This month I would like to let real folks share some real things that they do to stay healthy and happy. These are self-care tips from real people (NOT my clients) because it's interesting to learn what others are doing, and because May was cray-zay busy and I needed to outsource some content :)
Enjoy these wise words:
"Life with a toddler is a mixed bag. Every day is awe inspiring with newly mastered words, dance moves, sheer joy over new sights, sloppy kisses and tight hugs. But it's also hard! So so hard to keep your cool when they are flopping on the ground in a tantrum over the "wrong" snack or testing you by hitting the dog. Parenthood also brings new struggles within your marriage and all previous relationships. It's hard to find the balance. Something that has made such a HUGE difference in my day to day life is a 10 minute daily meditation. I used to worry that meditation wasn't for me. How would I be able to quiet my mind? Would I actually stick with it? Could I get real results? I started using the headspace app and those 10 minutes each day have brought so much mindfulness to my daily life. I find myself pausing more before I react and being more present in the things I'm doing and experiencing. I recommend taking 10 minutes to anyone like me who struggles with anxiety, stress, patience, a quick temper, acceptance, or being in the moment. You deserve those 10 minutes! And everyone around you will benefit from it as well!" - KG
"I take a look at my calendar at the beginning of each week and set a minimum number of workouts that fit in my schedule. This way I don't have to struggle each day to figure out when to workout. Committing to the schedule at the start of the week puts my mind at ease because, when I work out, I know I'm giving back to myself." - LG
"I keep photos of special loved ones (people like nieces and nephews, my bf) or special places I visited that were magical (vacation! or just a hike) in a special folder on my phone. When I feel like the day (think a crowded muni! or work project) is stressing me out or sending me over the edge, I open this folder to be taken back to these people and places. They are the important things that build me up and make me happy, the rest is only momentarily 'a thing.' It keeps me grounded and my perspective in check." - EC
"Self-care is a huge part of my weekly routine. Without it I would not be able to be the best version of myself. As a co-founder of a small biz it's incredibly important to me to live a balanced life and find the time to work on myself or do things that benefit my overall well-being. For me, having a routine is the only way to guarantee I'll make the time. For the past three years I've been doing Pilates on Wednesday nights, and for the past year and half I've been seeing a therapist every Thursday afternoon. These two weekly appointments are very beneficial for both my mind and body - I am more aligned mentally and physically. I incorporate lots of other small acts of self-care as best I can throughout the week such as: journaling, long walks in nature in Golden Gate park, phone dates with friends or family, massages, and of course a glass of wine with a girlfriend never fails to make me feel better. One other tip that I have learned to live by is setting boundaries. Saying no to social plans if I already have plans 2 or 3 days that week is a must for me. I've learned that I HAVE to leave a couple weeknights open for downtime. Setting these boundaries was tough for me to learn at first, but now saying no feels good and empowering - I own my schedule and have the power to spend my time any way I want!" - JF
"Exercising is my #1 self care habit. However, this one can be more challenging when life circumstances make me change your routine or alter your favorite workout. Being injured, being pregnant, being extra busy, shorter days, or just being a little bummed out can all hinder my ability to get the heart beating sessions I need. However, there are good self care lessons in being flexible too.. Sure, 15 mins of "prenatal Zumba" in my living room is not 7 mile run on the beach, but sometimes it's got to do." - KB
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