Self Care Tips

I got this list of self care items sent to me by email at work and I loved it. I have been giving it to all of my clients and they are loving it too. I decided to elaborate on each point and this is what I came up with. (I do not know who the author is of the original list)
1. If it feels wrong, don’t do it.
Sounds easy, but sometimes in that moment we might think “oh well, who cares, who am I hurting, etc….” but if we can just have an awareness and take a breath before diving in, hey this can make all the difference.
2. Say exactly what you mean and what you need.
This has to do with having clear communication, knowing what you want and need and being able to articulate this. Takes practice and awareness.
3. Don’t be a people pleaser.
I definitely fall into this category. I want people to like me and I also want to belong. I do realize though that I need to be true to myself and honour my own uniqueness.
4. Trust your instincts.
With practice this does become easier. How to trust yourself? Slowing down, having awareness, meditating, journaling, yoga, walking, thinking…..Breathing!!!
5. Never speak poorly of yourself.
Awareness, awareness, awareness!! Can you catch yourself doing this? Keep working on it, it does get easier, really!!
6. Never give up on your dreams.
I don’t care how old you are, how long it has been since you worked, etc. etc. etc. we all have dreams in our lives. Sometimes they may need to be modified, but never give up on your dreams.
7. Don’t be afraid to say NO.
The world will not end if you say No. People will not be mad at you “forever”, in fact, they may respect you and wish that they too could say No. In fact, saying No means that you are good at creating boundaries for yourself and others will be more respectful towards you.
8. Don’t be afraid to say YES.
Yes, even if it is scary, take a risk, try something new, have fun, usually the fear is in your own head. No one else really cares anyway he he!! I think once we realize that it can be so much easier.
9. Be kind to yourself!! Would you treat/talk to a good friend the way you do to yourself?
At the end of the day you are the one who is there for you. It doesn’t matter if you have a partner, children, etc. you need to be your own bff best friend forever 
10. Let go of what you can’t control.
What can you let go of? Is there something that you have been hanging on to that no longer serves you. This can be in the form of emotional or physical clutter. Let it go and see what happens.
11. Stay away from drama and negativity.
Some people thrive on drama and negativity. Law of attraction states that what you put your focus on multiplies in your life. Why not focus on the good stuff?
12. Love and Gratitude (I added the gratitude part)
We need more love in this world and the more you give, the more you get back. I believe that gratitude is the key to having more abundance in your life and the universe will give you more of what you really want.

About Kimberley

I am a Case Manager at My Sisters' Place which is a program of the Canadian Mental Health Association London Middlesex. My Sisters' Place is a program for vulnerable women. I love my job and all the wonderful women I work with. I am very honored to do this work with women who have been through so much and are so open in sharing their stories. I initiated and designed a Clearing Clutter Support Group which I have been facilitating since 2007 with a co-worker. I love running this group and learn so much from the participants. We offer this eight week program three or four times a year. I started my business Space For You in 2010 and work with individuals in their homes as well as offer some workshops in the community. I am available to speak to groups on "De-Cluttering Your Life", "The Magic of De-Cluttering", "Space Clearing" or really anything to do with clutter and hoarding.
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