Steps to Self-Care


“Treat yourself with love and respect, and you will attract people who show you love and respect.”

— Rhonda Byrne

Simple steps to self respect and care:

–Sleep (7 to 8 hours per night)
–Hydrate (fresh, filtered water)
–Vegetables (locally grown, fresh if possible)
–Unplug (take some time each day away from electronics)
–Take a hike
–Power Nap (feeling stressed? Slow down)
–Learn to say, ‘NO’
–De-Clutter (start small if you must)
–Meditate / Pray
–Step away from the computer (get up often and walk about)
–Breathe (deep oxygenating breaths)
–15 minutes of sunlight (don’t forget the sunscreen)
–Exercise your strength (do something you totally rock at!)
–Journal (write down your strengths)
–Gratitude (jot down something that is going awesomely)
–Treat yourself (think small; a book, lipstick, small luxury item)
–Cloud Watch
–Artwork (head to the museum or nearest gallery)
–Cuddle (your pet, your friend, significant other)
–Help someone (pay it forward….there are millions of ways)
–Infuse your home with pleasant aromas (flowers, spices…)
–Wear something that makes you feel fabulous
–Add something nourishing to your meals
–Try something totally new
–Be still (find a beautiful, calming spot)
–Connect ( say something kind to strangers)
–Laugh (funny movie, book or with a friend)
–Dance (crank up the jams!)
–Step out of your comfort zone
–Socialize with family / friends
–Yoga or Pilates (Restorative and relaxing)

These are just a few examples of small acts of self-care. As we head into the busiest time of year; it’s essential to slow down and provide our bodies and minds with daily rituals that help reduce cortisol, and keep our hormones balanced.


No Excuses?


How does “No Excuses” feel for you?

I used to ‘feel’ that having ‘No Excuses’ was a pretty good motivator in my own life.

But now….Not so much.

The problem with having a ‘No Excuses’ mentality is that it is rigid. Inflexible. Unyielding. Unbending. Stubborn, even.

And being inflexible can lead to broken.

‘No Excuses’ allows zero room for obstacles or legitimate reasons why you may want to consider switching your workout, or even skipping it all together.

There are many times in life when excuses are really legitimate, and we need to care for ourselves during these times, not made to feel guilty.

So, while the ‘No Excuses’ mantra, or others like it, may appear motivating;  they may actually be harmful. Listening to our bodies is essential. We need to halt the guilt trips we place upon ourselves. It simply doesn’t work.  We instinctively know when we are procrastinating or avoiding a task.

Obstacles are as much a part of our journey as the path itself. Being mindful of that is essential.

Trying to accomplish ‘too much, too soon’, may also lead to frustration and excuses. Pay attention. Journal your thoughts. Record those obstacles and your feelings associated with them.  The process may reveal some empowering characteristics about yourself that you hadn’t fully realized.