31 Summer Self-Care Ideas

It’s a brand new month! That means it’s time to grab your Self-Love Workbook and start filling out your goals and self-care plans for June. I never much liked summer until I started managing my depression and practicing self-care. It made me actually want to go outside. I remember it clearly, even though it was eight years ago. That summer was the best because I decided that I was going to do things that made me happy. I went to the park for picnics and shared my cotton candy with strangers, I flew a kite all by myself, I climbed a tree for the first time in my life, I went to my first yoga class, I took long walks in the early morning when you could still see the moon on the horizon. That was the first summer I truly enjoyed myself and it was because I filled it…

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Create Your Own Self-Care Kit!

I unknowingly made my own Self-Care Kit almost five years ago. I was feeling pretty down and going through a period of intense depression. I got on facebook and asked my friends to send me a message telling me that they loved me and then telling me why, so I could print them out and keep them. I asked the same from the people I knew around me. The result was a collection of little notes telling me how loved I was. I put them in a shoebox, added candy, my favorite tea bags, and a list of things to do when I was feeling down. Whenever I was feeling depressed I would pull out that box, have a chocolate, and read all of those sweet sweet words that were a balm to my soul. There were so many times when I was critically depressed and being reminded that I was…

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Self-Care For Introverts: How Do You Recharge?

let’s talk about self-care for introverts! I am an introvert. Who is also shy. Who also has social anxiety. So who wins the prize for the person most likely to become a shut-in who lives off the grid in a cabin in the woods? That would be me, except the woods don’t have a good internet connection, so I’ll pass. Introversion, shyness, and social anxiety don’t always go together and they aren’t the same thing, although often they are lumped together. They’re kinda like BFFs, when you find one, you usually find one or the other hanging around too. At least, that’s how it is for me. Being an introvert means that being around people drains me. Being shy means it’s hard to open up and talk to and connect with people. Social anxiety means the thought of being around people + going out can make me really anxious. When…

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Embrace Your Sacred Life: Spiritual Self Care

Sacred means connected with God (or the gods) or dedicated to a religious purpose. It is our way to connect and to honor what is holy or meaningful to us and our spirituality. Are you embracing the sacred in your life? Are you nourishing your spirit? My word-of-the-year is Magic and for me, that means embracing Spirit in my life. I’ve been getting in touch with my life and making it sacred. I was thinking about my day, of the little rituals that make up my day, and how they connect me so deeply to my version of the Divine. They became sacred because of how they make me feel and the connection that they give me to the lifeblood of my existence. Taking a warm bath and submerging myself under the water is connection. Cleaning my sacred space invites connection. Dancing in the dark makes me feel that tether…

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