Self-Care is the constant repetition of many tiny habits, which together soothe you and make sure you’re at your optimum - emotionally, physically, and mentally.

Self Care Isn’t a "One Time" Deal

WHAT IF you could have FUN while nourishing your Body, Honouring the Soul and Letting Emotions Flow?

  Think of ways to Nourish the Body in a FUN way. 

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  Think of ways to Honour the Soul in a FUN way.

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  Think of ways to Clear Emotions and Let them Flow in a FUN way.

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Pick One Activity from each List, & DO IT this week.

     We often eat our meals while multitasking, thus denying ourselves the pure experience of a nourishing meal. STOP IT!

Food is nourishment and hunger is a healthy, involuntary sensation just like feeling cold or tired.  Mindfulness means focusing on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting your feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations

Food is NOT just food.  Food carries Energetic Signatures.

 

Treat yourself with respect, and allow yourself to ENJOY in a meal. Eating mindfully means slowing down, expressing gratitude for the food we are eating, being satisfied with food, and paying attention to why we eat.  Mindful eating is a technique that helps you gain control over your eating habits.

 

It has been shown to promote weight loss, reduce binge eating, and help you feel better.

Fundamentally, mindful eating involves:

The ideal mindful-eating food choices are similar to the Mediterranean diet - centered on fruits, vegetables, seeds & nuts. By truly paying attention to the food you eat, you may indulge in these types of foods less often. In essence, mindful eating means being fully attentive to your food - as you buy, prepare, serve, and consume it. 

1. Begin with your shopping list.  Consider the health value of every item you buy. 

2.  Reflect. Before you begin eating, take a moment to reflect upon how you feel.

3.  Sit down. Don't eat on the go.  ​Let your body catch up to your brain:  Eating rapidly past full and ignoring your body’s signals vs. slowing down and eating and stopping when your body says its full.  The body actually sends its satiation signal about 20 minutes after the brain, which is why we often unconsciously overeat. But, if we slow down, you can give your body a chance to catch up to your brain and hear the signals to eat the right amount.

4.  Listen to physical hunger cues and eating only until you’re full.  Are you responding to an emotional want or responding to your body’s needs?  Too often, we eat when our mind tells us to, rather than our bodies. True mindful eating is actually listening deeply to our body’s signals for hunger. Ask yourself: What are your body’s hunger signals, and what are your emotional hunger triggers?

5.  Appreciate your food. Say "grace" . . .  Say Thanks for Your Food.  Express your gratitude for the opportunity to enjoy delicious food and the companions you're enjoying it with.

Focus on your food - which means no multitasking.  Connect more deeply with your food. 

6.  Eat Slowly. Chew thoroughly and without distraction.   Eating while working at your computer or binge watching a show diverts your attention away from your food and basically gives you meal amnesia. Eating offers an incredible opportunity to connect us more deeply to the natural world

7.  Engage your senses by noticing colors, smells, sounds, textures, and flavors.  As you chew your food, try identifying all the ingredients, especially seasonings.

8.  Focus on what you have in front of you, not what you can’t have.  Remind yourself of all the benefits you’ll get from the good-for-you-food you’ve chosen.

9.  Learn to do Energy Work on your Food Before you eat.  Energetically Clear food from pesticides etc.  BLESS you food to NOURISH your body. 

You also increase your awareness of triggers that make you want to eat, even though you’re not necessarily hungry. 

By knowing your triggers, you can create a space between them and your response, giving you the time and freedom to choose how to react.

1.   Write in a journal on a daily basis.  If you need to release pent-up emotion or anger built up within you or you’re seeking clarity from a confusing or unhappy situation, writing all of your thoughts down can be magical and therapeutic.

 

2.   Start a compliments section in your Journal. Document the great things people say about you to read later.

3.   Try something new in your living space.

4.   Intentionally schedule “me time” on your calendar or planner.

5.   Reward yourself for completing small tasks.

6.  Try mindfulness exercises

1.  Be still.   Sit somewhere green, and be quiet for a few minutes.

2.  Get 15 minutes of sun, especially if you’re in a cold climate.

3.  Declutter your wardrobe. Every month, pick out clothes that you don’t wear anymore and give them away.

4.  Do Gentle Evening Yoga.

Emotions are Energy in Motion . . . and not part of the original set -up of the Human Vessel. But we have them and must learn to deal and handle them. Emotions can be changed depending on:

-  the thoughts we think/focus on.

-  the relationships we are in / environment we are in

-  the food we eat.

 

Subsequently, we need to continually practice Emotional Self Care by coming back to the present moment, notice our emotional state of being and release /let go of emotions that no longer serve us.

 

1.  Learn to say "Yes" to yourself and your needs.

 

2.  Cultivate Emotional Intelligence. Honour and respect your emotions, without indulging in them or entangling them with your Mental Mind. You can choose to let go of any emotion at any given time should you wish so.  Emotional Intelligence is a person's ability to recognize emotions, to understand their powerful effect, and to use that information to guide thinking and behavior.  

1.  Do something spontaneous.

2.  Allow yourself to Fantasize & Daydream.

3.  Buy some flowers that delight you.

4.  Develop a relaxing evening ritual.

~ with Cole Chance ~

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