If you’re familiar with any of my previous blog posts, then you know here at Suite 3869, I am all about self-care. It’s so easy to get caught in our daily routines that we forget to take care of ourselves both mentally and spiritually.
Back in September of 2018, I published a post called ‘16 Self-Care Tips For A Mental & Physical Break‘ that everyone seemed to enjoy, so I wanted to add a few more suggestions of things you should start doing to step up your self-care game. We’re achieving goals and improving our well-being all 2019!
Start listening to motivational speeches.
At the start of the new year, I took the time to look up a few motivational speeches that I thought could add value to my daily life. You know, a few words of encouragement, which I think we all need from time to time. A lot of people who I consider to be successful and grounded often share video clips or excerpts from motivational speakers with those powerful messages that make you go, “YES!” I didn’t want to potentially miss out on significant gems that were being dropped throughout these inspirational videos, so I started searching for a few of my own. I came across this particular one on YouTube, which features a message from Denzel Washington’s 2015 Dillard University commencement address that will pretty much stick with me for the rest of my life.
“Anything you want, you can have, so claim it. Work hard to get it. When you get it, reach back, pull someone else up. Each one, teach one. Just because you’re doing a lot more doesn’t mean you’re getting a lot more done. Don’t confuse movement with progress.” – Denzel Washington
Start burning sage.
One of the best and most effective self-care practices is to rid your space of any negative energy or spiritual impurities. Burning sage is an ancient spiritual ritual, established as a Native American cultural or tribal practice. Some of its benefits include relieving stress, clearing the air of allergens such as dust, mold, and pet dander, as well as improving your quality of sleep.
Create a blessing jar.
Self-care practices don’t always have to be about spa days and retail therapy. While I thoroughly enjoy them both, self-care can also equate to expressing gratitude for the things that you have and the future blessings that will follow. As a DIY project, you should consider creating a blessing jar. Whenever you recognize a blessing in your life, you will simply write it on a piece of paper, fold it, and put it in the jar until the end of the year. Once that time comes, you will reflect on all the good that has happened in your life this year. It’s the literal meaning of “counting your blessings.”