Care Dare – a Self-Care Summit

We Dare you to take better Care of yourself!


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Self-care according to Raine Boyd

self-care Here is a short but sweet answer from Raine Boyd of Lime Tree Fruits for, “What does ‘self-care’ mean to me?”

Self-care to me means that I am able to help more and give more. My Self-care helps me nurture the ones around me in a more loving way creating peace and harmony for others.

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Self-care according to Cathy Carpenter

According to Cathy Carpenter of Exploring Your Depths, here is an answer for “What does ‘self-care’ mean to me?”

self-care For me, self-care is about empowering myself to meet my own needs. Some fairy godmother or valiant knight isn’t going to show up and give me everything my heart desires. I can give myself everything my heart desires. I can be my own fairy godmother.

* If I want to be pampered with a bubble bath and champagne, I can claim that for myself.
* If I need to cry and express my feelings, I can write in a journal and squeeze a teddy-bear.
* If I don’t feel the way I want to feel in my body, I can give myself fresh air, exercise, and rest.

Self-care is about recognizing when I have a need, considering what would help me, and giving it to myself.


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Self-care according to Caroline Kirk

To answer, “What does ‘self-care’ mean to me?”, Caroline Kirk of Walking Barefoot says:

self-care Self-care means making conscious decisions every day:

* To be aware of my self-talk; is it supportive, accepting, and compassionate?
* To make empowering decisions; does this move me closer to my dreams and sense of well-being or further away?
* To choose forgiveness when old wounds and unwanted memories surface or when I slip into old patterns of being or make mistakes in the present.
* To fully believe in my right to be happy and free and to actively pursue my heart and soul’s desires.
* To ensure I remain in communion with my inner self, my Divine source… wise, peaceful, and all-loving.

Self care means owning my worth, accepting and loving myself, as I am, in any given moment, regardless of external circumstances. It means being my own very best friend, one I can rely on, always.


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Self-care according to Jenny Griffin

Jenny Griffin, of The Power of Change, had this answer for “what does ‘self-care’ mean to me?”:

self-care For me, it means checking in with my inner knowing constantly throughout the day to make sure that what I’m doing or agreeing to is in alignment with my highest and best good.

Emotions are amazing indicators of being out of alignment, so I listen to them and what they’re trying to tell me. Usually things require simple shifts to realign, but if I ignore them, as I have in the past, it’s resulted in some serious emotional upheaval to get back on track. I think our bodies are incredible tools, like finely tuned antennae for our souls, designed to give us all the indicators we need to stay true to whatever is right for us.

Self-care is like staying constantly tuned to your favourite channel, and paying attention to the messages it sends.


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Self-care according to Suzanne Armstrong

Here is what Suzanne Armstrong of Forever Health and Wellness has to say in answer to “What does ‘self-care’ mean to me?”:

self-care Self-Care is committing to taking care of my needs and wants or making arrangements with others that I choose to work on or with me.

It can be as simple as consciously drinking more water or taking time for focused breathing to scheduling massages or even a retreat. It totally depends on where I am in my wellness journey; checking in on where I am mentally, emotionally, energetically, and spiritually.

But self-care does mean that I am choosing to be conscious and aware of my needs; honoring, implementing, and adjusting the choices I make to create the best me.


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Self-care according to Stephanie Ying Lin

Next, answering the question “What does ‘self-care’ mean to me?” is Stephanie Ying Lin of Spiritual Construction Worker:

self-care Self-care for me is about treating myself with love, gentleness, and acceptance. This is not always easy, of course! Sometimes I am downright harsh and unforgiving with myself, and it’s really important that I catch myself in those moments and slowly begin to reverse this pattern. I think cultivating the art of connecting with our soul through quieting the mind is what allows us to truly care for ourselves. When the mind is quiet, we always know just what to do. A wonderful practice is to ask a few times a day, “What would someone who loves themselves do?” And then…do it!


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Self-care according to Tanja Gardner

As we gear up for the launch of Care Dare on Feb 1, I invited our contributors to share an answer to the question, “What does ‘self-care’ mean to me?”

self-care Our first answer comes from Tanja Gardner of Conscious Introvert Success:

My general definition of self-care is “whatever refills your inner well” – so the specific practices will differ for everyone.

Because I’m so introverted, for me that means lots and lots and LOTS of blissful alone-time. What I’m actually doing during that time matters far less than the fact that I’m doing it in solitude.

I also find that “should”s and “ought-to”s can quickly turn an otherwise recharging activity into an energy drain. Because of that, blocking in time for journaling or meditation is generally less helpful than simply blocking out unstructured “me-time”.

So for me, self-care becomes a practice of giving myself the time I need on my own, without holding expectations about what I’ll do with it.