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  • Writer's pictureBrenda Nesbitt

Six Wonder Working Activities For Self-Care!

So recently, my body let me know that something was wrong. I didn’t feel like myself, and I was not acting like myself either. In a moment of feeling overwhelmed and consistently exhausted, I made a doctor’s appointment. It was then I discovered I was prediabetic.

After that, I realized I needed to PAUSE and make some changes. I pledged to give up Mountain Dew, make walking a habit- not a release. 6-8 hours of rest per day.

I intend to be on this earth for a long, long time. I want to watch my children become grandparents. I plan to write more books, change more lives, and continue to Rise. So I was actually grateful for the reminder. I need to take care of myself- the same way I care for the people I love.

I learned a lot in the time since that scare. These days I think more clearly, handle frustration better, and rest through the night- all thanks to minor tweaks, my perspective, and daily habits. I have pinned 6 self-care tips that have worked wonders for me.

  1. Acknowledge: Recognize & Salute Me. Doing just that is not selfish- it is essential to first care for yourself. It is vital for your enhanced level of happiness and well-being. Realize and encourage your limits- for they serve critical to you, honoring your health, spirituality, inspired soul, and well-being. You have needs, yes- you deserve affection, rest, sustenance, and grace- just like everyone else. You must realize your dreams are worthy of the time it takes to pursue what makes your soul roar.

2. Gift Rewards To Yourself: Think back-way back- when was the last time – you gifted yourself? Weekly, try to add something to your life. Maybe an extra hour of self, creativity, or time with a friend. Perhaps a pretty cute lunch bag to carry your meal-prepped food and a nice water bottle to remember hydration. A bunch of colorful pens and journals for writing. If nothing else- gift yourself some solitude- time for just you and your mind.

3. Restoration Of Your Soul: What made your soul spark as a child? Was it seeing your grandparents, riding your bike, painting, playing outside a new book? Ignite that ole spark – recreated the experiences that made you happy and brought about pleasure in your life.

4. Speak Up For You: Find someone who will allow you to be vulnerable- and speak up--- Say I am not a week- I need help.

When you can voice the pain, the challenge, the burden, you feel better- like a weight has been lifted.

5. Lift the Weight: What are you telling yourself that is not true about you? What are you saying about how you look? What are you saying about how others hear you? What are you saying about your skills as a wife? Let SOME THINGS GO—lower the Bar of Expectation – for which you have of yourself. Ban the WORK- “SHOULD” from your vocabulary right now. Ask yourself- every morning- did I show up yesterday? If the answer is yes- let that be enough. If the answer is no- then decide how you plan to show up TODAY.

6. Notice the Genius – Brilliance- & Boss Within Yourself: Take a moment and realize and recognize all of the tough obstacles you have overcome or lessons you’ve learned- and think about how far you’ve come. Then try to see yourself through the eyes of those who love you. They don’t see imperfections, failings, and mistakes. They see love, never-failing love. Try to see it as well.

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