It's been a few weeks since my last blog but I'm REALLY going to make an effort to do a 'Self-Care Sunday' blog since I truly believe it is a necessary practice for everyone. List of human necessities: Air, self-care, cupcakes...not necessarily in that order.
Ok, so let's first define self-care:
Self: noun, plural selves.
a person or thing referred to with respect to complete individuality:one's own self.
the provision of what is needed for the well-being or protection of a person or thing
Self-care literally means the protection of one's self. So let's lather on some spiritual SPF and blocks the rays of insecurity, self-doubt and negativity.
About 4 years ago I really started making myself a priority in every sense of the word. I set goals for myself financially, spiritually and professionally - some I reached and some are works in progress but I small things that actually started turning into big things. I wanted to stop feeling like I was simply existing in someone else's playbook. I started saying yes to things that brought me out of my comfort zone like taking a job in sales and traveling by myself. I started to understand more about money and how debt didn't have to be a staple in my life. I started wearing real SPF because the fear of wrinkles...and cancer of course.
Over the years I've thought more about the meaning of self-care which to me means feeling better about myself and the life I live. I've since gotten a life coach, learned to meditate and have a growing library of modern self-improvement books. This has felt more like that quote: 'every journey starts with a single step' because it's a never ending pursuit and I learned new things about myself every day. I started really small in the beginning and below are a few things I think anyone can try who's interested in making themselves and their inner happiness more of a priority. You don't have to go out and seek a Shaman or do Kundalini yoga for 12 hours but you can put in a small effort a day to see big results. So give it a go and see where it leads you:
1.) Gratitude Journal: I learned this one from Shawn Achor, happiness guru, who says if you write down 3 things a day for 21 days, you'll have made a habit of shifting to a more positive and optimistic mind set. Find an old notebook or buy a cheap one from TJ Maxx and get to scribbling.
2.) Post a Positive Mantra: I work from home so I literally have post it notes with positive sayings all over. As soon as I walk into my office I an reminded with index cards that say "You are Enough" and "Be Brave" as a way to snap myself into a more positive mind set. If you need any ideas check out this article from Huffington Post: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-carmen-harra/affirmations_b_3527028.html
3.) Make Your Bed: I'm a task oriented person and the first thing I do when I wake up is make my bed. So by 7:35 AM I've already achieved one thing!
4.) Set a Daily Intention: this practice is newer to me but it's one that I'm really liking. Before I go to bed and right when I wake up I take a few minutes to set an intention or intentions for my day. It could be something simple like "find something good about x situation" to "today I want to close deals and be Sasha Fierce on the phone." Whatever it is - make it custom to you and how you want to feel the whole day!
5.) Laugh: Laughter puts your energy in a high vibration so you can start attracting more happiness into your life. Watch something funny or call a friend who can always make you laugh!