We have passed the halfway mark and it’s time to check in for Week Three of our self-care challenge. If you are just joining us you can read more about our 30 Day Self-Care Challenge here, or jump right in! It is an ongoing process to learn how to pause and take care of ourselves. Remember, with all the madness going on outside our doors, we need to recharge our mind, body, and spirit in order to create positive change in the world. Let’s see how we are doing:
Day 15: I love this advice of having a picnic and we are blessed enough to live in a climate that allows for it most days of the year. Just in case you aren’t able to get outside, try changing things up once in a while and set up a picnic in the living room. You’d be amazed at what a change in routine will do to lift your spirits.
Day 16: I had been watching the Grateful Dead documentary “Long Strange Trip” last month and I couldn’t get myself to finish it until today. I just knew I would relive all of the emotions I felt when Jerry had passed away in 1995 and I was right; it brought up such sad and sentimental feelings. But it was cathartic as well. I realized how much I’ve grown as a woman since that time and my perspective has changed. I can look back on those years when Jerry was in the band with a fondness and joy that I experienced his live performances but also look forward to the future with the new incarnation of Dead and Co.
Day 17: Did you get a chance to play outside? We took the dogs on an extra long walk up to our favorite park and took the time to just goof around with them. The sheer joy of it was contagious!
Day 18: How many of you reached out and made a phone call to connect with an old friend? Or look them up on Facebook and actually take the time to write something? Time passes too quickly and it’s easy to let it. Don’t! Make the effort to reconnect with a cherished friend even if it’s just to check in and say hello. Your soul with thank you.
Day 19: Hang onto your bucket list! We are going to be crafting a Vision Board next week and I want you to put your biggest dream at the top of the list. You know what I dream of? Learning how to sail, buying a vintage boat and restoring it, then setting off to explore the sea.
Day 20: This is a daily reminder that I printed out and put next to my desk. Channel your inner cat and take frequent breaks to get up and stretch. It makes all the difference!
Day 22: My worry box is an old tissue box that I’ve covered in paper and washi tape. I have small scraps of paper next to it and jot down the things that won’t leave me alone. Once I drop it in the box I’m supposed to forget about it. Will it always work? Of course not. But the act of getting these worries out of my head, putting it on paper and then dropping it down a dark hole is somehow reassuring.
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” Leo Buscaglia
What other ways have you been taking care of yourself this week? Let us know in the comments or share your tips on our Facebook page.