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55 Self-Care Activities to Add to your Schedule

Self-Care can come in many forms. It can be a healthy habit or a relaxing hobby. It can be eating healthy or exercising or it can be spending time with loved ones. Self-Care is showing ourselves love all around and about taking the steps to ensure we are taking time to nurture our mind, body, heart and soul.

  1. At-home facial mask
  2. Read a book
  3. Paint a self-portrait
  4. Go to a wine tasting
  5. Deep condition your hair
  6. Get a massage
  7. Do a cleansing detox
  8. Practice Chakra Balancing Meditations
  9. Have a movie night
  10. Go on a brewery tour
  11. Get a pedicure
  12. Yoga
  13. Go to a spa
  14. Finger paint
  15. Bake goodies
  16. Visit an art museum or gallery
  17. Drink green tea
  18. Write a letter/send a card to a friend
  19. Go hiking
  20. Go for a bike ride
  21. Go to the beach
  22. Run a 5k for charity
  23. Practice tarot card reading
  24. Meditate
  25. Make a craft
  26. Color
  27. Take a nap
  28. Go to a comedy show
  29. Take a bubble bath
  30. Enroll in a class to learn a new skill
  31. Go to a sauna
  32. Listen to inspiring podcasts
  33. Plant flowers or an herb garden
  34. Cook a new recipe
  35. Clean out your closet
  36. Make a terrarium
  37. Buy yourself flowers
  38. Make a playlist
  39. Go on a picnic in the park
  40. Indulge in a sweet treat
  41. Go to bed early
  42. Make a smashbook all about you
  43. Sit in the sun’s rays and soak up the warmth
  44. Join a supportive Facebook Group
  45. Start Dry Body Brushing
  46. Create a vision board
  47. Read comic books
  48. Hang out with your pets
  49. Look at the stars
  50. Go to brunch and have a mimosa
  51. Use essential oils
  52. Have a take-out night from your favorite restaurant
  53. Journal
  54. Buy a new outfit
  55. Start a quote wall
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15 Things To Do When You’re Feeling Lonely

Sometimes we find ourselves feeling a bit off, feeling a little lonely. Finding a way to reconnect with loved ones, the world, and with yourself will help qualm these feelings.

Here’s a list of 15 activities to help you beat those blues and reconnect with yourself and the world around you. 

  1. Message a Friend.
  2. Read a book. (Here’s a great list of some wonderful Self-Care & Self Love Books: 15 Books to Bring Self-Love & Self-Care Into Your Life)
  3. Put on music and dance around the house. (Something upbeat to get you moving!)
  4. Go to the gym.
  5. Call your Mom or Dad and catch up.
  6. Watch a funny movie.
  7. Paint or make a craft. (Creative expression is a great way to get your feelings out and your mind into a positive mindset.)
  8. Journal.
  9. De-clutter your closet or pantry. (A feeling of accomplishment is a great way to beat the blues.)
  10. Garden or plant something. (This helps you connect with nature and will help you feel like you are part of something bigger.)
  11. Bake goodies for the office.
  12. Take your pup for a walk or snuggle with your cat.
  13. Write out an adventurous Bucket List.
  14. Have a solo yoga practice.
  15. Take a nap. (Sometimes just a good rest and some great dreams does the trick!)

 

Why It’s Important to Nurture Yourself First

This phrase has stuck with me for several years now, “The grass is greener where you water it.” 

So many times we look at others and their lives, especially with all the social media “glamour” out there nowadays, that we wonder what it would be like to be in their shoes. The thing is, we don’t know their story, we don’t know what they went through to get to where they are. We cannot be anyone other than ourselves in truth but we can focus on nurturing ourselves and building our lives to be what we want and get what we want out of life. That’s where the truth comes in, that if we water our own grass we can make it the green we want it to be. If we are not taking care of our own selves and focusing on our lives then our grass will never be green and even if we were to go to another lawn, that grass would soon become dry too.

Look at your self and your life as your lawn – If you water it, feed it, take care of it, it will be healthy. If you feed it poison, allow it to be dug up, and do not give it the nutrients it needs then it will not grow, it will not flourish. This quote taught me to stop looking outward and to start looking inward. What was it in my life that I was missing? What was not fulfilling? Changes are never easy, but through reflection we can see how necessary they are. My journey has encountered much heartache and many hard choices but I came out at the other end a stronger, happier and better person. I’ve let go of toxic relationships, I’ve learned to forgive, and I’ve learned to make myself a priority. 

My tip to all is that the next time you are feeling down, beat-up, and sad – look inward – what can you change to work towards building a healthier and happier life for yourself? What can you water and nurture within yourself? Do not focus on what you do not have, take a good look at what you do have and work towards growing that. Before you know it, you’ll see things falling into place. You’ll see dreams growing in front of you. Focus within yourself and then project that out. We do not create true happiness from external circumstances, we make happiness within ourselves. 

How To Indulge In A Little Self-Care For Mothers’ Day

Let’s face it, being a Mom is a full-time job, and it can be a tough job too. Celebrate all of your hard work this Mom’s Day by indulging in some wonderful Self-Care! 

 10 Ways You Can Add Some Self-Care to Your Mother’s Day Sunday

1.) Have a spa day – go get your nails done, get a pedicure, put on a face mask.

2.) Sunday Brunch with a delicious mimosa.

3.) Cuddle up with the kiddos for some snuggle time and a movie.

4.) Take a hike and take in the beautiful scenery.

5.) Kick off your morning with some great jams and a solo jog.

6.) Watch the sunrise with a cup of coffee.

7.) Head to a Paint Night and indulge in a little creative expression and a glass of wine.

8.) Enjoy a home cooked meal from the hubby and kids…and skip out on the clean-up too!

9.) Take a warm bubble bath and read a great romance novel.

10.) Go shopping and buy yourself a new outfit that makes you feel great.

10 Positive Quotes for When You’re In a Rut

I get by with a little help from my friends.” ~ The Beatles

The past couple of weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster for me. From feelings of stress to excitement to anxiety to rejection to frustration, it was quite the ride, I was all over the place. Just a passing time in my life. We all have these times, these ruts, those moments – and it’s okay, we’re human. I allowed the lack of balance in my life in those couple of weeks to get the better of me. I became overly self-critical and frustrated with myself. In reflection, that was the time I should have been more patient and more forgiving with myself. 

Yesterday I let it all out to my friends. It was like a I opened a stuck pipe…it was amazing, full of release, full of realness, it was like an ahhhh moment. It’s okay to need to lean on others sometimes. It’s okay to be in a funk and need a little help getting out of it. I don’t know about you, but I can get caught up trying to be so strong that sometimes I forget that I don’t need to do it on my own. Being truly strong isn’t about being on your own all the time, it isn’t about being able to carry the world on your shoulders and being able to take everything thrown at you in stride. True strength comes from being open about your vulnerability, it’s being confident in being able to ask for help when you need it, it’s about being honest about where you are in that moment. 

I’m glad I had that spurt of a rut. I’m glad that I had that learning opportunity. Because in it, I learned to be stronger, how to be more me, and was reminded how much love already exists in my life and around me. Being positive, being strong, and being a good person doesn’t mean we never have bad days or even weeks. It means that we can turn them around and that we can see a positive opportunity and lesson in them. 

1.) “Believe you can & you’re halfway there.” ~ T. Roosevelt

2.) “No rain, No flowers.” ~ unknown

3.) “Even the smallest steps move you forward.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

4.) “Every bad situation will have something positive. Even a dead clock shows correct time twice a day. Stay positive.” ~ unknown

5.) “Life is tough, darling, but so are you.” ~ Stephanie Bennett Henry

6.) “Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come.” ~ unknown

7.) “Sometimes surrender means giving up trying to understand and become more comfortable not knowing.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

8.) “It’s okay to be a glowstick. Sometimes we have to break before we can shine.” ~ unknown

9.) “Tough times don’t last but tough people do. Never give up.” ~ Robert Schuller

10.) “Maybe life isn’t about avoiding the bruises, maybe it’s about collecting the scars to prove we showed up for it.” ~ unknown

 

14 “Me” Dates For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day can bring controversial feelings to many singles but it doesn’t have to. Love comes in so many forms and in so many areas of our lives. Valentine’s Day is about celebrating that love in all places. 

This year will be the first Valentine’s Day in a bit that I’m on my own but that doesn’t mean I won’t be celebrating the holiday this year. I’ll be diving right in to the celebrations even so, actually this year I’ve decided to make Valentine’s Day about me and the self-love I am continuously cultivating in my life.  

1.) Light some candles, grab a book (My choice this month is “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert) and hop into a relaxing bubble bath.

2.) Take a cooking class.

3.) Send yourself flowers. Include a special self-love message on the card. My post You Are A Magical, Beautiful Being: 15 Affirmations For Self-Love has some ideas for you <3.

 4.) Go to a yoga class.

5.) Visit a museum or an art gallery.

6.) Have a personal wine and paint night – Pour yourself a glass of wine, grab a blank canvas, some brushes, a Pinterest image or tutorial (Here’s some inspiration – Pinterest – Art Project Ideas & Inspiration), and pick your colors!

7.) Take yourself out to a movie or go see a play at your local theater.

8.) Dress up and head out to a fancy wine bar. Toast to you and all your magnificence!

9.) Have a puppy and me date – Take a long walk with your pup, get some special treats for him/her.

10.) Make yourself a fancy dinner, set the table, light a candle, and play some soothing music.

11.) Put on your favorite tunes and dance like a fool in your living room!

12.) Have a movie marathon in the comfort of your pj’s.

13.) Go for a hike. Make it a photo tour. Take in the beauty of the nature around you.

14.) Visit a bookstore – Pick up some books and curl up with a cup of coffee in their cafe.