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Self-Care Sunday: Inspiring, Thoughtful Quotes

On this Sunday I'm sharing a list of inspiring, uplifting and thought-provoking quotes from Louise Baxter Harmon’s book Happiness A-Z: The Gleeful Guide to Finding and Following Your Bliss. Her book includes sooo many good ones!

Record the quotes that resonate with you. Consider which words you agree and disagree with. Write down these thoughts, too.

It's important information about what we need, what means most to us, what really doesn't. It's all a window into our souls.

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Using Visualization to Cope with Body-Hating Thoughts & Other Concerns


Visualization is a valuable way to cope with our emotions. It can help us when our brains start churning out body-hating thoughts. It can help us pause and refocus.

It can help us when we need a soothing break, when we're seeking comfort.

In her book The Emotionally Sensitive Person: Finding Peace When Your Emotions Overwhelm You psychologist Karyn D. Hall, Ph.D, defines visualization as "a way of coping by using your imagination to picture relaxing events."

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Exploring Our Vulnerability

Today, I have vulnerability on the brain. That's because yesterday I sent off my contribution to Susannah for the April Love challenge (sign up here; like everything Susannah does, it's going to be wonderful).

And it's vulnerable. Bare bones honest.

It's scary to be that honest with others (especially people you don't know). But it also feels right (and, did I mention scary?). It feels right to embrace our truth, thereby embracing ourselves.

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Self-Care Sunday: Your Voice

When we dislike our bodies, when we feel uncomfortable in our own skin, we may start silencing our voices.

Because we haven't lost weight, can't adhere to a diet, can't fit into a certain size or don't fit into a certain standard, we become convinced that our voices don't matter. That we haven't earned the right to speak, to matter.

We dismiss our thoughts and opinions. We dismiss our needs. We neglect our feelings.

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What Damaging Assumptions Are You Making?

Sometimes, assumptions can get us into trouble. We become so convinced something is a fact that we act on behaviors that aren't good for us, that shatter our sense of self, that stall our self-care.

For years I had many assumptions that didn't serve me very well. I assumed that in order to be worthy I had to be thin. In order to be happy, I had to lose weight. In order to lose weight I had to put myself on ridiculous diets. In order to have someone love me, I had to earn it.

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Self-Care Sunday: Being Comfortable

This week Rachel penned this excellent post encouraging us to make ourselves comfortable. Because many of us make ourselves needlessly uncomfortable every day.

This discomfort isn't about challenging ourselves and exploring our courage. It isn't about learning big lessons. It isn't about nudging ourselves toward our dreams, and navigating uncharted but exciting territory.

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