In order to feel fulfilled and content in your life a regular practice of self love and care must be in place. In order to be able to love and serve others, we must first love and care for ourselves.

self care tipsHere are 54 self care tips

  1. 1. Write "lunch break" on your calendar and take them.
  2. 2. Eat slowly. Chew and really taste your food. Don't eat on the run. Sit down and savor
  3. Take time between appointments to close your eyes and take 4 slow cycles of deep, full breaths.
  4. Upon waking in the morning, get up slowly, put your feet on the floor and take a few minutes to sit and be with the new day and your breath before jumping up.
  5. Drink 8 ounces  of water each hour of your work day.
  6. Drink 8 ounces of warm lemon water upon waking each morning. It will help with digestion.
  7. Walk briskly for 15 minutes every day. Swing your arms. Look up at the sky and the tree-tops.
  8. Practice some gentle, simple yoga postures and stretches throughout the day. Take an intro yoga class.
  9.  Avoid processed or "fast" food. Eat whole foods.
  10. Buy local and organic. Eat seasonally.
  11. Skip sugar and white flour.
  12. Consider giving up cocktail hour.  If moderation is possible, no problem but be honest with yourself...
  13. Learn to say no. Take a moment to ask yourself if you really have the time and energy to do what you are being asked to do.
  14. Use that gym membership you have. Try a new class, go for a swim, join a basketball league.
  15. Take your shoes off and walk in the grass. Feel the earth beneath your feet.
  16. Find ways to laugh. Comedy radio or tv. Hang out with funny people. Seek the humor in all things.
  17. Build in slow down time so you can move from activity to activity or issue to issue with pauses in between.
  18. Keep a gratitude journal. At the end of each day reflect on what small or large parts of your life you can feel grateful.
  19. Snuggle with a furry baby. Animals help open our hearts. Take time to nurture and care for a pet or volunteer at the Humane Society. Loving an animal will open YOUR heart.
  20. Clean out a closet, a cabinet or a drawer each week. You'll feel lighter.
  21. Plant flowers  near your door and notice them with a smile everytime you leave or come home.
  22. Plant an herb garden in your kitchen window. Cook with fresh herbs.
  23. Find out how to use essential oils in everyday life. Aromatherapy is good for mood and a natural replacement for many of the toxic cleaning products.
  24. Take care of your skin naturally with castile soap, baking soda, witch hazel and coconut oil. Save money and nurture your skin naturally.
  25. Set firm and loving boundaries with others. Respect your own time, space and emotions. Don't let others run all over you.
  26. Clean out the fridge monthly. Get rid of expired items and wash down the surfaces.
  27. Connect with people you care about. Reach out to people you haven't spoken to in a while and tell them how much you appreciate them. Loving others is a way of loving yourself.
  28. Keep indoor plants throughout your house and office and nurture them. In turn they will clean the air you breathe.
  29. Floss daily. So important but often neglected, this task will prevent painful, expensive dental issues down the road. Love your gums.
  30. When you hear someone speaking degrading, derogatory or deprecating things about others, stand up by pointing out the positive and the beauty. Shining light where there is darkness will expand your spirit.
  31. Learn to meditate and meditate daily. Just 10 minutes each day over the course of a year will transform you in wonderful ways.
  32. Listen to the audio version of the book Wherever You Go There You Are for free by Jon Kabbat-Zinn and do the little exercises after each chapter. It will change your life for the better.
  33. Have a good cry. Breathe into the sadness and breathe out the tension.
  34. Feel your angry feelings while walking briskly. Swing your arms. The bilateral stimulation of the body and brain helps even out the emotions in a healthy way.
  35. Go to counseling. Counseling is a place to process what you are unclear about and feel supported and often guided when you're lost.
  36. Connect with a spiritual practice. Regardless of religion or tradition, go within and connect to what you believe in.
  37. Give away clothing and items you no longer wear or use to a local shelter or charity. It will help you lighten your material load and provide for someone in need.
  38. Hire a life/wellness coach to help you get clear on specific goals, learn some new tools and skills and create accountability for yourself.
  39. Play with little children. Rediscover your inner child.
  40. Paint a room in your house or office. Bring in some color.
  41. Keep fresh-cut flowers in your space. It will remind you to appreciate the beauty and the delicacy of life now.
  42. Light a candle. It is a ritual that signifies a beginning, an opening, a special and/or sacred moment.
  43. Write love letters by hand to all the people you love.
  44. Write down your personal memoirs. Recount  childhood memories honoring your past.
  45. Leave "white space" on your calendar for unprogrammed, unplanned, spontaneous experiences.
  46. Make pottery, paint on canvas, sketch, crochet... it's meditative and good for the soul to create...
  47. Go for walks in nature often. Connect with the trees, mountains, beach...
  48. Smile at yourself when you pass a mirror.
  49. Lie down in the grass and watch the clouds.
  50. Play soothing music in your car, office and home.
  51. Use soft lamplight and forgo flourescents.
  52. Hug 3 people every day. Feel the connection.
  53. Compliment yourself in your own mind as often as possible.
  54. Know that you are MORE than enough just the way you are.

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