Hello self-care ninja’s, how has your week been? Did you allow yourself to play like a child at least for a little? I very much hope so. It is such a relief to let go of our logical part of the brain just for once and be happy playing around. Not sure if I did the right thing though. Why you ask? Because instead of going outside or bringing up ye olde board game I put a ton of games on my phone and played with abandon ;-).
It is nice to forget everything around myself for a little but it has side-effects and I doubt Rachel Kelly meant this sort of playing in her book “Singing in the Rain”. Well, after very little sleep and walking around like a zombie I promised myself to parent myself a little. However, those bees in the game are just so, so, so cute. Not sure of the success of my plans 😉
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.
On Saturday a friend of mine wrote: “I have some ginger, mint and lemon. What can I do with it?” I answered her that I would make tea with it and looked for some recipes for her and we decided to try them out yesterday. It was delicious I can report but don’t know if my friend tried it when I am writing this.
Of course, I would love to share a great video about this tea with you but couldn’t find a decent one and my video making abilities equal zero ;-). But we don’t want to be too fickle 😉 I am sure a ginger, mint sparkler for the hotter days of the year will do????
video credit: Ying Yang Living via YouTube
Singing in the Rain ~ Week 12 ~ Playing like a Child
This weeks chapter gave us the title of this post: Chanting, Gargling and Humming. Now she’s gone totally bonkers you might think but according to Rachel Kelly there is logic behind the madness: Ever heard of the Vagus Nerve? No? Me neither until today: Apparently, it is a rather stretched part of our body that reaches from the brain stem, through the back of our throat down into our digestive system from which it branches out even further. It is an important part because this never gets us stressed when danger is around but also helps us to relax when the danger is gone. And stimulating it with humming, gargling or chanting encourages its relaxing response.
Here is a video explaining the vagus nerve and how it can be stimulated by Naturopath Sally Gray via YouTube
Rachel’s book offers you a couple of exercises and ideas to incorporate stimulating the vagus nerve in your daily life. If you would like to use it I encourage you to check “Singing in the Rain ~ An Inspirational Workbook” by Rachel Kelly on Amazon.
(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 May
Let’s stay with the vagus nerve in our Mindfulness series for May and have a look at what the vagus nerve has to do with meditation.
video credit: Krishna Konsciouness via YouTube
This weeks Music
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
go, stimulate your vagus nerve,
share your favourite 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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