What a month!
As Self-Care September draws to a close, my sincere hope is you feel equipped to move forward through the rest of this year (and beyond) with ideas of practices you can turn into habits that help you feel cared for on a daily basis.
You deserve that - to be diligently and consistently cared for by your very own self in simple, loving ways.
And you deserve to rest. In fact, resting is a fundamental cornerstone of being healthy in body, mind and spirit, and something I encourage you to do more often.
Starting today. Today, our final self-care suggestion is to rest and reflect on all the possible tiny adjustments you could make to enhance your overall quality of life.
You may have heard the urban legend that a NASA study concluded having certain types of plants in your living space can purify your air.
While the study, done in the late 1980's, is scientifically valid, the takeaway that putting a peace lily in your bedroom will create more oxygen at night isn't exactly right. (To create these kinds of results, you'd need close to 1,000 plants in a 10x10 room.)
From the beginning of time, human beings have counted on one another for survival. Feeling supported, valued and connected helps us thrive, which makes reaching out to others an important act of self-care.
Building a quality connection is key here, which happens in a number of ways, including when we exchange concrete help, offer emotional support, provide validation, give advice, and/or present perspective for one another.
Research points to a number of benefits to creating and nurturing these types of interactions, such as:
This year has been kind of wild, wouldn't you say?
A global pandemic, growing societal unrest, severe destruction due to climate change, a dangerous lack of leadership around all of it...it's been an extra kind of difficult, and if you've had moments (days...weeks...) of feeling like you are swimming in uncharted territory, please know you are not alone.
I'm here to remind you you are doing a much better job than you might think and today's self-care tip is to give yourself credit for it.
Whether or not you've ever stood in front of your jam-packed closet while woefully thinking, "But there's nothing to actually wear!", today's self-care tip is for you.
Our clothes closets are spaces we tend to use every single day, which is why getting and keeping them organized is such an important step to approaching our days with confidence and ease. A jumbled closet sets a jumbled tone to our life.
Think about how amazing it would be to open your closet door in the morning and know for an absolute fact that anything you grab from it:
This is the goal of today's tip.