New April Self-Care Calendar!

Every month my Patreon’s get a cute printable calendar and this month’s April Self-Care Calendar my favorite! Each day has a little icon to encourage you to do something self-care related. It’s totally open to your interpretation! When you see each icon think of what comes to mind and how you can incorporate that into your life. You can get the full calendar by becoming a Patreon! I was really on the fence about joining Patreon. Putting out new content several times a month made me nervous. One of the things I have always worried about is my depression interrupting my creative flow. What happens if I get hit by a wave of depression – who will pick up the slack? But here’s the truth of it. My depression hasn’t sneaked up like that in years. There comes a point where I have to believe in myself, my coping skills,…

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How to Combat Compassion Fatigue

If you’re in an emotionally heady professional field, such as an EMT, a teacher, or a mom with several emotionally needy souls constantly hanging on your ankles all day long, chances are you’re going to feel emotionally exhausted sooner or later.  This phenomenon — known as compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization, or secondary traumatization — is extremely common. If you’re familiar with the feeling, feel free to read on in order to understand a bit more about this tricky emotional battle along with a few suggestions on how to manage things when it creeps into the picture.  What is Compassion Fatigue? It may sound cliche, but sometimes the most concise, effective definitions come straight out of the dictionary. Merriam Webster defines “compassion fatigue” in one of two ways. Medically, it is the emotional withdrawal, accompanied by mental and physical exhaustion, that takes place when someone cares for sick or traumatized people…

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The Power of Inner Peace (And Everyday Ways to Achieve It)

In today’s increasingly frantic and fast-paced world, it’s getting harder to turn the volume down. We’re more connected to the world around us than ever, and that can be equal parts blessing and curse. It’s great to be connected with the people who are close to us (especially for a socially anxious introvert like me!). I love being able to see the latest news from all over the world via a few dabs at a touchscreen but when I’m anxious or sad I’ve learned that I have to create boundaries. Being constantly connected can add stress, anxiety, and sensory overload and letting all of that get to us takes us away from all of the amazing things that are happening in our lives.. It’s a fine balance between connection and stepping away so that you can experience the things (and people) around you.  The power of inner peace When the…

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February Self-Care Calendar

This morning I was trying to think of what image I wanted to create for social media. I thought, why not create a self-care challenge/calendar? They’re always really popular and it turned out SO CUTE! February Self-Care Ideas! 1. Make a list of goals. If you don’t really have any ideas, create a few self-care goals! 2. Positive self-talk! Say something nice to yourself. 3. Take a break. Mentally, emotionally, physically – whatever kind of break you need. 4. Self-soothe. If you;re having a hard time check out these techniques. 5. Move your body in whatever ways feel good to you! 6. Vent to a friend. We spend so much time holding things in, it’s good to let it out. 7. Get inspired. To read, create, think, dream, reorganize your closet – something! We need that rush of inspiration – search for it. 8. Stop putting things off. Procrastination can…

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