Hi my friends- TGIF! As you all know Monday was Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. He would’ve been 84 years old this year. I’ve written previously what I used to do on MLK’s birthday but sadly I was working. But- in all 3 of my Monday yoga classes (and continued through this week) I have been focusing on heart opening. MLK Jr had many messages that really resonate with us today- but one of my most favorites is love.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. ~Martin Luther King Jr
So what I really wanted to write about was self love. Even though it might sound cheesy- it’s necessary. And think about it- do you take time for yourself? Everyone needs their self care tool kit. And everyone’s is different. A very smart lady told me this and I’ve never looked back. It’s like your own little prescription and while I sometimes don’t always follow it, it’s written down and used to be taped up on my mirror in my bathroom. Here are some tools I think are beneficial for you to use in your every day.
1. Take a time out. This means put your phone on silent and turn off the tv, computer, and the radio. How many times are you distracted while driving because of your iphone, facebook, someone calling, and the music blaring. I can’t tell you how good silence can be.
2. Take a few deep breaths. OK again, I know you know this- but take 5 minutes do close your eyes, listen to your heart beat, and breathe in and out fully. Don’t rush to get up, just take a few moments to be aware of how you’re feeling mentally and physically- and then go about your day.
3. Get Happy. Well really you should read this book.
Just read it.
4. Get creative. This can come in so many forms. First things first, join pinterest for inspiration. Even if you don’t bake, knit, sew, paint, journal, or make your own baby food or wedding plans, this site will give you so many things to aspire to. I am not a HUGE journal person but I will tell you I have two. One is an art journal and one is kind of a random thoughts/lists kind of journal. I think there is something calming about using colorful markers and pencils and cutting and pasting nice images from magazines. I also like to knit and sew although I’m not very good but having a project, completing it, and having something tangible in hand can feel very rewarding. The same as if you baked your own bread or pie from scratch. Here’s a site a like for journaling ideas.
5. Do something for someone else. Volunteer. Donate. Help out. Doing something for someone else makes you feel good and it makes other people feel good too. I’ve always wanted to do Habitat For Humanity or work in a community garden so maybe this will be the year.
So those are my top 5 but of course there are so many other things:
call a friend
give yourself a mani/pedi
take a nap
sip a cup of tea or coffer or have a glass of vino
sleep in flannel sheets
look through an old photo album
The list goes on so just make sure you take some YOU time.
Have a great weekend and STAY WARM!