Care Dare – a Self-Care Summit

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Happy and Healthy Habits…One Day at a Time! by Jen Rowe

JRowe quote lady with facial Dollarphotoclub_16251356 500 wide Self-care is a practice for me—something I do well for a while, then start getting busy, stop making it a priority, crash and burn, then start over. I’m getting better at it, though. I crash less often. I’m quicker to get back on track. Despite progress, it is something that I will always have to keep practicing and practicing because I don’t see myself ever getting it perfect. And that’s okay.

This year, I’m trying to establish or re-establish several healthy habits. Instead of jumping on the resolution bandwagon and setting a bunch of lofty ideals in January that I would’ve already abandoned by now, I decided to take a gentler approach. I decided to choose a Happy & Healthy Habit to address each month. It is one small habit that I spend an entire month “mastering.” Piece of cake!

I started by looking at my life for areas where I needed a little extra care and then selected little habits that would help me make progress in that area. For example, since I’ve changed jobs I’ve put on a few pounds, so a few of my monthly habits for the year involve moving more (morning yoga practice in March, daily walks in May). I started taking vitamins again in January. In February I am working on getting 8 glasses of water each day. The idea is that since it takes approximately 21 days to establish a new habit, by month’s end my new healthy habit should be pretty much established. Since each habit is small, it is an easy win for the day. Since I am adding one new habit each month, by the end of the year I will have added 12 new healthy practices to my daily life! Another added benefit that I hadn’t planned on is that one habits helps encourage other healthy decisions, like drinking fewer sodas when my belly is full of fresh, clean water!

To remind, encourage, and support my new habits I am tracking them in my daily planner. I have found a number of great tools on Pinterest that work well with my paper planner, but there are also apps for smart phones and as many creative tracking methods as the mind can imagine. Coloring in each day’s water glasses on my planner page feels as good as getting a gold star in elementary school did!

I DARE YOU to make yourself a priority and give this a try! Start small and pick one habit for February. Find a fun way to track your progress. Then maybe get crazy and plan ahead for next month too. Check out my Pinterest board for ideas. Let me know what you do on my Facebook page

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF! YOU MATTER!  J

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Jen Rowe (Coach Jen) is a perpetual student with over 20 years experience in Alcoholism/Addiction Recovery. She loves animals, is always making something, and is obsessed with circles. Her favorite question–a gift from a long-ago mentor–is, “But what are you grateful for?” Jennifer is an enthusiastic advocate for the homeless, the mentally ill, and animals in need of rescue, and names Being a Voice for the Voiceless as part of her Life Mission. In addition to selling handmade items and designing hats, she helps women to achieve their Big Dreams using creativity and right brain tools to search for solutions. Connect with Jen at http://www.beautifulalive.com.

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Self-Care: Starting Small by Jen Rowe

Many women find it easy and natural to help others. Call it maternal instinct, a big heart, or what you will, but many women are really great at caring for those around them. One thing that seems to be much more difficult is caring for themselves. I once worked in a place where my co-workers and I actually set a timer to remind us to use the restroom! No lie!

Have you ever found yourself so involved in what you were doing for others that when you finally took a breath you realized you hadn’t eaten, or rested–or even peed–in ages? If your answer is yes, I would be willing to bet that self-care doesn’t come easy for you. Oh, you probably “know” it’s a good idea to take a break now and then, but I’m guessing that REALLY TAKING TIME FOR YOURSELF feels foreign and selfish.

Let me assure you that, like the other ladies have pointed out, taking good care of yourself is a good idea! If you fall apart, who will fill your shoes? If you don’t practice good self-care what message will that send to the younger girls who look up to you?

I have finally realized that not taking proper care of myself tells the people around me (and my own sweet soul) that I don’t feel valuable enough to be worthy of the same kindness I show to others.

Let that sink in.

Is that healthy for anyone??? I’ll let you draw your own conclusions, but my answer is a BIG FAT NO!!!

So now that I know better, how do I do better?

Sometimes I do pretty well. Sometimes I will fall back into old patterns of self-neglect and will be sick, miserable, or both before I recognize it. After a recent crash and burn, a chat with my mentor/coach (the marvelous Marney Makridakis of Artellaland.com) brought forth a new image I can keep in mind to help me stay happy and healthy–the pink spoon!

pink spoon jrowe Here’s how it works: picture in your mind the little pink sample spoons they have at a certain ice cream parlor–the ones they use to give you a tiny taste of one of their 31 selections. Now picture yourself trying out little samples of a variety of self-loving activities, like 5 minutes of yoga, half a bottle of cold water, a 60-second stretch, a brief prayer like “thank you.” Even the busiest person in the world can pause now and then to sample self-care!

So I’ve made a list of self-care activities that I can try. I’ve put them on a pink index card and called it “My Pink Spoon S.P.A.” (sanity protection activities). I’ve been experimenting with taking little “tastes” of self-kindness throughout my day. They are tiny little segments of time, so I don’t feel selfish or lazy or unproductive. As I get more comfortable, maybe I’ll take bigger samples of the “flavors” I enjoy.

Give it a try and tell me how it works for you! Somehow I’m positive that YOU ARE WORTH IT! 🙂
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Also, try Jen’s Soul Food ARTsignment for even more self-care ideas!

Soul Food ARTsignment PDF download link.
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Jen Rowe (Coach Jen) is a perpetual student with over 20 years experience in Alcoholism/Addiction Recovery. She loves animals, is always making something, and is obsessed with circles. Her favorite question–a gift from a long-ago mentor–is, “But what are you grateful for?” Jennifer is an enthusiastic advocate for the homeless, the mentally ill, and animals in need of rescue, and names Being a Voice for the Voiceless as part of her Life Mission. In addition to selling handmade items and designing hats, she helps women to achieve their Big Dreams using creativity and right brain tools to search for solutions. Connect with Jen at www.beautifulalive.com.