Tools for our Self-Care Toolbox

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Many people expressed appreciation for the deep breath exercise last week. Share another practice that you use to center yourself. Let’s help fill each other’s self-care toolkits!

  • Cat stretching before I get out of bed followed by a glass of water.
  • Essential oils and hot tea help me come into the present!
  • Go for a walk.
  • Gratitude exercise of listing 3 things you’re grateful for each day or looking at the world like you’re seeing it through the eyes of a child.
  • Guided Mindfulness Meditations:
  • I have used the deep breathing in the past and find that it really is helpful, I will continue to do that.
  • I hyper focus using my senses. For example, if I’m taking a drink of water, I fully engage my mouth with the sip – noticing if it’s bubbly, uses different tastes, if it’s cold or warm, if some stays on my lips.
  • I try to meditate twice a day and have felt at times that it has been helpful. I am under a lot of stress and feelings quite isolated as I have very little in-person contact that is positive in nature.
  • I use a modality called EFT several times a day to help deal with stress and sleep.
  • I vacuum.
  • If I consciously begin to name all that I have to be grateful for, I become calmer.
  • Journaling, meditation
  • Lighting candles and appreciating the flame, the warm glow and flicker.
  • Look out my window and do 10 eye blinks a couple times a day
  • My sister introduced me to a relaxation product, “Calm”. It has gentle music with beautiful nature videos, waterfalls, rain, bubbling mountain streams, etc. She put a link on my laptop’s desktop. I find it helpful and immediately available. (It also has verbal meditations, but I haven’t used those.)
  • Prayer & meditation
  • Quiet mindfulness and an appreciation of the focusing nature of silence.
  • S.T.O.P.:
    • Stop
    • Take three deep breaths
    • Observe how you are feeling
    • Proceed with love into the world
  • Stand and walk as if a Zen master is pulling towards them from your center.
  • Stretching exercises
  • Try moving away from Self to Principle 7, etc.
  • Use breath work
  • Walking
  • When feeling anxious I review the 5 senses that I am experiencing in that moment. Really helps!
  • Yoga Centering prayer


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