Welcome back self-care ninjas! How has your week been? Have you experimented with visualisation? How was it? Did it help? Feel free to share your experiences with all of us in the comments!
I don’t need my calming down visualisation very often at the moment for which I am very grateful. But visualisations are also good for achieving your goals. One of our goals is to travel again and so I visualised the best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the World and I in Paris enjoying the view over the city of love. It was like a little holiday especially as I had baked baguette and drank a proper Cafe Au Lait. Wonderful. I think that will be our recipe for the week!
What’s in our mugs this week?
And why mugs in this blog feature anyway? If you have signed up for the Bee Writes…/The Bee Creates… newsletter you got a download about easy daily steps to self-care. One of which is my “Self-appreciation mug”. No, it does not mean to get arrogant about yourself it means to allow yourself a mug (or glass) of your favourite beverage while contemplating what you have achieved and giving yourself praise for it.
This is a great way to raise your self-esteem and to realise how far you have come which in turn will encourage to make more changes for the better. And what better than to do this with a good cup of coffee. This weeks recipe is not for black coffee drinkers. Cafe au lait means “Coffee with Milk” and there is usually lots of it. This recipe by Dzung Lewis from Honeysuckle Catering is easy to make and gives you that “Je ne sais quoi” feeling of Paris and France. I hope you get the chance to try it out:
Singing in the Rain ~ week 7 ~ Moving
Is this one of the obvious topics of self-care? At least we are told continuously that exercise is good for us. However, many of us don’t like the idea of exercise and so the barrier to creating a “moving” habit is quite high. Not getting over this barrier means we never experience the healing and motivating push exercise gives.
I am one of those. Even though I like walking and usually park as far away from where I want to go just to get some walking time in I am not a huge fan of more vigorous exercise. It is important to take this into account I believe. If you are a more sedate person it might be better to start a yoga or qigong practice instead of jogging or pushing the weights in a gym.
It is also important, to be honest with yourself: Am I really going to climb Mount Snowdon? Probably not. But that qigong video I shared a couple of weeks ago gets me into a gentle exercise that is as good as the more vigorous stuff. So allow yourself to choose a “moving” habit that suits your situation and temper.
Rachel Kelly suggests moving about the house or office (if you work in one) while you make coffee or change from commuting via bus or train to using the bike. You can also choose to walk a longer way to the bus station if that works for you. It’s the little things that make a difference and which break that barrier down.
Rachel suggests creating a plan for your exercise: write down a sketch of your home and your workplace and how you get there. Then find some extra exercise that you can fit it. Write it down and if need be take it with you so you can remind yourself. And then start one step at a time.
I was lucky. We got the dog last year so we have to go for a walk every day. Bit by bit I took longer walks with her every time we walked and I think that is what helped me. So if you feel you can’t get moving just start with one thing and when you “mastered” this go on to the next step. You’ll be surprised how far you can come!
If you would like to see more of Rachel’s suggestions then I encourage you to check out Rachel’s “Singing in the Rain ~ An Inspirational Workbook” by Rachel Kelly on Amazon for the full benefit of her suggestions!
(I am not affiliated with Rachel Kelly and get no rewards for this suggestion)
And if you want more of these mindfulness and self-care posts: Please find previous “Mindful Music Monday Mugs” on my abandoned “Bee SelfCaring” blog and the newer posts under the “Mindful Music Monday Mug tag“. There is also an old series called “Music Monday Care & Love“.
Mindfulness in April
Is it really April? No joke 😉 ????
Yes, it is and I just realised I did not finish the “Love Yourself Challenge” with Carol Anne. (“Love Yourself Challenge on The Bee Writes…” and “Love Yourself Challenge on Bee SelfCaring“ .) I got up to Day 26 so I am not too bothered. Finding 26 things I love about myself is enormous and I now concentrate more on Mindfulness.
So where do we go with Mindfulness in April? I have no idea. Sorry, that I can’t give you a road map here. But it turns out that life and maybe the powers that be take me to brilliant places without me planning and I just roll with it. Like this place: MindfulnessExercises.com. I was actually looking for quotes on Mindfulness to share every day on my social media but had a little look around. This page is full to the brim with exercises and resources on Mindfulness you just can’t miss it. LIke the page on free Mindfulness e-books. You like to learn about it but are short of cash? Please head over and find out more
This weeks Music
I wrote above that I am not one being too keen on exercise. One song that always get me moving is Rihanna’s “Please don’t stop the Music”. I just can’t sit when this song plays. It just makes me move. So this week I challenge you to share with us the song that makes you move no matter what 😉
video Credit: Rihanna via YouTube
And to remind ourselves how to take part:
SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO TAKE PART IN THE MINDFUL MUSIC MONDAY MUG (formerly Music Monday Care & Love)
~ I invite you to appreciate yourself with a cup of your favourite beverage or the recipe I introduce in this post
~Additionally I offer you questions, exercises and ideas to explore self-care, self-love and self-improvement.
~ I invite you to share your ideas and experiences in the comments or write a blog post about it and leave the link in the comments.
~ Also feel free to visit the blogs of our fellow self-care explorer ninjas.
Now dear self-care explorer ninja’s
Share some classical music
And have lots of fun!
I am not a health professional. My posts describe my thoughts, my experiences and my conclusions about life, mental health and self-improvement. My described actions always go alongside therapy and do not substitute professional advice by a health professional be it a doctor, therapist or counsellor.
I invite you to try out self-care tools, however, if any of these make you feel uncomfortable please stop and do not go further ahead. Also, if any of the tools suggested bring up issues that need dealing with do not hesitate to reach out for professional help. To recognise when you need to stop and when to reach out for professional or any other help is one important part to learn when it comes to self-care.
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