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Self-Care Builds You Up

Often times, people wait until drastic circumstances to care for themselves.   In example, finally getting enough sleep when the flu has knocked them on their back.  Or, making time for the chiropractor because they can hardly stand.  How many times have you felt frenzied because you were lacking time to yourself?  How many times have you ignored warning signs?  These things put you on the roller coaster of “not enough time” or being “out of balance”.  No matter what the warning signs are (mental, emotional, or physical), you are being told to pay attention.

How do you avoid the roller coaster?  By implementing a self-care plan.

We’ve all heard someone say, “I just need some down time.”  What is so “down” about time to yourself?  It’s really about keeping UP in life by having moments of restoration, relaxation, and inspiration.  There is some stigma to down time.  So, we’re changing that right now.  Here are new statements:

Self care builds me up.

Self care is time designed for my well-being.

My well-being is about feeding my mind, body, and spirit.

This self-care time is just as important as other aspects of life.  Consider for yourself a plan designed to support and energize all of you.  This is your unique preventative wellness package.  Do this with a significant other or best friend.  Choose a couple of activities that you like best in the following categories.  The activities are just examples.  Take into consider what you value most and add those!

Feed the Mind  –   Read; Journal; Take a class; Quiet time; Meaningful conversation with friends/family; Hobby/creative projects…

Energize the Body  –  Walk; Lift weights; Yoga; Bodywork – massage or energy work; Healthful food; Rest & Sleep; Deep breathing…

Inspire the Spirit  –  Meditate; Attend church/spiritual center; Talk with a spiritual coach or advisor; Read; Reflective time; Prayer; Time in nature…

Again, choose a couple of activities in each category and incorporate into daily/weekly/monthly routines.  What’s extra cool, anything you do in one category also feeds the other two!  Now, that’s Synergy 🙂

Synergistically Yours,

Jenn Seffrin

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The Feng Shui Mind

I like things to be streamlined and organized in my home – not too much decor, knick knacks, and the like.  It feels good when items are put in place and you know where to get them and place them back.  That feeling is the flow of energy, or qi (chi), as stated in Feng Shui.  It seems like keeping things in order should be easy and by golly it sneaks up and catches me – piles of clothes waiting to be put up, dirty dishes in sink, and general items sitting out with no “home”.  Sometimes it’s just about getting caught up on these things and other times it’s the head junk that gets in the way.   I don’t like putting up laundry.  There isn’t a good place for this.  I’ll do that later… and later… and later.

I know that clutter in the home creates energetic blocks – within our home itself, our minds, and overall personal energy.  I experience it and as per the website and their article Key Design Ideas To Improve Your Lifestyle :

By clearing your space, you allow your home to breathe and create this vital circulation space…thereby creating a sense of freedom and sensation to grow, allowing you to achieve your goals.

So how do we fung shui our thoughts along with our home?  I’m happy to share mine:)  As I merrily unpacked right away from a recent trip (something I normally resist and put off), I realized my state of mind was different.  I was choosing to restore my space and it felt great.  aaHa!  The word chore has a whole new meaning for me now.  Look at how this word breaks up into two components perfectly.

“cho” = Choice    “res” = Restore

My chores are now choices to restore!  I feng shui’d my mind a little bit and now my house a lot more.

I am by no means a feng shui expert.  My approach in the past has been a book sitting in my living room in hopes that my house would absorb the knowledge by osmosis.  Share your feng shui tips with us or ways in which de-cluttering and organizing work for you!

Synergistically Yours,

Jenn Seffrin

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