New Series! Self-Care Sunday

by - March 17, 2019

As you could probably tell from the title of this post, I've decided to start doing a new series here on my blog every Sunday. I was inspired to start this series partially because I wanted a reminder to myself to take time out for myself every week and partially because I wanted to know all the ways you guys practice self-care. In a world that is constantly becoming more and more difficult to live in, self-care becomes all that much more important.

Starting out this Sunday, I'm taking it a little easy by just relaxing around the house. I have an essential oil diffuser that I like to turn on along with some relaxing music. This always helps a little with calming me after a stressful week. I will usually wear some sort of clay mask to detoxify and clear my skin of gunk, like the one I spoke about here.

I don't talk very much about my struggles with depression and anxiety here on the blog mainly because it's not something I like talking about very much. Where I to release my intrusive thoughts is through journaling and meditating. I read about an exercise called morning pages from an author a while back and since then I try to put it into practice as often as possible. Basically, the premise of morning pages is that you write down three pages of thoughts that you have first thing in the morning and this practice is meant to clear your mind for the day. To be quite honest, I don't do morning pages every day, but I always strive to do a little bit whenever I can. In my opinion, how you start your morning sets intentions for the rest of your day. This may sound a little hokey to some, but I like it.

As for meditating, this practice, I feel, is the most important of all because it helps your body and mind learn to relax more often. Most people know about apps like headspace and calm and I tend to like those kinds of guided meditations, but you don't necessarily have to use guided meditation. I find it helpful because my mind races all the time and these apps help to calmly bring your attention back to the practice. Meditating is also an area where I feel I could improve on because I don't do it as often as I would like. Admittedly, one of the reasons I don't journal or practice meditation that often is because I tend to check social media first thing in the morning and it's a bad habit that I hope to break. Along with morning pages, I hope to set intentions for social media usage going forward.

For the coming week.....

My goal for the week ahead is to meditate more and journal with morning pages more. Also a reminder to those of us who are hard on ourselves....give yourself more credit and take it easy, you're doing the best you can! 

What ways did you practice self-care this week & in what ways do you show yourself more grace?

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