(in no order of importance) take a nap take a bath call someone you love take a walk get a massage (from a partner or a professional) read a book or magazine hang out with animals (your pets, go to a farm) walk around a museum write a love letter to yourself send some … [Read more...] about 75 Ideas for Sweet Self-Care
Feeling frazzled? Check. Feeling torn? Check. Feeling exhausted? Check. Feeling resentful? Check. If you’re anything like me or pretty-much-most-people-I-know, you have a hell of a time saying no to people: to invitations for parties and dinners and lunch dates, to requests for favors … [Read more...] about Saying “No” as an Act of Self-Care (aka, my New Years’ goal for my own damn self)
Modern women are notorious for shitty self-care. With families, jobs, school, and/or social lives, as well as the ever-elusive (read: nonexistent) superwoman persona, it can be incredible easy to let any focus on ourselves go by the wayside. I’ve personally been guilty of this too many times in my … [Read more...] about The Importance of Self-Care
If you’re currently alive, you’ll recognize that breathing is a pretty big deal. Most people couldn’t tell you how often they do it (almost 30,000 times a day), but no one can live without it! But most of us are doing it wrong. … [Read more...] about The One Little Thing That Could Change It All
I believe the ultimate purpose of mindfulness is to learn to relate differently to all aspects of your life. We cannot change our reactions (to people, work stressors, traffic; pretty much everything) without first developing awareness of our thoughts and feelings. … [Read more...] about Non-Meditation Ways to Build Your Mindfulness Muscles
One of the easiest, fun, and tastiest ways to practice mindfulness is with food, a practice commonly known as mindful eating. I was first introduced to mindful eating in my Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class, nearly a decade ago. … [Read more...] about One Bite at a Time
Using your senses to get into the present moment is one of my favorite ways to practice mindfulness. I’ve been teaching this to individual clients and groups for nearly a decade, and it seems to be a favorite of many others as well. This is a big part of a modality known in therapy land as … [Read more...] about Mindfulness Through the Five Senses
(Absolutely Everything.*) Mindfulness has been a hot topic in our culture for quite a few years. In some cultures, mindfulness has been a hot topic for, like, thousands of years. I was first turned onto it when I took a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course when I was in graduate school, so … [Read more...] about Mindfulness! What is it Good For?