Quit “shoulding” all over yourself: 28 days of self-care for stress relief

Quit “shoulding” all over yourself: 28 days of self-care for stress relief

It’s Sunday morning just after the Canadian men’s hockey team won gold for the second time in a row! Yay!

I’ve had a busy weekend connecting with good friends which is great for stress relief, but i’ve had little time to get anything done around the house.

Now that I am home and Olympic fever is dying down, I am left to decide how to spend my last few hours of the weekend.

Of course I move right into “shoulding” all over myself.  I should paint that wall.  I should do laundry.  I should prep food for the week.  I should clean the bathroom, sweep the floors and dust. I should clean the car.  I should go to the gym.

When I stop to reflect on this, it saddens me that my natural instinct is to spend my precious time and energy doing things I don’t necessarily want to do, simply because they “should” get done.

I ask myself, “What do I WANT to do?”.  Well… I want to go for a walk along the canal.  I want to call my mom and catch up.  I want to read my book.  I want to do yoga.

Taking the time to reflect on how I spend my time and energy has been one of the greatest gifts of having a regular meditation and mindfulness practice.

In the past I would have just dived in to all of my “shoulds”, accomplished my “to do” list and not have felt much joy about it.

Now, I will instead prioritize my “shoulds” and make sure I save some time and energy for my “wants”.

Yes, I need to prep healthy food for the week because that’s a very important part of my regular self-care program.  No, I do not NEED to dust my house or clean my car today.

I can go for a walk and do yoga instead of being inside at the gym.  I can read my book while I do my laundry.  These are the activities that will keep my stress levels low and make me able to deal with any unexpected stressful events that come up.

Mindfully choosing how I spend my time and energy gives me a chance to make sure I do things that bring me joy and nourish for me.

Life is short and I don’t want to spend most of it on “shouldn’t” instead of “wants”.

Do you “should” all over yourself?  How can you bring more “wants” into your life?Leave a comment below and let me know.

Cheers,

Charlene

oxox

 

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Green juicing for health: Self-care for stress relief

Green juicing for health: Self-care for stress relief

I know I’ve mentioned before that I have a total girl crush on Kris Carr and that she is the reason I am regularly blending or juicing.

I even took her recommendation on which juicer to buy and I love mine.

Blending and juicing have been great ways for me to add so many fruits in vegetables to my diet in an easy and yummy way.

I find I have more energy on the days I juice or blend.

 

My favorite green juice recipe:

2 Apples

3 Carrots

1 Cucumber

A bunch of Kale and Romaine Lettuce

Cillantro

Lime

It’s pretty simple, but I find it is an easy “intro to juicing” recipe if you’re just getting started.

Cheers,

Charlene

oxox

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