1) Be aware of taking on too much – when saying “yes” to someone or something, be aware, of times when you might be saying “no” to yourself – choose yes’s and no’s wisely, set your boundaries as nobody else can do that for you. Be brave enough to ask for help when you need it.
2) Be mindful of your self-talk – beating yourself up is counterproductive, instead practice self-compassion & empathy, keep learning lessons and move forward with valuable teachings. If you beat yourself up, you move forward with judgment, criticism and negativity in your heart. Your beautiful heart doesn’t deserve that. Give yourself a hug from time to time.
3) Smile, remembering all the small joys of life regularly. A smile is the curve that sets everything straight.
4) Simply practice “BEING” with nature. Seek out nature wherever you can and use all your senses in nature, see, hear, touch, smell. Just 5 minutes mindfully in nature can help to recalibrate and destress the mind and body.
5) Eat mindfully; take time to taste all the delicious food, give each bite time (studies recommend 32 chews per bite), as you chew become consciously aware of taste, texture, temperature etc. Let the food nourish you in more ways than one!
6) Breathe; it’s the connection between mind, body – Neuorscience has proven intentional, conscious breathing techniques have powerful benefits, it calms our nervous system and helps us cope better with stress.
7) Know when to take time out to rest and recover; find peace and calm within, find time for silence, meditate.
8) Practice gratitude: the gratitude attitude is also scientifically proven to help us keep a positive outlook and mindset. Write one thing every day you are grateful for and put it in full view for you and everyone to see. It may inspire others to get involved too.
9) Free up time for “me time”, do something you love that gives you positive energy and ignites passion. Nurture and nourish your creativity, have fun being playful.
10) Laugh as much as you can…. It’s also proven to be the best medicine.
11) Movement, especially at a time of more food and drink than usual, stretch your body and move more regularly.
12) Be mindful of screen time, think of your posture and the strain it has on your eyes, head and neck, respect for all the parts of the body, that actually works as one whole entity, and it needs your love and care. Instead, spend more time, in good company opening conversations and playing games. The connection of “togetherness” is valuable beyond words and is what the best memories are made of.
These are the gifts I give to myself and the people around me.
Which ones do you think would help you to practice?
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