Abundance

Optimism: The One Quality That Will Change Your Life

Optimism: The One Quality That Will Change Your Life

Cultivate an attitude of optimism. If you have a perspective that “life is hard,” “bad things always happen,” “nothing ever works out for me,” ask yourself how that is serving you. Remember, the law of attraction says “like attracts like” so if you are constantly thinking negatively, that is exactly what you are attracting

Top 10 Reasons You Should Retreat!

Top 10 Reasons You Should Retreat!

In 2001, I went on my first yoga retreat. It was only a weekend in Connecticut, not a week in an exotic destination, but it changed me forever. It showed me that I could really relax, learn new things, deepen my yoga practice, but most of all experience a unique experience with like-people who were also there to find respite from the usual busyness and possibly some clarity on life.

Self-Care: Have An Unscheduled, Delightful Day (#28SelfCareHacks)

Self-Care: Have An Unscheduled, Delightful Day (#28SelfCareHacks)

Every now and then it is so great to just take a day off of business as usual. Take one full unscheduled day and do whatever your body, mind, and spirit are calling for. Do not do chores or take care of everyday responsibilities. Treat this day as a staycation.

Self-Care: Ask for Help (#28SelfCareHacks)

Self-Care: Ask for Help (#28SelfCareHacks)

Today I want you to think of something you need help with. Big or small. And then ask someone to help you. Yep, you heard me. ASK. FOR. HELP.

Self-Care: Get Your Hair Done (#28selfcarehacks)

Self-Care: Get Your Hair Done (#28selfcarehacks)

I remember when I was young my grandmothers, mother and my mother’s friends all going to get their “hair done”. They didn’t necessarily get a haircut but treated themselves to a blowout, as we say now, or getting it styled and set for the week. This usually involved curlers or and curling irons and a lot of hairspray! My mom didn’t do much for herself, but she did do this and now I know why.

Self-Care: End The Cycle of Deprivation (#28SelfCareHacks)

Self-Care: End The Cycle of Deprivation (#28SelfCareHacks)

When there is a lot of stress, many fall into a cycle of deprivation of some sort. It could be emotional support (not asking for help), sleep, exercise, eating healthy, peace (i.e. worrying too much), companionship, fun etc. Focus on figuring out what you need now.

Self-Care: Create Your Absolute No List (#28SelfCareHacks)

Self-Care: Create Your Absolute No List (#28SelfCareHacks)

An important part of self-care is setting boundaries. A self-care practice includes arranging your life to support your needs and to increase your happiness. One of my favorite exercises that I learned from Cheryl Richardson’s book The Art of Extreme Self-Care is about creating your Absolute No List.

Self-Care: Find Your Tribe (#28Selfcarehacks)

Self-Care: Find Your Tribe (#28Selfcarehacks)

Moments that I feel most energized, inspired, and alive are when I am having conversations and spending time with like-minded people. I love spending time with people who are interested in the same things as me, those who are seekers, aren’t judgmental, and who are on a spiritual path. For me, these relationships help to make me see my place in the world in a deeper way, bring me joy, and make me enthusiastic for things to come. These relationships and moments spent with “my tribe” are a major source of self-care for me.

Self-Care: Don't Wait for Someone to Buy You Flowers (#28SelfCareHacks)

Self-Care: Don't Wait for Someone to Buy You Flowers (#28SelfCareHacks)

Looking for a mood booster? Go buy yourself a bouquet of fresh flowers! Multiple research studies show, including one from Harvard University, the link between flowers and your satisfaction with life is far more powerful than previously thought. Having flowers in your home increases happiness and compassion, reduces depression and anxiety and negativity.

Self-Care: Eliminate Energy Drains (#28SelfCareHacks)

Self-Care: Eliminate Energy Drains (#28SelfCareHacks)

Are there things in your life that drain your energy and make you want to stay in bed in the morning? Lack of sleep isn't the only thing sapping your energy. Little things you do and don’t do can exhaust you both mentally and physically, which can make getting through your day a chore.

28 Days of Self-Care (#28Selfcarehacks)

28 Days of Self-Care (#28Selfcarehacks)

My plan, each day this month, is to introduce you to new self-care options and practices that will inspire you to make self-care an important daily ritual. I am calling these 28 Self-Care Hacks. Many are quick, simple, and free! Try some of them out and let me know how they make you feel! Pick the ones that work for you and consider making them part of your daily or weekly routine.