Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Beyond Food and Body Obsession... Ways to Nurture Ourselves

  • Go for a stroll in nature.
  • Listen to your favorite music and dance in your living room like no one's watching.
  • Sing your heart out.
  • Write a letter to allow all those bottled-up emotions expression.
  • Read a page-turner.
  • Visit or call a friend who truly loves and supports you.
  • Paint or draw out your feelings on a canvas.
  • Mold your intangible emotions into something you can see and feel by working with clay.
  • Using push-pins chart a course of all the places you would love to travel on a world map.
  • Create space to dream.
  • Light candles in a darkened room and listen to Loreena McKennit, Mazzy Star, Deva Premal, Mozart, or any artist that stirs your soul.
  • Allow yourself to receive a massage.
  • Nurture your whole body with a luxurious body butter.
  • Slip into the comfort of a soothing soak in the tub.
  • Have a loved one rub your feet.
  • Get crafty by indulging in your favorite creative hobbies... beading, mandalas, woodworking, scrap-booking.
  • Make a vision board. Create a collage to map out your future.
  • Enjoy the silence... surrender your worries to meditation.
  • Get all decked out just for you and treat yourself to a day out on the town.
  • Find comfort in a warm cup of tea shared with a good listener.
  • Light incense and allow its scent to carry away your prayers.
  • Take your pup for a walk and if you don't have a pooch of your own, offer to walk the neighbor's dog.
  • Get organized. Sort through your belongings. Collect clothes to donate, clear out old junk, decorate with some warming touches. Clear out the old to welcome in the new.
  • Go on a road trip and bring along a play file of all your favorite CD's.
  • Play fashionista. Put together new outfits. Try new make-up and hairstyles.
  • Invite a friend over and treat each other to a makeover.
  • Invite your friends over for a slumber party just like the ones you had when you were a teenager.
  • Write in your diary.
  • Curl up in bed for a cozy nap.
  • Steep in a hot tub.
  • Treat yourself to a facial.
  • Go on a walk with camera in hand and take photos of the sights you want to remember along the way.
  • Head out for a bike ride.
  • Treat yourself to a swim at a local pool.
  • Sit in the woods or at the ocean and feel the grounding energy.
  • Make a list of affirmations and read them out loud to yourself.
  • Leave it all on the mat. Release with yoga.
  • Get kisses and hugs from loved ones.
  • Spend time with your pet.
  • Chant... work with mantra.
  • Relax in a hot shower. Let the waters wash away your concerns.
  • Go window shopping. Browse in a bookstore.
  • Head downtown for a cup of coffee and some people watching.
  • Visit a museum.
  • Read your favorite book from childhood.
  • Have someone you love brush or braid your hair.
  • Punch your pillow to let the anger out.
  • Have a good cry. Release the pressure of holding it in.
  • Pleasure yourself.
  • Make a cuddle date with your mate... no expectations for it to lead further... just time to be held and cared for.
  • Grab your crayons and color in a coloring book.
  • Start a gratitude journal. Keep a running list of everything you are grateful for. Add to your journal at the end of each day, or in those moments you feel down.
  • Lounge about and do absolutely nothing and do not feel the least bit guilty about it.
  • Treat yourself to a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
  • Purchase yourself a very sexy article of clothing that fits your current body like a glove.


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