Thursday, December 15, 2016

Lively Colors to Nurture Your Spirit

As a holiday gift, I'm sharing colorful nature photos I designed just for you. I walk in nature and visit botanical gardens, arboretums, parks, woods, and beaches as often as I can. When I connect to the earth and its grounding energy, it helps shift my perspective, releases tension, and even elevates my mood.

Find healing, hope, inspiration, pleasure, and meaning in nature. Let the great outdoors be a place to breathe deeply, walk away stress, and help you get on with your day with positive intentions, ease, and happiness. 

I'm wishing you many opportunities to see beautiful colors in nature. Let nature's colors touch you, and create tranquility in your heart and life. 

Can't get outdoors? No problem. Close your eyes and visualize being in a place you enjoy. Perhaps you find it relaxing to imagine setting out a picnic lunch beside a babbling brook. Maybe you'd enjoy a hike in a mountain landscape, so imagine that. How about trying to pretend you're inhaling the sweet aroma of orange blossoms or the energizing green smell of a freshly mown meadow? All you need to treat yourself well, is to use your imagination. I encourage you to take the time to be creative as well as playful and have fun envisioning yourself in a beautiful outdoor setting. 

For additional reading about colors in nature, see Unique-Ways-Colors-are-Key-to-Survival.

Research suggests that whenever you relish the sights, sounds, scents, tastes, and textures found in nature your outlook improves. Spending time in nature can help calm a busy mind, improve health, and increase happiness. See this scientific report that indicates How-Nature-is-Good-for-Our-Health and Happiness.

Wishing You a Happy, Healthy, and Loved-filled Holiday Season and Many Colorful Moments in the New Year to Treasure!

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Self-care Activities to Encourage Optimal Health

Want to learn which self-care methods help you recover from setbacks to land on your feet? Maybe you're looking for ideas that help sustain your stamina, health, and optimism during those rough spots in life. Even if you’re dealing with minor irritations and ordinary stress, there’s help for you here too.

Updated 5/12/2020 

Learn tips to help you cope more effectively with sticky situations and people. 

Self-care practices give you the energy and determination to move forward, even when things don’t go the way you imagined or wanted them to.

Research suggests those who care for themselves well are able to work and relate better with others. 

Self-care activities also help you heal more fully from divorce or a break-up, death of a loved one, being downsized, an illness, retiring, or stepping forward into a new location or career.

The term self-care describes attitudes and behaviors you adopt to improve or maintain physical and mental health. 

Self-care practices include eating healthful food, showering and brushing your teeth, wearing clean clothes, and getting adequate sleep and exercise. 

In addition, it includes recreational, communal, and individual activities that maintain emotional well-being, and help you feel contentment and peace.

Self-care routines provide comfort and reduce stress. When you're mindful to take good care of your own needs, you can be there for others.

Want to operate at peak efficiency at work, and have bountiful energy to enjoy your personal life? Continue reading to get tips to

Improve Your Health with Self-care Actions

HALT. The acronym stands for hungry, angry, lonely, and tired. When you feel one or more of these, your body and spirit are trying to get your attention. It’s a signal that self-care is needed. Here’s what you can do to help yourself:

  • Journal to get a better handle on thoughts, perceptions, and feelings. Journal writing helps you identify and accept troubling emotions and thoughts and gradually convert them into positive ones. Spilling anger, hurt, sadness, worry, amazement, shock, grief, or confusion out onto the page will reduce emotional intensity. Then read 4 Powerful Reasons Journal Writing is Good for the Soul.
  • Grab a Nap, Take a Stretch Break during the workday, or do Yoga and Guided Meditations. Here's a morning meditation to Start Your Day Mindfully

Learn to focus on what is actually taking place from moment to moment.

Stop dwelling on hurts or mistakes of the past.

Curb your impulse to worry about what will happen in the future.

You can retrain your mind through self-care practices like meditation and behavior modification to let go of unhealthy habits that no longer serve you well.

When you use your senses to focus on yourself, your needs, your surroundings, and events as they are taking place, you'll feel more grounded and have a greater sense of well-being. 

Be kind, self-caring, and non-judgmental with yourself and others as you go through your daily activities. Notice whether full consciousness tends to reduce negativity, fear, and confusion. In addition, see whether you feel less anxious, uncertain, and less emotional and/or physical pain. 

When you're a witness rather than a judge of you and what goes on in your brain from moment to moment, you can be more present for yourself today.

Affirm, I am joyful now. I appreciate being alive in each moment! 

Before you go

Please comment below in the space provided. Some food for thought questions are...

What self-care activities do you think help you the most and why? 

Do you notice how often colors can be self-care helpers?

Are you consistent with your pre or post work self-care routines? Please explain why or why not.

How do you re-set your motivation, after you've had a self-care slip?

I find the most effective way to start fresh with self-care is positive self-talk. I speak loving to myself, as I gently pick myself up and begin again. 
Further reading at these links:

 The 5 Best Ways to Build Resiliency by Jessie Sholl

The Powerful Side Effects of Self-Compassion by Elisha Goldstein.

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