Thursday, January 8, 2015

How to Nurture Yourself -- Mind, Body & Spirit

Many of us women do not do a good job of nurturing ourselves. We act from our hearts and give so much time and attention to those around us, but inadvertently neglect ourselves.

Part of getting over this hurdle is first becoming aware that it is important to nurture yourself. Nurturing yourself is good for your mind, body and spirit. You will feel happier, more peaceful and more spiritually connected.

I find it is sometimes difficult for my clients to connect with the idea of nurturing themselves, so I have them tell me what they would do for their child if their child were sick.
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Usually I get answers like:
  • Snuggle with them
  • Make them some soup
  • Bring them something to drink
  • Make sure they are comfortable
  • Take care of them so they can relax 
Now, imagine taking care of yourself this way every day. Maybe you need some time snuggling with your loved ones. Maybe you need some time relaxing with a good book. Maybe you might find it lovely to make a nice bowl of soup and have a candle lit dinner.

I advise my clients to first make a list of actions that would feel nurturing, then pick one idea to implement on a daily basis.

Here are a few suggestions in addition to the ones above to get you thinking:
  • Buy yourself something nice
  • Light a candle
  • Call or meet up with a friend
  • Spend time alone with God
  • Journal your feelings out on paper to release them
  • Do some yoga or any other exercise you enjoy
  • Spend a few minutes in meditation
  • Get a massage
  • Paint, write, sing or dance
I can not stress the importance of this enough. The more you do for yourself, the better you will be for yourself and for those around you! You have my permission -- nurture away!

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