Bonjour mes amis.
The Declaration of You releases this summer and encourages readers to step passionately into their lives, discover how they and their gifts are unique and uncover what they are meant to do. This post is part of The Declaration of You’s Blog Lovin’ Tour and I’m thrilled to participate alongside over 100 other creative bloggers. Learn more by clicking here.
indulging in a dose of tea-inspired self-care in paris last week
In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.—Dalai Lama
When I was asked to pen a piece on self-care for the Declaration of You Blog Tour, I responded with a squeal of "yes!" This is a favorite topic of mine. I find self-care to be most challenging and incredibly rewarding, often at the same time.
As a writer who muses on tranquility commingled with living a full, meaningful life in the same sentence, I am constantly on a quest for balance. A way to ground among the to-dos. A chance to breathe amidst the deadlines. And a moment of respite among the stimulating experiences. As the above Dalai Lama quote reminds us, we must refill the well. Withdraw and restore yourself, he encourages. I wholeheartedly agree and below are seven fave ways to practice restorative self-care in an instant.
1. Body scan. Take a moment to check in with your body. Notice areas of tension or tightness. Observe heat or coolness. Relax your muscles. Notice your heartbeat. Unclench your teeth and relax your tongue to the bottom of your mouth. Soften your jaw and the space between your eyebrows. Check in regularly with your body and scan from the top of your head to the tips of your toes to help ground yourself. Your body does much more than exist to tote your head around. Tune in.
7. Journal. Pull out your pen and paper to tap into what is on your mind. Note what's going on internally. Tune into what you're feeling. Write out what you notice to help you move through a challenge and, ultimately, beyond it.
Wishing you heaps of sacred self-care on this journey of life. Tonight, I'll be practicing my own dose by practicing yoga, sipping tea, soaking in the tub, and going to bed early. Bisous. x