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Wellness Wednesday~ Self Care Toolkit

It’s Wellness Wednesday! Let’s talk about self care. This doesn’t mean just going for a spa day(even though that can be part of it &  fun to do), this means taking care of YOU on a deeper level. The more life that I live & the more experiences I go through, I have come to the realization that women, in general have a hard time taking time for themselves.  Self care gets buried in our day to day lives. This is a mystery as to why this happens, but it is happening all the time.  As I was listening to this podcast from Being Carefull~ episode 18: Find the Magic in Today, I had an aha moment! There was a discussion about this- As moms there is a silent encouragement, that to be a good mom, you have to give yourself up. It’s almost like a bragging among moms that happens. We HAVE to stop feeling guilty for taking care of ourselves. It is harmful for us, and it hurts the ones that we love the most. This is one of the reasons that I want to blog about some form of self care every Wednesday. It’s important, like really, really important. Self care needs to be brought to the forefront~ please take care of yourself.   Today,  I am blogging about something that I had never heard of until just recently.  A Self Care Toolkit. Have you heard of it?

Self Care Toolkit:

So I love Pinterest & I came across this blog post about a Self Care Toolkit  https://jessicadimas.com/ it really peaked my interest & then started exploring her blog in general and I am hooked! Basically, a Self Care Toolkit is knowing what the necessities are that help you take care of you! I think if you are new to self care, it is hard to even know how to take care of yourself~ what does it mean, where do you start? For me, I just started researching it and finding people who were practicing self care and tried  to learn what they were doing. Then you have to just try some things out and see what it feels like for you.  You can check out https://jessicadimas.com/ and see what her toolkit is (because it is awesome) but I will share mine! Also note- I am putting an approximate amount of time each thing takes, so you can see taking care of yourself doesn’t mean blocking out hours in your day. There are things that you can do in short spurts of time throughout the day that make a HUGE difference!

Having a Morning Routine: (this takes about 15 minutes)

Do not get on my phone for the first hour that I am up

Start diffusing my essential oil blend (Lemongrass, Sage, Frankensense,  & Lemon)

Drink a large glass of water

Start my Coffee & drink some as soon as it’s ready 🙂

Read my Devotional ~ The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo

Reading Books that promote Self Care: (Designate 15 minutes every day to read) 

These are some of the books that I haven’t read yet, but have been recommend to me & I am going to start on. You can click on each book and it will take you to Amazon where you can purchase the book, or just see what it looks like so you can check it out at the library or find it wherever you like to get your books

  1. Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach
  2. You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
  3. You Can Heal Your Body by Louise Hay
  4. The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs
  5. The Clarity Cleanse by Gwyneth Paltrow 
  6. The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey
  7. Crushing It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
  8. Judgment Detox by Gabrielle Bernstein
  9. How to Get Sh*t Done by Erin Falconer
  10. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
  11. Big Potential by Shawn Achor
  12. The Healing Self by Deepak Chopra and Rudolph E Tanzi
  13. I’m Fine,… and Other Lies by Whitney Cummings
  14. Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
  15. The Hope Circuit by Martin E.P. Seligman
Read for Fun: (I always read right before bed)

The books I read for fun are a very eclectic mix. Right now I am reading the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed. It’s an amazing self discovery journey and I highly recommend it! Whatever you read, find something you enjoy!

Quotes or prayers:

Before I started this practice, when I would start feeling anxious or worried it was easy for me to just get overwhelmed in it. Having some go-to quotes and prayers that I can read when these feelings start, has been so helpful. Find some calming phrases, poems, quotes or prayers that you can bring out when starting to feel anxious (Pinterest is a great place to find these). Write them down in a small notebook you can keep in your purse, or put them in the notes on your phone.   Then if something happens that makes you feel overwhelmed & you need a minute to get your poop in a group~  take it. Get out your notebook or phone & read the words that bring you peace.

Bedtime Routine: (The time this one takes can vary~ but it could happen in 30 minutes or if you have longer take an hour!)

See my post about sleep here. 

  1. Drinking Sleepy Time tea about an hour before bed ~or some nights a glass of wine 🙂

2. Taking a hot bath

3. Doing some yoga stretches  – click here for some great ones! 

4. Not looking at social media in bed

5.Diffusing a sleep blend essential oil in my room

6. Journaling right before bed, there is something about writing anything on my mind right before bed that helps

7. Using this meditation app. I can not tell you how much this alone has helped!!! Simply Being App

 

As I learn more about all of this, I already know my toolkit will be growing! Take care of yourself and thanks for stopping by!!

Faith ♥

 

***Some of the links in my posts contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. I pinky promise I will always give my honest opinion of any product and would never recommend something if I did not use it and love it!!

 

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Wellness Wednesday~ Self love

On this Valentines Day, the day of love- don’t forget to be your own Valentine and show yourself some love!! It’s easy to overlook in the business of life, but take some time today to love yourself. You’ll be glad you did!

 

25 ways to treat yourself:
  1. Read a book
  2. Take time to create a morning ritual
  3. Make a list of your 3 favorite things to do~ make sure you are doing them weekly
  4. Watch the sunrise
  5. Stop doing things that you don’t enjoy~ life is too short
  6.  Get moving~ find something that you love to do, running, biking, walking, an exercise class, etc
  7. Create a relaxing play list that you can play when you are stressed
  8. Create a notebook filled with inspirational quotes that bring you peace or make you laugh that you can refer back to
  9. Light a candle or diffuse oil that makes you feel calm or happy (I am loving a mix of Frankincense, Lemon grass, Sage, Lemon & Lavender)
  10.   Each night write down something you did well that day
  11. Make a play list that makes you happy- one that you can sing at the top of your lungs 🙂
  12. Watch a movie that makes you laugh
  13. Have a dance party
  14. Do something creative- draw, write a poem, make a craft, try something new!
  15. Practice mindfulness~ color, meditate, sit or walk in nature without electronics
  16. Journal
  17. Drink water
  18. Create a place in your home that makes you feel completely relaxed
  19. Get together with a friend or group of friends regularly
  20. Paint your nails
  21. Practice gratitude~ write down 3 things that you are thankful for everyday, be specific
  22. Perform an Act of Kindness
  23. Eat dark chocolate
  24. Create a bucket list
  25. Take a hot bath~ add a glass of wine when needed 🙂

Thanks for stopping by & remember to take care of YOU!!

Faith ♥

 

***Some of the links in my posts contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. I pinky promise I will always give my honest opinion of any product and would never recommend something if I did not use it and love it!!

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Wellness Wednesday~ getting a good nights sleep

Oh my goodness~ it is the LAST day of January. On this “Wellness Wednesday” I am talking about getting a good nights sleep. This has definitely been a struggle for me.  Anything that I am worrying about likes to replay in my head right when I am trying to go to sleep. Ugggg. It is frustrating!! When we don’t get a good nights sleep EVERYTHING is effected. Focusing on my word of the year PEACE~ Sleep is a huge part of that.

Top 7 things that I am doing to get a good nights sleep:

  1. Drinking Sleepy Time tea about an hour before bed ~or some nights a glass of wine 🙂

2. Taking a hot bath

3. Doing some yoga stretches  – click here for some great ones! 

4. Not looking at social media in bed

5.Diffusing a sleep blend essential oil in my room

6. Journaling right before bed, there is something about writing anything on my mind right before bed that helps

7. Using this meditation app. I can not tell you how much this alone has helped!!! Simply Being App

 

Thanks for stopping by for Wellness Wednesday!

Faith ♥

 

***Some of the links in my posts contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. I pinky promise I will always give my honest opinion of any product and would never recommend something if I did not use it and love it!!

 

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Wellness Wednesday~ 5 things to do daily to encourage a peaceful day

Welcome friends- it’s my first Wellness Wednesday post.  What defines wellness varies from person to person. For me, Wellness is a balance between Body, Mind and Spirit. So my hope is, on Wednesdays to bring to my blog different ways that I am practicing Wellness in my life. Each Wednesday will look a little different , but hopefully it is always a day that will bring you some new ideas and allow sharing of some great ideas!  Recently, I posted on making a vision board and My Word of 2018. The best definition that I have found of PEACE= it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things & still be calm in your heart. So my question for myself~ was how do I bring peace into my life even when life doesn’t feel peaceful?

The answer to this question is going to be different for everyone and it might be a trial and error adventure to find out! Big goals and dreams are important to have, but what we do on a daily basis helps shape those goals and dreams.

My 5 things to do daily to encourage a peaceful day:

  1. Meditate~ Simply Being App
  2. Reading my devotional~ My favorite one that I have found is  The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo
  3. Exercise~ I love going to Crossfit, there are a millions of ways to exercise every day- Aaptiv is an app that helps you workout anywhere
  4. Read~  sometimes I use it to take me away & sometimes I use it to learn either way I am making it a priority every day
  5. Journal~ using a pen and paper to write down thoughts and feelings is therapeutic in many ways! If you need some prompts here is a great journal called Start Where You Are  or this one One Line A Day which gives you enough room to write a sentence- so no pressure!!

 

Thanks for stopping by! I would love to hear your ideas on Wellness or things that you do on a daily basis to bring you peace or whatever goal you are reaching for!

Faith ♥

 

***Some of the links in my posts contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. I pinky promise I will always give my honest opinion of any product and would never recommend something if I did not use it and love it!!