Archives for November, 2014

Books

Self-Care Sunday: A Tip for Practicing Self-Care Every Day


In addition to sharing links to others’ posts on self-care (along with a few of my own) in these “Self-Care Sunday” posts, I also sometimes share a small tip or idea for taking kinder care of ourselves.
Self-care is an attitude -- of compassion toward ourselves. It's asking ourselves "what's the kindest choice I can make?"

It's also action. It's action that nourishes and supports us. It's action that contributes to our health and well-being, in...
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Culture

Eating on Thanksgiving And During The Holiday Season

You will see plenty of articles about the average number of calories in a Thanksgiving meal and how horrifying this is supposed to be. You'll see plenty of articles on which foods you can eat and which foods you should never ever ever consume.

You'll see articles portraying food as the enemy or Thanksgiving and the holidays in general as a battle you must defeat. (Or articles that create multiple enemies -- one...
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Body Image

Self-Care Sunday 11.23.14

{from Chuck Close: Face Book}

On some Sundays I share links to all kinds of posts, which explore taking kinder care of ourselves — from appreciating our bodies to getting to know ourselves better to expressing our creativity (which goes hand in hand with self-discovery) to feeling our feelings.

Because self-care helps us build a more positive body image. Because self-care helps us build fulfilling, satisfying lives. Because self-care...
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Body Image

Prompts for Practicing Gratitude for Our Bodies

With American Thanksgiving less than a week away (how did this happen!!), I wanted to share more ideas with you on practicing gratitude, year-round. (On Wednesday I talked about doing a gratitude alphabet. )

For instance, this month, Laura Simms, a career coach whose work I greatly admire, has been hosting a photo challenge on Instagram called "the daily bon." (You can learn all about it
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Body Image

A Unique Way to Practice Gratitude

Gratitude is a self-compassionate practice, according to therapist Lea Seigen Shinraku, MFT, who I recently interviewed for a piece on authentic ways to practice gratitude.

"Acknowledging and expressing genuine gratitude for what you appreciate in your life is a deeply kind act," she said.

I agree. When we express gratitude for anything, it deepens our connection with it, and it deepens our connection with ourselves.

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Body Image

Self-Care Sunday: Holiday Edition


In addition to sharing links to others’ posts on self-care (along with a few of my own) in these “Self-Care Sunday” posts, I also sometimes share a small tip or idea for taking kinder care of ourselves.
The holidays can be a stressful time. There are extra responsibilities, on top of our regular responsibilities. There are strong emotions swirling inside our bodies, possibly a combination of deep joy and deep grief.

We...
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Books

The Power Of Writing & Exercises to Try

I believe each of us is creative. From birth.

Julia Cameron believes that each of us is a writer. Also from birth.

"I believe we all come into life as writers," she writes in her book The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life.

We are born, she writes, with the gift of language. This gift comes to us within months, as we start naming people, objects, our surroundings.

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General

Self-Care Sunday: Who Are You?


In addition to sharing links to others’ posts on self-care (along with a few of my own) in these “Self-Care Sunday” posts, I’m also occasionally sharing a small tip or idea for taking kinder care of ourselves.
A few weeks ago I shared a journal prompt for getting to know ourselves better. Because self-care starts with self-reflection. Today's tip is a similar prompt, inspired by Mara's beautiful post, "I...
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