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Self-care tips, resources, community stories, and more.

July Self-Care Strategy Session (Danika Brysha)

In this monthly strategy session, we’ll work together to reflect on the month of June, set intentions, gain clarity, and get focused on the path to what you want in July and the rest of 2021.

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Play for LIFE! w/ Bethe Almeras

In this class we will celebrate play as self-love and self-expression, explore any blocks we may have, and open ourselves up to our playful spirits!

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Rapid Results Outline: 18 Minutes to Your Bestselling Book w/ Karen Rowe

Karen’s ‘Rapid Results Outline’ will cut your excuses and end analysis paralysis and get your book outline created in 18 minutes.

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The Healing Art of Creativity w/ Theresa Haddow

In this class we will be taking a deep dive into the creative practices that we can easily incorporate into our lives and how you are probably already doing a lot of creating but you just don’t realize it yet.

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Finding Your Fitness Why w/ Megan Helmer

An opportunity to explore why fitness matters to you and how you can positively and joyously incorporate it in your life.

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The Creative Soul w/ Kimberly Ironfield Holmes

This class is about Creativity— the creative spirit, developing, nurturing, and feeding the creative mind to envision your dreams and create a life you love.

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June Self-Care Strategy Session (Danika Brysha)

In this monthly strategy session, we’ll work together to reflect on the month of May, set intentions, gain clarity, and get focused on the path to what you want in June and the rest of 2021.

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Founder’s Day 2021

Our Founder’s Day celebration event is an opportunity for members to come together to reflect and celebrate the progress they’ve made, big or small, in the past year.

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Embracing Expansion w/ Brie Lyndon

In this class, we’ll be working to define our dreams, identify our limiting beliefs, and find ways to begin to chase what we truly desire.

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Empowered Meal Planning w/ Kamea Black

Together we will explore ways to shed guilt and approach meal planning from a space of love and kindness.

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Journal Prompts for Clarity

Feeling Stuck? Try These 18 Journal Prompts for Clarity

Powerful journal prompts to help you gain clarity on your dreams and desires, and be more intentional with your life.

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Self-Care with Hair w/ Natalia Campos

Bringing in the act of self love by connecting & caring for your hair & your being. We’ll go through a lovely ritual and learn tips on caring for your hair.

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Defining Disability: what you need to know to be the best advocate for yourself and others w/ Beth Jones

Have you ever wondered how you can be a better advocate for yourself and others regardless of disability status? Look no further! Elizabeth has (some) answers!

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Self-Care: 9 Habits of Successful People

Self-Care On-Demand: 9 Habits of Successful People

Self-care whenever you need it. This 30-minute, guided session is built around the “9 Habits of Successful People.”

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From Stressed to Spacious at Work w/ Katie Goodling

In this workshop, we’ll reflect on how we’ve felt at work in the past, how we feel at work now, and how we want to feel in the future.

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Becoming Authentically You w/ Cicelyann Zoccola

The goal of this class is to help you discover who your authentic self is, as well as provide support for you to continue to nurture and grow back into you.

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Unapologetic Self-Care for Moms: A Mother’s Day Weekend Workshop

Join Self-Care Society’s Danika Brysha and Dr. Annie Vovan as they share tips on building an unapologetic self-care routine — specifically tailored to your busy mom lifestyle.

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Intuitive Plant Parenthood w/ Carrie Schulze

You can easily have a green thumb! This class will help you on the path towards simply intuitive plant parenthood.

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Clear & Heal Reiki w/ Alexa Sharwell

We will go over how Reiki works to clear and open our chakras, and how we are connected mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

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7 Types of Rest

7 Types of Rest That Don’t Involve ‘Doing Nothing’

Sleep isn’t the only type of rest, and if you wake up after seven hours still feeling sluggish, the other six types of rest may help.

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Unapologetic Self-Care for Moms

Unapologetic Self-Care for Moms: Free Mother’s Day Event

After mothering during a pandemic, it’s time to take a little time for yourself. Nominate a mama you love for free access.

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‘Life’s Not a Dress Rehearsal’ — How One Mother’s Legacy Became the ‘Force’ Behind Another Mother’s Passion

‘Life’s Not a Dress Rehearsal’ — How One Mother’s Legacy Became the ‘Force’ Behind Another Mother’s Passion

When her 46-year-old nanny unexpectedly passed away, Annie Vovan’s perspective on motherhood and the guilt that often comes with it changed.

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May Self-Care Strategy Session (Danika Brysha)

In this monthly strategy session, we’ll work together to reflect on the month of April, set intentions, gain clarity, and get focused on the path to what you want in May and the rest of 2021.

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Yoga & Mindful Movement w/ Priscilla Fitzpatrick

Priscilla will help us bring awareness to our breath and our bodies in this musically-guided mindful yoga practice.

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Mindful Goal Setting w/ Antonia DeMichiel

Grounded in mindfulness and reflection, Antonia will guide you through setting achievable and actionable goals using the SMART goals framework.

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4 Self-Care Tips for Busy Moms

4 Self-Care Tips for Busy Moms

You pour into everyone else mama, now it’s time to pour into yourself. Here are some tips for practicing self-care as a mother.

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Mirrors & Windows w/ Lisa Desberg

In this workshop, we will focus on awareness and understanding of ourselves and others.

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Love and the Hard to Love w/ Sarah Reece

Using the practice of sonder to find empathy and authentic love for the difficult people in our lives.

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Intentional Money Flow w/ Anna Dynia

The goal of this class is to walk away with being able to be a little more real and aware about the choices you make around money.

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Manifesting Mind, Body & Beauty w/ Tonya Mann

Tonya’s Manifesting Mind, Body & Beauty class is designed to help you reframe your past and consciously co-create a more beautiful future.

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Reiki Healing w/ Heidi Lujan

Learn about Reiki and relax with a guided chakra clearing meditation.

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April Self-Care Strategy Session (Danika Brysha)

In this monthly strategy session, we’ll work together to reflect on the month of March, set intentions, gain clarity, and get focused on the path to what you want in April and the rest of 2021

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Defining Moments in Life w/ Lisa Desberg

Thinking through defining moments in our life — where we were, who we were with and why it matters.

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From Mess to Masterpiece w/ Carter Higgins

Get ready to check off ✅ Play/Creativity! All you need are some scissors, scraps of paper, a glue stick, and your inner child.

Join children’s book author and illustrator Carter Higgins for a collage workshop that celebrates our childlike creativity. No skill needed! (But don’t forget the glue stick!)

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Lucy Frisch

Feng Shui for Self-Care w/ Lucy Frisch

Lucy will help you get clear on how you want to feel when you’re at home and how you can make small but intentional changes to support those feelings, including a guided virtual space clearing.

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Claudia Gonzalez

Integrating Your Shadow w/ Claudia Gonzalez

Exploring our shadows to achieve greater authenticity, creativity, energy and, personal awakening.

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Living Light & Embodiment Through Reiki w/ Natalia Campos

Living Light & Embodiment Through Reiki w/ Natalia Campos

In this class we will learn a bit more what Reiki is. We will learn The Principles and how to incorporate them into our everyday to bring balance into our lives.

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Tara Darling

Unfolding Into Your Bloom w/ Tara Darling

We’ve all heard the quote, “know thyself.” This class will dive deeper into what it is to know yourself and live from a place of authenticity while building community and connection.

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Divine Self Love w/ Marisa Bottolfson

Divine Self Love w/ Marisa Bottolfson

Align your Divine spirit with your body, with your creativity and ultimately with your intuition. Loving yourself is the breathtaking understanding that we are worthy of love and that we are innately divine.

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Inviting Intuition In w/ Carrie Schulze

Inviting Intuition In w/ Carrie Schulze

Simple steps to strengthen your intuitive muscle. Are you open to receive the messages that are being sent to you? Are you aware of the language they speak?

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March Self-Care Strategy Session (Danika Brysha)

In this strategy session we’ll set intentions, gain clarity, and get focused on the path to what you want in March and the rest of 2021.

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Self-Care On-Demand - Class #6: Celebration, Intentionality, and Self-Love

Self-Care On-Demand – Class #6: Celebration, Intentionality, and Self-Love

Self-care whenever you need it. February’s 30-minute, guided session focuses on self-love through celebration, intentionality, and more.

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Self-Love Sunday

Self-Love Sunday 2021

9 leading self-love guides for a 3-hour virtual event. Celebrate the longest, deepest relationship in your life with this special event.

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Self-Care Strategy Session

February Self-Care Strategy Session (Danika Brysha)

In this strategy session we’ll set intentions, gain clarity, and get focused on the path to what you want in February and the rest of 2021.

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How to Do Epic Sh*t: Harness the Magic to Build Your Biggest Life (Suzy Batiz)

Suzy gives us an inside look into the power that manifestation, mindfulness, and magic has had in her life, and offers tips on harnessing these tools to do epic sh*t.

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Longevity 101: How to Live A Long, Healthy Life (Dr. Cleopatra)

What does it take to live your longest, healthiest, happiest, and most vibrant life? Dr. Cleopatra shares her top tips on how to start today.

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Self-Care On-Demand - Class #5: Clarity, Affirmations, Connection and Visualization

Self-Care On-Demand – Class #5: Clarity, Affirmations, Connection and Visualization

Self-care whenever you need it. Decembers’s 30-minute, guided session covers manifestation, breathwork, play, space, self-love, and more.

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Self-Care Society: How to Live Cyclically: Do Less and Have More (Kate Northrup)

How to Live Cyclically: Do Less and Have More (Kate Northrup)

Learn about Kate’s inner blueprint for productivity and how to honor your natural cycles to build a life that feels more graceful, nourishing, and efficient.

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How to Get Crystal Clear on Your Vision: Virtual Vision Boarding (Illiett Ojeda)

How to Get Crystal Clear on Your Vision: Virtual Vision Boarding (Illiett Ojeda)

A manifestation experience unlike ever before. Dig deep within to uncover the inner desires that lie beyond the tangibles that traditionally make a vision board.

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#SELFCARE30: A 30-Day Micro-Habit Challenge

30 days of micro-habits. 5 minutes a day. To build your optimal self-care routine. Free guide download. Start anytime.

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New Year’s Eve Party with Tarot Reading for 2021

Join our 2021 SCS guides, tarot reader, Rita Acosta, and the SCS community cheers to making it through a challenging year and look forward to 2021.

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2021 Goals & Intention-Setting Workshop with Hypnotherapy (Maggie Saunders)

2021 Goals & Intention-Setting Workshop with Hypnotherapy (Maggie Saunders)

In 90 minutes, we’ll work together to get clear on how we aim to feel next year, set goals based on these desires, and break them down into manageable pieces for a successful 2021.

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Self-Care Community Spotlight: Marisa (Seattle, WA)

Self-discovery, authenticity, and soul-healing — Marisa shares her inspiring story of positive transformation through self-care.

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Self-Care Community Spotlight - Claudia

Self-Care Community Spotlight: Claudia (Huntington Beach, CA)

Learn how this teacher and yogi used self-care to help navigate a transitional period moving to a third-world country with growing children.

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Self-Care Community Spotlight: Amy (Costa Rica)

Learn how this teacher and yogi used self-care to help navigate a transitional period moving to a third-world country with growing children.

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Self-Care Community Spotlight: Theresa (Austin, TX)

Self-Care Community Spotlight: Theresa (Austin, TX)

Meet Theresa. Today’s spotlight highlights founding SCS member, Theresa Haddow! Get ready to be inspired when you learn how Theresa turned a “failed” experience taking …

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Self-Care Community Lisa

Self-Care Community Spotlight: Lisa (Haverhill, MA)

Meet Lisa. Today’s Member Spotlight celebrates an SCS founder and true light in the community, Lisa Desberg! A true lover of life, Lisa is a …

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Self-Care Community Spotlight - Wendy

Self-Care Community Spotlight: Wendy (Kyoto, JP)

Tips from a mother and teacher, learn how Wendy uses journaling and gratitude to consistently show up, and why self-care isn’t selfish at all.

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Self-Care Community Spotlight

Self-Care Community Spotlight: Ashley (Oxford, MS)

Get self-care tips from this veteran-turned-law-student and learn about the tools she uses to remove stress and live life intentionally.

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Self-Care Community Spotlight - Beth

Self-Care Community Spotlight: Beth (Sacramento, CA)

Meet Beth. Today’s Member Spotlight features founding SCS member, Beth Jones.  Learn more about how this trilingual high school English teacher used an anxiety diagnosis …

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Self-Care Community Spotlight: Noelle

Self-Care Community Spotlight: Noelle (Buffalo, NY)

Meet Noelle. Founding SCS member, Noelle, gives us a peek into her personal self-care journey today in the first installment of our Community Member Spotlight …

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The Self-Care Glossary

Definitions, explanations, and examples for the daily self-care checklist.

Affirmations are positive statements that we can use to change the dialogue in our mind, the way we think about ourselves and the world, and are a great manifesting tool. Most positive affirmations start with “I am…” (though they certianly don’t have to) and can be short or long. You can write a paragraph affirming something or just a word.

Affirmations are used to intentionally reprogram your mind to think the thoughts that you want to be true for yourself. Affirmations are statements that you WANT to be true for you, even if you don’t fully believe them yet. Just make sure your affirmations are always positive in nature. For example, instead of saying “I am not lazy” you would say “I am energized, efficient, and productive.”

Examples: 

  • I am enough
  • I am worth of living my best life possible
  • I am a healthy person with healthy habits
  • I manifest abundance always
  • I carry nothing that does not serve me – physically, emotionally, spiritually
  • I love my body

Our breath is our life force. It can help us to regulate our emotions, to bring us back into our bodies, and to ground ourselves when we are feeling chaotic and out of alignment.

It is the act of consciously controlling our breathing to influence our mental, physical, and emotional states.

Examples:

  • There are many breathwork techniques and it can be as simple as paying attention. You can count your breaths in and out, take deep breaths into your body, or practice techniques like box breathing.

I’m a huge advocate for little wins. Setting ourselves up to celebrate our successes, feel like we’re doing a good job, and to notice even the smallest things about ourselves that matter. The more we celebrate, the more we have self love. The more we have self love, the easier it is to practice self care.

Set yourself up for lots of little wins each day, and celebrate and savor them when they occur. Positive reinforcement will lead to positive action. Be sure you set yourself up for success with systems and accountability.

Examples:

  • Celebration can be simple like journaling about what you are proud of, what you’ve accomplished, and what you enjoyed. It can also be highlighted on a daily basis through checking boxes that make you feel good and accomplished when you do nice things for yourself. It is important as we grow and learn that we feel supported and loved, and that we have a safe space to mess up, make mistakes, and try again.

In order to manifest what we want, we must first know what those desires are. Clarity is a process of going inward to find out what you want. Our desires change all through our life so it’s important to constantly check in to see what feels good for us now. Clarity can be receive in a myriad of ways.

Examples:

  • Clarity can be found through processes like reflection, meditation, journaling, connection, and really any time we pause, get intentional, and listen in. Paying attention to what feels good to us, no matter what the outside world says we should do.

We are better together and we are social creatures. Connecting with other like-minded and supportive beings is medicine for our soul. This is why Self Care Society is built to be a community driven experience.

Examples:

  • Calling or texting a loved one
  • Joining a group of people you feel aligned with
  • Physical touch with someone you love
  • Sharing experiences with others

The practice of being grateful. Practicing gratitude reprograms us to look at what’s good and what is working in the world, instead of focusing on our often default method of what isn’t, and everything we need to do. We can even practice gratitude for things that haven’t happened yet but that we want to manifest. I often say “thank you” for things I don’t yet have in an effort to manifest them into reality.

Examples:

  • Thank you for the love I share with my friends and family
  • I am so grateful for my self -care routine and my consistency with it
  • I am so thankful for the abundance of miracles in my life

Did you know that 60% of the human adult body is water?

The brain and heart are composed of 73% water and the lungs are 83% water. The skin is 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery at 31%.

I’d say this is a pretty strong argument for making hydration a top priority. Drinking lots of water supports all the processes in the body and at SCS we love to be in flow. Hydration helps with that and is an essential part of self-care.

We are most dehydrated right when we wake up so drink a big glass of water first thing when you wake up.

Trade excessive caffeine, alcohol, sugary drinks and juices, and soda (yes, including diet soda that is filled with less-than-nourishing ingredients) for water, unsweetened teas, and fresh vegetable juices.

Set hydration goals for the week or timers on your phone to remind you to chug chug throughout your day.

Intentionality refers to the act of taking action based on clarity and desire. Being deliberate or purposeful. We can’t expect to achieve our dreams if we don’t know what they are. We do many activities based around living an intentional life in Self Care Society and these can take form in a variety of ways.

Examples:

  • Intentionality can be achieved through practices like planning, strategizing, building systems and time management, and goal-setting

The practice of journaling is best done with a pen to paper (handwritten) to really allow our thoughts to slow down and make their way onto paper. Journaling can look differently for everyone but I’ve found it to be a beautiful creative process with which I turn my thoughts into something tangible that I can see on paper.

I encourage those who journal to view the practice of journaling as something of value for the present moment vs. documenting the details of your life thinking you’ll read it later. Focus on using the pages as a way to get the racing thoughts out of your mind and down in a way that you can digest and make sense of them.

Our minds are valuable real estate so the more we can dump our brains of junk, the more space we create for our own clarity and opportunities.

Journaling can take many forms but some prompts might be:

  • I like…
  • I feel…
  • I am…
  • I want…
  • I love…

Manifesting is the act of bringing your visions into physical reality. It’s the process used to turn a thought into a thing, and is closely tied to the practice of visualization.

Manifesting includes practices like expressing gratitude for what you want in your life. It’s getting clear on what you want and continually focusing on that thing. It’s writing journal entries and biographies of yourself from the future speaking as if something you desire has already happened. Like visualizing, it’s a great way to experience the feelings of your desires, before they exist for you in the physical world.

Examples:

  • Writing a journal entry dated in the future is a great way to manifest who you want to me
  • Creating a vision board of what you want to attract
  • Writing a biography of yourself from the future
  • Saying gratitude for something you hope to attract, as if it already happened

Our physical bodies are the “suit” we experience the physical world with. Emotions are energy in motion, which means, that when energy isn’t in motion, we can tend to bring up uncomfortable physical feelings in our bodies. If we don’t have our physical body, we don’t have something to experience all the beauty of life with, and all the desires we manifest.

Movement allows the energy and emotions to flow through us and out of us. It supports not just physical health but mental health.

Examples:

  • Stretching
  • Dancing
  • Shaking
  • Walking
  • Jumping
  • Any sort of fitness

We all know that nature is incredibly healing and we can connect with it in a variety of ways.

From standing near a sunny window, putting our feet in the grass, enjoying a nearby hike, or moon-gazing, connecting with the energies of Mother Earth can help us feel more grounded, aligned, and connected.

Knock out a few checklist wins at once by committing to a daily walk in nature with a friend (in person or on the phone) or by listening to a podcast to help exercise your mind while you move your body.

Learn about the moon cycles and track your energy so you know how it’s impacted over the cycle. Practice “earthing” by putting your feed and/or body on the ground, get really hippie and hug a tree, try your hand at growing some food, or just get a little sunshine on your (sunscreen-protected) skin.

Nourishment refers to the way in which we fuel our body, primarily, what we eat.

Because we are all different and have varying dietary needs, what you consume for food will be unique to your preferences. The best judge for what serves your body is you, so tune in to how you feel when you eat certain foods to determine which way of eating helps you thrive.

The general consensus is that whole, real, single ingredient foods that come from nature are the best for our bodies, so do your best to get lots of plants in your diet and know that this journey is all about progress not perfection.

Nourishment is one of my “Foundational Four” self-care practices that informs the ways in which we can experience everything else so this is one of the most important practices to nurture.

Nourishment could mean cutting back on sugar, taking supplements, removing processed foods, cutting back on soda or alcohol, and more. There’s no perfect way of eating, so do your own experiences and seek your answers inside you.

Play and creativity are a critical part of self care. Creativity is our life force. It is the way we manifest and bring things to us that we desire. It is how anything that didn’t exist, came to be.

You can see why this play and creativity is critical in how we bring to life anything we desire.

Examples:

  • Play can be turning of your devices and frolicking in nature
  • Drawing or creating art of any form (music, gardening, cooking, etc.)
  • Doing anything that doesn’t feel “traditionally productive”

The process of reflection is as critical as the momentum we often have to move on to the next thing. If we don’t pause to reflect on what we’ve done, accomplished, or experienced, it becomes harder to move forward learning from our past.

Reflection is a beautiful act of transition, learning, and information, and can be done in a variety of ways, like journaling, therapy, conversations, etc.

Examples:

  • Journaling about your experience, what you learned, what worked, what you would do differently
  • Taking the time to focus and mediate on the things — good and bad — that have had significant impact on our lives 

Arguably the most important act of self care on your checklist is that of rest and sleep. It is the body’s opportunity to repair and rebuild (magical right?) and so often it is looked at as the first thing to go when we have so much to “do.””

But the quality of sleep we get it (or naps/rest) is absolutely critical to the function of all our body’s systems. Taking an extra hour of sleep almost always means you’ll earn that hour back in your ability to focus, perform, and do things with more clarity and attention than had you traded in an hour of ZZZ’s in exchange for more work or Netflix.

This is one of my “Foundational Four” self-care practices that sets the stage for all our other work. The other three? Nourishment, Mindfulness, and Movement.

Tips for a great night of rest:

  • The ideal sleeping temperature is thought to be between 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit. If you go to bed early like me (in order to get up super early), black out curtains will be an incredible investment.
  • Try to unplug from all electronics and looking at screens at least 1 hour before bed, and try to not eat within 3 hours of when you’re going to bed, too.
  • We also thrive on a consistent sleep/wake time so whenever possible, pick a bedtime and wake time that you can stick to most days.
  • In terms of hours of sleep, the general consensus seems to be that 7-9 hours per night is ideal, though it varies from person to person.
  • If you can’t get a full night of sleep, don’t underestimate the power of a 20 minute nap or simply lying down with your eyes closed.
  • Rest can also look like a lounging around with nothing to DO and recharging watching your favorite movie or while reading a book.

Self love is the foundation of self care. When we love ourselves, it becomes a natural and automatic behavior to take care of ourselves. The stronger our foundation of self care, the easier we’ll find it becomes to take action on things like healthy eating, proper sleep, mindful movement, nourishing relationships, play, rest, etc.

Self love is ever-evolving and there are tangible ways with which to cultivate in your life. Using willpower to do acts of self care, will strengthen the internal dialogue towards self love. It says “you are worth taking care of” which also means “you are worth of love and care”.

Self love and self care work together and strengthen each other. The stronger these foundations, the easier it becomes to find consistency in your practices.

Examples:

  • Positive Affirmations
  • Taking time to celebrate yourself and who you are
  • Consciously consuming media and messaging that supports your enough-ness exactly as you are

We often underestimate the impact that our physical and mental states have on our well being. Keeping our physical space tidy and clear of clutter impacts our mental health and our abilty to focus and be productive. Clearing out the clutter in our minds through things like therapy and journaling, allows for more spaciousness for new exciting things to come in.

We will only be given what we can handle. If you want abundance and newness, or you are calling something in for your life, be sure you’ve left the space for it to enter. Creativity happens in this white space too. If we’re constantly doing things and busy, it’s much harder to fully receive these often life-changing downloads from the universe.

Examples:

  • Clearing clutter from your work area or your home
  • Throwing things away Tidying your space
  • Talking to a loved one or therapist to release emotional energy
  • Journaling your thoughts to remove them from you body and on to paper

Support can be given or taken and is a powerful part of any growth journey. We are nourished not just when we are held and taken care of, but also when we are given the opportunity to take care of someone else.

Examples:

  • Reaching out to loved ones who are on your mind
  • Reminding yourself that you are taken care of and loved
  • Writing a kind note or sending a message out of the blue
  • Cheering on fellow SCS members when they volunteer or put themselves out there

Visualization is the practice of creating an experience in your mind and body that may or may not be happening in the physical world around you. Think of it as the grown up version of imagination that you did so freely as a child. Where you could be anyone and anywhere by simply allowing yourself to go there in your mind.

Visualization is a powerful tool in manfesting. In most cases, our body and brain does not know if it’s experiencing something for real in the phsysical world, or if it’s happening in the mind. The true way to manifest your desires is to experience the feelings and visions that you’ll have when you get there, NOW. The path to bring our visions to life is simply creating that vision and those feelings first and trusting that the physical world around you will rise up to meet it.

In SCS classes, we often do guided visualizations where the leader will have you close your eyes and imagine you as your highest self, your healthiest self, taking your dream trip, in your dream job, and more.

Sample Visualization:

You are the most vibrant, healthy, productive, peaceful, conscious version of you.

You’re up early and you’re holding your favorite hot drink. You sit down in the space that you do most mornings to align for the day.

You notice as you move towards this spot, how good you feel in your body. A type of lightness and flow and grace and confidence.

You’ve been practicing an affirmation and you feel it being embodied. “I carry nothing that does not serve me – physically, emotionally, or spiritually.”

You sit and you set your drink down on the table next to you. What does the table look like? What does the mug look like? What is the room temperature? What is the weather outside?

You take a deep breath that fills your whole body. You notice how it feels to be this version of you.

You realize that all it took to get here was to feel these feelings first, and the outside world caught up. You committed to memorizing these feelings in your body… ones of ________.

You noticed what it felt like to feel like this and you committed it to muscle memory. Notice right now. Scan your body. Commit to this bodily experience.

How can you bring yourself back here? How can you choose this as your consistent state?

Self-Care Glossary

Affirmations are positive affirming statements that we can use to change the dialogue in our mind, the way we think about ourselves and the world, and are a great manifesting tool. Most positive affirmations start with “I am…” (though they certianly don’t have to) and can be short or long. You can write a paragraph affirming something or just a word.

Affirmations are used to intentionally reprogram your mind to think the thoughts that you want to be true for yourself. Affirmations are statements that you WANT to be true for you, even if you don’t fully believe them yet. Just make sure your affirmations are always positive in nature. For example, instead of saying “I am not lazy” you would say “I am energized, efficient, and productive.”

Examples: 

  • I am enough
  • I am worth of living my best life possible
  • I am a healthy person with healthy habits
  • I manifest abundance always
  • I carry nothing that does not serve me – physically, emotionally, spiritually
  • I love my body

Our breath is our life force. It can help us to regulate our emotions, to bring us back into our bodies, and to ground ourselves when we are feeling chaotic and out of alignment.

It is the act of consciously controlling our breathing to influence our mental, physical, and emotional states.

Examples:

  • There are many breathwork techniques and it can be as simple as paying attention. You can count your breaths in and out, take deep breaths into your body, or practice techniques like box breathing.

I’m a huge advocate for little wins. Setting ourselves up to celebrate our successes, feel like we’re doing a good job, and to notice even the smallest things about ourselves that matter. The more we celebrate, the more we have self love. The more we have self love, the easier it is to practice self care.

Set yourself up for lots of little wins each day, and celebrate and savor them when they occur. Positive reinforcement will lead to positive action. Be sure you set yourself up for success with systems and accountability.

Examples:

  • Celebration can be simple like journaling about what you are proud of, what you’ve accomplished, and what you enjoyed. It can also be highlighted on a daily basis through checking boxes that make you feel good and accomplished when you do nice things for yourself. It is important as we grow and learn that we feel supported and loved, and that we have a safe space to mess up, make mistakes, and try again.

In order to manifest what we want, we must first know what those desires are. Clarity is a process of going inward to find out what you want. Our desires change all through our life so it’s important to constantly check in to see what feels good for us now. Clarity can be receive in a myriad of ways.

Examples:

  • Clarity can be found through processes like reflection, meditation, journaling, connection, and really any time we pause, get intentional, and listen in. Paying attention to what feels good to us, no matter what the outside world says we should do.

We are better together and we are social creatures. Connecting with other like-minded and supportive beings is medicine for our soul. This is why Self Care Society is built to be a community driven experience.

Examples:

  • Calling or texting a loved one
  • Joining a group of people you feel aligned with
  • Physical touch with someone you love
  • Sharing experiences with others

The practice of being grateful. Practicing gratitude reprograms us to look at what’s good and what is working in the world, instead of focusing on our often default method of what isn’t, and everything we need to do. We can even practice gratitude for things that haven’t happened yet but that we want to manifest. I often say “thank you” for things I don’t yet have in an effort to manifest them into reality.

Examples:

  • Thank you for the love I share with my friends and family
  • I am so grateful for my self -care routine and my consistency with it
  • I am so thankful for the abundance of miracles in my life

Intentionality refers to the act of taking action based on clarity and desire. Being deliberate or purposeful. We can’t expect to achieve our dreams if we don’t know what they are. We do many activities based around living an intentional life in Self Care Society and these can take form in a variety of ways.

Examples:

  • Intentionality can be achieved through practices like planning, strategizing, building systems and time management, and goal-setting

The practice of journaling is best done with a pen to paper (handwritten) to really allow our thoughts to slow down and make their way onto paper. Journaling can look differently for everyone but I’ve found it to be a beautiful creative process with which I turn my thoughts into something tangible that I can see on paper.

I encourage those who journal to view the practice of journaling as something of value for the present moment vs. documenting the details of your life thinking you’ll read it later. Focus on using the pages as a way to get the racing thoughts out of your mind and down in a way that you can digest and make sense of them.

Our minds are valuable real estate so the more we can dump our brains of junk, the more space we create for our own clarity and opportunities.

Journaling can take many forms but some prompts might be:

  • I like…
  • I feel…
  • I am…
  • I want…
  • I love…

Manifesting is the act of bringing your visions into physical reality. It’s the process used to turn a thought into a thing, and is closely tied to the practice of visualization.

Manifesting includes practices like expressing gratitude for what you want in your life. It’s getting clear on what you want and continually focusing on that thing. It’s writing journal entries and biographies of yourself from the future speaking as if something you desire has already happened. Like visualizing, it’s a great way to experience the feelings of your desires, before they exist for you in the physical world.

Examples:

  • Writing a journal entry dated in the future is a great way to manifest who you want to me
  • Creating a vision board of what you want to attract
  • Writing a biography of yourself from the future
  • Saying gratitude for something you hope to attract, as if it already happened

Our physical bodies are the “suit” we experience the physical world with. Emotions are energy in motion, which means, that when energy isn’t in motion, we can tend to bring up uncomfortable physical feelings in our bodies. If we don’t have our physical body, we don’t have something to experience all the beauty of life with, and all the desires we manifest.

Movement allows the energy and emotions to flow through us and out of us. It supports not just physical health but mental health.

Examples:

  • Stretching
  • Dancing
  • Shaking
  • Walking
  • Jumping
  • Any sort of fitness

Play and creativity are a critical part of self care. Creativity is our life force. It is the way we manifest and bring things to us that we desire. It is how anything that didn’t exist, came to be.

You can see why this play and creativity is critical in how we bring to life anything we desire.

Examples:

  • Play can be turning of your devices and frolicking in nature
  • Drawing or creating art of any form (music, gardening, cooking, etc.)
  • Doing anything that doesn’t feel “traditionally productive”

The process of reflection is as critical as the momentum we often have to move on to the next thing. If we don’t pause to reflect on what we’ve done, accomplished, or experienced, it becomes harder to move forward learning from our past.

Reflection is a beautiful act of transition, learning, and information, and can be done in a variety of ways, like journaling, therapy, conversations, etc.

Examples:

  • Journaling about your experience, what you learned, what worked, what you would do differently
  • Taking the time to focus and mediate on the things — good and bad — that have had significant impact on our lives 

Self love is the foundation of self care. When we love ourselves, it becomes a natural and automatic behavior to take care of ourselves. The stronger our foundation of self care, the easier we’ll find it becomes to take action on things like healthy eating, proper sleep, mindful movement, nourishing relationships, play, rest, etc.

Self love is ever-evolving and there are tangible ways with which to cultivate in your life. Using willpower to do acts of self care, will strengthen the internal dialogue towards self love. It says “you are worth taking care of” which also means “you are worth of love and care”.

Self love and self care work together and strengthen each other. The stronger these foundations, the easier it becomes to find consistency in your practices.

Examples:

  • Positive Affirmations
  • Taking time to celebrate yourself and who you are
  • Consciously consuming media and messaging that supports your enough-ness exactly as you are

We often underestimate the impact that our physical and mental states have on our well being. Keeping our physical space tidy and clear of clutter impacts our mental health and our abilty to focus and be productive. Clearing out the clutter in our minds through things like therapy and journaling, allows for more spaciousness for new exciting things to come in.

We will only be given what we can handle. If you want abundance and newness, or you are calling something in for your life, be sure you’ve left the space for it to enter. Creativity happens in this white space too. If we’re constantly doing things and busy, it’s much harder to fully receive these often life-changing downloads from the universe.

Examples:

  • Clearing clutter from your work area or your home
  • Throwing things away Tidying your space
  • Talking to a loved one or therapist to release emotional energy
  • Journaling your thoughts to remove them from you body and on to paper

Support can be given or taken and is a powerful part of any growth journey. We are nourished not just when we are held and taken care of, but also when we are given the opportunity to take care of someone else.

Examples:

  • Reaching out to loved ones who are on your mind
  • Reminding yourself that you are taken care of and loved
  • Writing a kind note or sending a message out of the blue
  • Cheering on fellow SCS members when they volunteer or put themselves out there

Visualization is the practice of creating an experience in your mind and body that may or may not be happening in the physical world around you. Think of it as the grown up version of imagination that you did so freely as a child. Where you could be anyone and anywhere by simply allowing yourself to go there in your mind.

Visualization is a powerful tool in manfesting. In most cases, our body and brain does not know if it’s experiencing something for real in the phsysical world, or if it’s happening in the mind. The true way to manifest your desires is to experience the feelings and visions that you’ll have when you get there, NOW. The path to bring our visions to life is simply creating that vision and those feelings first and trusting that the physical world around you will rise up to meet it.

In SCS classes, we often do guided visualizations where the leader will have you close your eyes and imagine you as your highest self, your healthiest self, taking your dream trip, in your dream job, and more.

Sample Visualization:

You are the most vibrant, healthy, productive, peaceful, conscious version of you.

You’re up early and you’re holding your favorite hot drink. You sit down in the space that you do most mornings to align for the day.

You notice as you move towards this spot, how good you feel in your body. A type of lightness and flow and grace and confidence.

You’ve been practicing an affirmation and you feel it being embodied. “I carry nothing that does not serve me – physically, emotionally, or spiritually.”

You sit and you set your drink down on the table next to you. What does the table look like? What does the mug look like? What is the room temperature? What is the weather outside?

You take a deep breath that fills your whole body. You notice how it feels to be this version of you.

You realize that all it took to get here was to feel these feelings first, and the outside world caught up. You committed to memorizing these feelings in your body… ones of ________.

You noticed what it felt like to feel like this and you committed it to muscle memory. Notice right now. Scan your body. Commit to this bodily experience.

How can you bring yourself back here? How can you choose this as your consistent state?