Blast from the Past: 2014 ~ The Year of the Selfie

September 2019

Funny that I stumble over this post in the year that I do more selfies. The reason I do them is to make a stand for being “natural” and happy with all your frizzy hair and your laughing lines around your eyes. I have to admit I am rather appalled by many of the (in my opinion) show-off selfies so many people put on the net and make our youngsters feel like they are not enough. I admit I am far from perfect and make my fair share of comments about other peoples looks but at the same time I want to change and be a change. So here my thoughts on selfies in 2014

December 2014

2014 was the year of the selfie according to BBC Breakfast and Twitter. Therefore, I thought I give my contribution even though the Queen did not photobomb my shoot ;-).

I also decided against one of those selfie sticks that are so highly regarded in certain cities and countries. As it happened we could not walk anywhere in London without being pocked by one of those….. :-(.

Never mind. I am old enough to remember when people asked total strangers to take a photo of them when they were on holidays and the whole family wanted to be on the picture in front of this or that landmark. I also remember when one had to put a film roll into a camera…. Good grief I am old. And here is the proof 😉

 

This is from 2019 not 2014 😉

close-up of Bee with her Skipworth Zoomie mug in front of her face

close-up of Bee with her Skipworth Zoomie mug in front of her face

Chanting, Humming and Gargling. Really?

White Tea mug with Love written in red writing. Background eyes and top of head of Bee

Welcome to “Mindful Music Monday Mug”. We are informal here. No perfect presentation of ourselves but loving the way we are with all the frizzy hair, laughing lines around our eyes and the messy home too!  And yes, again no home just my wrinkly forehead 🙂

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

I am sharing with you a chant that has helped me a lot lately to keep my calm and move forward with my life. It is dedicated to Lord Ganesh the Indian God of wisdom, success and good luck and this chant helps to overcome obstacles on your path. I might have shared it before but I found it rather powerful so another time I find is fair enough.

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!

 

DISCLAIMER:

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.

Please look here if you need further guidance:

UK:
Mind
NHS

USA:
MentalHealth.gov

Canada:
Government of Canada

Moroccan Mint Tea, Playing like a Child and “I see fire”!

Family Portrait

Description for visually impaired readers: family foto from early 70’s. Little Bee in a stroller on the right. Her mum above her sitting on a chair at an outside restaurant table. To the left her granny and parts of her granddad.

Welcome to “Mindful Music Monday Mug”. We are informal here. No perfect presentation of ourselves but loving the way we are with all the frizzy hair, laughing lines around our eyes and the messy home too!  And yes, again no home here but little bee nearly 50 years ago 🙂

Hello self-care ninja’s, how has your week been? Did you take last weeks post as a reminder to appreciate the little things in life? I did and it also was a reminder to me to write down 10 things I am grateful for every day. I had stopped this good habit a couple of weeks ago and it wasn’t good. No, it wasn’t. But that is another story.

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.

I celebrate today that I am getting back into the habit of writing down 10 things I am grateful for every day. It is so uplifting, to do that because it reminds me of how blessed I am. But I also celebrate our first mint harvest of the year. We have planted three mints: apple-, spear- and peppermint which give a wonderful tea singly but also as a mixture.

That is why this week’s mugs smell of fresh mint and we go a little exotic too: I found this great video from Alia who explains how Moroccan Mint Tea is made. This is like a little tea ceremony and should make your day a little more festive:

video credit: Alia via YouTube

 

Singing in the Rain ~ Week 12 ~ Playing like a Child

Yesterday, the best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world and I were watching an episode of “Ben Fogle’s New Life’s in the Wild”. He took us to Africa to a couple who chose to live a nomadic life in a Nature Reserve. They went on a Safari and suddenly saw a cheetah and just screeched happily like children “A cheetah” before they remembered they had to be silent to not scare the beautiful and rarely seen animal.

I mentioned to the hubby that I love it when grown-ups keep their childlike wonder and happiness about what they see. And according to Rachel Kelly’s book, this is a good thing to have. As children, our logical part of the brain isn’t as developed. This allows us to stay in the moment and not to bother with the past or the future. So any regret or worry isn’t bothering us particularly. We just go out and enjoy what we discover and play around just for fun.

Developing a child-like play habit is good for us according to “Singing in the Rain” because for a little while we can let go of all things that bother us. Do you remember what you liked doing as a child? Maybe you make a list and try one thing out today.

Rachel’s book offers you a couple of exercises and ideas to bring back your childlike play. 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

Oops 🙂 nearly kept this feature as “Mindfulness in April” 😉

Well, as you might have read I have started to support the “Extinction Rebellion” movement with regular blog posts about their work, principles and goals. I believe that anyone who practises mindfulness does develop a greater awareness of the negative impact human activity has on this planet. I also believe we develop an urge to do something about it and change our own behaviour towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

It looks like this is not only some fancy idea or feeling of mine. Other’s came to the same conclusion as last week’s mention of the Mindful Climate Action program in the US shows. (Find links to Mindful Climate Action programs here on this Google search).

This week I share a TEDx Talk by artist Sara Overton in which she explains why this is the case: Mindfulness brings back our connection with the world surrounding us: Nature becomes a part of us and is not something outside our being. Please enjoy:

video credit: TEDx & Sara Overton via YouTube

This weeks Music

Should I give you another music topic? Ah, no, not yet. For now, keep going crazy. You might as well choose a song you loved as a child. However, I share with you a song I think I might have share before but I am listening to it continuously and it gives me a lot of child-like fun!

Video source: CLS videos via YouTube. Video Credit: Ed Sheeran

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, enjoy some child’s play,
share your favourite music
And have lots of fun!

 

DISCLAIMER:

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.

Please look here if you need further guidance:

UK:
Mind
NHS

USA:
MentalHealth.gov

Canada:
Government of Canada

Simple Pleasures, Mindful Climate Action & A Reason to Fight

close up of bee
Welcome to “Mindful Music Monday Mug”. We are informal here. No perfect presentation of ourselves but loving the way we are with all the frizzy hair, laughing lines around our eyes and the messy home too!  

Hello self-care ninja’s, how has your week been? Have you had the chance to relax physically and make a change for future generations? I am not quite sure where I am standing at the moment. Woke up this morning and wasn’t motivated to do anything. I needed nearly 40 minutes to actually get up and that is always a sign that my mental health is spiralling down. So, I took the dog for a walk and started singing every single song I know by heart. Looks like I gave a few people a smile and my mood even started to pick up slowly. But I am still not quite right. Instead of writing this post I decided to make a new YouTube music list and said good morning to pretty much everybody on my WhatsApp contact list. Forgot to bake bread and nearly to feed the dog. The Future Learn course I had planned to finish this week needs to wait another day because I rather scheduled some more posts on my Hootsuite. Hmm, I kept myself busy enough but maybe I manage to get this post out now????

Please bear with me, I might be rambling a little today 🙂

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.

Looks like I am in dire need for a more positive attitude towards myself today. So I celebrate I managed to walk the dog and bake bread in the end with a simple black tea, some cinnamon and almond milk. (I’m drinking it. I didn’t bake the bread with it 😉 ) Oh, and vanilla sugar too. It’s delicious. Let’s face it, I have no motivation to create an anti-depressant herbal tea but you might be in a different place and long for an uplifting, slightly frantic video with a recipe for exactly that. So here you go.


Video Credit: Sharing Earth via YouTube. Please make sure to check out her channel, page etc. Thanks.

Singing in the Rain ~ Week 11 ~ Simple Pleasures

Now if that is not synchronicity then I don’t know what is. I really do not feel like doing much today. But that cup of tea I mentioned above just made me feel that little bit more cherished. A moment ago I had to go and get the bread out of the oven. I love the smell of freshly baked bread. It makes me feel rich and happy because what is better than the smell of something freshly baked at home? There are, of course, times when I don’t manage to bake bread then smelling essential lavender oil does the trick too. These are my simple pleasures that I can manage no matter what which make me feel better.

Rachel mentions in this week’s chapter that we don’t always know exactly what we really enjoy. We might think that meeting a friend and gossiping is our enjoyment but looking closer we realise it makes us feel guilty. Or we might think to play online games will do the trick but it might also make our neck hurt or make us feel just slightly confused. Rachel suggests to writing down our activities we think we enjoy and then judge them on a score from 1-10. 1 least 10 most pleasurable. Just take a little time this week and figure out what little things you do that might make a difference for yourself.

Rachel also suggests to create some vouchers for simple pleasures, put them in a box and chose one a day to get into a routine of recognising the simple pleasures in your life. Maybe you try it out this week?

If you would rather like to use Rachel Kelly’s vouchers for simple pleasures instead of making your own then I encourage you to check out Rachel’s “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 April

Looks like the United States figured it already out in 2015: Mindfulness practice does make you more aware of what is going on in our environment and encourages you more to do something. They created a program to combine both and you can find out more here:

video credit: UW – Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Find out more on this google search link.

Sorry for not providing more on Mindfulness this week. You know the reasons and I hope I’ll find more next week 🙂

This weeks Music

And you guessed it: It’s again: go crazy and share what you want. I can’t wait to see your suggestions!

Video credit: Disturbed 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
go, enjoy the simple pleasures,
share your encouragement music
And have lots of fun!

 

Wooohaaaa

I’ve done it!!!!!

Thanks for your patience and for reading.

You rock!!!!!!

 

DISCLAIMER:

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.

Please look here if you need further guidance:

UK:
Mind
NHS

USA:
MentalHealth.gov

Canada:
Government of Canada

Relaxing Physically, Earth Day and something about Herbal Teas

Portrait of Andy, Bee and Sherky Halton at the beach

Andy, Bee and Sherky Halton at Trimmingham Beach at Easter Monday 2019

Welcome to “Mindful Music Monday Mug”. We are informal here. No perfect presentation of ourselves but loving the way we are with all the frizzy hair, laughing lines around our eyes and the messy home too! But stop: no home in the picture anyway. I chose it because it is Earth Day and Easter Monday and this morning was so beautiful. 

Hello self-care ninja’s, how has your week been? I hope you had the chance to work on your posture and have some lovely cups of your favourite beverage. My week was full of creating an insect-friendly “fairy garden” and following the movement called Extinction Rebellion. The Best Husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world and I have joined the group and I am exploring if I can help them from home spreading the word. If you are interested in what they are doing to make a difference to our planet and climate please have a look at “International Extinction Rebellion” and for UK readers at “Extinction Rebellion

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.

If you are following me for a while then you are aware that I am trying to create a more healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle for us. We are vegetarians, we slowly move towards zero-waste and we share information about climate change and other eco-issues on our social media. You also know that I love a good cup of tea and a spicy creamy coffee. However, joining Extinction Rebellion I have started to question if I can drink tea or coffee that is transported halfway around the world probably by plane with a good conscience. I wish I’d be perfect and just stop drinking it but I am not there yet.

The longer I am on the path to a more sustainable lifestyle the more I learn it has to go step by step. I need to find alternatives that I love so much that I keep doing it. It in a way has to grow organically. So this week we are exploring herbal teas that we can grow in our gardens or on our window sill and balconies. Rachel Talbott from RachelTalbott.com made an informative video on her YouTube channel about growing herbs and making delicious herbal teas. Have fun!

 

Video Credit: Rachel Talbott on YouTube

Singing in the Rain ~ Week 10 ~ Relaxing Physically

This week Rachel Kelly lets us know about the connection between our bodies and our feelings. Today we often try to manage our emotions on a “Mind over Body” approach. However, the Mind-Body connection works both ways. So when you can’t let your anxious worry thoughts go and everything seems to spin out of control try to relax your body either with a body scan or with the yoga child pose.

I have to admit I have tried the body scan several times but usually fall asleep as soon as I work myself up to my hips. But in my experience, the body-mind connection works quite well. So when I am very anxious I work to concentrate on my breath and consciously strain my muscles and then relax them. Rachel suggests this method too in this weeks chapter. That usually calms me down and makes me aware that most of my fears are assumed and not necessarily reality.

I think these are excellent methods to mindfully care for ourselves and increase our wellbeing.

If you would like to find out about Rachel Kelly’s suggestions for relaxing physically and other ideas for wellbeing 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

Today is Earth Day and I have learned that I am as old as this important event. But I also learned that nearly 50 years onwards politicians still don’t (or even less) take environmental issues seriously.

One reason we joined the Extinction Rebellion in the Uk is our belief that we need to take action in any form possible to change that. Hearing the news about the movement and reading their information has made me realise that practising mindfulness has made me much more aware of how I treat this planet. It also made me realise my responsibility to not let this planet die. No, we don’t go to demonstrations or sit-(ons 😉 )-ins… I don’t think we all need to do these obvious and very obstructive actions.

I feel I need to do a little bit every day to develop a more sustainable lifestyle. Mindfulness is helping me because I concentrate more and more on the moment but I become more aware of what I am actually doing. Does this make sense? Of course, it is important to encourage politicians and big corporations to take action. But if every one of us changes just one little thing every day millions of little actions add up to one hell of a lot of change. Like little bees working together to keep the hive active and create honey.

So I encourage you today to be mindful of your daily actions and start with one change for a more sustainable lifestyle so that our children and grandchildren still can enjoy this beautiful planet.

Here are some suggestions:

~ Do you need to have a shower every day or is a wash down enough? I have started to cut down on my showers because I do not work much physically so I am no really dirty or smell. My grandmother and step-mother are good examples of this practice even though they did and do it for other reasons.

~ Do you use hot water bottles? If so what do you do with the cold water? Do you just chuck it away? Maybe you can use it for watering plants? We do not use it for plants we eat but our houseplants grow wonderfully with it.

~ Switch of your telly when you do not use it. The little light that stays on to show your TV is on standby uses unnecessary energy. You can save some money when you switch it off.

~ Can you switch from packaged vegetables to non-packaged? If you try you will find out that they are not necessarily more expensive.

One thing I have started to do is to charge my phone while I watch tv in bed or read and then switch it off when I go to sleep. Another little step to save energy. I think it is very important not to expect too much from ourselves because the job starts feeling overwhelming. And it is so important, in my opinion, not to feel overwhelmed and helpless. We can do countless tiny things every day to make a difference for this planet if we just let go of the idea that it is hopeless and that we are helpless victims of politicians and corporations.

We are not!

So I encourage you to start your first tiny step today and see where it leads you. Go on! You can do it!!!!

Video Credit: Jen Kluczkowski for TEDxWilmingtonWomen on YouTube

This weeks Music

Last week I said: “You know what? Go crazy! Choose what you feel helps your wellbeing! And share with us what you feel you want to share.” and this is what I want you to do again. Here is my current “I can do it” video and music:

Video Credit: ZenLifeRelax 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
go, relax physically
share your encouragement music
And have lots of fun!

DISCLAIMER:

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.

Please look here if you need further guidance:

UK:
Mind
NHS

USA:
MentalHealth.gov

Canada:
Government of Canada

Sitting and Standing, Mocktails and a Superpower

Selfie of Bee and Sherky

Welcome to “Mindful Music Monday Mug”. We are informal here. No perfect presentation of ourselves but loving the way we are with all the frizzy hair, laughing lines around our eyes and the messy home too! But stop: no home in the picture anyway. I chose it because Sherky doesn’t often look into the camera and I think her long nose is so cute. 

Hello self-care ninja’s, how has your week been? I hope you were more successful with starting to eat healthily like I was. While I started a good eating habit at the beginning of lent (leaving out sugar, drink enough, eat more fresh fruit and veg) I did falter boldly last week: Back to cheese on toast for breakfast instead of porridge, sugar in tea and coffee and I made such delicious flapjacks with raisins and cashew nuts I just can’t resist them. Oh, and don’t forget the husbands wonderful Carrot Wine

Well…

That is how it is. It doesn’t go into my achievement list for my self-appreciation mug but I won’t let it make me feel bad either. Practising radical acceptance of what is and then change what needs changing. So far the “no sugar” in tea and coffee has kicked off again. That’s a start, isn’t it?

So before I change my mind on any of it we better get on with today’s post:

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.

But this week we are cheating. No mugs peeps. It is April so many festivities are around from Easter to Pesach. And how better to celebrate a party or festival with a lovely drink. No, I am not supporting the drinking of alcohol. I want to introduce you to Tia Mowry and her glorious 3 favourite Mocktails which are cocktails without the booze for all of you who don’t know. We are in week 9 of “Singing in the Rain” and deserve a pat on the back for learning so many new ideas about how to care for ourselves and trying out new habits. And a deliciously looking drink is perfect for this, don’t you think? So with no further ado over to Tia Mowry and if you like her recipes make sure you check out her page and/or sign up for her channel.

Video credit: Tia Mowry via YouTube

Singing in the Rain ~ Week 9 ~ Sitting and Standing

In this week’s chapter Rachel Kelly introduces us to the benefits of good posture. Besides the health benefits which you can find out about in the later video good posture also has an effect on our mood. The theory is that if you stand all and are open you automatically feel more confident. I would say this is true. For some time, people were bumping into me all the time when I was anywhere on the street. It did start to annoy me massively and I realised that I didn’t look people in the eye and hunched my way around them so to speak. So I started to straighten up and look people in the face when they came my way and guess what? They moved around me without bumping into me. That definitely helped to feel better.

Rachel offers an exercise for a helpful body posture in her book as well as some stretches but I want to give you some more information about body posture and TEDed made a great video about it:

video credit: TEDed via YouTube

If you would like to find out about Rachel Kelly’s suggestions for a better posture and other ideas for wellbeing 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

Mindfulness is a superpower, did you know? No? Me neither so let’s not wait and find out why 🙂

video credit: Happify via YouTube

This weeks Music

You know what? Go crazy! Choose what you feel helps your wellbeing! And share with us what you feel you want to share. Here is my current feel-good video:

video credit: Cosmo Sheldrake 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
go, stand upright,
share your feel good music
And have lots of fun!

DISCLAIMER:

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.

Please look here if you need further guidance:

UK:
Mind
NHS

USA:
MentalHealth.gov

Canada:
Government of Canada

Eating well, a Small History of Tea and a Funny Selfie

Very close up picture of Bee's nose and eyes with her mug in front of her, rather funny

Welcome to “Mindful Music Monday Mug”. We are informal here. And sometimes even hilarious like my picture above LOL. No perfect presentation of ourselves but loving the way we are with all the frizzy hair, laughing lines around our eyes and the messy home too!

Hello self-care ninja’s, how has your week been? I hope you had the chance to incorporate more moving into your life. I haven’t. In fact, I have been moving less than usual. Somehow, everything went topsy turvy with my plans and what I usually do but that’s another story. I have been practising full acceptance of myself and rolling with what life throws at me. Life moves on (at least that one moves LOL) and here is a new week to try out ways to care for ourselves. Today’s post gives you some more ideas, tea recipe and Mindfulness in April. Are you up for it?

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.

This week I chose not to share a recipe but the history of my favourite beverage: Tea. TED Education did an interesting history of the good old brew and you can choose whatever you want to drink while watching it and reading this post 😉

Video credit: TED-Ed via YouTube

Singing in the Rain ~ Week 8 ~ Eating for Calm and Focus

Maybe this chapter should also be called “Drinking for Calm and Focus”. We continuously hear what is healthy for us to eat and what is not. I found the advice changes often and thus I just don’t listen when there is another new food feat out there. However, I have experienced how becoming a vegetarian has changed my health for the better as well as how drinking enough changes my concentration and even mood.

Rachel Kelly has worked with Nutritionist Alice Mackintosh for many years who suggests when your stress levels go up concentrate on taking in these four minerals and vitamins: Magnesium, zinc, B vitamin and vitamin c. All of them help to calm our nervous system down and improve our immune system. If our body is stressed through a cold for example, we are more stressed too. So keeping ourselves healthy is vitally important for our mental health too. There is truth in the saying: “A healthy body is a healthy mind” and the other way round.

Rachel offers a list of foods that have lots of magnesium; are rich in zinc; offers many B vitamins and gives you much vitamin C in them like spinach, almonds, citrus fruits and eggs. She then goes on to emphasise the importance of being hydrated well. There is another Body-Mind connection here: If our body isn’t hydrated well, it gets stressed and in turn, we as a whole get stressed easier so it is important to get our 1,5-2 litres of fluid in our bodies. She offers a list of ideas to drink more as well as a jug you can cut out. She suggests to write down those ideas that you most likely adopt and then hang the jug up somewhere handy where you can see it throughout the day and are reminded to drink more.

This is, of course, a nearly endless topic which I have no knowledge to go further into. However, I found a video on YouTube both with Rachel Kelly and Alice Mackintosh about the importance of nutrition when it comes to happiness and mental wellbeing. This will explain much better than I ever could what to do:

Video Credit: Action for Happiness via YouTube

If you would like to work with Rachel’s suggestions for this week 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

This week’s Mindfulness fits in perfectly with Rachel’s nutrition topic: For about a year now I have big trouble with my stomach. It just feels continuously like I have a rock stuck in there and it is very, very uncomfortable. I have been to the doctor who put it down to my mental health. Duh!

Anti-acid tablets helped for a while but it never really went away so for a couple of weeks I tried out “Mindful eating“. I haven’t really read up on it, to be honest. I just started to really concentrate when I was eating on how it felt, how it tasted and on eating a lot slower and a lot less than usual. And guess what? It made a huge difference to my stomach. Unfortunately, last week all went down the drain for whatever reason.

So what great synchronicity that Rachel’s book reminded me of it again. I suggest you check out these links

Mindful Eating 101 by Healthline

Mindful Eating by Headspace

and experiment with the information. It is very interesting what you learn about yourself and the food you eat when you slow down your eating. Come on, just give it a go!

This weeks Music

There was a bug in my post last week :-). Originally, I wanted to suggest to challenge yourself on listening to some classical music. I changed my last motivational message to “listen to some classical music” but then had the idea to add Rhianna’s “Please don’t stop the Music” because it always makes me move and did not change that message. Well… Bee looks like you need to drink more and focus, focus, focus ;-).

I suspect you guess this week’s musical theme: Classical Music. I’ll share a video with you that offers a medley of different pieces and I hope there will be one or two you like. I love classical music and find it slows me down nicely. So here we go some classics for you 🙂

Video Source: Halidon Music 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
go, eat mindful,
find classical music
And have lots of fun!

DISCLAIMER:

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.

Please look here if you need further guidance:

UK:
Mind
NHS

USA:
MentalHealth.gov

Canada:
Government of Canada

Moving, Cafe Au Lait and a Teeny Weeny bit of Mindfulness

White Tea mug with Love written in red writing. Background eyes and top of head of Bee

Welcome to “Mindful Music Monday Mug”. We are informal here. No perfect presentation of ourselves but loving the way we are with all the frizzy hair, laughing lines around our eyes and the messy home too!

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:

Video credit: Honeysuckle Catering via YouTube. Find more recipes on YouTube under this video and even more on the Honeysuckle by Dzung Lewis Blog 

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
go, move
Share some classical music
And have lots of fun!

DISCLAIMER:

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.

Please look here if you need further guidance:

UK:
Mind
NHS

USA:
MentalHealth.gov

Canada:
Government of Canada

Loving Ourselves, Green Tea and Visualising

 

close-up of Bee with her Skipworth Zoomie mug in front of her face

close-up of Bee with her Skipworth Zoomie mug in front of her face

 

Welcome to “Mindful Music Monday Mug” & “Love Yourself Challenge” . We are informal here. No perfect presentation of ourselves but loving the way we are with all the frizzy hair, laughing lines around our eyes and the messy home too! I hope this photo makes you smile. 

Welcome back self-care ninjas! How has your week been?  Have you experienced the power of smiles?  And how was that for you? I think this smiling is a great way to improve our wellbeing and I keep doing it daily

description for visually impaired readers: photo of The Bee with open ginger hair wearing a white cardigan and brown and black shirt. Background a white wooden door, bowl with oranges and printer on a wooden table

As mentioned before for the month of March “Mindful Music Monday Mug” has an added bonus: I am taking part in a challenge called “Love Yourself” by Carol Anne from “Therapy Bits” in which she invites us to find something we love about ourselves every day. One heck of a challenge I would say. But maybe it’s not so difficult for you?

Here is what Carol Anne wrote on the first day of the challenge:

“List something, or more than one thing, you love about yourself, for the entire month of march!
Each day, we’ll make a daily post calling it love yourself challenge, and list what you love about yourself!”

Self-care and Loving yourself!

I believe that part of caring for ourselves is to develop healthy self-esteem especially if you live with a mental health problem. I often find it rather hard to find things that I like about myself so finding 31 of them is definitely a challenge.

And I am taking the challenge, Carol Anne! Thanks for hosting it!!!

Love Yourself Challenge Day 23-25

I somehow lost count over the cyst incident and the Great Bloggers Bake-Off. Why do I keep doing it? Well, I think a list of 31 things I love about myself is a great guard against low self-esteem and frustration. Maybe I make image of all the traits I love on a coat of arms or shield so I can see it daily :-).

But back to the missing three things I love about myself:

23: I love it, that I am not afraid to start again

Well, that might be more of a nuisance than something I like as you can see from my many blogs I started and stopped. But hey maybe I need to make a strength of it 🙂

24: I love it, that I am predominantly a tea drinker.

Yes, I love coffee too but my stomach doesn’t so tea it is in all its glory 🙂

25: I love it, that I don’t mind weeding our garden and flower beds

In fact, I find it rather relaxing and have planned a session when I finished this post and have scheduled it

That’s the Love Yourself Challenge for today. Let’s see if I can remember to do the rest. It’s only 6 days left, so surely Bee you can manage?????

Carol Anne was busy with life so we connect this post with her day 4

Find my other “Love Yourself Challenge” posts over at my Weebly blog “Bee SelfCaring

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.

I mentioned in the “Love Yourself Challenge” that I love it about myself to be a tea drinker and that is why we do tea again this week. This time we go for green tea which is not everybody’s taste. One thing you need to remember when brewing green tea is not to use boiling water but letting the water cool down a little. Boiling water makes green tea bitter which puts many off drinking green tea. I have seen many explanations on green tea in bags to use boiling water but I wouldn’t if I were you and wanted to try it out. My favourite is Jasmine Tea which has a calming effect on me. But there is also a great Ginseng Green Tea from Clipper out there which is very refreshing and has a citrusy taste.

If you are interested in the health benefits of green tea have a look here in this video (please follow the link after the video to find the content of the video in the description)


video credits: Enzo’s Private Collection via YouTube (you can read the information from the video in the explanation on YouTube. Just follow the before mentioned link)

Singing in the Rain ~ week 6 ~ Visualising

This week Rachel introduces us to something called “Visualising”. Many might recognise the expression from people promoting the Law of attraction or from therapy where visualising often is used. In therapy, I was taught to visualise my “safe place” and then bring up this image if my anxiety was out of control. Another even added the sense of smell. So while I visualised it I smelled lavender (I chose it). So when anxiety got out of control the scent of lavender helped me to visualise the safe place and I could calm down.

Rachel Kelly uses the visualisation of a pendulum to remind herself that her feelings are fleeting and change continuously. If she is calm the pendulum rest in the middle but if her feelings get out of control it swings to both sides. So she visualises the pendulum coming back to rest the middle. She says the power of the body-mind connection can be experienced well with visualisations and I have to agree with her.

She also shows another visualisation but I leave that for you to experience if you decide to buy the book. For today though I share another visualisation buy Jason Stephenson which has helped me at times when I was so out of balance I could not get myself to my safe place visualisation (yes, that happens, unfortunately).

video source: Sleep Easy, Relax via YouTube. Video Credit: Jason Stephenson

But if you love Rachel’s approach 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)

Please find previous “Mindful Music Monday Mugs” on my abandoned “Bee SelfCaring” blog.

Mindfulness in March

It’s the last Monday in March and I am going to share another great Mindfulness resource with you. For me, Mindfulness is one way to keep my emotions under control and realising that much of what is going on today in me is forgotten by tomorrow and therefore it is not really that bad or damaging.

And while many might connect Mindfulness with spirituality and hippy kind of people it has a good grounding in science. I have introduced you previously to “Mindfulness ~ A Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World” which is written by a meditation teacher and a professor of psychology who has researched Mindfulness for many years. My GP told me it is the one resource where you can find a sound introduction to mindfulness and how it helps to finding peace in a frantic world.

Becoming aware of how I breathe, what I eat and the ground under my feet certainly has helped me to understand tha my anxiety is a product of my mind and often does have no grounds in my reality and that is why I keep introducing you to it throughout the months. Today I share with you one of the meditations that build the foundation to Williams and Penmans approach to mindfulness.


video source: Teik Yen Ko via YouTube. video credit: Mark Williams and Danny Penman

This weeks Music

As I have shared a couple of video’s already I am skipping a music video today but you can find my “I am done with my dying” music list on YouTube filled with music that helps me when my mental health goes south. I have encouraged you self-care ninja’s to create a music list with tunes that help you to relax and calm down. Feel free to find a new piece of music for it this week and let us know which one you chose. Am looking forward to hearing from you!

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, visualise
Share some calming music
And have lots of fun!

DISCLAIMER:

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.

Please look here if you need further guidance:

UK:
Mind
NHS

USA:
MentalHealth.gov

Canada:
Government of Canada

Love Yourself Challenge Day 22


I am taking part in a challenge called “Love Yourself” by Carol Anne from “Therapy Bits” in which she invites us to find something we love about ourselves every day. One heck of a challenge I would say. But maybe it’s not so difficult for you? I posted the “Love Yourself Challenge” posts previously on “Bee SelfCaring” but am moving my posts to “The Bee Writes…”

Here is what Carol Anne wrote on the first day of the challenge:

“List something, or more than one thing, you love about yourself, for the entire month of march!
Each day, we’ll make a daily post calling it love yourself challenge, and list what you love about yourself!”

Self-care and Loving yourself!

I believe that part of caring for ourselves is to develop healthy self-esteem especially if you live with a mental health problem. I often find it rather hard to find things that I like about myself so finding 31 of them is definitely a challenge.

And I am taking the challenge, Carol Anne! Thanks for hosting it!!!

Love Yourself Challenge Day 22

Ok, many people probably think that what I love about myself today is rather a problem than something to love but it keeps life interesting 😉

Looks like I am one of those creative (or science?! 😉 ) people whose brain work a little different than other peoples: Ours is all over the place, continuously busy with something and even a long-term meditation and mindfulness practise can’t calm it down… I am just all over the place 🙂 BEWARE BEE ON THE LOOSE LOL

 

Description for visually impaired readers: A path leading towards a forest (bare branches). To both sides grass and further outside dry reeds. Front of picture head of black greyhound in yellow high vis coat and beside it its shadow and shadow of a woman

Would you like to join?

And what about you? Would you like to join? Don’t worry about being late: just jump in and share what you love about yourself! Feel free to do it here in the comments if you do not write a blog or don’t want to write a post about it.

Carol was busy with life so we connect this post with her day 4

May you have an interesting Day and
remember what you love about yourself!

 

You can read my previous posts here on “Bee SelfCaring”