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Self Care

by Rebecca Gretz

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I met Rebecca through another friend, in June 2013. She's been to Peru in the meantime and posts a wonderful tiny video clip every day.

Yesterday's clip caught my eye because it said "Theme of the Day" - Self Care. My favourite topic!

Here's Rebecca's advice on self care. If you'd like to know more about her and the work she does, please take a look at the bottom of the post.

Her short video clip is below. One of my favourite sentences is "When I'm full, it's much easier to take care of the people around me". Enjoy her post below!

 

There are many ways that one can express self-care and many activities that support relaxation and rejuvenation, which we attribute to self-care. Below I have listed 10 of my favorites.

My top 10 list of Self Care activities:
  1. Eating Healthy foods
  2. Taking time to exercise each week
  3. Monitoring my Self Talk
  4. Meditating
  5. Deep breathing
  6. Yoga
  7. Lounging in bed or on the couch
  8. Taking a hot bath
  9. Reading a good book
  10. Doing a hobby – sewing, writing, baking

Most of these are pretty self-explanatory. I choose to eat foods that are (when possible) organic, gmo-free, with limited processing. I make time each week to move my body as well as finding time to relax, reading, lounging or doing a hobby. Meditating, deep breathing and yoga all help me maintain a healthy connection to Source, or God. But what do I mean by “Monitoring my Self Talk”?

Self Talk is what we do all day long, that endless chattering in our heads. If we pay attention to it, we might notice that often it is a bit harsh….maybe even mean. Saying things like; “that is so stupid” “my hair looks like crap today”, “how selfish”, “I’m so fat” … (This particular one “I’m so…” can be, and often is, finished with all kinds of harsh statements.)  

As part of my Self-Care, I monitor what my Self Talk is. If I notice it’s getting more critical than loving, I take a deep breath and deliberately bring in thoughts that are compassionate and loving. When I’m able to have self-talk that is compassionate and loving toward me, my compassion and love for others naturally increases, decreasing the criticism and judgment that is often simmering just below the surface.

There is a great exercise to help shift the quality of your self-talk. Each time you see your reflection in a mirror, say something nice… really nice, like “I look beautiful”, or if a direct statement is too much at first, you can say something like; “that is such a great color on you” or “I love those earrings”.   It doesn’t matter what you say as long as it is kind, compassionate, and loving. As you continue this practice, you will notice that your self-talk is shifting, becoming more gentle, supportive, and warmhearted.

When talking about Self Care, the quality of Self Talk is essential. Finding a daily practice that supports healthy inner dialogue is incredibly beneficial. It facilitates the self-care environment and increases the likelihood of continued, guilt-free Self Care.

 

 About Rebecca:

She has always been committed, in one fashion or another, to serving others. Her evolution of service has taken her  from the medical/health field to the computer support field and now into the magical, intuitive world of Essence Energy work. Her lifelong experience of connecting with people where they are allows for coaching sessions filled with ease and grace, serving her clients at their core – Essence. She is passionate about evolution, for herself and humanity, and her daily choices reflect her commitment to evolving. Connect with Rebecca at her blog.

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