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Love Thy Self

Hi, all! This week we're taking a collective breather because it's nearing the end of the month, and if you're like me, you've been hitting it hard thus far and may or may not be feeling a bit of the ol' burnout.

Now, you know I'm a super advocate for taking your sweet time bathing, but sometimes washing our worries away doesn't quite cut it - amirite?

Self-care is a daily practice that takes many forms, and those forms look different for all of us, so let's go over a few alternative ways to care for YOU.

Books

Whether you're a reader or prefer to listen, consuming literature is a fabulous way to relax or open your mind! What kind of books are you into? That's the key. Not everyone likes the same kind of books BUT luckily that process of elimination is a quick one. What kind of TV do you usually watch? That'll lead you pretty close to where your book interests lie.

For instance, I like to watch documentaries and renovation or cooking shows, so I tend to read non-fiction books about psychology, inner work, or I like to read people's stories in lifestyle magazines. I pretty much always start my day with a couple chapters of a good book and...

Journaling

Ah, journaling. It's my crutch big time. The best place to go talk to myself (ha!).

Seriously though, I love to write in my journal. Usually I do what's called a "brain dump" where I just flit about and write whatever comes to mind - let it all out. I stay at home with 3 kids (6 and under) and I'm a solopreneur (for now), so there's not enough time in the day to even think about how I'm feeling, much less put it into words - but my journal time in the early morning helps!

If you find yourself frazzled and scatter-brained, snag you a cute little composition notebook for cheap or splurge on a leather-bound journal and just start writing. See where it takes you!

Exercise

Don't huff at me! If you're grouchy or moping around or somewhere in between, get your hiney up and get moving. Turn on some jams and dance around like a goofball, go for a walk, do some stretching - just move your body.

Our bodies do so much for us, they build babies from literally nothing, grow and shrink and morph seamlessly, they keep us alive even when we eat too many Doritos, they are our Earthly home!

Your body was made to move, so move it however pleases you, as long as you move it!

Unplug

As much of a blessing as social media is when it comes to keeping in touch - it is an absolute scourge on your mental health. Even if you don't realize it, it is.

I promise you it is.

Put your phone, tablet, laptop - whatever down and unplug your self.

Go water your garden whether it's your literal garden of plants or your interpersonal garden (your relationships). Go have coffee or a margarita with someone you love and, for the love of God, don't look at your phone. Have a conversation, laugh, cry, enjoy the company of another.

No matter what the internet has convinced you of, not everyone is bad - in fact most people aren't. We need more real and actual connection with our selves and others. More dinner parties, more date nights, more charcuterie boards and romcoms over a bottle of wine.

Put the internet away, and tune in because the world is beautiful - chaotic af in this the year of our Lord, 2020 - but BEAUTIFUL still.

Put it away and love on your people. Love on your self. That is the ultimate act of self care.