Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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"It takes courage to demand time for yourself. At first glance, it may seem to be the ultimate in selfishness, a real slap in the face to those who love and depend on you. IT IS NOT! It means you care enough to want to see the best in yourself and give only the best to others.” ~ Shale Paul

“If you are not taking care of yourself; body, mind, and spirit, the people in your life don't get the best of you, they get what's left of you!” ~ Lorraine Cohen

As women, we tend not to take care of ourselves, putting everyone's needs before our own. Sometimes, we are more about embracing extreme self-neglect.

In effort to fully embrace who we were created to be: Women of passion and purpose, though sometimes that may look a little misty; to get clear on our intentions for self-care.

One of the ways to take care of ourselves is to stay in the present moment. It is easy to get distracted with fear and past baggage.

The past has NO power and the future has NO presence! This behavior leads to fears, stress and anxiety. When we catch ourselves, in one of those mindsets, stop, and listen to your intuition. You may to take a time out, and think about what your needs are.  Make a promise to yourself, a declaration to yourself to live your best life. That you are worth it, that you have significance.

Living your life for others is a very worthy sentiment. How can you care for others…when you are not taking care for yourself? Always putting others first can make you a doormat to be trodden on. Putting yourself and your need to rest, relax, have fun sometimes, and so on, will make you a better carer, provider or parent because you'll be healthier and have more energy.

Here are some self-care practices that you can do on a daily basis in order to maintain a sense of well being.

Our bodies are very sensitive to our thoughts and feelings. Becoming happier will improve your health, while feeling down can certainly make you ill. What is in your mind, is in your body and what is in your body, is in your mind. As humans, most of our negative thought patterns relate to a fear of not having enough or a fear of not being enough. To achieve and maintain a state of emotional well being, we must listen to our thoughts, emotions, and feeling, making a conscious choice towards positivity, and stay clear of negativity, especially at times of adversity and transitions in our lives.

1. Set your self-care intention. Always, begin your day with the power of intention. Remind yourself of your self-care. Here are some key components:

*Balance- meditate, yoga
*Healthy lifestyle, whole foods
*Beauty - self love / self respect (inner)

2. Three things you are grateful for. Start small, start with the basics: health, home, nourishment, friends, family, work…

3. Find a nutritious support person to check in with – this could be a good friend, an accountability partner, a life coach, a mentor – you don’t have to go through this transition alone; and creating new habits is transition. You can set up a time, preferably weekly, to get together.


 One of the things,  I have tried very hard to eliminate from my life is negativity. Negativity is nothing but toxic energy. This toxic energy can come in the form of toxic people, you know those people, who tend too suck the life out of you.  When I find myself in a situation; I give myself permission to excuse myself.

What you really want is to be surrounded by people you trust and treasure and people that cherish you.

"Breathing in I calm my body. Breathing out I smile. Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is a wonderful moment!" ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

When you are in doubt, when you feel frustrated, when you are angry, stop… and take a breath! Breathing is the one thing you can do anywhere,  anytime. It does not cost you anything...but you may gain so much.

Once you have made the decision to do so, these three practices will start to naturally fit in your daily life. Set your intention to embrace extreme self-care! Taking care of yourself is vitally important to being the best person, you can be. You are worthy of self love and belonging.

Be mindful on purpose Live passionately... what else have you got to do!

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