Is your life full of meetings, doctor appointments, household chores, errands, and running the kids to all their activities? Would like to live mindfully, but your schedule is already overfilled? Perhaps you can’t go 5 minutes without being interrupted during the day. I know not everyone has time to sit around meditating and doing long workout routines daily. I’m going to give you 15 activities that will only take a moment here and there throughout your day to complete. These activities will help you to live a more mindful life. You can start by adding just one daily or try for them all. You can even come up with a few more you want to try using the same concepts.
There is a lot of information out on art journals now, but can anyone really do it? An art journal is a journal where you combine art and words to express yourself. My research says that you don’t have to be good at drawing to create your own art journal. There are so many ways to be creative. Art journals are supposed to be a great place to practice your skills as well as get thoughts out of your head and onto paper. In addition to the emotional care aspect, being creative and learning new things is great for your intellectual self care. All this sounds fantastic, but can I really create my own art journal? I decided to give it a try this week.
On February 21, It will be one month since my first blog post! Thanks to my many supporters, I’ve come a long way in a month! I’m dedicating this post to my great audience! Give yourselves a round of applause. So what to do with a one month anniversary post…..I’m going to share with you the great things about my blog from the wins this month to what is coming next. Sit back and enjoy the ride.
When we think of self care many of us think of women, so I was surprised to see that half my blog audience in the last couple of weeks have been men. Do men need self care too? Of course they do! So how do men take care of themselves? My daughter says they do it secretly. Hmm…Does or society have a negative stereotype about men and self care? Possibly, but we shouldn’t. Men benefit mentally and physically from self care as well. Men who make time for self care often experience lower stress and increased creativity. They tend to have more rewarding and productive careers. All this leads to them becoming better role models to younger generations that learn to take time for themselves not only physically, but also intellectually, socially, spiritually, and emotionally as well.
Who am I Really? That is a tough question to answer for yourself! We hear the saying “know yourself” and ” love yourself”, but why bother and what does it mean? Who wouldn’t want to know the person they spend 100% of their day every day with? That is a lot of time with someone you don’t really know! So who are you? What do you like/dislike? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What are your values, beliefs, goals, and dreams? What makes you happy? Knowing the answer to these questions can help you live a more productive life. By knowing your values, you are likely to make better decisions for yourself. When you know your likes, dislikes, strengths, and weaknesses, you can set more appropriate goals and dreams for yourself. When you know what brings you joy, then you know how to make yourself happy!
Early last January Shanta Wilson, “Queen” of Shanta’s Savings Club on Facebook, shared an article about meal planning. I commented back then that I had tried before with no success. She encouraged me to give it another try and I am so glad she did! I made it my year long project not just for my family but for others as well. I created my own Facebook group, Friendly Meal Planning, to share recipes, tips, menu plans, and more! I quickly got into planning one week of suppers at a time and discovered success! Success meant that those nights of my daughters asking what’s for dinner and me not having answer changed to them finding the meal plan to cook up the meals while I was busy doing other tasks! The nights of last minute running to McDonald’s or a pizza place were replaced with healthier more balanced meals at home. We still occasionally plan to go out to eat.
Google meditation and it is easy to quickly become overwhelmed. There are literally hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of ways to participate in meditation! Meditation is about being relaxed and aware. As stated at www.freemeditation.com , “Authentic meditation enables one to focus on the present moment rather than dwell on the unchangeable past or undetermined future.”
Intellectual self care is about being curious and having a strong desire to learn. Many of us are aware that our bodies need exercising, but our bodies are not the only part of us that needs exercise. We also need to exercise our brains in order to have better problem solving skill in our lives. Exercising our brains allows us to open up our minds and see that there is more than one way to do things in life. It helps us develop new ideas and ways of thinking. Through exposure to more experiences we become more creative.
“By three methods we may learn wisdom:
First, by reflection, which is noblest;
Second, by imitation, which is easiest;
and third by experience, which is bitterest.”
January is now over. As I reflect back on the month, I remember so many good moments. The January Self Care Calendar Challenge (was posted in Facebook group Moments For “Me”) really helped me to remember to take time for myself. It also challenged me to try new things. I am excited to share with you a few of my reflections on January!