help relieve exhaustion.

Eat Several Small Meals Instead Of Heavy Meals Taken Once

Most individuals eat heavy meals at go whenever they feel fatigued or hungry. Eating a heavy meal at a go will make you feel tired as the body energies will be mostly be diverted towards digestion. The process of digestion takes in some energy making individuals feel a bit fatigued. Small meals taken at particular times of the day will help provide the body with the necessary energy it requires without overloading it with digestion.

Take A Nap

Exhaustion caused from lack of enough sleep or stress can easily be dealt with by a nap. Taking a nap during the day will rejuvenate your energy levels making you feel stronger. Creating a regular sleep pattern where you take over six hours to sleep every day will ensure the body gets enough rest. Sleep time is the best time for the body to recharge its batteries leaving individuals feeling stronger and active all day long.

Change Your Dietary Needs

What you consume on a daily basis will determine how fatigue your body feels. Ensure you increase the amount of water you drink on a regular basis. Most individuals who feel fatigued are usually dehydrated and increasing the quantity of water taken can help deal with fatigue. Breakfast is one of the most important meals to eat if you want to deal with fatigue during the day. A healthy breakfast will ensure individuals are provided with the best energy needs to take through the day to day activities.

The amount of caffeine taken on a daily basis should also be put into check. A cup or two of caffeine will boost the energy needs of the body. However, increasing the amount taken will change how your body responds to fatigue.

Spend Some Time In The Sun Or Bright Light

Spending fifteen minutes in the Sun can do you a lot in dealing with your fatigue. The Sun is an excellent source of the vitamin D, that is known to act with vitamin B in fighting fatigue. Further studies have shown that spending time in bright light will help lessen fatigue while at the same time improving sleep.

As you can see, your individual energy, focus and resources are of great importance and can make a big difference in your life. The simple tips above can play an important role in dealing with fatigue cases in people.

29 Aug

Get Quality Sleep With 5 Simple Yet Critical Tips

Are you a night watcher? Do you sleep for less than 5 hours a day? If yes, do you consider it a problem? Yes or no, you should, why? It isn’t healthy, affects your performance and the worst part a health risk for your brain. Sound sleep is vital for your health, but circumstances might not allow you. Whether it is work, night outs or any other activity that come after day hours, you must always remember that your health comes first. If you’ve been looking for a solution, below are some of the tips to make your sleep better.

1. Stay Away From Coffee Or Anything That Disrupts Sleep Before Bedtime.

Unless it is a prescription medicine from a doctor, stay away from it some hours before your bedtime. You should be aware that coffee works best to keep you awake. Why would you want to take it at night? Simple, to stay awake. If you are fond of making coffee at night, you have no option but to let it go. There are other culprits such as Nicotine, alcohol and the rest that works the same. If you can’t let go, you can at least change the time you include them in your diet.

2. Exercise: Get Up From The Couch And Do Something Useful

If you understand the purpose of sleep, then you should know that its main purpose is to make you rest. Why would you want to rest while you spent the whole day indoors watching boring television channels, playing video games or just sitting on the couch doing nothing? Your body will not allow you to do that. Unless you are sick, you must give it the reason it should spend all the day doing nothing and at the end of the day retire to bed in the name of rest. Nature won’t allow it, and the best way to deal with this is to take some walk or doing some workouts few hours before your sleep. Any exercise will make you feel tired and sleep soundly.

3. Create A Sleep Friendly Environment.

Unless you are a rock star, you can’t successfully sleep where there are lots of noises. Why would you listen to some music at night? Why not finish your arguments anywhere else apart from the bedroom? Make sleep an occasion. Give it the respect it needs. Let bedrooms be bedrooms and not a bar, a disco or an arena where titans fight each other with the crowd applauding to their demise. You will sleep soundly when your bedroom is quite, calm, warm and most importantly dark.

4. Set Your Bed Time And Be Disciplined.

You do keep time when it comes to work and what do you get after that? Salary. If I may ask, do you sometimes wonder what gives you the energy in the morning? If you aren’t sure, know it today, the number of hours you spend sleeping determines your performance at work. Having that in mind, why not keep time when it comes to bed time the same way you do for work? To ensure, you get the proper sleep you must set your bedtime and ensure that you sleep for not less than 8 hours a day.

5. Try To Recover Some Lost Sleep Time

There are some cases where your sleeping might be interrupted with situations that need urgent attention such as medical issues. You might be forced to wake up in the middle of the night and not find time to get back to bed. You can still make up for the time wasted by taking a nap during the day. What you must ensure is that you sleep at least 8 hours a day.

In summary, you don’t need a doctor to change your sleeping pattern. You just need to be aware of the benefits of sound sleep and work towards getting it. It starts with you and it is only you who can make it happen.

 

15 Jul

Three Ways In Which Meditation Can Improve Your Performance

It is an undisputed fact that the world becomes more competitive with every sun that sets. It has become harder to succeed financially and in other spheres of life without putting in more and more effort in whatever you do. However, it is typical of the human genealogy that one will break down at some point if there is too much pressure. More and more people are seeking resort in such techniques like meditation so that they can notch up their performance. Below are three ways in which meditation can help you achieve a better quality of life while improving your performance at work.

Focus

The basic fundamentals of meditation entail achieving a state of self-awareness and peace of mind. You are not supposed to think of anything but just concentrate on the rhythm of your breath. Consequently, you will learn how to focus all your energies on a task at hand. Some gurus even assert that it is possible to meditate while working. If you can focus your thought to a single task at a time, you will achieve better results, complete tasks in less time and live a happier life noting that it is unlikely to be stricken by stress when your mind is focused on a task.

Increase your creativity

It has been proven that people who meditate will eventually be more creative than those who are yet to discover this free recipe for success. If you take some time alone and allow your being to achieve a state of relaxation, the mind will automatically begin working more efficiently. The right side of the brain which is responsible for generating new ideas will especially benefit more from meditation. Whether you are sports person, an innovative genius or an entrepreneur, you can be sure of being awed by how far your capabilities extend when you begin meditating.

Rejuvenate your energies

Meditation is an effective technique which has been used for ages by people who needed to rejuvenate their energies. Some people’s performances deteriorate because they have depleted their energies and now experience low motivation after having remained devoted to their work for so long. Before you begin conditioning your mind to believe that the only way through which you can escape your exhaustion is by taking a vacation, start dedicating some of your free time to meditation and see how relieved you will feel after every session. Lastly, note that meditation is not as easy it sounds. Most people will need guidance before they can start meditating on their own.

06 May

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23 Oct

Self-Improvement Tips For Your Spirit, Mind and Soul

Being healthy is not merely about your body. In order to completely improve yourself, it’s important to boost your mind, spirit and soul as well.

Develop tolerance and patience – people make mistakes, that’s a fact of life. The first step to discovering peace with society and improving yourself is simply by developing an understanding for those things around you that you can’t control or change.

Meditate – you need to make time to meditate for 15 minutes each day. If you don’t like the thought of meditating, practice taking deep breaths once a day. This could easily assist with circulation and decrease your measure of stress.

Volunteer – volunteering for a good cause is not only beneficial to your psyche, but also for others. Find something you are excited about and look towards volunteering your time or some money. There are so many charities and organizations that would actually love your help such as the SPCA, Breast Cancer Awareness and the Salvation Army.

Discover The Secret – The Secret is not something that everyone agrees with. However, a number of the messages are vital to your self-improvement. You control your own future, no one else does! For more self-improvement tips, consider exploring other spiritual self-help books which could provide relief
for your mind and spirit.

Write down your thoughts – writing not only serves to stimulates your brain’s activity, additionally it works like a great de-stressor. Start a journal so you can keep track of your thoughts whether you are feeling down or not. Invest in a well-made journal to enhance your creative juices.

Read – Find some time on the weekend to curl up on the couch with a good book. This simple pleasure is not just relaxing, it can also be stimulating by taking you to a place you might have never been before.

Think Positive – Positive thoughts lead to positive outcomes. Surround yourself with positive energy and this energetic vibe will of course be infused into your lifestyle and daily habits.

Plan ahead – there are various things in life that just happen. They can be annoying and/or frustrating but that’s just the way it is. This might include a traffic jam on your way to work or a long line at the post
office. If you are prepared for these factors, then you will be able to handle these annoying situations a lot better. Consider giving yourself an extra 20 minutes to arrive to work, just in case your run into the rush hour traffic. It’s healthier for your psyche to be sitting in your car thinking “good thing I planned ahead and left 20 minutes early” rather than stressing about being late for work or an appointment.

Do something for others – selfishness and self-improvement never mix. Taking others into consideration will benefit yourself and you can share your knowledge & wealth others.  Boosting your sense of self while helping someone else. The small things can really make a significant difference in how you see your self worth, and lifting other peoples moods.

Stimulate your brain – grab a crossword puzzle or enjoy the Sudoku in your morning newspaper. These fun little games are quick to do while keeping your mind sharp.

Find daily alone time – between work, the kids, your spouse and your friends, it may seem like you don’t get a single moment to yourself. Find that moment, it is very important! This could be as easy as shutting the doors and taking a 20 minute bath. It is important for you to find time to decompress, reflect and relax and it really is best done without any distractions.

As you can see there are many ways to improve yourself & others at the same time. Never stop learning & improving your skills to be healthy all the way around. In this way, you could possibly encourage others to do the same.

06 Oct

What Is Meditation & How To Meditate

Meditation is a group of mental training techniques .You can use meditation to improve mental health and capacities, and also to help improve the physical health. Some of these techniques are very simple, so you can learn them from a book or an article; others require guidance by a qualified meditation teacher.

WHAT IS MEDITATION

Most techniques called meditation include these components:

1. You sit or lie in a relaxed position.
2. You breathe regularly. You breathe in deep enough to get enough oxygen. When you breathe out, you relax your muscles so that your lungs are well emptied, but without straining.
3. You stop thinking about everyday problems and matters.
4. You concentrate your thoughts upon some sound, some word you repeat, some image, some abstract concept or some feeling. Your whole attention should be pointed at the object you have chosen to concentrate upon.
5. If some foreign thoughts creep in, you just stop this foreign thought, and go back to the object of meditation.

The different meditation techniques differ according to the degree of concentration, and how foreign thoughts are handled. By some techniques, the objective is to concentrate so intensely that no foreign thoughts occur at all.

In other techniques, the concentration is more relaxed so that foreign thoughts easily pop up. When these foreign thoughts are discovered, one stops these and goes back to the pure meditation in a relaxed manner. Thoughts coming up, will often be about things you have forgotten or suppressed, and allow you to rediscover hidden memory material. This rediscovery will have a psycho-therapeutic effect.

THE EFFECTS OF MEDITATION

Meditation has the following effects:

1. Meditation will give you rest and recreation.
2. You learn to relax.
3. You learn to concentrate better on problem solving.
4. Meditation often has a good effect upon the blood pressure.
5. Meditation has beneficial effects upon inner body processes, like circulation, respiration and digestion.
6. Regular meditation will have a psycho-therapeutically effect.
7. Regular meditation will facilitate the immune system.
8. Meditation is usually pleasant.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HYPNOSIS AND MEDITATION

Hypnosis may have some of the same relaxing and psycho-therapeutic effects as meditation. However, when you meditate you are in control yourself; by hypnosis you let some other person or some mechanical device control you. Also hypnosis will not have a training effect upon the ability to concentrate.

A SIMPLE FORM OF MEDITATION

Here is a simple form of meditation:

1. Sit in a good chair in a comfortable position.
2. Relax all your muscles as well as you can.
3. Stop thinking about anything, or at least try not to think about anything.
4. Breath out, relaxing all the muscles in your breathing apparatus.
5. Repeat the following in 10 – 20 minutes:

— Breath in so deep that you feel you get enough oxygen.
— Breath out, relaxing your chest and diaphragm completely.
— Every time you breathe out, think the word “one” or another simple word inside yourself. You should think the word in a prolonged manner, and so that you hear it inside you, but you should try to avoid using your mouth or voice.

6. If foreign thoughts come in, just stop these thoughts in a relaxed manner, and keep on concentrating upon the breathing and the word you repeat.

As you proceed through this meditation, you should feel steadily more relaxed in your mind and body, feel that you breathe steadily more effectively, and that the blood circulation throughout your body gets more efficient. You may also feel an increasing mental pleasure throughout the meditation.

THE EFFECTS OF MEDITATION UPON DISEASES

As any kind of training, meditation may be exaggerated so that you get tired and worn out. Therefore you should not meditate so long or so concentrated that you feel tired or mentally emptied.

Meditation may sometimes give problems for people suffering from mental diseases, epilepsy, serious heart problems or neurological diseases. On the other hand, meditation may be of help in the treatment of these and other conditions.

People suffering from such conditions should check out what effects the different kinds of meditation have on their own kind of health problems, before beginning to practice meditation, and be cautious if they choose to begin to meditate. It may be wise to learn meditation from an experienced teacher, psychologist or health worker that use meditation as a treatment module for the actual disease.

05 Jun

Ways To Take Care Of Yourself

 

While the majority of people do actively try to take care of their physical health by exercising and eating a sensible diet most don’t stop to think about the other side that completes a happy, healthy individual, their mental health.

Here are some tips for excellent self-care:

Treat your body – while we exercise to take care of our body we should also remember to give it a treat, pamper it a little. This could be by way of a massage after a hard days work when it is tired and stressed or something as simple as standing up and giving it a stretch to ease knotted muscles.

Take time out – refresh your body and mind by giving yourself some space, some time just for you, this could be as little as five minutes where you find peace and solitude by closing your eyes and deep breathing. The longer you can take time out from your busy day just for yourself the better.

Let your inner child out – can you remember how much simpler life was when you were a child; go back to your childhood for a short while. Do something you used to enjoy doing as a child, this could be anything from rollerblading, lying on your back and finding shapes in the clouds, making a daisy chain or playing on a swing.

Comfort yourself – we all have something that comforts us in times when we need it, something that make us feel safe and secure. Take time out to comfort yourself every now and again. This could be sitting in front of a roaring fire and watching the flames dance, relaxing in a hot bubble bath surrounded by candlelight, snuggling up in a favorite blanket or a particular smell that relaxes you.

Relax in fantasy – take time out to go out of your world and into another, this could be by way of a book, magazine or film. Or better yet visualization; go into your own fantasy world, created by your own mind.

Treat yourself to a mental health day – treat yourself to a whole day of just doing whatever it is you enjoy doing, don’t do any work or even think or feel guilty about what you should be doing. Just make the day all about you.

Rediscover nature – reconnect with the world around you by taking a long walk through the park, notice how green the grass is and how blue the sky and marvel at the weird and wonderful shapes of the clouds drifting over the sky.

Do something you keep putting off – take time out to do something you have been meaning to do for a long time. Don’t keep putting it off, make today the day to do it.

These are just some of the ways you can help to improve your health by taking care of your mental health, just open your mind and be more aware of your body and mind and you will discover many other ways to take care of your mental health which ultimately leads to a happier and healthier you, overall.

Taking Care of Yourself

Taking good care of yourself means eating a healthy diet, getting exercise on a daily basis and learning to relax and take care of your mental health. It is only when our bodies and mind are in union can we feel and be totally healthy and fit, there are many ways that you can ensure you take good care of yourself and which can enable you to live not only a healthier lifestyle, but also a much happier one.

Learn to let your feelings out, a problem shared is a problem halved, so find someone you can trust and in your times of need lend their shoulder. At the very least get your feelings out by writing them down in a daily journal.

Never put anyone above yourself, by comparing yourself to others you are frequently putting yourself down and this can lead to low self-esteem or feelings of envy.

Take time out of your day to just do something which you enjoy doing. By taking a half-hour from the day and just devoting this time entirely to yourself, you are telling yourself that you are worthy.

When things are getting you down remember to smile, always look for the funny side of any situation no matter how bad it is.

Use whatever self-help methods work best for you to help you to relax more easily. There are a variety of methods you can use, including audio CDS, books, DVDS, exercise classes, meditation or yoga classes. In order to be happy and healthy you have to be able to release stress before it builds up.

Don’t allow anyone to put you up on a pedestal; this will lead you to believe you have let someone down when things don’t go right.

If your work is getting you down then ask yourself, are you in the right work? It is also important to remember that there are always some thing’s that every one dislikes about their work. Take the good and bad into account and weigh them up.

Remember to take short breaks throughout the day, if at work then this could be something as simple as stretching your arms, legs and back by taking a walk to the coffee machine.

Practices developing a more positive attitude towards everything in your life, if there is something you are not happy about, ask yourself what you need to do to change things.

Get some form of exercise everyday, exercise helps to ward off diseases, makes us feel better, sleep better and is a great form of stress relief.

Eat a sensible diet that includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables while cutting down on fatty foods, salt and starch.

Keep a journal; this can benefit you in many ways by allowing you to get your thoughts and feelings out.

Make goals that you work towards to achieve what it is you want out of life. And always remember to be grateful for everything you have, no matter how small it is. Having a grateful mindset improves your world as well.

09 Mar

How Do You Define Self Care?

Article by Jodi Chapman

 

“Self Care” is one of those phrases that gets thrown around so much that we can become desensitized to it. We all know that we’re “supposed” to practice self care. And we’ve all heard the oxygen mask example in relation to self care. (How if you’re traveling with a small child and there is a problem with the airplane’s cabin pressure that you’re supposed to put on your oxygen mask first. Because if you aren’t breathing, you aren’t going to be much help to your kids.)

So we know that self care is important. We know that it’s a practice we should get into the habit of. We know that we’ll feel more whole and energized if we do it.

But what does self care look like exactly? Because we’re all so different, your idea of self care is most likely very different than mine.

I’m a huge believer in defining our vision for ourselves and our lives and then moving toward making that vision reality. With that in mind, I would love for all of us to take a few minutes right now and define what self care means to us. I would love for us to create a vision of what our life looks like when we’re taking care of ourselves each day.

I’ll share my vision here, and then I would love for you to share either all or part of your vision in the comments below!

What Self Care Looks Like for Me:

  1. I get plenty of restful sleep.

  2. I make space in my life for simply being.

  3. I honor wherever I am – emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually.

  4. I do at least one thing every single day that’s just for me.

  5. I get hugs from my sweetie. And I give hugs to him and also to my cats.

  6. I drink a green smoothie each day.

  7. I take my vitamins every day.

  8. On sunny days, I sit outside for a few minutes and soak up the warmth.

  9. I wear comfortable clothes that feel good on my body.

  10. I light a candle each day and pull an Angel card – keeping my connection with the Divine.

  11. I spend time alone each day writing from my soul.

  12. I sing, dance, and laugh.

  13. I set clear boundaries, and I give myself permission to say no.

  14. I play games with my sweetie, especially our nightly round of Backgammon.

  15. I surround myself in a love bubble and make sure those inside are loving and supportive.

  16. I stop when I’m tired.

  17. I honor my need for quiet time and reflection, and I build it into my schedule.

  18. I am conscious of my thoughts and give energy to those that I wish to nourish.

  19. I do what I can and make peace with what I can’t.

  20. I listen to my soul, and I allow it to guide me.

Okay, now it’s your turn! 

What does self care look like for you? 

I would love to read your answer in the comments below.

And now that we have our clear self-care vision, we can begin making this vision reality!

 

 

Jodi Chapman is a bestselling author, an award-winning blogger, and a soulful community builder. She lives her life with love and faith in the driver’s seat, and she hopes to leave a trail of inspiration wherever she goes. She believes that we each have the ability to hear our soul’s whisper and create our best lives. She would love to connect with you!

 

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“Self Care” is one of those phrases that gets thrown around so much that we can become desensitized to it. We all know that we’re “supposed” to practice self care. And we’ve all heard the oxygen mask example in relation to self care. (How if you’re travelling with a small child and there is a problem with the airplane’s cabin pressure that you’re supposed to put on your oxygen mask first. Because if you aren’t breathing, you aren’t going to be much help to your kids.)

So we know that self care is important. We know that it’s a practice we should get into the habit of. We know that we’ll feel more whole and energized if we do it.

But what does self care look like exactly? Because we’re all so different, your idea of self care is most likely very different than mine.

I’m a huge believer in defining our vision for ourselves and our lives and then moving toward making that vision reality. With that in mind, I would love for all of us to take a few minutes right now and define what self care means to us. I would love for us to create a vision of what our life looks like when we’re taking care of ourselves each day.

I’ll share my vision here, and then I would love for you to share either all or part of your vision in the comments below!

What Self Care Looks Like for Me:

  1. I get plenty of restful sleep.
  2. I make space in my life for simply being.
  3. I honor wherever I am – emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually.
  4. I do at least one thing every single day that’s just for me.
  5. I get hugs from my sweetie. And I give hugs to him and also to my cats.
  6. I drink a green smoothie each day.
  7. I take my vitamins every day.
  8. On sunny days, I sit outside for a few minutes and soak up the warmth.
  9. I wear comfortable clothes that feel good on my body.
  10. I light a candle each day and pull an Angel card – keeping my connection with the Divine.
  11. I spend time alone each day writing from my soul.
  12. I sing, dance, and laugh.
  13. I set clear boundaries, and I give myself permission to say no.
  14. I play games with my sweetie, especially our nightly round of Backgammon.
  15. I surround myself in a love bubble and make sure those inside are loving and supportive.
  16. I stop when I’m tired.
  17. I honor my need for quiet time and reflection, and I build it into my schedule.
  18. I am conscious of my thoughts and give energy to those that I wish to nourish.
  19. I do what I can and make peace with what I can’t.
  20. I listen to my soul, and I allow it to guide me.

 

Okay, now it’s your turn! 

What does self care look like for you? 

I would love to read your answer in the comments below.

And now that we have our clear self-care vision, we can begin making this vision reality!
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/heartofthesoul/2014/02/how-do-you-define-self-care.html#2ssQToSxfo7ILzjf.99

“Self Care” is one of those phrases that gets thrown around so much that we can become desensitized to it. We all know that we’re “supposed” to practice self care. And we’ve all heard the oxygen mask example in relation to self care. (How if you’re travelling with a small child and there is a problem with the airplane’s cabin pressure that you’re supposed to put on your oxygen mask first. Because if you aren’t breathing, you aren’t going to be much help to your kids.)

So we know that self care is important. We know that it’s a practice we should get into the habit of. We know that we’ll feel more whole and energized if we do it.

But what does self care look like exactly? Because we’re all so different, your idea of self care is most likely very different than mine.

I’m a huge believer in defining our vision for ourselves and our lives and then moving toward making that vision reality. With that in mind, I would love for all of us to take a few minutes right now and define what self care means to us. I would love for us to create a vision of what our life looks like when we’re taking care of ourselves each day.

I’ll share my vision here, and then I would love for you to share either all or part of your vision in the comments below!

What Self Care Looks Like for Me:

  1. I get plenty of restful sleep.
  2. I make space in my life for simply being.
  3. I honor wherever I am – emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually.
  4. I do at least one thing every single day that’s just for me.
  5. I get hugs from my sweetie. And I give hugs to him and also to my cats.
  6. I drink a green smoothie each day.
  7. I take my vitamins every day.
  8. On sunny days, I sit outside for a few minutes and soak up the warmth.
  9. I wear comfortable clothes that feel good on my body.
  10. I light a candle each day and pull an Angel card – keeping my connection with the Divine.
  11. I spend time alone each day writing from my soul.
  12. I sing, dance, and laugh.
  13. I set clear boundaries, and I give myself permission to say no.
  14. I play games with my sweetie, especially our nightly round of Backgammon.
  15. I surround myself in a love bubble and make sure those inside are loving and supportive.
  16. I stop when I’m tired.
  17. I honor my need for quiet time and reflection, and I build it into my schedule.
  18. I am conscious of my thoughts and give energy to those that I wish to nourish.
  19. I do what I can and make peace with what I can’t.
  20. I listen to my soul, and I allow it to guide me.

 

Okay, now it’s your turn! 

What does self care look like for you? 

I would love to read your answer in the comments below.

And now that we have our clear self-care vision, we can begin making this vision reality!
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/heartofthesoul/2014/02/how-do-you-define-self-care.html#2ssQToSxfo7ILzjf.99

“Self Care” is one of those phrases that gets thrown around so much that we can become desensitized to it. We all know that we’re “supposed” to practice self care. And we’ve all heard the oxygen mask example in relation to self care. (How if you’re travelling with a small child and there is a problem with the airplane’s cabin pressure that you’re supposed to put on your oxygen mask first. Because if you aren’t breathing, you aren’t going to be much help to your kids.)

So we know that self care is important. We know that it’s a practice we should get into the habit of. We know that we’ll feel more whole and energized if we do it.

But what does self care look like exactly? Because we’re all so different, your idea of self care is most likely very different than mine.

I’m a huge believer in defining our vision for ourselves and our lives and then moving toward making that vision reality. With that in mind, I would love for all of us to take a few minutes right now and define what self care means to us. I would love for us to create a vision of what our life looks like when we’re taking care of ourselves each day.

I’ll share my vision here, and then I would love for you to share either all or part of your vision in the comments below!

What Self Care Looks Like for Me:

  1. I get plenty of restful sleep.
  2. I make space in my life for simply being.
  3. I honor wherever I am – emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually.
  4. I do at least one thing every single day that’s just for me.
  5. I get hugs from my sweetie. And I give hugs to him and also to my cats.
  6. I drink a green smoothie each day.
  7. I take my vitamins every day.
  8. On sunny days, I sit outside for a few minutes and soak up the warmth.
  9. I wear comfortable clothes that feel good on my body.
  10. I light a candle each day and pull an Angel card – keeping my connection with the Divine.
  11. I spend time alone each day writing from my soul.
  12. I sing, dance, and laugh.
  13. I set clear boundaries, and I give myself permission to say no.
  14. I play games with my sweetie, especially our nightly round of Backgammon.
  15. I surround myself in a love bubble and make sure those inside are loving and supportive.
  16. I stop when I’m tired.
  17. I honor my need for quiet time and reflection, and I build it into my schedule.
  18. I am conscious of my thoughts and give energy to those that I wish to nourish.
  19. I do what I can and make peace with what I can’t.
  20. I listen to my soul, and I allow it to guide me.

 

Okay, now it’s your turn! 

What does self care look like for you? 

I would love to read your answer in the comments below.

And now that we have our clear self-care vision, we can begin making this vision reality!
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/heartofthesoul/2014/02/how-do-you-define-self-care.html#2ssQToSxfo7ILzjf.99