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40 days of Self-Love and Self-Care

It wasn't until my two girlfriends brought me a copy of the book "You Can Heal Your Life" by renowned author Louise Hay for a holiday gift. needless to say I devoured it in days. Until then I finally realized more than ever before, to pay attention to the the narrative that we carry internally because our emotional wellness is created with our thoughts, emotions and the way we perceive ourselves.

Caring for the self, involves not oly the physical body but also the mental and spiritual aspect of it. Self-Love is Self-Knowledge, Self-Compassion, Self-Forgiveness and Self-Acceptance.

Here are some ideas for self-Nourishing practices. Feel free to integrate them spontaneously:

1. Start and finish your day doing something for you. In the moring start repeating affirmations. For 40 days look at yourself in the mirror and repeat in loud voice " I approve myself, Iove myself just as I am. I deserve ................ and fill up the blanks with the outcome that you would like to see manifest in your life. Could be anything that you wish for yourselves, if it doesn't sound real, change it until you can own it. . Repeat it until it sounds real. You can write it, read it or make it a song. The power of affirmations rely on thinking differently, speaking differently and acting differently to change our mind set from resistance to flexibility in our life.

2. Try 15-20 minutes of you day practicing body scan meditation. Mentally visualize each part of your body keeping the focus on your breath as you scan your entire body from head to toe. Giving your mind a daily break from the hustle and bustle of the day. It's an intentional opportunity to refresh the mind.

3. Try a restorative yoga session, It's easy you can do in the comfort of your home or sign up for a weekly class. this an excelent practice before bedtime.

4. Reward youself with a aromatic bubble bath. Use epson salt with essential oils such as lavender, chamomile and bergamot to release muscular tension.

5. Take yourself for a date. Let it be an fun and adventurous. If you like indulging here are some ideas: Thai Massage or therapeutic massage, it rejuvenates you mentally and physically.

6. Go shopping for yourself with the intention to give yourself something that you normally would buy for others but not for you, It doesn't have to be pricey yet meaningful. A silky scarf, jewellry or skin care are products that remind you that you are worthy and deserve the best.

7. Sign-up for a new class the right balance between difficulty and "I got this" type of challenge: Dancing, Tai-Chi, Mindfulness, Aikido, Sewing, Pottery, etc. The idea is the novelty and have to have the zest to inspire us to try something new.

8. Try self-massage before going to bed: based oil and a few drops of essential oil to apply from head to toes.

9. Try to eat mindfully one meal of the day.

10. Walk in nature.

11. Write a love letter to yourself, seal it and ask someone to send it by mail in 6 months. Write 3 things that you would like to accomplish in the next 3 months and 3 things that you would like to get in the next 3 years. Watch your emotions, notice any resistance and see how you respond after you read it, watch if it influences your behaviour and actions.

12. Read a poetry book.

13. Go slow.

14. Listen to music that inspires you.

15. Exercise

16. Talk to a friend that you haven't contacted in a long time.

17. Carry a gratitud journal, make it a habit.

18. Listen to motivational tapes.

19. Practice visualization, start simple and then move forward.

20. Take a laberynth walk.

21. Burn off a candle with your favourite aromatherapy essence.

22. Donate your time

23. Go for a massage.

24 Dance.

25. Get a manicure.

26. Send yourself flowers.

27. Read an inspirational book.

28. Watch a "feel good" movie with friends.

29. Sponsor a cause that you believe in.

30. Try reiki.

31. Offer help.

32. Pray for someone.

33. Offer to take care of your friend's pet.

34. Choose to eat healthier.

35 Go device free for a day

36. Pray.

37. Watch animal videos.

38. Sleep longer.

39. Practice small acts of kindness to you an others.

40 Do yoga.

Integrate any of the therapies that resonates with you, be consistent and make your own self-care ritual.

For personalized Ayurvedic Consultation, Yoga Therapy and Mindfulness Workshops connect with Monica Daza-Stephan Ayurveda & Yoga Therapist | Phone: 416-275-9141 |Email

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