The Write Stuff

Last week I began something I haven’t done in over 30 years: I started a diary. Yep, you read that right. A diary. You’re probably thinking: who keeps a diary any more? We are not living in the 1800s, Michelle! Well, the truth is that keeping a diary is actually beneficial for you in a plethora of ways. We’ll explore some of the many benefits right now, and do some guided writing together in the coming weeks.

So, why keep a diary?

*Literacy: When you write daily, you improve not only your writing skills but your speaking skills as well. Diary writing helps you express your feelings, thoughts and emotions in written form, which enhances your ability to express them verbally.

*Stress: Writing your feelings down changes the way your brain deals with stressful information and makes room for more positive thoughts. By not carrying around negative feelings anymore, you are releasing them and giving your body time to process and heal.

*Deeper connection to self: Keeping a diary helps you become more in tune with your thoughts, feelings, and values. It helps you set realistic goals which you hold yourself to.

*Time away from a screen: We spend so much time in front of screens. You can’t walk more than a block outside without seeing someone with some type of screen in front of their face. Research has shown that there is a limit to how much screen time is healthy. Take a break from the screen and reconnect with a pen and paper.

Until next time, friends ~ Namaste!


Creating and Maintaining a Self-Care Routine

Most of us know that we should have a self-care routine. But what exactly is self-care? And how can you make a habit of sticking with it?

According to Raphailia Michael, “self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.” These activities should be things you love to do, not ones you feel you should be doing. What do you truly love? Reading? Yoga? Meditation? Walking? The key is to pick things you love so you will stick with your routine and lead a beautifully balanced life. I personally need a mix of physical and spiritual activity, so my routine includes both:

Daily: five minutes of yoga in the morning, 30 minutes of rage journal and meditation at night, 30 minutes of reading at night

Three times a week: 30 minutes at 9round

Monthly: one hour acupuncture, two hours phone conversation with spiritual mentor

How much time are you willing to dedicate to your self-care routine? Planning and scheduling times and activities will help you stick with it. Start small: if you have never done this before, I suggest picking small blocks of time - no more than 10 minutes in the morning and evening. For example, if walking and reading are two things you adore, your self-care routine would look like this:

10 minutes walk in the morning, 10 minutes reading at night

Once you are comfortable with the time, you can increase it and/or add other activities. Remember, the goal here is to help your body recharge and relax, so keep it simple until you are ready for more. Here are just a few activities that you might consider as part of your self-care routine:

take a bath create a vision board bullet journal yoga meditate go for a walk

do a face mask look at old photos dance around your house cook watch a movie

organize something knit, crochet, cross-stitch read garden take an online class

blog get acupuncture cuddle your fur babies listen to podcasts play a board game

I am SO EXCITED to see what your self-care routine will look like. Please comment on my Facebook page or below.