Often my posts are inspired by unexpected happenings. This week was one of those. Last Friday, I met a woman, Laverne, who sat next to me while I was waiting for a doctor’s appointment, and began talking about how she’d let her own health go this past year, and how she intended to make herself and her well-being a priority in 2014. She said that she planned to make time for self-care by getting her hair done (which she hadn’t in several months) and following up with exercise and diet… Read more Remember This Year-We Are All Connected →
Happy Birthday, Diane! Thank you for sharing your wisdom here on Living Self-Care. We wish you peace and joy today and always!
The holidays have arrived with fun-filled and stress-filled times sandwiched together, not unlike raising children, work, marriage and other life pursuits. So, here are some recommendations to make the holidays calmer and happier. First, have realistic expectations of yourself. Many of us feel disappointed because our “fairytale images” don’t materialize. Instead, focus on feeling good from the inside out. Build a fire and roast marshmallows, shop with a friend, or take a long walk in the woods. Meditate, workout, read, or listen to music. Take time to feed your soul.… Read more Hope and Help for the Holidays →
Beauty comes in many forms–and there is no form more beautiful than you. Just exactly as you are, this minute, right now, without changing a thing…you are beautiful. Beautiful enough to take God’s breath away. – Neale Donald Walsch
Labor Day has come and gone, signaling the commercial commencement of “The Holidays.” Every year, I feel a little nauseous the first time I see Christmas/Hanukkah items displayed in a store in late-August/early-September. It’s sad, really. I remember a time when “holiday time” started after Halloween and consisted more of family gatherings instead of the shop-fest that it has become. Instead of reiterating a bunch of advice about avoiding holiday stress, let me instead ask how can you make this early Fall more self-focused? The kids are off at school.… Read more Welcome to the Holiday Season!? →
I just got back from a wonderful week of meditation and yoga with Deepak Chopra and the amazing Chopra Center teachers. In it, they talked about how each day corresponds to one of “7 Spiritual Laws of Success,” and ways to practice each law on a given day. So, here’s my first gift for you-ideas from Deepak Chopra about how to put Monday’s law, the “Law of Giving” into practice. 1. Bring everyone you come in contact with today a gift. For example, a smile, compliment or hug. Be creative.… Read more The Law of Giving and Receiving →
Since many of us (Stacey and I included) won’t be celebrating the 4th with fireworks because our dry, hot weather has turned the country into a fire hazard, we wanted to find an alternate way to celebrate. So, we decided to announce the winners of our May Self-Care Challenge! No, we didn’t forget! But as many moms know, May and June are jam-packed and sometimes life gets in the way of our best intentions. Now that the madness has slowed down, we are excited to announce our winners although any… Read more May 2012 Self-Care Challenge Champions! →
We pay a lot of attention and respect to moms, why can’t we do the same for dads? Father’s Day is a great way to start. Father’s Day isn’t just another “Hallmark Holiday.” It’s a time to honor the other half of the parenting equation. While there are exceptions to that equation – mainly single moms, families with two moms or no parent left at all – dads can and really do play a key role in their children’s lives. Dads shouldn’t be passed over or forgotten. Unfortunately over the… Read more Dads Matter Too! →