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Noteworthy Journey: Task 3
Care: Take Good Care

Caring for oneself might feel a little selfish. For Noteworthy founding member and contributor, Lisa Sweet-Kinsey, it felt like a chore. But she gave it a try and soon discovered that “radical self-care” was vital to her health and well-being.

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Sandy

October 1, 2017 - 9:16am

Restarted a dry brushing skin care routine.

Alison M

September 11, 2017 - 1:13pm

I started a new workout routine with a trainer 3 times a week.  I feel proud of myself making this commitment to take better care of my health.

Queeny

September 9, 2017 - 10:59am

This has been on my mind lately as I recently got sick which made me reevaluate my self care routine and stressors. I anticipate meditating and practice yoga more, exercise and treating myself to healthier foods. I would love to incorporate more green juices as well.

Nicole N

September 9, 2017 - 7:56am

Read this first thing in the morning, which was good because Saturdays are crazy!  I did some stretches and deep breaths using an essential oil roller that I have before I got out of the bathroom as I knew that once I got out of that bathroom the craziness would begin with my kids!  Already planning on going to yoga tomorrow morning and am going to do my 3 minute morning meditation using the Mindfulness app starting on Monday morning.  Am looking to try to incorporate more meditation into my daily routine.  But, for now 3 minutes will do!

Amy

August 31, 2017 - 1:10pm

This is amazing! I am trying to take care. My. Indy was begging for yoga. My hamstrings were so tight I could barely run (every morning with my dogs regardless of the pain). I know what I have to do although I feel guilty taking time for me. The girls my husband always someone pulling, I am just exhausted. Only the 2nd day, but hopefully I can keep it up

Mary Jane B

August 14, 2017 - 11:08am

I read this task early in the morning of a day I knew was going to be extremely busy and wondered how I would ever be able to fit self-care into my day.  By that night I was exhausted and could easily have fallen into bed but I made my self take a bath. I was happily surprised to find myself relaxing and letting my body physically & mentally unwind. I was so thankful that I made the effort to take time for myself. I had a good nights sleep and woke up refreshed!

Penny N

August 14, 2017 - 8:08am

I have an hour long massage scheduled later this afternoon, followed by my weekly chiropractic adjustment.  Without both of these, I wouldn’t be able to function properly.  I have found this is a great way to start off the week and will continue to do so.

jlaqe P

August 12, 2017 - 3:17pm

Morning meditation opened my eyes to a lot of issues in my life that I ignored.

Crystal S 1267180675

August 9, 2017 - 6:07am

It is so important to take care of one’s self! I am a caretaker of many. I have learned that in order to do that, I must first take care of myself.

Inga O

August 8, 2017 - 1:16pm

I feel wonderful, wish I had some essential oils for my bath!

Pam S

August 5, 2017 - 4:26pm

Great to be reminded that when we take care of our body, it takes care of us. You feel so good when you pamper yourself.

Jodie H

August 4, 2017 - 8:05am

Meditation is great

Brenda P

August 3, 2017 - 10:34am

I already practice yoga and meditation on a daily basis.  I used a dry brush on my body before my shower and added some sweet orange essential oil to my body balm.  I’m going to give myself a manicure and have a cup of tea as soon as I finish this task!

Carol M 23624450

August 3, 2017 - 8:30am

Went and had a facial by an amazing clinician.

Mandy G

August 3, 2017 - 8:01am

I keep some essential oils and wonderful smelling lotions in my desk at work and try to take some time out of my day to take some deep breaths and breathe some energy and calm into my day.

Angela C

August 1, 2017 - 4:11am

I am trying to be more aware and create art. I am looking to do something creative everyday.  It is good for my well-being.

Cathy L

July 31, 2017 - 2:59pm

I’m a massage therapist & I tell my clients all the time to take care of themselves. While I may workout & do a little yoga, it feels so good for me to get a massage!

Leigh P

July 31, 2017 - 8:53am

As a manicurist and esthetician I always tell me clients to take care of themselves, especially moms.  I remind them that they can not care for their families to the best of their abilities if they do not take care of themselves first.  I do struggle with doing that for myself.  I relish in time alone or doing something just for me.

Manya J

July 30, 2017 - 11:22am

Going to take Epsom salt bath with Himalayan salt and lavendar.
Paint nails.
Take a swim.
Walk on treadmil

Kimberly H 1896111154

July 29, 2017 - 8:52pm

Yoga!! Yeah

maryann t

July 29, 2017 - 9:13am

I make sure to either take a bath with essential oils a few days a week or get a massage every few weeks.  On the days I don’t do either of these, I do a home facial. This is new for me. Self care was not a priority for a long time.

Magdala C

July 29, 2017 - 7:39am

Self care has always been important to me to help me feel grounded and alleviate stress.  And the body exfoliation feels great too.

Heidi C

July 29, 2017 - 7:17am

The last few months I have focused on using more natural skin products (e.g. paraben free, plant based, etc). I now use eye cream and face serums every morning and evening. It definitely makes me feel better about myself.

Nancy B

July 28, 2017 - 4:54pm

Practicing self care is so important.  Time we spend on ourselves is always time well spent.  Giving to ourselves is a gift we give to others.  <3

Jennifer B 876608452

July 28, 2017 - 3:07pm

When I take time for my yoga it does make me feel sooooo much better. Take time everyday Day to do a little!

Jodi S

July 28, 2017 - 9:15am

I am planning a weekend getaway for myself. I want to take my Bible, a good book, take walks and sleep in!

Patty E

July 27, 2017 - 8:07pm

Yes, I have been planing on adding daily yoga and this will be my task today!

Charlotte F

July 27, 2017 - 8:06pm

My mom is an aesthetician and advent user of essential oils so she has been making me these wonderful recipes like body scrubs and lotions! She truly understands pampering! I love adding it to my self care!

N. Masani L

July 27, 2017 - 6:26pm

First, from yesterday’s task: out of the blue 2 people a miss so much called me. So connection was definitely done. For today, it started hard. I sat this afternon and did affirmation’s and reconnected to my focus. I will meditate before I go to bed in order to wake tomorrow fresh.

Melissa B 1671137115

July 27, 2017 - 5:01pm

At this time in my life, I’ve been experimenting with essential oils, and making homemade bath/body products. So I really liked this little assignment.

Mandy C 569440641

July 27, 2017 - 10:52am

My new routine has been taking a nice bath once or twice a week with Epsom salts and essential oils! It is the best!

Joyce J

July 27, 2017 - 9:51am

This is definitely something that I never have an issue doing every single day. Dry brushing on a daily basis, always taking off my makeup before bed and proper exfoliation and moisturizing no matter how tired I am is what helps my skin glow!

SerenityInYoga

July 27, 2017 - 9:19am

I love taking time for my body and doing some yoga. I struggle a little to just rest in the poses sometimes, I find myself waiting to move on, but still enjoy the stretch and the strength.

Donna R 523010227

July 27, 2017 - 8:57am

I begin each morning with meditation and prayer.  Sometimes I pray in the shower (if in a hurry).  I have started spending much more time on my feet at night.  I soak them in epsom salt with lavender oil, then exfoliate and rub foot cream on them.  I am finding that I sleep better too (awe, the smell of lavender).

Sharon S 62427155

July 27, 2017 - 7:35am

I meditate almost every morning, and I also love to dry brush my body and then apply warm jojoba oil all over my body. At night I love to drink hot chai, apply lavender oil to the soles of my feet and light a white candle to relax with while I fall asleep.

Natural Wellness Woman

July 27, 2017 - 7:08am

What could really be better for your own well being but to be good to yourself? I used to start each day by watching the morning news…how could anything good possibly come from that?  Now each day begins with Yoga and meditation.  I love myself,  so I will treat myself good today

Heather S

July 26, 2017 - 9:17pm

Today I will do a few yoga poses and put on some lavender lotion as well as add lavender to my temples.

Ginger L

July 26, 2017 - 8:07am

I added lavender and clove aura cacia essential oils to a hot sea salt bath. This was a great way to de-stress and relax after a short but rigorous workout and a great way to start the day refreshed.

Claudia Luna

July 25, 2017 - 9:20pm

Meditate on loving MYSELF! I always give it away and have none left for my self. I need my love and time for my self

Adriana A

July 25, 2017 - 8:11pm

I’m learning more about taking care of myself in a chemically reduced way.  I feel even more interested in learning about natural ways to care for myself.

Valerie J

July 25, 2017 - 7:46pm

Made an essential oil spray for my yoga practice

Macayla L

July 25, 2017 - 6:54pm

I took a bath!  It felt so nice.  I can’t believe that something so small, that I could do anytime I wanted, hasn’t been done more often!  Feeling pampered.

shannon o

July 25, 2017 - 6:26pm

5 minutes is 5 minutes!

Jean U

July 25, 2017 - 2:39pm

I feel so balanced when I practice mindfulness.

Lori M

July 25, 2017 - 1:47pm

I’m rediscovering my love of meditating and oh how I’ve missed it.  It motivates me to eat better, sleep better, and just take better care of myself.

Laura K

July 24, 2017 - 6:22pm

My job is stressful, do I start each day with yoga and meditation, just for me. I end one night a week with a nice bubble and oil bath as well!

wendy

July 23, 2017 - 6:14pm

I’ve restarted daily meditation using the Headspace app. I had lapsed for about 6 months. It really makes a difference and there is always 10 minutes to spare at some point in the day.

Lillith

July 23, 2017 - 12:27pm

My routine is usually rushed. I can think of five million other things to do or catch up rather than spending ten - thirty minutes on “Me.” But it’s necessary, isn’t it? As a few so aptly stated, who can you help (even yourself) if you don’t take care of your inner foundation? But where’s the time? Dishes? Dinner? Chores? For me, there is the back up of writing and art that isn’t going to do it self.

Over the last ten years I have had to deal with chronic pain and illness, and through it all, “Self-Care” is still one of those hard lessons I am trying to learn and stick to. But it’s a struggle. Because nothing gets done on its own. And for whatever reason, all the down time spent doing something so intrinsic still seems so selfish. But I’ll get there: No one can take better care of me than me.

Terry M 1015041247

July 23, 2017 - 9:02am

I have been working a lot lately and I didn’t pick up a shift for an evening off that I was able to relax and take a nice walk with my dog.
I had a quiet relaxing evening

Julie W 595417135

July 22, 2017 - 9:23pm

One of my yoga teachers used the analogy of what flight attendants say—in case of an emergency, put on your own air mask before you put one on your child or someone else. It’s the same thought as today’s task, it’s important to take care of yourself so that you are strong and present for other people if needed. I went to yoga class today which is my favorite way of taking time and caring for myself.  Getting together with a friend, going for a walk in nature, reading a book, getting a massage or a pedicure, taking a class, creating something – these are the ways I like to take care of myself.

Cathy cs

July 21, 2017 - 11:38pm

Yes.I did a mouthwash/rinse with baking soda, water and essential oil. By pulling the solution, the baking soda helped to do a gentle cleanse and the peppermint freshened.
I would like to purchase some items to try more of the recipe’s posted. Thank you for sharing. And also, “making and taking” the time to do for myself.

AlyCatJ

July 21, 2017 - 4:18pm

I decided to take time to just relax with my partner and take some time to not do anything, which in and of itself is a challenge. It was incredibly relaxing and a great time to catch up.

Gwendolyn G

July 21, 2017 - 12:28am

I thought I was pretty good at taking good care of myself however I have gained weight and I am not consistent with exercising. I am going to start my diet and gym routine. No more excuses!

Ashtree

July 20, 2017 - 8:38pm

I’ve been sick for about a year now, and coincidentally it’s been a year since I stopped doing yoga and focused meditations every day and I can really see a correlation between doing mindful self- care and detoxifying physically and emotionally, healing stress damage, and giving the body a healthy space to problem since with creativity and without worry. Yesterday I did gentle yoga on the lawn. It was so freeing. Today I will too. Om mani padme hum…

Jen J

July 20, 2017 - 9:16am

Yoga, meditation, essential oils and a skin and beauty routine are part of my everyday life and essential to my well being.

Jennifer F 1789836209

July 19, 2017 - 5:07pm

I deeply believe in radical self-care, and the “oxygen mask theory”! 
If you are struggling to breathe, how can you turn and serve anyone else?  You cannot draw from an empty well ...fill yourself up with good stuff!

Alayna Y

July 19, 2017 - 11:34am

My original intention was to practice self care by practicing asana (yoga postures) and to read “the untethered soul”. Instead, I ended up playing a game on my phone, moisturized my skin, and meditated with 1 hand over my heart & the other hand over my belly while lying down before bed. Even though “self-care” is the task for Day 3, I make sure to carve out time each day to take care of my sensitive skin, read a book/journal, &/or practice yoga/meditation. Self-care is an everyday task on the journey of wellness!

Love & Light <3
Namaste.

Michael D

July 19, 2017 - 10:48am

Meditated for a good 30 minutes this morning and tonight will soak my feet in massaging foot massager… feels so good.

Eve J

July 18, 2017 - 3:47pm

Took a bath (which is always a good idea) with sea salt and calming essential oils. Lit a candle and burned some incense. Moments of self care are always welcome and appreciated.
Now, to find/create more ways to do so…

Melyssa S

July 18, 2017 - 7:36am

Meditation grounds me. I feel connected to my inner wise woman.  My Peace & Calming essential oil blend in my hair carries wafts of loveliness throughout my day and I’m reminded that I am precious and worthy of LOVE.

Danielle D 1760374091

July 18, 2017 - 7:29am

I began doing yoga as a way to increase my flexibility and to build up stamina. Some days, I get through a sequence….other days, not so much.

Love in Bloom

July 18, 2017 - 5:10am

I choose every day to care for myself, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.  I take time to treat myself to self care by enjoying alone time,sea salt, rose nips baths, teas, meditation, reading, relaxation. Self care is the root to learning to care for others.

Emma S 1503320526

July 17, 2017 - 6:14pm

I used a coffee scrub & face mask that a friend gave to me.  I should take extra time daily to care for myself.

iris n

July 16, 2017 - 9:19am

When completing this task I added it to my to-do list. After completing my list of things needing to be done, I took the time to do some Hatha yoga stretches.  Afterwards, my soreness from the day was alleviated; my mind was more relaxed and I felt more confidence iin myself. Typically, I would spend time creating the next day’s task sheet and analyzing what I did wrong. Today, I focused on what I was able to do in the short time frame of the day.

Tracy S

July 15, 2017 - 3:50pm

I finally scrubbed the tub and took the bath I have been putting off for months. Such a simple act to remind me how easy it is to neglect taking care of oneself amidst all the business of life!

Kim H 281080834

July 15, 2017 - 3:42pm

This task was great.  I always try to pamper myself but it rarely ever happens.  Treat yourself before others was the lesson.  Made me feel great.

Flissa M

July 15, 2017 - 11:11am

I am refreshed!!!

Flissa M

July 15, 2017 - 11:11am

My bath was amazing!  Thanks for reminding me to sit down and soak!!!  I used magnesium and a fresh lemon!  I’m healed!!!

Susan S 2124782053

July 14, 2017 - 7:06pm

It’s always hard for me to pamper myself. It feels selfish. When I do I feel so good.

Radiah G

July 14, 2017 - 10:37am

I take care of myself by taking a yoga class 4 times a week. I just started really meditating becoming more spiritual and in tune with my body.  This makes me feel wonderful and sometimes Im like what the heck is that when my body does something new that I have never experienced before.  I am learning that you can really do any thing you put your mind to.  I am learning it is important to take time out for yourself , it is good to listen to your heart, mind and spirit.

Melissa K

July 14, 2017 - 9:11am

I usually put myself last, so a lot of times, I simply don’t do anything like this! It felt good to take an hour for a little self-care!

Amber N

July 13, 2017 - 10:37pm

Today I cared for myself by saying no. I rarely put myself before others, in life and my job. But I did it! I gave myself permission to relax instead of running around like a chicken with my head cut off ❤ I am happy

April G

July 13, 2017 - 3:15pm

I’m new to yoga and have been to a couple of classes so far. Due to a death in the family this week, I wasn’t able to make it to class so I found a video on YouTube and did it at home, even talking my husband into giving it a try. I feel renewed.

Stephanie W

July 13, 2017 - 10:32am

When I was in college, I used massage my hair with oils, put on a face mask, deep clean my entire bathroom while the oils/mask worked, take a nice shower in my clean bathroom, brush my skin, and put on lotion with oils.  The whole little routine took only 45 minutes and I used to do it every single Friday night.  I would also do no screens/media on Friday.  It was the best.  I looked forward to it all week.  And then next morning, I would have to go to work at 5 AM to open up a cafe, where I would make myself a nice little healthy breakfast.  I looked forward to that 24 hours every week.  Haven’t done it in over a year!  Think it’s time to pick the habit back up.  So thanks!

AmandaLMK

July 12, 2017 - 3:24pm

When I had a full time PLUS job, I rarely had any time for myself.  Now, I work for myself and my days, while still full, have a lot more flexibility.  Sometimes I use that extra time for things that are technically what I want to do, but aren’t necessarily self-care - things like binge TV or avoiding housework.  In the interest of using my time better, I have started making more intention lists…. For this task, I made a list of things I can do on a daily/weekly basis that are just for me: daily skincare and exercise, bi-weekly mask day with reading time, and monthly pedicures.  These are investments in me feeling my best.

Michelle V

July 12, 2017 - 12:21pm

Meditation-prayer all helpful!  And finally planning and purchasing tickets to go see my dad in Florida.  While my in-laws and hubby take care of the 7,9, and 12 yr old kiddos!  I am excited and happy - learned I have to take a break and care for me to be good for others

Della C 1919958394

July 10, 2017 - 6:26pm

I mixed up a batch of homemade bath salts this past weekend. It was nice to have patchouli and vetiver epsom salts to relax sore muscles after a long day of heavy lifting!

Little Duck

July 10, 2017 - 11:58am

I kind of did this one unknowingly today. I call it my day of beauty. I did some facial care light stretching and basically did not look at the clock throughout the day. When I finally opened my email to complete my task I was surprised to find that today was all about self care.

Elicia S

July 9, 2017 - 3:45pm

I cleaned the house while listening to pure mood music thats calm and soothing. I also use face wash on other daily basis. I clean myself every other day bath or showers. I use bubbles and salts for soothing baths. I took up yoga, I purchased my own yoga movie.

Alicia D 1223524777

July 9, 2017 - 7:46am

Surrounded myself with a bunch of healing crystals!

Rachael C

July 8, 2017 - 11:05am

I signed hubby and I up for a BYOB Painting night! We went and had fun and got to do something artsy together. And now we have a pretty cool set of paintings to hang on the wall. It was a little pricey, but I splurged because it fit the task :) We really had fun. I learned that it’s nice to get out of the house and do something JUST FOR FUN now and again. Usually I’m trying to double team everything…every outing has a secondary purpose, like it’s good exercise, or it’s close to the store I need to stop at, or we can fit in a visit to so and so….this time it was all about just enjoying some time where nothing else had to be done! I need to do that more!

Debbie F

July 8, 2017 - 7:30am

I actually took time to color my hair and take a relaxing bath. I told everyone in the house that banging on the door would result in war.  Lol in hindsight it seems really silly to have to demand tp get a quiet moment. Im a Grandmother raising 2 kids again! I think I forgot to let them know I need downtime.

Julie M

July 8, 2017 - 7:20am

I signed up for unlimited yoga

Chi G

July 7, 2017 - 7:51pm

Decluttered, went to a hot yoga class, and cooked healthy meals for my weekend. Spent a peaceful evening watching a movie. Aahhhh.

Kimberly C

July 7, 2017 - 6:21pm

Have myself a much needed foot soaking in some lavender Epson salt. Followed it with some lotion and some polish on my toes. Felt amazing since I never make the time for that.

Janet J

July 7, 2017 - 12:10pm

I have made botanicals for years and I need to get back into it. The cream I make is a Rosemary Gladstar recipe and it is just heavenly. My care right now is to take quiet moments in my backyard to touch the earth and gain healing energy while I garden or watch birds and butterflies.

Molly L

July 7, 2017 - 8:32am

Due to a death in the family all I do is come home from work, sit on the couch, drink and cry. Yesterday I came home and gave myself a pedicure. Let my feet soak for a while, watched the birds outside the window, had my son pick out my nail polish color (like his dad he veers towards the tasteful, nothing flashy). When my husband came home and sat down next to me I stuck my feet in his face and said, “Feel my feet they’re super soft!” and we laughed at how silly that was.

Beth S

July 6, 2017 - 7:10pm

Self care and pampering is something everyone should do. No one else is going to do it for you. I used to feel guilty getting pedicures but I think I will pamper myself tomorrow after work!

Anjie G

July 6, 2017 - 4:05pm

I learned that my body is a temple. I need to take care of it.

Michelle G 63595557

July 6, 2017 - 2:47pm

Gave myself a facial

Takara B

July 6, 2017 - 12:42pm

I learned that I AM COMPLETELY IN SNYC…lol…i wrote out a plan that incorporates me taking care of my skin daily over last weekend and I have been sticking it to it….MAJOR for me…so I am so excited about this journey cause synchronicity just keep coming up…5th dimension bound

Kathy O 13

July 6, 2017 - 12:18pm

I stumbled into a little self-care the other day . . . . literally!  Walking barefoot on the back deck, I stepped on a wasp stinger.  The pain was horrible!  After treating it with vinegar and baking soda, several hours later, my foot still hurt and was slightly swollen so I decided to soak my foot in some warm water with Epsom salt.  It felt wonderful!  Then I remembered a friend telling me about taking a bath with Epsom salt and Lavender essential oil, so I decided to give it a try.  It’s fantastic.  This is my new evening routine and such a nice treat after a stressful day.

Leslie W

July 6, 2017 - 9:17am

It feels good to care for yourself.it is not selfish.

Aimee P

July 6, 2017 - 8:05am

I started this journey while on vacation in the Colorado Rockies….so I may be cheating a little on this one. :)  As I sit here, I’m reflecting on the moment of eating lunch with my Son and Husband by a mountain lake, gazing up at 3 large snow-covered peaks. We read scripture together and I centered myself with my favorite essential oil and prayer.  That is what self-care looks like to me: Practicing the Presence of God.  My challenge will be to create time/space to do the same once I am back in my office.

Melissa P

July 5, 2017 - 11:11pm

I religiously go every 6 weeks to get my hair cut and colored and get a pedicure. Recently I began buying my favorite but expensive perfume and wear it everyday. I used to feel so guilty spending money on such things but now realize I need this for my well being. For me, it is a form of self-love.

Roseann Z

July 5, 2017 - 1:08pm

I am catching up on posting my tasks, so this was actually 2 days ago, but I did an awesome luminance face mask and self facial.  Been a long time since I pampered myself in any way.

Garri B

July 5, 2017 - 9:10am

I started off the day by attending morning mass. This afternoon I will attend another mass service and go to the gym for a workout. I haven’t been to the gym in quite a while.

KarenB

July 4, 2017 - 6:47pm

Today I took a Yoga For Runners class on YogaGlo. It felt amazing and was a perfect self-care practice to take care of my hamstrings and low back. It even included several minutes of rest and meditation at the end.

Grace B

July 4, 2017 - 4:13pm

I bought some new soap today which should be really good for my sore eczema skin.  I had a lovely long bath full of bubbles and have finally had my hair coloured. Having my hair done really makes me feel so much prettier. I felt so much more femaine and like I’d made the effort to feel and look good. It’s really uplifted my mood.

Ursula F

July 2, 2017 - 1:12am

Sometimes its hard to stop all the doing but I just place a mixture of lemongrass, peppermint and lavendar oils and breath deeply. I also make a point to get a massage about every third week. This something that helps me come back to center.

Deborah

June 30, 2017 - 5:29pm

I took the time today to do yoga and get a massage. I also went to visit my 100 year old Grandmother in a nursing home. I stopped at a park and swung on a swing! All of these things made me feel happy, content, peaceful and with a feeling that everything is fine just the way it is. It gave perspective and gratitude. I learned how important it is to be hopeful and positive and count our blessings which we are all one of.

amylou09

June 30, 2017 - 1:55pm

i’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to make up & hair. i like a more natural look and usually wear my hair naturally wavy, or braided.  i recently made the switch to all vegan make up & hair care products, which was much easier than i thought, as there is a ton of stuff out there now. a new way i pamper myself is with a facial, so far these have been amazing! my skin has never looked so good! i’m realizing that i use very little make up now.

Alaina M

June 29, 2017 - 12:56pm

I got my yoga routine in this morning before leaving for work. I feel so refreshed and ready to tackle my day!

Julie B 597692628

June 29, 2017 - 10:22am

The last year I went back to doing yoga and started meditating.

Pat B

June 28, 2017 - 8:12pm

I never did much self-care for years - being a mom and a wife always came first. After my husband passed away, I let myself go, just focused on my job and still did nothing for myself. Then I got into yoga and now I go to the gym 5 days a week (cardio & strength classes) to try to get myself back in shape. I feel great after a good workout. I do a reiki meditation daily upon wakening in the morning - I think it calms me for whatever the day has in store for me. And tonight I took a nice hot bath with bath salts and rubbed myself down with some detox oil. Since it is just me now, I am finally beginning to take time to do things just for me. And I think it all makes me feel better about myself.

irisj225

June 28, 2017 - 5:50pm

i use essential oils daily

knitterofhats

June 28, 2017 - 11:40am

I make it my business to put my physical health routines high on my daily priorities. When I plan my day, I make sure I have time to ride my bike and do other exercise. My husband and I partner together on this to encourage each other and make sure we both get it done. I also knit everyday to practice calming.

lovemybunchofcrazies

June 28, 2017 - 7:40am

I take a little time each morning to myself, generally before my children wake for the day. I meditate then complete about 20 or so minutes of yoga. I feel “off” all day when I’m not able to do this, even my kids notice!

Christy B

June 27, 2017 - 4:24pm

I have enrolled and started in two exercise classes a week.  I would like to try some meditation and yoga more than I do. I love essential oils, just don’t always know which ones to use for what.  I need to do some research on it.  I love to pamper myself! I feel so much better when i do.

katheryn m

June 27, 2017 - 2:53pm

Information about my task was quite helpful.  I learned that I must be more consistent in my daily care.  Sometimes I get busy with a task that I’ve set for myself, let time get away from me and end up too tired to do what I know I should do before retiring at night.  I’m thinking I should compose a list of what I need to do and refer to it every night.  In that way, I can check off what tasks I have done and feel good that at last I’ve truly taken better care of myself.

Erin F

June 26, 2017 - 9:01pm

I vow to return to my daily meditation practice, with the intention that it will nourish my mind, body, and spirit.

Kelly L

June 26, 2017 - 8:56pm

I’m a huge fan of doing this every day with different variations on what taking care of myself actually mean. I like to give myself at home facials on the weekend as a special treat for myself, spend a half an hour at night away from school work to read whatever it is I enjoy. I will sometimes treat myself to Starbucks on Fridays as a reward for making it through the work week. There’s so many small things that I honor for myself but I also practice care mentally by meditating and by not allowing any negative thoughts or actions directed at me impact the way I think and feel.

Deborah

June 30, 2017 - 5:44pm

The care that you practice mentally I would like to be able to do. I need to learn how to meditate for emotional health and not allow my negative thoughts and negativity from others directed at me impact the way I think and feel as well, as this is something I know I don’t do and have always struggled with. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Deborah S.

Rita V

June 26, 2017 - 3:09pm

Yes! I’ve been reading about meditation and yesterday I tried it while listening to a Deepak Chopra segment on Pandora Heart station. It was incredibly relaxing. It took 10 minutes from my day and it felt so good. I will endeavor to take time out each day for myself!

Amanda A 148531489

June 25, 2017 - 1:12pm

I’ve actually take this entire week between jobs and without my kid to indulge in self care. I’ve read in a hammock. Slowly enjoyed my coffee on the porch each day, cooked with friends, wrote in my journal, taken my time with life, got a massage and done alll the yoga. I even gave myself a sensation with a life coach. It’s been life-altering. I needed this time. I haven’t felt this in love with life and in touch with myself and my ability to care for myself in ages.

Linda By

June 23, 2017 - 12:21pm

I must have felt this task coming - last night I ran across a facial serum with argan oil that someone gave me. It is more decadent than my usual moisturizer. I tried it out before bed, and now I will plan to use it nightly.

Shannon S

June 23, 2017 - 1:37am

I bought an essential oil diffuser necklace today.  I will wear it daily to bring me joy and hopefully some therapeutic benefits as well.

Deborah D 1723552537

June 22, 2017 - 10:36am

Since my stroke I go for weekly reflexology to help get my mobility back

Janelle W

June 21, 2017 - 7:11am

By taking that little time for me, I felt much better and more confident with the rest of my day.

Megan C

June 20, 2017 - 10:25am

Full body scrub, feels like shedding old and beginning the new!

Kelli M 729007579

June 20, 2017 - 7:24am

I started my day with Aura Cacia Purifying Shower Tablets in my shower, and let the Eucalyptus work its magic. That was followed by a cup of herb tea on my patio while taking in the sights, sounds and beauty of the outdoors, and now it’s off to conquer my day!  I also believe that radical self care is a necessisty, especially as I grow older and don’t have as much boundless energy as I used to. I Also started a 7 Day nutritional cleanse to lighten things up a bit for the hot days of summer ahead.

Wendie H

June 19, 2017 - 10:19pm

i got up early enough this morning to work out.  I’ve gained a lot of weight and know that it is from stress and the best way to get rid of that is exercise, and meditation.  So this morning I worked hard working out before work, I’ll try to get a few minutes of relaxation before bed.

Kelli M 729007579

June 20, 2017 - 8:25am

Hi Wendy, I can totally relate to your comments about stress having such a big impact on weight gain and struggle with that also. Just letting you know you are not alone in that battle and I’d love to hear your ideas on how busy women can get stress levels under control. Best! Kelli

Jojo C

June 25, 2017 - 8:11am

I want you both to know I also share in your struggle! The weight…. no matter what I try it’s difficult. Know you are not alone!

Lisa B 1510988570

June 19, 2017 - 6:48pm

I am eating a more nutritious diet and taking time to do yoga and meditation for some inner calm. Repeating positive affirmations with long deep breathing is helping to replace any negative self talk and helping me feel brighter!

antoinette r

June 18, 2017 - 2:01pm

This task came at a time when everything that could possibly go wrong did go wrong, I therefore did not make any changes to my regular routine .  I feel I have always taken care of myself more than the average way. As I have been working for myself for over 10 years, I learned a while ago not to spend money on spas and hair salons. I therefore deep condition my hair once a month, scrub my body once a week,and once in a while I make my own products to moisturize my skin, I make my own deodorant because of my sensitive skin.  So I feel confident that for now I am doing alright.

Hildur S

June 16, 2017 - 4:48pm

I took a nice long Aroma bath and used a wonderful body cream with essential oil witch I maid my self.
Meditation and occasional aroma bath is my way to take care of my self but I have been taking shower instead of bath for some time now.
I am going to using the bathtub more now and give myself the time to soak in the aroma bath.
I am learning Aromatherapy and making my cream my self and taking better care of my skin. I have Rosacea so my skin is very sensitive. 

Mary R 2073891228

June 16, 2017 - 11:06am

I am committing to installing the shower filter my lyme-literate doctor recommended so that my showers can be even more healing and restorative for me.

Jennifer S

June 16, 2017 - 7:38am

I think because of the healing properties of water, I take many showers and take very good care of my skin with essential oils and lotions.  Cannot leave the house without Aura Cacia Patchouli.  But, today, I will take time to meditate or take a long walk.

Linda 326350054

June 15, 2017 - 10:12am

I listened to music first thing this morning. Certain musical instruments moves my soul to a higher vibration. I listened to some saxophone music. Really helped me to vibrate at a higher level.

CarolLee 365610371

June 25, 2017 - 3:04pm

I love this idea!  Instead of the shrill, anxious world of the news, a much better start would be to listen to music that makes me feel peaceful to go into the day!

Christi R 739147017

June 13, 2017 - 11:16am

I meditated this morning. I am a huge believer in self care. From diet to activities… I try to make choices that will have a positive impact on my life so that I am able to extend those rewards to others.
I eat consciously, meditate daily and practice mindfulness all day everyday!

Debbie B

June 13, 2017 - 9:04am

I meditated.  I know I need to make time to do this daily, because when I do, I feel so much better.

Maria H

June 12, 2017 - 9:44am

I love taking baths. It is my favorite form of self care. I try to take one almost every day and when I do I feel refreshed and blissful.

Jackie C

June 11, 2017 - 12:38pm

I willed myself to run this morning. First time since October. I had to get back on the horse. I did yoga and sauna. Wonderful morning of self care. I plan to make some Facebook and face wash today too.

Nickole R

June 11, 2017 - 10:43am

I meditated for 5 minutes upon waking, did an 8 minute ab workout and read some inspirational/educational blogs before diving into tasking (something I often allow to dominate). Feels good!

Aurelia M

June 10, 2017 - 5:18pm

Gave myself a mani and pedi. Going to take a walk on the beach later!

Hope Knosher

June 10, 2017 - 8:20am

LOL on the timing of this task!  I woke up early this morning and decided since I had this “extra” time that I would spend it on myself.  I took and epson salt aromatherapy bath (complete with Aura Cacia Essential Oil Bath Salts), smudged with sage clearing energies, listened to a relaxing yoga playlist, and meditated while I soaked.  I ended with a cold shower and a coating of Aura Cacia Lavender Body Butter.  I have been doing this ritual for years and try to do it at least once a week.  I always feel so refreshed and renewed.

Lynn D

June 9, 2017 - 12:29pm

I am addin yoga to my day! I have to overcome my fear of not being good enough or thought of as weird. I know that yoga will strengthen my body as it helps me to increase my balance and flexibility.

Jodi P

June 9, 2017 - 7:46am

I have to work hardest on self care!

Veronica P

June 9, 2017 - 1:50am

Face masks with my sister :) Couldn’t have ended the day any better!

Kt

June 8, 2017 - 10:28pm

I started the morning stretching while getting out of bed! It wad delicious! I had to be at work early this morning to meet my new supe so i made sure to plant my feet in the grass before heading to work! Ahhh the little things!

Just Bethy

June 8, 2017 - 7:53pm

I take a salt and oil bath every Friday night, (I use Dr Teal’s!!) so I used that tonight for this task. Not only do I physically feel the benefits of detoxing but the fact this is for ME uplifts me in itself.

Cheryl O

June 8, 2017 - 9:47am

Starting my days off with Sole water now, first think in the morning before showering.  Doing stretches throughout the workday, and making sure I spend some time in the garden and sun.

Kt

June 8, 2017 - 10:29pm

What is sole water?

Kristan G

June 8, 2017 - 7:11am

Treating myself to what ever it is I feel my body needs at that moment. Today is was a gentle yoga class and it was wonderful. Tomorrow it may be a delicious hot cup of tea? Or a walk with my dog in the woods.

Tammey D

June 8, 2017 - 7:08am

I have started my mediation practice ..again.. little stress in my life and it was feels good to get back to practicing ..taking that time for yourself .. feeling more healthy from the inside ..

Lee P 437177540

June 7, 2017 - 4:18pm

This task was very helpful in relaxation and opening up more ‘headspace’. I downloaded an app called Headspace which has a beginner’s 10 day guided meditation. I feel wonderfully relaxed :)

Karen

June 6, 2017 - 9:57am

Its an everyday thing to use essential oils during the day! It does help to be reminded to take some time for myself though…  Thank you for that!

Rachael H

June 6, 2017 - 9:26am

It feels so great to take care of your self, I feel like I have been recharged from the inside out.

Caroline M

June 5, 2017 - 9:19pm

Went kayaking, and enjoyed the sun on my skin.

Amy H

June 5, 2017 - 8:59pm

Swam today for the first time in over a year. Felt good! Already sore. Tired, but not stressed tired!

Vanessa T

June 5, 2017 - 5:38pm

The task was very helpful. I started doing breathing exercise before I leave for the day. On that day I had a dental appointment. Every one is always nervous. But I remained calm hhad a conversation in waiting room. Totally took my mind off why I was there. As the Dentist started the work she said you are breathing good. It worked!

Charlynn Avery

June 9, 2017 - 1:46pm

That sounds like a win!  Being calm at the dentist - not an easy thing for so many people.  Big props to you for doing the breath work which can be so helpful in that nervous/stress state we can find ourselves in when we are doing something we don’t necessarily want to do.  This is a wonderful self care practice!

Megan L

June 5, 2017 - 1:06pm

Opted for healthier food from my local co-op this morning and went into work 2 hours later than I planned in order to spend time with my husband and youngest daughter.. Also took a long, hot shower. Feeling great!

Mary Z

June 5, 2017 - 6:11am

I always try to take good care of myself.  My motto is I can’t help the world if I don’t take care of myself which includes exercise, eating well and getting enough sleep.  When I walk, I try to practice my yoga breathing so I have a moving meditation.

Amanda V

June 4, 2017 - 12:58pm

I feel inspired to dedicate more quality time to my self care routine, and find today’s challenge especially helpful to me in my journey as a mother.

Traer P

June 4, 2017 - 12:57pm

Listened to the rain for a while this morning and looked at an art magazine instead of jumping up to “do” something

Cheryl M 1344436482

June 4, 2017 - 8:35am

Doing yoga in the park with a friend and kyaking with hubby today, before starting cleaning and laundry. Gonna try to plan lunches ahead too, so I don’t end up eating junk on the fly next week.

Cheryl M 1344436482

June 4, 2017 - 10:46am

Well, the kyaking didn’t end up happening, but the meditation and yoga were wonderful self care

Kellee M

June 4, 2017 - 7:29am

Tried a morning meditation outside

Linda H 594503634

June 4, 2017 - 2:04am

I relax and read.

Cheryl S

June 2, 2017 - 1:38pm

Helped my husband stain the deck. We were so much aching by the time we were done we could hardly move. I took a bath with Epsom salts which helped quite a bit. Felt much better!

Jeanne C

June 1, 2017 - 3:05pm

Took time for a facial.

Marilyn G

June 1, 2017 - 12:43pm

Added a daily Jin Shin Jyutsu routine to self care.  I had forgotten how good this feels.

Ida S

May 31, 2017 - 1:08pm

Taking time for myself helps me be my true self.

Charlynn Avery

June 9, 2017 - 1:37pm

You said it, Ida!  Connecting with and nurturing ourselves helps us be more authentic in everything we do.

Elaine C

May 31, 2017 - 7:08am

I meditated this morning.  I took the time to pack a healthy lunch for myself for the rest of the week.  I am feeling a little run down so I took an Emergenc-E

Tara S

May 30, 2017 - 4:18pm

The best way to take of myself is my daily yoga and meditation practice as it keeps me mindful thought my day.

Yvonne v

May 30, 2017 - 1:44pm

Getting my meditation practice going again, bought a body brush to begin using on my skin before a bath, taking gentle yoga now because that’s what my body needs, diffusing oils every day and taking quiet time breaks during the day even if it’s just daydreaming for 10 minutes.

RACHEL T

May 30, 2017 - 6:03am

I recently had knee surgery. I am able to walk and have been busy walking while shopping etc. during the past weekend so today I am pampering my knee, staying off it and doing my physical therapy home exercises.

Lulu U

May 29, 2017 - 3:07pm

I quit working full time recently due to conditions in my spine tha0t exhausted me. I was too tired to cook so I was eating badly and I couldn’t muster up the strength to go to the gym. Exercise is supposed to help so now I go to the gym every day. I have to think of it as my job. But the shower afterward doesn’t have to be! So from today I will take that showetlr as an opportunity to enjoy some hydro- and aromatherapy!

Rebecca S

May 29, 2017 - 12:14pm

Took a bath with peppermint epsom salts and did a charcoal detox face mask.

Holly W

May 28, 2017 - 2:21pm

After a meditation, I decided to untangle a favorite necklace while listening to some jazz.

Martha M

May 28, 2017 - 5:22am

Ive started dry skin brushing. Its bery stimulating and really tightens the skin as well!

Charlynn Avery

June 9, 2017 - 1:39pm

I love dry skin brushing!  I love the rush I get from it and my skin loves it too.  Great self-care practice!

Lennea F

May 27, 2017 - 9:49am

I did self care for a whole day! I do this in terms of an at home pamper day that includes a detox bath with essential oils, himilayan salt body scrub, do my nails, drink detox water, detox my scalp, and take a nap. I make this a weekly ritual and I always feel so energized after!

Tammey D

June 8, 2017 - 7:06am

Sounds wonderful

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