Happy Sunday, friends. I hope that this email finds you well. I wanted to let each and every one of you know, that I am holding a space for you in my heart. I want you to know that you are loved, you are beautiful, you are powerful, and you matter.
I came across this quote this week, and felt guided to share it with you in this week's newsletter. We live in a time where taking care of ourselves is a struggle, therefore resulting in difficulty in taking care of each other.
We need to find that gentle compassion within ourselves to be kind to those around us, and to ourselves. How often do you practice self-care? What does self-care look/feel like to you?
I used to think that self-care was an advanced glamorous ritual of skincare, a drink of choice, and reruns of Friends. I didn't know what else was included in self-care, besides indulging in those things and a tub of ice cream.
Nobody ever taught me how to practice self-care. I learned to take care of myself at a young age. I made mistakes growing up, I forgave myself, I moved on. Others hurt me, I forgave them, and once again I moved on. These repetitive patterns did not include how to heal oneself after a burnout.
It wasn't until I invested research, time, blood, sweat, and tears into healing my mental health, that I learned that part of healing a wound, is nurturing it with love. I had to relearn simplicity. I took a step back, and found and practiced gratitude in my day.
I am very lucky to have a morning routine established. I used to struggle with my mornings, because sometimes it was when I had the most anxiety, but quarantine forced me to establish a routine. Part of that routine is when I practice the most gratitude in my day. I never miss breakfast, I read affirmations and quotes to start my day, I listen to music, and I enjoy coffee from one of my favorite coffee mugs.
I encourage all of you to practice self-love in someway this week. Even if it means treating yourself to a pedicure, being mindful while you sip your next cup of coffee, or going to your favorite restaurant. Get in touch with your senses, and practice self-care for your soul.