A Healthy Practice of Gratitude for Yourself.
Self-care, so often we think of it as a bad word. But self-care is not selfish, it’s essential. Self-care is an important part of maintaining personal balance and well being in our busy lives. People often associate self-care with activities like taking time off, getting a massage, dining out, or being with friends. While these activities can be beneficial, true self-care must include the management of our thoughts and feelings. This is an often over-looked cornerstone of true self-care.
A Simple Practice to Reduce Stress and Build Resilience
Self-Care Step 1. Focus your attention in the area of your heart.
Imagine your breath flowing in and out of your heart or chest area, breathing a little slower and deeper than usual. While breathing in, you will want to inhale over five seconds. Then as you release your breath, you will count to 5.
Self-Care Step 2. Make a sincere attempt to experience a regenerative feeling.
Regenerative feelings such as appreciation or care someone in your life have a way of calming effect on your life.Try to re-experience the feeling you have for someone you love, a pet, a special place, an accomplishment, etc or focus on a feeling of calm or ease.
Practice these self-care techniques for 2-3 minutes at a time:
– Between Patients
– Before/ After Particularly Challenging Clients.
– Periodically Throughout Your Day
– 5 Minutes Before Bed to Create a Good Night’s Sleep.