Popular Self-CareTip Posts

Have you ever spent hours jumping from one web link to another trying to gather relevant information for a specific topic only to find yourself in a maze of information overload? I have and I know just how time consuming and frustrating that can be. Don’t you sometimes wish you had a handy reference guide put together with several articles about your specific search topic all in one place? Now you do… Periodically I will publish a list of previously posted popular self-care tips and strategies that I've rounded up from various sources on the web to make it easier for you to get self-care tips and more all in one place.   Here's the list: 15 Self-Care Tips for Anyone Who Works Too Much Nichole Liloia on MindBodyGreen Choose … [Read more...]

The Power of Quiet Time

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Most of us don’t have quiet time. We're usually too busy to sit quietly for even a minute. We certainly don't believe we deserve a space of our own in which to go within to replenish our energy. In the book, A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf refers to a woman needing a quiet space of her own to write. I doubt if Woolf could have envisioned the hectic lives most women live today. Whether we apply it to writing or other areas of our lives, Woolf’s message is still relevant. We all need some quiet time and a space to reflect and reclaim a sense of well being. Some of us manage to build quiet time into our busy days but others constantly complain about a lack of time. Most often, it’s not time we lack but rather, we regret forfeiting … [Read more...]

Master the Art of Preparation

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I was reminded of the concept of preparation recently when my husband, who is a chef, received his association magazine, Mise en Place (a French phrase for "put in place"). In the chef's world, the term means to organize the necessary tools and ingredients for the evening meal. When you master the art of preparation, you are not just focused on the details, outcome and possibilities.  While these things are important, preparation means that you have armed yourself with not only the necessary tools, resources and knowledge to get the job done but you are also prepared mentally and physically. Most of us think of preparation as the steps we take to get ready for an event or undertaking such as preparing for a party. We are usually well … [Read more...]

5 Ways You Can Live the Life You Deserve

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You're entitled to live the life you deserve unencumbered by the perceptions others have of you.  "What others think of you is none of your business," says Byron Katie, best selling author of the book, Loving What is. If only we could embrace that truth, our lives would be filled with less drama and confusion. Recently I spoke to someone who had formed a flawed perception of who I really am based on misinformation, opinions of others and experiences that had nothing to do with me. If you’ve ever been on the receiving end that kind of behavior, you know exactly what it’s like. I haven’t always been able or willing to decode others’ perceptions or understand how they feel about themselves is a direct reflection of their interaction … [Read more...]

Show Kindness to Yourself

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Show kindness to yourself even when you make a mistake, decision you regret or choices and experiences have you stuck, unmotivated and angry. We all make mistakes. If a friend made a mistake or choice that landed her in a shaky situation, how would you respond to her? More than likely you would be there to support, encourage and uplift her. So, why not extend the same courtesies and show kindness to yourself when you've made a choice that didn't turn out the way you expected? When you are beating yourself up with negative self talk, stop and use the following tips to show kindness to yourself: 1. Show kindness to yourself in the same way you would a friend who might be going through a rough patch. Speak encouraging, … [Read more...]

Escape the Responsibility Trap

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Are you feeling confused, trapped and overwhelmed by the seemingly endless "responsibility trap" that zaps your time and energy? Have you ever found yourself saying? "I don't have time for me" "I have to take care of everything or it won't get done" "I feel guilty when I say "no" "Something or someone always gets in the way of me taking time for myself" If you've said or thought any of the above, you are not alone! Our lives become unmanageable when we don’t you fully understand the differences between responsibility and choice. Responsibility means you have some control or authority over a situation or another person. Choice means you have options and the right to make decisions based on what you … [Read more...]

Doing Ordinary Things Extraordinarily

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When you think of greatness, who comes to mind - Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Joan of Arc, Oprah, Muhammad Ali, Bobby Fischer, Deepak Chopra? Guess what, none of these people are any different that you or me. They didn't just wake up one day and decide to be great. At one point, they all were everyday, ordinary people who ended up doing extraordinary things. And they followed the calling they had to bring their gifts to the world. Greatness is not about becoming famous, powerful or rich. It's not about having millions of dollars. It's not about banner headlines. It is about making a difference in someone else's life. It is about recognizing difficulties and moving past them. It is about finding your purpose in life, being … [Read more...]

5 Positive AttitudeTips

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  Each day you get to decide the kind of attitude you will have. You can soar above the clouds of negativity and make a conscious choice to either complain or be grateful. Instead of bemoaning the fact that it is raining, be thankful that you are supplied with water to feed the grass. When your attitude is out of order, so is everything else - your relationships, your work, your life. Here are some tips to help restore order to your attitude and harmony to your life: • Eliminate negative words from you vocabulary. The words "can't, and "don't" suggest a sense of hopelessness and distress. Instead, use positive words like "I can", "I will", and “I am" to lift your thoughts to a higher altitude and help you to dwell more in … [Read more...]

10 Inspirational Tips to Give Yourself a Boost

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  Most of us can use a little push, from time to time, to help us shift our mood and lift our spirits when we're bored, drained, and sluggish. While your energy level might be low and you feel unmotivated, you don't have to stay that way! Here are some easy tips you can follow  to give yourself a boost to inspire, encourage and rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit: Start a gratitude journal. Write down 5 things you are grateful for each day.  Showing appreciation for the things you already have keeps you from dwelling on lack and scarcity. Try out a new hairdo – nothing perks you up like a new “do" to uplift your spirits Listen to some up-tempo music – this is not the time for ballads and blues – you want … [Read more...]

I’ve Never Been to ME

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When you think of a relationship do you think of the connection you have with your family, friends, money, co-workers and neighbors? Of course you do. But wait, don't you also want to think about the loving healthy relationship you have with yourself? You do have a healthy, loving relationship with yourself, don't you? Or what about the relationship you have with money, your emotional well being, your integrity and your values? One of my favorite songs is "I've Never Been to Me" by Nancy Wilson. In the song, she sings about meeting kings, queens and all the dreams she's deferred but never been free to be herself. At least that's my take on the song. A lot of people have the trappings of what society tells us is a successful … [Read more...]