Did you know that September is Self-Care Awareness Month? How exciting that we have a whole month devoted to the concept of taking care of ourselves. But think about that – we need a month of awareness to remind ourselves that we can practice self-care and that it’s okay. That it benefits us. That it’s good for us.
In honor of Self-Care Awareness month, I encourage you to take care of yourself and to celebrate it. Even the itty bitty tiny acts of self-care that might not mean anything to anyone else but that add up to a good day for you. Celebrate it. Every single day this month. Below are some ways to get started and keep going all month long (and beyond!).
Every Morning Ask Yourself:
5 Ways to Celebrate Self-Care Awareness Month:
Have you been feeling uneasy, drifting, lost? Maybe your life doesn't seem to have a clear purpose or direction right now. We often feel unbalanced or off kilter during times of major transition such as adjusting to the end of summer and the beginning of a school year, adjusting to parenthood, job changes, new home, health issues, or loss. But sometimes our lives may seem relatively steady on the surface yet we still find ourselves gradually feeling out of sorts.
If this resonates, grounding may serve you well. The concept of being grounded refers to a feeling of being stable, at ease, and consciously present. When we feel grounded, we are able to accept and let go of the momentary tough moments throughout the day and are not easily influenced by others' ideas or feelings. You feel more at peace with your authentic self.
It's normal to feel more or less grounded during different times in our lives. Recognizing when we are not grounded is a...
This year has required so much of us, more than other years. It has been a very big and also a tiring year....full of ups and downs....struggles and victories.
Thankfully, we have self-care practices such as yoga, meditation, connecting with nature, art, and journaling, to help us recalibrate and find due north again. These practices support us with becoming present and affirming the goodness in our lives.
That's what I hope these weekly blog posts offer you too...tools and strategies to find your center and prioritize what truly matters to you. When we make our way home to ourselves, the world becomes a brighter and more hopeful place.
Today, let your intention be to appreciate every moment. Savor the breath in your lungs, the air on your skin, the stretching sensation in your hamstrings as you move through the day, and the beating of your heart....all reminding you that anything is possible.
Last week I shared HOW to create a Sacred Space and this week I am sharing WHAT to do when you get there!
A Sacred Space is a special place within your home that may include an altar, yoga mat, candles, and any other items that are significant and meaningful for you. This space is your space to ground, center, and reconnect with yourself.
Creating a Sacred Space and then visiting it often will help you reduce stress and anxiety while also giving life to your dreams and desires. It is a necessary space that should be as integral to daily life as your kitchen and bathroom. If you do not yet have a Sacred Space, click here to learn how to create one.
Here's What to Do In Your Sacred Space:
I find it’s so powerful to open your sacred practice and then close it when you’re done. This creates a sacred container and encourages your system and soul to really drop in. Here is a great way to open your practice:
Do you have a Sacred Space in your home...a space that is just for you and that is home to your daily self-care practice? This is a space to go to when you are in need of reflection, healing, soothing, clarity, energy, connection, or alignment with your higher self. This space is YOUR space to be YOU. And this space is a safe space to explore what you need and want. It is also a place to explore movement, breath, and soulful connection with yourself.
If you don't yet have a Sacred Space, here's how to create one:
Designate the Space
Your Sacred Space Can Be:
This email is about to become your favorite email of the day - or maybe even the week! Tons of good stuff here to make your self-care and yoga practice time even sweeter.
Okay, you ready? Here comes some solid and super fun ideas for you!
My 10 favorite self-care tools, practices, playlists, books, and more right now!!!
I have way more than 10 but these are things that I am LOOOOOOOOVING right now!
Last week I talked about how including a self-care practice in your morning routine can increase your focus, energy, and good vibes.
This week I want to share with you the attributes of a powerful morning routine plus some self-care practice ideas!
Attributes of a Powerful Morning Routine
When crafting your morning routine, consider the following:
Self-Care Practice Ideas
As you read through this list,...
Does it really matter if you just roll out of bed, scramble as fast as you can to find something to wear in an organized pile of unfolded laundry, make a coffee to go, feed the dog, and run out the door?
If you begin your day stressed, unfocused and rushed your day will feel stressed, unfocused, and rushed. If you start it intentionally, however, you set yourself up to feel focused, centered, and energized throughout your day.
Maybe you've already heard that many successful people say that waking up early and having a consistent morning routine is part of their success.
That is because the morning is when you set the tone for the rest of the day.
When you begin your day with an intentional practice (whether it be meditation, yoga, journaling, art, or being in nature):
One of the most popular questions I get is "How do I create a daily practice?"
I love this question and I love that so many of you are asking it!
What that tells me is that you see an opportunity to feel better...more grounded, connected and aligned...through daily self-care.
So here are my top 3 strategies for starting a daily self-care practice, whether that include meditation, yoga, art, writing, or being in nature.
Here’s something you may not know….walking is actually controlled falling. Think about it...every time you take a step forward, you fall forward until the back foot steps forward and catches you. To bring that foot forward we rely on our balance and our coordination. If we don’t have it, we lose our balance and fall.
To make our walking (or controlled falling) as steady as possible, we need to improve our balance. When we work on our balance in specific ways, we learn how to better engage with various terrain and situations around us.
So today we are focusing on...
How to improve your balance so that you can walk, run, and do all types of movement with more control and coordination.
Now, practicing balancing poses on a consistent basis will help you tremendously but there’s also something else you can do and it has to do...