Today is Friday, September 3, 2021. Watching the changing colors of the sky, the reflections rippling, the swans together.
A quote from Parker Palmer, “Self-care in never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.”
Photo by: Susanna Chubinskaya, PhD
For many, September highlights the transitions of seasons and focus. Embracing transitions with curiosity opens the door to the possibility that we can find strength and joy from transitions.
We explore ways to navigate transitions. Today is about Self-care. The September 1st post aimed to cultivate a Self-awareness including what helps make change or transitions easier.
- Now, make a list of things you can do that you really enjoy, that you can look forward to or that makes you feel pampered and cared for.
- Come back to the list often and keep adding to it until it is the longest personalized self-care list.
- Review the list periodically and include self-care items in your schedule. (Hint: During transition times, you may need to include more items more often.)
Recharge yourself and share positive energy when you repeat:
“I am [*Name*]. I am open to the positive energy around me. As I connect to my courage, strength, and wisdom I am open to new ideas and change. I send loving kindness and compassion to all people including me. Together we can do great things.
Use this Mindfulness Activity to Re-energize your Body and Mind:
- Straighten your spine. Roll your shoulders back and down, smile to yourself, & relax your jaw.
- Take slow deep belly breaths, allowing your stomach to rise with each breath in and relax with each breath out. You may find that each breath gets better and better. Allow your shoulders to relax on each exhale.
- With each breath cycle, connect with your kind heart and set your intention to be kind to yourself.
- Periodically, during your day pause take 3 belly breaths and connect to your intention.
- Smile inwardly to yourself.
With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,
Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP