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Radical Self Care
It sounds extreme. Maybe some of you would even feel like there's a stigma or selfish connotation there! To this I say: giving time and energy to yourself is not only a necessity, but a gift to others. If you're overflowing with energy you'll be a much better asset to those you love & care for. The you that experiences self care is a more present you, bursting full of love to give.

"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it's self-preservation, and that's an act of political warfare" 
-Audre Lorde

When you're ready to change the way you see self love, you're ready to set an intention to care for yourself. You see that you have this relationship with yourself. Just like any relationship you want to thrive, it requires the basics; the foundation. Care, attention, communication, and trust are a few. Take a moment to journal and check in where your relationship with self could use some watering! Do you trust yourself to keep your commitments? Are you paying enough attention to your own needs? Evaluation (minus the judgment) can be so beneficial! It gives you a sense of where you're at, and some direction of where you'd enjoy being. Then you can take some steps in that direction.

List 3 things you can do in a reasonable amount of time. For example, "Tomorrow I will meditate for 5 minutes, practice a 10-15 minute yoga sequence, and end the day with a warm bath featuring some of my favorite relaxing herbs!" 

Then, add the benefits. "This will really relieve some stress in my life, cultivate my relationship with myself, and even help me sleep more deeply." This will serve as motivation, and your "why".

If you need a bit of inspiration, here's a list of things I might do as acts of self-care:

Engaging my inner child by doing art like the-dye or painting
taking baths with oils, salts or herbs
lighting a candle while I cook
taking a walk or getting physically active
singing out loud or dancing in the kitchen
grounding/earthing (standing on the dirt or grass barefoot to recharge & neutralize free radicals)
eating consciously and with awareness
mindfulness meditation
practicing yoga
getting a massage or self-massage
drinking warm water with lemon or tea
lighting incense or smudging/saging off
mirror work/positive mantras
buying (or picking) myself flowers
dressing up fancy just for me & adorning myself with oils or stones
soaking my hair or giving self scalp massage
writing, journaling or blogging
reading for fun

Comment on my Facebook page with some ideas of your own! I want to hear from you, what are some gifts you'll give yourself this Valentine's week?