On My Mind – 03 – Self-Care

One of my goals for this month has been trying to take things up a notch when working on Nourishing myself. Part of that has been exercise, part of it has been nutrition and then part of it has been kindness to my body like taking care of my skin, flossing, sleeping enough etc. 

But then another component was self-care. I wrote that I’d get one bonus point for a Self-Care item. When I wrote that down, I didn’t have a lot of ideas about what that could be, so I made a list for myself. Here’s what I had there:

  • face mask
  • soaking my feet
  • bubble bath
  • essential oils
  • mani/pedicure 
  • getting my hair done
  • connecting with friends
  • massage
  • meditate
  • nap

So that’s my list. But I would like to expand this list a lot more. I would like to end up with 30 items so I have something different to pick each day and some days I might want to do several to pamper myself.  I also want to understand what self-care means to me. Many of these are taking care of my body more but what about my soul and my mind, how do I practice self-care on those? Obviously journaling and art help. And meditation can serve both, but I still want to find others.

That’s what’s on my mind this week. I’d love to hear your ideas if you have some.

On My Mind is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018 here.

6 comments to On My Mind – 03 – Self-Care

  • zewa

    lipstick – you are doing that already – I love it.
    watching the clouds
    eating well
    resting as in being gentle with your body

    Have you looked into soul shaker over at BGC?….Soul and mind self care are topics coming up in that course, soon, I believe.

    • karenika

      so glad you like it! I love it too and it’s making me happy 🙂
      i have been meaning to start soul shaker but it started right when i went on vacation, I will check it out htis weekend, thank you!! are you taking it and liking it?

  • For me this list would say: swimming, or even just sitting by some water or watering my garden, intentionally flicking through a magazine (I always read books), taking photos outside, listening to music, writing, journaling, scrapbooking for myself, watching a sunset, a real conversation with my best friend who lives in another country, a visit to a bookstore. a sleep-in, a catch-up with a friend, sitting on my couch and watching the birds at the bird feeder outside, watching an episode of something I like (I hardly watch TV/movies).

    • karenika

      ooh i like taking photos outside and watching a sunset. i will be in australia alone soon, i can definitely watch a sunset (and even sun rise i bet!) and go to a book store!

  • That’s a lovely photo of you!

  • zewa

    Hi Karen,
    yes, Soul Shaker is really good…you can truly begin any time. There really is no sense of feeling behind if you started now. There are topics and guidance questions for each week, which guide you and encourage you to write in your journal/make art. Altough the art making is not very heavily emphasized. I think, everyone just picks and chooses how to express herself best.

    Melody also now has podcasts, so you are not glued to your screen. However, there is a lot going on in the facebook group, which everyone is free to join without being signed up for the course at BGU: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1497321127047504/about/

    I am relatively mindful about spending time there, but if you are in for the connection and the epiphanies, then that is the place to be.

    This week we just started to “wake up to our souls”….so maybe the time is now for you to join?

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