At Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life, we strive to provide tools and thoughts on how to create a calmer existence for yourself and your community. Ultimately, this is a form of self-care. I recently, attended a retreat with Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson, which highlighted the importance of self-care. It is imperative that we take care of ourselves first and foremost. This is not a selfish idea; it is necessary. If we are not at our best mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually, how can we expect ourselves to function as we are meant to? A great dip into self care is to simply get into the habit of checking in with yourself. Take note of how you’re really feeling. Take the time to think about YOU! Many times we put our kids, careers, friends, family, pets, etc. in front of our own health and well-being. There’s time for all of it, but you absolutely must make time for yourself.
Here are some simple ways you can help yourself out this week:
- Check in. Ask yourself throughout the day how you’re feeling. If you acknowledge your emotions. Set an alarm on your phone if you need to, to remind yourself to ask how you’re doing today.
- Know yourself. When people ask us how we are, we often give them answers from the head. Try getting in touch with your body and see how you really feel. When you hang out with a particular person does your stomach start to hurt? Or when you’re in a stressful situation do your shoulders tense? Be present to the signs that your body is telling you, it is always spot on.
- Ask yourself the important questions. Don’t make decisions on impulse that you will end up regretting later. When making decisions in any arena of your life, simply ask yourself, “Does this serve my highest and greatest good?”
- Trust your intuition. We are intuitive beings that have learned to silence our inner voices to simply listen to what our brains tell us. Start listening to your intuition when making decisions in life and see where you end up.
- Love yourself. Even if you’re not doing everything you can to be the best you, love yourself anyways. If you make a mistake in life, don’t beat yourself up. Be loving, gentle, and kind with yourself. Nothing good comes from beating yourself up.
How do you check in with yourself on a daily basis? What works for you? Let us know!
Michelle is Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life's Creative Director and resident writer. She has a degree in Journalism from Indiana University and is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and registered yoga teacher with trainings with Anuttara Yoga Shala and Strala Yoga. Michelle has a deep desire to help people find happiness in all areas of their lives, and truly believes the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life movement will bring lasting change to the world. Michelle splits her time between Florida and New York City and loves connecting with people from all over the world. If you'd like to contact her, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org