This information is from an article posted by Polly Noble on 2/6/13 entitled: “10 Simple Acts Of Radical Self-Care”. This article really resonated with me, initially because Ms. Noble is a fellow cancer survivor with maybe a few peace and love tendencies…
Here is the link:
Ms. Noble says: “Before I was diagnosed with cancer, I thought that an act of self-love was a bit woo-woo and something you’d hear about from a peace sign, floaty-skirt wearing kinda hippy – not that there is anything wrong with that! I love peace, I love floaty skirts and who doesn’t love hippys! My point is that I thought I was too cool to practice self-love. But nowadays, it’s something I make a priority for myself as part of my “extreme self-care regime.” When you respect yourself, you respect your body, which has a domino effect on every other area of your life.”
She suggests that as a “result of carving out time for self-love activities, you feel happier and more positive which leads you to make better decisions such as better food choices and saying no to things you really don’t want to do and people you don’t wish to surround yourself with.”
She goes on to list 10 of her favorite acts of self-love.
By carving out time to step away from the stresses of everyday life, you allow yourself the opportunity to connect with your spirit, the essence of your being. This aids in cultivating a loving experience of life.
JSN: I’m working on this; I do it several times a week. As mentioned in a previous post, Loving Kindness is my favorite meditation practice. I am also working on a set of mantras which I find very helpful. Enough said, still hard to do… practicing and practicing
2. Eat clean and green.
Dumping the toxic junk and reducing or eliminating your consumption of animal products while loading up on glorious life-sustaining enzyme-packed plant foods tells your body that you respect it and love it and I guarantee it will love you right back.
JSN: Yeah, that’s not going to happen. I’d love to eat like that, but gastroparesis hates it. My prescribed diet does not allow for raw fruits and veggies, and severely limits the few cooked/canned fruits and veggies I can eat.
3. Live in the present moment.
Training your mind to stay present rather than staying stuck on the never ending conveyor belt thinking about the past, you are able to experience and enjoy where you are in every moment, the NOW, which is all you ever have.
JSN: BE. HERE.NOW. Enough said, still hard to do… practicing and practicing
- Walk in nature.
Getting outside and making friends with the birds and the bees helps you to get reacquainted with every form of life and reminds you of the beauty that exists around you always.
JSN: TOTALLY enjoying this one this summer. I am taking mindful walks during which I attempt to engage all 5 senses. I’ve also been taking nature photography on my walks and posting the pics. This makes me happy!!
5. Take a duvet day.
Sometimes we just want to retreat from the world yet the guilt we feel for doing so spoils our time out. So take a duvet day, enjoy it and get back to work the next day.
JSN: This is probably an area I’ve actually over indulged in. Usually 1-2 days a week my gastroparesis is bad enough that I am pretty much in bed. However, I also use going back to the yoga room or our bedroom and listening to mu audiobooks as an isolating/hibernating/avoidance practice, and that is not so good.
- Forgive yourself.
If you are regretting a bad decision, wish you’d done something differently or simply have a habit of giving yourself a hard time, forgive yourself.
JSN: I’m pretty tough on myself. Practicing forgiving will tie in with practicing letting go of perfectionism.
- Take a sabbatical from your electronic life.
Turn off your phone, computer and TV; run a bath, read a good book or write in your journal. Spend some time alone.
JSN: I’ve always loved to read, but it has been harder over the past few years. I am rereading books by one of my favorite authors, Robert B Parker. They are VERY easy reads and I find them very entertaining. We have been watching way too much TV and I spend way too much time on my phone, but we’re working on it.
- Trust your intuition.
Numbers 1, 3,4 and 7 of this list will help you build a stronger connection to your intuition so that you can hear it more clearly and then follow it.
- Get a massage, body scrub, facial or book yourself into a spa for a day or weekend.
- Do what you LOVE.
Make a list of all the things you love to do including things or activities you have been wanting to do for a while and MAKE TIME for them.
8-10: Yup, need to work on those! Great ideas. Thanks to Polly Noble for this excellent article.