I've always liked to write and while I love my blog, there's just something beautiful and magical seeing your own handwriting on paper. Growing up I kept a diary to help process my thoughts and keep track of those exciting moments. Now-a-days I see my journal work as a key component of my self-care practice.
How, you ask? Check out these four different ideas on how to use your journal for self-care.
Stream of Consciousness
Stream of Consciousness writing it just putting pen to paper and letting whatever come out happen without judgment. The first few times you do this, you may find it difficult to just let it be. Try not to let spelling or proper grammar stop you from just writing.
I like to use this style of journalling when I'm upset or feeling emotional about something. We all have moments where our rational brain has a hard time understanding why we feel a certain way and this style of writing always to get out those emotions in a safe way (ie. No one gets hurt). This is a great way to be an undercover detective about yourself!
I'm sure you've seen it on Instagram and a million other blogs; but as cliche as it sounds having a gratitude practice will help you come from a perspective of appreciation, rather than a scarcity mindset. In a culture that encourages us to purchase products based on not being "good enough" the way you are now, we can sometimes feel as if we lack a certain something or other. Don't even get me started on Instagram Life Comparisons and Impostor Syndrome! If we spend sometime checking in with those things we are truly grateful for we can see the world from a place of abundance and really feel that love that's being shared with us.
"Finding the Good"
Finding the Good is my form of gratitude practice with a little twist. Instead of just focusing on those things/opportunities that life has brought to us, Finding the Good is about locating the win throughout the day. This is a great practice for when you had a tough day and everything feels heavy; often times there is at least one good thing that happened. This allows us to shift the perspective of the day from negative to positive. Some days it's huge life events that show up in the "Finding the Good" list and other times it's just having five minutes to cuddle with one of my cats.
Make a List
Need a feel good moment? Make a list of your accomplishments; anything from graduating college to eating a healthy breakfast. The point of this one is to let the brain focus on the positive things that you have done in your life. You have done so much in your life and something we all need a little boost to remind us that we can do anything.
P.S. - this one is especially helpful when you're working on a difficult project and are met with a brick wall. You've encountered other walls and learned to climb them or break them down. This set back will be the same. #yougotthis
Have other ideas on how to use your journal for self-care? I wanna know! Post them in the comments below.
- Jenn Rose
Today is my birthday and I'm super excited to continue my yearly self love tradition as a gift to treat myself. We all deserve a little extra love and care on our birthday and who better than you to treat yo'self?! (Cue Parks & Rec Tom & Donna montage).
I'm all about simple self love rituals; whether its buying yourself flowers or treating yourself to the "fancy coffee". Self love and self-care do not have to be about expensive spa days--though it could. It's about taking the time to acknowledge yourself and gift yourself some "me time".
This ritual is simple but requires a few items to amp up the ambiance. If you don't have the exact item, try substituting whatever makes sense via your beautiful intuition. This ritual is designed to happen before you shower, but if you're pressed for time you can at least bring that sugar scrub in the shower and feel luxurious afterward. Or treat yourself to a long hot bath after complete with rose petals, your beverage of choice and a good book.
Those of us who keep track of Mercury's crazy cycle know how much we dread hearing those words, "Mercury's in Retrograde." Mercury is said to rule over communication, travel and technology and in our fast paced world those things going haywire can cause quite a few issues. Have you ever experienced flight cancellations and tech failures during a mercury retrograde? Those things alone can cause some communication issues...
But what if we took Mercury's patterns as a sign for us to look backwards and slow down?
When Mercury goes "retrograde" it appears that Mercury is moving backwards in the sky and lucky for us we just started another round on Sunday, July 7th.
Let's challenge ourselves this cycle to play nice with Mercury Retrograde. Are you ready to give it a try?
There are times our confidence gets a bit of a shake up and who can blame you in this fast paced world where information, opinions and facts are all flying at us at once from all sides! While I believe it takes time to build up your self confidence and a healthy dose of putting yourself out there, there are a few little tricks you can employ to feel confident at any moment.
When I think of this first one, I'm always reminded of that episode of Grey's Anatomy when the neurosurgeon strikes a pose before a super intense surgery. I'm not saying you have to be brain surgeon for this one to work, but perhaps this idea could gift you some of that confidence in the face of your challenge.
This is a guest post by the lovely Brad of selfcareing.info who reached out to me about posting. Check out these self-care tips that you may or may not already be sneaking into your day!
- Jenn Rose
You can’t seem to catch your breath. You have deadlines piling up; you have clutter piling up at home; and your friends are complaining that they never see you. There is so much pressure to be everything to everyone that you struggle to be something meaningful for yourself.
Self-care is the victim of our fast-paced, to-do-list-obsessed, and achievement-driven society. We take on too much because doing more has become the standard. But, researchers and doctors agree, it’s not sustainable and is taking a toll on our health both mentally and physically.
It’s time to make yourself a priority. Self-care doesn’t mean you are being selfish or putting responsibilities on to others. When you take the time to care for yourself, you are making sure you are better able to care for others.
It's been a while since we've had one of these and there is SOOO much out there to be shared.
This time around it's all about mindset and success. Are you ready to dive into some good stuff?!
Grab a cup of you favorite hot beverage and get down to some good reading!
The Seven Secrets of Success
There are many stories shared in the Hindu traditions that provide helpful knowledge on how to attain enlightenment. While rooting around the internet one day I stumbled upon the Sivana East website, whose blog posts range from yoga ideas to mindfulness and meditation. This week I ran into Shiva's Seven Secrets of Success.