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Self-Care Sunday: 15 Nourishing Ways to Spend Any Day

Last year, in this post, I shared 15 ways you might spend your Sunday. I shared everything from carving out down time to eating mindfully to exploring your personal definition of self-care. Today, I'm sharing 15 more ideas for savoring a wonderful day, filled with the activities, objects and people that nourish you. The day doesn't have to be Sunday. It can be any day of the week. Because we can incorporate nourishing, sweet, self-compassionate things into every day, into every moment of our lives.

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The Power of Knowing Your “Why” and Questions to Ponder

Lately, I've been really interested in the question "why?" For instance, in this post, I wondered: Why do we write? Why do we create? And even more so, why do we do anything we do?

I think exploring this question and identifying our answers helps us to better understand ourselves. It helps us to make wise decisions. It helps us to pause. To name our needs. To spot patterns. To be intentional and deliberate with our days. To deepen our relationship with ourselves—and others.

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On Eating, Dieting and Refocusing on Ourselves

This week I came across an article on another website that featured two dietitians sharing what they eat in a day. They mentioned eating certain foods to prevent "over-indulging" at their next meal and having such and such tea to keep them from eating more chocolate.

I've seen similar articles on other websites. And I've seen similar words. Words about not exceeding calorie counts and filling up on certain foods to prevent eating entire meals (of pasta, for instance).

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Self-Care Sunday Links 1.31.16

Some Sundays I share links to posts from other bloggers on body image, self-care and well-being (and a few of my own, too). Below, you'll find pieces on everything from building healthy boundaries to not comparing ourselves to others to adopting a new perspective on self-doubt. I hope you're having a wonderful Sunday!


A list of helpful body positive, intuitive eating and meditation blogs.

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To Make Fulfilling Decisions Reconnect with Yourself

I used to make decisions by asking everyone else what they thought I should do without ever really asking myself. I used to think I had to earn people's attention, care and love so I made many decisions that hurt my spirit. There were days (and still are days) that I'd look outside myself to see what everyone else was doing—wearing, saying, listening to, pursuing, creating, wondering, and I'd think that I needed to do the same.

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Creating Meaningful Categories of Self-Care

Self-care comes in all shapes and sizes. How we take care of ourselves depends on what we need at the time, and what's available to us. In The Generalized Anxiety Disorder Workbook authors Melisa Robichaud, PhD, and Michel J. Dugas, PhD, suggest keeping a list of self-care activities we can turn to (and scheduling them, just like we would a dental appointment). They share these three categories and some examples:

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My Body Image Dream for 2016


Today, in the U.S., we honor Martin Luther King, Jr., who had an incredible dream and helped make it a reality. Inspired by his powerful speech and Therese Borchard’s beautiful piece, every year I republish a post on my personal dream (which I’ve updated since last year). It’s a dream that focuses on everything from how we treat each other to how we treat ourselves.
I have a dream that our society will stop judging, shaming and bullying people because of their size, shape and weight.

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Making a Profound Commitment to Yourself

In a recent yoga class, one of the instructors talked about tossing out resolutions and instead making a commitment. She gave the example of committing to saying something truly positive to ourselves every morning. I like this. I like it because making a commitment feels like you're honoring and respecting yourself. It feels solid and tangible and strong. A commitment feels like it's rooted in an authentic desire. A desire born out of a respect for your well-being and your needs.

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Dismissing “New Year, New You” Messages

Years ago, I would've consumed the "New Year, New You" messages like it was real nourishment for my soul—except that it's akin to snacking on rice cakes. No substance or sustenance. No enjoyment or savoring. Just emptiness, and possibly a stomachache.

I would've sat on the couch and mapped out all the things I needed to change about myself. It would've been a long list, a list created quickly and easily, the weaknesses and inadequacies pouring out of my head and onto the paper.

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