Truth be told, I'm not a big Valentine's day fan.
However, I'm not one to miss a chance to talk about self-love and self-care! In the last few years I've started to shift the idea of Valentine's day to be a day to check in with myself, making sure I am getting what I need to care for myself so that I can present my best self to those I love.
Let's jump right into some simple self-love ideas for your Valentine's Day/week or every day life!
(Because you shouldn't need a specific day to love yourself; it should be constant!)
Treat Yo' Self
Parks & Rec anyone? I'm not saying you have to go out and buy yourself a pair of Louie Vuitton's but definitely something that makes you feel luxurious. Some of my favorites are a new essential oil or blend, a small bouquet of roses (from Aldi's!) or bath fizzies. Perhaps that massage you've been wanting but never scheduled could be a fun solo date?
Perhaps taking yourself out on a date or treating yourself to something isn't in the budget. With our busy yang lifestyles some times just gifting yourself some "Me Time" is all you need! Schedule 20 minutes to an hour for a long bath, read a book, drink some tea or journal. Treating yourself doesn't have to mean you need to buy something.
How about a guided Self Love Meditation? Join me at 8 PM on Valentine's day on Instagram live (or in the Zennergy Wise Warriors private FB group) for a 10 - 15 minute guided self-love journey!
Create an affirmation that rings true to your core. Commit to repeating this mantra daily for the next week or so. Affirmations are powerful true statements that sometimes may bring out your inner mean girl (or guy) because you doubt it. For example, I love and accept myself exactly as I am. Commit to saying it and feeling it and the self-doubt will eventually melt away.
Amp up your affirmation! Create a sigil and place it next to your mirror. Look at it every day to help release any doubts behind your true and positive statement.
Check in with your sassy beautiful self and feel all those great positive endorphins after a nice work-out session. Try something new and break out of your routine. My obvious favorites are yoga and belly dance, but maybe you want to try something a little sassy like a twerk class or even pole fitness? You could always just put on some great music and dance around you kitchen.
I'm not saying you need to clean, but maybe it's time to get rid of things that no longer serve you or "Spark Joy" if you follow the Kon Mari Method. Let go of those pants that no longer fit (treat yo self to new ones if your size changed, you deserve it!). Get rid of those kitchen appliances and tools you never use. At this point that tomato slicer is just getting in the way and causing you stress every time you move it.
Perhaps a better declutter would be your social media feed. Does your Pintrest spark joy? How about your Instagram? Unfollow or Snooze friends who's posts upset you. You don't need those little stressors adding up to a big break down.
How are you spending your self-love day?
Have another idea? Share it in the comments!
Happy Self-Love Day!
- Jenn Rose
First up, sigils, what the heck are they?!
Think of sigils as a very personal symbol or design that sparks emotion for the creator. A similar example would be the emotions, beliefs, and memories that are invoked by the symbol of the cross. However, in the case of sigils the symbol will probably only mean something to the creator (unless created for a group, like this blog post). The idea is similar to a vision board, where the overall image creates a reaction that surpasses words.
I think if we walk through how to make a sigil, it will make more sense....
First up, let's create a statement that helps improve our self talk.
Today it's all about the waxing moon or the process of the moon appearing to grow larger. I always like to think wax on, wane off (ha ha!) to keep the cycle straight. With that in mind, of course our connection to the waxing moon is all about GROWING!
In short the waxing moon is drawing in energy and building up to become a whole (think full moon). If we choose to work with these natural cycles, now is the time to put the work in! Continue building up your projects, work on getting that experience and really commit to your daily practices.
So what are you currently putting your attention into?
Today, December 21st 2018, has a LOT of magical power.
First up it's the winter solstice (Happy Yule!) and the longest night of the year. This year we're also lucky enough to enjoy a full moon on the longest night of the year (at least in the Northern Hemisphere)! It's also the last full moon of 2018.
Let's grab all that magic and gift ourselves a self-love ritual!
Traditionally Yule is celebrated as the returning of the sun! Back when we couldn't turn lights on with a flick of a switch, THIS was a big deal. While it may take some time to actually see the "days getting longer", so to speak, we can celebrate this light and the light within.
During the holidays it gets a little hectic and naturally we start to put people and tasks before our own sanity. If you follow me on instagram, you've probably seen a few of my recent posts reminding us to take a moment to check-in, connect with your breathing and gifting yourself some self-care time. It's SUPER important right now, especially if you feel like you don't have time for it.
So here's the thing... The full moon on Yule is a reminder to check in with that internal light.
With Thanksgiving behind us and the holidays just around the corner we're looking at the "Most Wonderful Time of the Year" and also the busiest. While running to holiday parties, visiting family, shopping, baking and everything else added to your regular to-do list your self-care may fall to the way side.
So how can we savor all the flavors of the season AND take care of ourselves? Let's jump right into some SIMPLE Self Care ideas for your holidays.
Autumn is finally here! We're feeling the autumn chill and the leaves are starting to turn up here in central NY. We're also nearing the end of our 30 day Fall Into Wellness Challenge on Instagram and Facebook!
All of which got me thinking about reflection; one of our one of the Fall into Wellness journal prompts. With October being the start of the last quarter of the year it's a BIG prompt for reflection. As the wheel of the year turns toward the end of year we start to prep for the holidays and bam! a new year is upon on. Before we jump in, let's dive deep into reflection as the days get shorter and the nights longer.
First up, let's start by taking note of your current situation.
Check in with your routines, your habits and rituals. Take some time to decide what is really working and what isn't. Carrying around that 20 ounce water bottle isn't helping, if you don't refill it, amirite?!