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Smart Living I Dedicated a Whole Weekend to Self-Care, and Damn, It Felt Good

21:35  01 june  2018
21:35  01 june  2018 Source:   popsugar.com

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We all need to stop feeling guilty for putting ourselves first. We talk about self - care so much, and yet not everyone puts it into practice. There are endless ways you can practice personal wellness, but I highly recommend that you dedicate your next weekend (and maybe even every weekend ) to living

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Raise your hand if you've ever felt ashamed of binge-watching your favorite series, taking a midday nap, or turning down plans because you're exhausted. Same, but it shouldn't be this way! We all need to stop feeling guilty for putting ourselves first. We talk about self-care so much, and yet not everyone puts it into practice. It's more than just a buzzword; it's essential to good overall health. And as we've recently learned, self-care involves physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, personal, and professional maintenance. I admittedly lack in some areas, which is why I decided to reclaim my weekend to give myself whatever I most needed. Here's why it was the best thing I could've done for myself.

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Here’s what self - care and feeling good does for you I ’m fully in control of my own life and that feels damn fantastic. I see and feel the end result. I put myself there – feeling good the whole time. I don’t understand why people don’t meditate every day.

Going into the weekend with the mindset that I was going to focus on myself helped me feel empowered to make "selfish" decisions. It eliminated the internal debate that I usually have with myself: Should I? No, I shouldn't . . . Instead, I set the rules and didn't feel apologetic for doing things I wanted to do or skipping out on what I didn't want to do. By the time Monday came around, I felt refreshed and ready to go. It was exactly the reset I needed. Take a look at my self-care weekend below.

Friday

  • After a long week, I decided that the best thing to do for myself was to turn down plans to hang out with a friend and go to the gym instead. I wanted to sweat it out - and you know what? I'm so glad I did. I left the gym feeling energized and excited for the weekend.
  • The rest of my evening consisted of cooking dinner and unwinding with a joint and a good movie on Netflix.
  • Since I didn't have a great week of sleep, I hit the sheets early and slept through the night.

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And if doing self care makes you feel guilty ( I find this is especially true for parents), I ’m going to tell you a phrase that was said to me when I felt this way a few months after my daughter was born. As parents, we’ll do absolutely anything for our kids.

This weekend is a good example since I actually felt pretty damn good for the most part. It sounds like you have successfully identified situations where being your worst self could do a lot of damage to someone you'd care about.

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  • Slide 3 of 8: What happens when Archbishop Desmond Tutu travels to the Dalai Lama's home in Dharamsala, India to celebrate His Holiness's eightieth birthday? You get The Book of Joy. Written through the chronicling conversation of these two amazing leaders - it's a charming read on how to capture the true nature of joy and its eight pillars. There are intimate stories along with wisdom and science for an emotional and spiritual enhancement.
  • Slide 4 of 8: Big Magic is a light read for every creative, artist, or soul that's struggled with being able to pursue their calling. Known for her bestseller Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert uses this book to capture how you can accomplish any creative feat. From overcoming fear, developing comfort with the unknown and other useful creative habits - Big Magic is an honest guide filled with encouragement that will leave each reader with a little something different.
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  • Slide 6 of 8: The Healing Self is a groundbreaking book on the importance of our immune system and achieving lifelong wellness. Deepak Chopra, an alternative health practitioner with a background in quantum healing and integrative medicine, and Rudolph Tanzi, a neuroscientist famed for co-discovering three of the first Alzheimer's disease genes, came together to craft this must-read, holistic, and effective health plan for life.
  • Slide 7 of 8: The Power of Intention is one to really take your time with . . . The late Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, author of 21 New York Times bestsellers with a doctorate in counseling psychology, filled this book with rich wisdom based on research of intention as a force in the universe. Meditative and insightful - The Power of Intention is a good read for anyone willing to tap into something a bit unconventional or for those into the interesting connection between metaphysics and well-being.
  • Slide 8 of 8: While some may have the impression that self-help is about changing who you are, Brené Brown offers clarity on how to embody your true self in Braving The Wilderness. This uplifting read fuses together sociological research with personal storytelling to drive home the understanding that we belong to ourselves. It's about finding our way back to one another, being real, genuine and human and shows us what's within without sounding preachy.
  • Saturday

    • I slept in until 11 a.m. and headed over to a friend's house to meet a couple others for an afternoon of wine and cheese. It was great to just relax and share good conversation with friends.
    • As an INTJ personality type, I need to recharge after socializing by spending time alone. With the rest of my night open, I ordered my favorite takeout and dedicated the next few hours catching up on my guilty-pleasure show (Riverdale).
    • I was suddenly in the mood for a hot bath, so I turned my bathroom into a sanctuary by lighting candles, turning off the lights, and playing a relaxing playlist.

    Sunday

    • It's important to me that I spend my Sundays recharging before the workweek. I enjoyed a slow and mellow morning with coffee and my book club book in bed.
    • Before heading to the gym, I purged my kitchen and storage spaces of unnecessary and expired crap (something I've been meaning to do for months) until I had two garbage bags filled. I can't even begin to explain how satisfying that was.
    • After my workout, I came home and decided to continue my little cleaning spree, but digitally this time. I went through Instagram and unfollowed 150 people who I've either lost touch with, put me in a bad mood, or add negativity to my life in any way.
    • After that digital detox, I turned my phone off and unplugged completely while I watched a couple more episodes of Riverdale and then caught up on some reading.
    • By bedtime, I was fully relaxed and ready for Monday to roll around.

    The great thing about self-care is that there's no right or wrong way of going about it. The most important thing is to give yourself what you need most, whether that's self-love, a stress outlet, or sleep. There are endless ways you can practice personal wellness, but I highly recommend that you dedicate your next weekend (and maybe even every weekend) to living a happier and more fulfilling life.

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