Category: Self Care

What Does Self-Care Actually Mean? + My Personal Definition

Self-care. We have all heard about it but do we actually know what it means? Merriam-Webster tells us that self-care means to “care for oneself.” While accurate, this doesn’t really tell us much. Oxford Dictionaries does a better job and tells us that self-care is “the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s…

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Self-Care Strategy 5: The Noticing Game

As a child, I often had my “head in the clouds” and spent a lot of time daydreaming. This made it difficult for me to focus on and complete the practical tasks of everyday life. It often took me a long time to get things done because I would get easily distracted which drove my…

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Self-Care Strategy 4: Write or Talk it Out

I started keeping a diary when I was a kid and never grew out of the habit. My writing moved from a diary, to notebooks, to journals. To single sheets of paper, to word documents, to Pages (for my Mac users). These days I go back and forth between analog and digital journal keeping. I…

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Self-Care Strategy 3: Slow it Down!

Multi-tasking. We’ve all done it or at least tried to with varying degrees of success. Eating, while watching TV, while reading a book. Writing an email, while answering a call, while surfing the internet. If you’re a parent, you have an even more complicated job. Trying to balance the everyday tasks of managing a household,…

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Self-Care Strategy 2: Change Your Language

Do you ever feel like you have internal sound-track playing inside of your head? A voice that sometimes builds you up, but often feels like it’s tearing you down instead? This little voice is a chameleon. Sometimes it may sound like you. At other it may sound like your parents, relatives, friends or some other…

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Self-Care Strategy 1: Remember to Breathe

Have you ever taken a moment to stop and notice your breathing? If not, I invite you to pause now and see what you notice. Is your breath rapid and shallow or slow and deep? Does it stay in your throat or does it move into your chest and belly. Does your belly rise and…

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What is a Soulful Introvert?

Do you love but get exhausted by too much “people” time? Are you social and outgoing with your small circle of friends, but but get quiet or shy in large groups? Are you drawn to and energized by quiet, creative, solo activities? If so then you are probably a soulful introvert. A soulful introvert is…

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Begin Before You’re Ready

“Do something, do anything! Just make sure that you begin.” – Karla Lawrence I like to keep a stash of procrastination strategies in my back pocket “just in case”. I have a range of them that work great in different situations. I have an “I can’t work on that project right now because I’m too…

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Intentional Living in 2018: How to Find Your Word

“When you have clarity of intention, the universe conspires with you to make it happen.”- Fabienne Fredrickson I love the start of a new year. There is an energy of hope and anticipation that I find infectious. For me the New Year presents an opportunity to set a new intention, which I use to help…

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