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25 Ways to Nurture Yourself

woman walking outdoors for self-care

One of the main reasons we do emotional eating is because we’re feeling stretched to the breaking point. One of the best ways to combat that is with regular, intentional self care.

But many of us don’t know how to do that. And in fact, we may be used to thinking of food and drink indulgences as “self care.” Yeah, it can make you feel better in the short run, but it doesn’t help turn your heart and mind in a more positive direction.

We often think that the most efficient way to fix our disordered eating is by attacking the eating part of the cycle. But in reality, the most effective way to turn the tide is to begin to practice regular self care, which helps even out our emotions and stop the cycle of self-punishment. (I’ve written about this before: 5 steps to address emotional eating; How emotional eating keeps you stuck.)

Here are 25 ways to practice self-care — and only one of them involves food!

self care tip; schedule a date with the sunset

  1. Schedule yourself a daily appointment to watch the sunrise or sunset.
  2. Go for a goal-free walk at your favorite time of day.
  3. Wander a flea market, book store, garden center, or hardware store. Your choice.
  4. Put your phone on airplane mode for an hour or two.
  5. Add to your gratitude journal – or start one.
  6. Play with your favorite child or pet.
  7. Take a guilt-free nap.
  8. Organize something. foliage in vase
  9. Wander a garden.
  10. Meditate.
  11. Re-read old journal entries.
  12. Write without expectations or self-criticism.
  13. Read an old favorite book.
  14. Forgive someone. You might start with yourself.
  15. Make found poetry.
  16. Watch inspiring videos. Or funny ones, that just make you laugh.
  17. Dance to your favorites.
  18. Cook something that pleases your soul and nourishes your body.
  19. Spend time in a hammock or lounge chair (weather permitting). Tune into the sounds of nature around you.
  20. Go stargazing; get out of the city, if necessary.
  21. Harvest some flowers and/or foliage from your yard, if possible. Arrange them.
  22. Schedule time with an authentic friend.
  23. Read some Psalms and pray.
  24. Take a soaking bath while listening to a favorite book, podcast, or music. (With favorite scents in the water or in a candle, if that’s your thing.)
  25. Get to bed in time to get eight hours of sleep.

What are your favorite ways to practice self care? Have you seen it make a difference in your health?

25 ways to practice self care

Thanks to my Instagram friends for adding to this list:  @afreshattitude, @cheesegirlpa, @corinnescleanjourney, @lynettesart, @my_crazy_low_carb_life

 

Photos:

Woman outdoors: by Alexandre Croussette on Unsplash

Kansas sunset: by Jana Snyder

Foliage in vase: by Heather Mount on Unsplash

Stop feeling guilty for every craving!

Stop feeling guilty for every craving!

Do you frequently beat yourself up for being hungry between meals and in the evening? Maybe you could try a different approach….

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From grouching to gratitude

Oscar the Grouch - grumbling vs. gratitude

If you’re like me, as you begin to make changes in your diet and other health habits, you’re bound to encounter some thoughts like these (thoughts I may or may not have had at some point):

Boy, some {favorite junk food} would taste really good right now! Why can’t I just eat whatever I want? This sucks!

I do NOT want to work out today! I hate taking the time, I hate feeling inept, I hate feeling out of breath.

These complaints may seem harmless, and we think we’re just “letting off steam,” but you might be surprised at just how destructive these kinds of thoughts are.

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How to fail at morning devotions and midnight munchies

Early in the morning; tea and journal

A line from an old hymn came to me this morning as I was taking this photo: “Early in the morning, my song shall rise to Thee.”

But I can’t sing that honestly. Because early in the morning, I struggle to discipline myself enough to sit down and journal, or pray, or meditate — let alone sing (trying to focus on the words and not be distracted by my own warbly voice). Early in the morning, I tend to get distracted by the tasks for the day, or the fun easy thing I’d rather do. Early in the morning, I want to go my own way.

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How emotional eating keeps you stuck

today, me will live in the moment. unless the moment is unpleasant, then me will eat a cookie.

Yesterday morning, I was doing a writing exercise that asked me to think about painful places I don’t want to return to, and how that relates to my current writing. As I mulled over possibilities, one that came back to me was late 2009, when my dad was dying. At the same time, my mom was slipping deeper into the grip of Alzheimer’s, and our kids were either away at college or soon to be there.

So many exits, all at once. All that loss brought out something in me I hadn’t experienced since my teenage years: eating because I just wanted to stop hurting — even if it was just for 30 minutes.

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