Self-Care for Self-Preservation

Self-Care has been an important element of my life, even before I had ever heard the phrase "self-care." For me, self-care means retreating inward, and finding that balance between the pressure and requirements of every day life, and the mental rejuvenation needed to keep it going. 

This image also appears on  my instagram page  - stop by and follow me there for more like this!

This image also appears on my instagram page - stop by and follow me there for more like this!

In January of 2016, I read a book that has changed my life. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod invites readers to add 6 simple tasks into their morning ritual, that will make them more productive, thoughtful and happier. And it works! 

My absolute favourite parts of the Miracle Morning are meditation, positive affirmations, and journalling. If I can't get through the entire six steps for whatever reason, I always make sure that those three are done first and foremost. Today, I hit my 500 day streak in each of those categories, and it makes me feel amazing! Meditation helps me be still and aware. Positive Affirmations help me build confidence. And Journalling helps me reflect on who I was, who I am, and who I want to become. I highly encourage all who are interested to pick up on these daily habits, try it out for the entire month of February, and then come back and let me know how you've changed!

I'd love to hear some of your self-care rituals, your favourite positive affirmations or mantras, or anything else you'd like to share on the topic in the comments below.



P.S. for anyone who is wondering how I know that I hit my 500 day streak today, I use this awesome app called Coach.Me. It lets you choose the habits you want to form, and then check into them every day that you've completed the task. Highly recommend!