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Our lives are busy!
Are you guilty of worrying about everyone around you and forgetting to take care of yourself like me? I am better now at recognizing the signs that I need to slow down and do something for me. I will practice self care through mindfulness!
This post is the result of realizing today that I haven’t been taking care of myself lately. Taking care of myself is not selfish, it is essential.
Self Care Through Mindfulness Journal.
Hence, an epiphany came to me during a chair massage at work today. I realize just how much stress I am under lately. Between my full-time job, the house, animals, family, etc…I realize I need to slow down and conscientiously do something for me. Click To Tweet
What do you enjoy doing that you don’t take time for?
Lately, I find that I have trouble just sitting and enjoying the things I love. I am anxious about all the things I need to do instead of living in the moment. For example, enjoying the beautiful sunrises and sunsets, or perhaps snuggling with my puppy, and listening to my chickens squawk because they think they need more treats. Certainly, this is what I should take time to do. (I spoil all my animals.)
Self Care is not Selfish
I learned a long time ago that I can’t take care of the people or things around me if I don’t take care of myself. Why, I wonder, do I forget that wisdom sometimes? Self .care is not selfish.
Mindfulness can look different for everyone. A co-worker of mine practices meditation. Additionally, yoga is a way to practice mindfulness. It causes you to focus on your breathing and it’s good for your body, too. Although my yoga practice is sporadic, I do enjoy it. Alas, I have let ‘life’ get in the way of my yoga practice.
Sitting by a body of water and watching the ripples and listening to the sounds is something that calms me. I have access to a pond; I am going to do that on pretty days. Along with watching the pond, I also enjoy the view from my front porch. The sunrises are breathtaking!
I am going to make time to sit, be quiet and reflect on the beauty around me. I am going to be thankful for all that I have and all the wonderful people in my life.
I’m going to be better at practicing self care through mindfulness. After all, self care is a sign of strength.
To begin with, I am going to take time every morning and set my intention for the day. Coffee gets me out bed, so while I am enjoying my coffee, I will reflect on my attitude and be thankful for a new day.
Sometimes at work I find myself feeling anxious so, I take about 15 minutes and work an online jigsaw puzzle. This helps me by calming my thoughts allowing me to get back to work and be productive.
Different for everyone
Remember that this self care journey will look different everyone. The key is to find what works for you and utilize that method to take care of your mental health.
My downloadable journal takes you through the steps of setting your intentions, listing what methods of self-care benefits you, and reflecting each day over what worked.
I hope you will join me in the quest for self care through mindfulness!
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