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Self Care Through Mindfulness-What does it look like?

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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 veen taking care of myself lately. Taking care of myself is not selfish, it is essential.

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.)

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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!

Start Today

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.

self care is a sign of strength

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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27 thoughts on “Self Care Through Mindfulness-What does it look like?”

  1. Self-care is so important! Especially in the times that we are living in since we have been forced to slow down. I’m excited that we have the time to start practicing self-care! I love the examples that you use in how you are going to practice self-care, especially yoga as I also love yoga!

  2. This is a great post! I have been wanting to start practicing mindfulness myself. Taking care of yourself is very important. I would love to try meditation and yoga.

  3. Thank you so much for the wonderful article. While I work full time outside of the home, I am a caregiver for my elderly father and trying to become a successful blogger, I find I am forgetting to look after me. After reading your post I will be trying to implement some of your ideas. Thank you!

    1. Great post! It’s definitely important to take care of yourself! And you’re right, sometimes, to often we let life get in the way. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. I love your letterboard reminder that self-care isn’t selfish. I know I used to feel that way. But the value of self-care is so real, especially in light of current events.

  5. This is a great reminder. Thank you! I am trying to work on journaling more and doing crafts. Those two things tend to help me slow down and quiet the noise in my head.

  6. Thanks for this post! Sometimes we do just get caught up in so many things (deadlines at work, what to eat for dinner, side hustles, etc ) that we forget to take the time to breathe and just be thankful we are alive. I’ve started a gratitude journal this year and find it very helpful. I love the idea about setting your attitude for the day while drinking coffee, might just start doing that tomorrow!

  7. Thank you very much for your thoughtful and mindful post. I like the tips you provide and try to be more mindful of my self-care practices as well.

    I recommend adding a couple of photos to break up your text and add some headings as well. This will increase the ease of reading for your audience.

  8. Being mindful and present is so needed for everyone these days! I love playing word games to reduce anxiety too. Good for you for becoming more aware of what you need and actually making positive steps to reach your goals πŸ™‚

  9. Very nice article! I am reading 10% Happier right now and its all about starting a meditation practice. Its really good. Thank you for this article. Its wonderfully written

  10. What a great reminder about taking time for ourselves! My job is so demanding, and I am also worried about doing more and more. Well, if I don’t take time for myself or take better care of myself, I have noticed I am not very productive AT ALL! Great post!

  11. I love this! I actually post an IG story every monday called mindful monday where I choose a topic to focus on for the day and week. This week my word was FOCUS. Trying to find pure focus when I’m working on something rather than letting distractions pull my attention away from the task at hand! Mindfulness is a great first step towards positive changes!!

  12. I love the point that mindfulness looks different for everyone. Yoga stresses me out. I can rarely still my mind long enough to meditate. But I love to read, learn and reflect on the information. I get up about an hour before everyone else in my house to have those few moments to myself. Sometimes I read. Sometimes I write. Sometimes I make a to-do list. There are no rules. Only that I do what feels good in that moment, and that I take that time for myself.

  13. Great post out here! I do agree with you that sometimes you need to quit the world’s chaos and live some “you” time with yourself, appreciate what you are and love what you do, simply feeling how lucky you are to have you by your side.

  14. I love to start my day with mindfulness meditation, but this past week has thrown me off! This post is a great reminder of the importance of not letting yourself slip when things start to get a little crazy. Love the download — thanks! πŸ™‚

  15. Great post. I’ve realized just how important self-care is. As a new mom, my life completely changed. I now work from home to be with my baby.. but life is so different. I started to not care about my appearance as much. Then I realized how that made me feel… so now I make it a priority each day to still get dressed and do my hair and make-up. (most days I should say!).. it has helped me so much.. I just feel better and more like my pre-mom days. The best part is my little babe loves watching me get ready, ha!

  16. What a great reminder about taking time for ourselves! As a mom I need to do this more often. I learned years ago to live life more slowly, but that doesn’t mean I always take time for myself but rather put my family’s needs ahead of mine more often then not. Thanks for sharing what ways you’re taking to be more mindful, they are great ideas I think I can do too!

  17. You are not alone, I have this same struggle. I find myself feeling guilty when I take time to do something that I enjoy. Normally I save my ‘fun things’ at the end of the day, as a reward. But by the time I get to the end of the day I either run out of time, or am too tired to do anything well. One thing that I do sometimes that helps, it putting ‘me’ on my to do list. Like in between dishes and work, I’ll write, ‘read a book’ (that’s my favorite thing). That way it feels like, by reading, I’m marking something off of my to do list and still being productive. It sounds crazy, but it’s been working. lol

  18. Great blog post. Im very bad at taking care of myself. I do however try to do some of the tricks you mentioned above. Its great to see others doing the same kind of things like puzzles, yoga …, its a great reminder that these things are important

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