Self care for all bodies. Our individuality is meant to be celebrated.
Quieting our minds through mindfulness
Here are some tips for mediation
- Find a quiet space
- Get in a comfortable position, usually sitting upright.
- Relax your body and jaw
- Notice your breath
- Take in 3 deep breaths through your nose, exhale
- Become aware of yourself
- Acknowledge thoughts and go back into your practice
We love using apps on our phone to meditate. It makes mediation easy, giving you the option to track your progress and choose your mediation style. We prefer guided mediation led by an instructor, but you can choose whatever works best for you. Two great apps for mediation that can be found in the app store are Calm and Insight Timer.
Making a self care journal
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We're always writing something; emails, newsletter, blog posts, articles, social media content etc. But are you writing for yourself? When you take time for yourself and start expressing your state of mind, you’ll start to notice your stress levels reduce and you become more creative in ways you never thought possible. Your self care journal is also the perfect space to express gratitude which we’ll touch on below.
If you’re interested in journaling and would like a more guided approach check out Morning Pages by Julia Cameron (who we love) and the 5 Minute Journal. We love writing in something that is beautiful and inspires me so find a journal or notebook that you love and go for it!
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Exercise is a no brainer and still so many of us don’t make the time for it. It’s not that we don’t have the time, it’s that we don’t prioritize exercise and it falls by the wayside. Remember that this blog post is all about putting ourselves first and that includes our health, which means daily exercise.
All you have to do is pick up your phone, block out an hour of time for exercise and set a daily reminder to keep you accountable. If you have trouble with following through, hire a trainer, join a group class or grab a friend who can act as an accountability partner.
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Conscious eating is the practice of paying attention to what you’re eating and how you’re eating it. Instead of eating in a hurry and rushing your meals, enjoy foods that are nourishing for your body. Take the time to appreciate the food your eating and noticing the smells, textures and color. When you stop eating mindlessly and pay attention, you’ll start to notice that food tastes better and you’re probably not as hungry as you think you are all the time.
Here is the recipe for our go-to smoothie blend
- 2 handfuls of spinach + kale
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon of almond butter
- half of banana
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon hemp hearts
- 1 teaspoon flax seeds
- 1 teaspoon maca
- 1 teaspoon goji berries
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Find an authentic way to get into the daily habit of expressing what you are thankful for. What time of day can you put aside for this self care practice? Is it first thing in the morning? Right before bed? It’s as easy as taking 1-2 minutes to write it in your self care journal or you can show gratitude through acts of kindness. There are so many ways to express it, so find what way works best for you and try to be thankful for new things everyday.
Coaching and Guidance
If you’re interested in learning more about guidance and coaching, check out the Sphere app where they match you with a guide based on your needs.
*All of the opinions and recommendations expressed are my own and I am not a paid affiliate for any of the companies.