July 9, 2018

keep your cup full.

you can't pour from an empty cup.

it is so important to take care of yourself and to put yourself first.

this is the only life you'll get and this is the only body you'll get to live it in.

this is something that i am constantly having to remind myself of.

i am not always the best advocate for self-care. but, i am doing my best! and that, my friends, is half the battle.
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it is important to remember not to get angry or disappointed with yourself when things don't go as planned. i'm going to be continuously offering all kinds of self-care tips and advice. please keep an open heart and mind, and know that this can and should look different for you. self-care looks different for everyone. as it totally should, because we're all different. so the ways that we nurture ourselves should be, too!

firstly, i want to break down self-care into a few general key components. this will help give you a frame of reference while building your own routine.

components of self-care:

 1. gratitude
  • you have SO much to be grateful for! the act of practicing gratitude doesn't have to be anything fancy. practicing gratitude is really all about that mindset shift. i keep a gratitude journal, but even simply keeping a running mental list would suffice!
 2. taking care of our vessel
  • exercising
  • eating to nourish our body
  • this is the only body you get, remember?
3.  meditation
  • incorporate at least a few minutes of restful meditation into each day. if you have to start out in small increments, that's totally fine. your mind WILL wander and that's totally normal. that doesn't mean you're bad at meditation. just bring your attention back to the present moment.
4. hobbies
  • it's important to have some healthy, fulfilling vices that you can turn to.
  • hobbies are fantastic outlets, especially if you find one that serves others.
  • creating pockets of time for hobbies and recreation is essential to your health!
5. reading & writing
  • both reading & writing are such important parts of my daily life. i highly recommend incorporating both in some way.
    • journaling, bible studies, reading, blogging, keeping a planner. (i list a few more ideas below, too!)

here is a slightly more specific list of ways you could implement self-care into your own life. these are simply ideas that hopefully get you thinking about activities that are custom-tailored to you!

  • making lists
    • i find making lists to be really therapeutic. to-do lists, goals, listing things that make me happy. sometimes it just helps to see your thoughts laid out in an organized, concise fashion. hey, this is a list, is it not? we're off to a good start, eh.

  • read a self-help book (below are a few that i really like)
  • exercise 
    • this is one that i personally need to spend more time implementing. exercising is so insanely good for you, both physically (duh) and mentally. the key is finding some form of physical activity that you don't fully loathe. move your body daily, you little human bean. 
  • skincare routine
    • do you have a skincare routine? taking care of your skin is essential, and also pretty fun. incorporating skincare into my mornings and evenings has seriously done so much good for me. i'll be posting more about skincare soon, so stay tuned for that.  

  • saying no
    • hear me out on this one. learning to say no is such an important skill. i've always been quick to say yes. i'll take on that additional project, agree to stay overtime, schedule another meeting, commit to dinner plans on friday; and before i know it, i'm drowning. sometimes i forget that no is even an option. on the surface, this doesn't seem like a glaringly huge issue. it is though. because if you say yes to everything, you can't give 100% of yourself to anything. you spread yourself too thin. this is something I struggle with, but i'm getting a lot better at seeing the big picture. being busy is NOT a badge of honor. it's absolutely better to do ONE thing fantastically, than half ass 47 things. trust me. i'm a doctor.

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  • practicing spirituality of some kind 
    • like i said, not everyday is going to look exactly how you want it to. ideally, i'd start each day with a morning bible study. BUT sometimes, like last night, i fell asleep on the couch and woke up when I was supposed to be leaving for work. whatever spirituality looks like to you, try to incorporate a little sprinkle of that into each day. and don't beat yourself up if it doesn't happen.

  • focus on the present moment
    • this is usually where I lose some people. you might hear my man Deepak preaching this, or Eckhart Tolle; "live in that present moment". it can feel like an abstract concept, but there's actually not that much to it. just live in the moment. the past already happened, you can't change it. dwelling on what already happened is purely a waste of energy. the future hasn't happened yet, so there's no use in worrying about it. this very moment is literally all you have and all you ever will have. once you're able to grasp this concept, everything changes. i hope to eventually write a post that dives deeper into this topic.

  • schedule some "me time"
    • i think it's important to schedule some "me time" every single day. if you can't do that, try for at least once or twice a week. you can fill these pockets of time with whatever feeds your soul. maybe you make art. maybe you exercise. maybe you read. maybe you take a bubble bath. maybe you light your favorite candle (guys, I've been making hand-poured soy wax candles and scenting them with 100% pure essential oils. and i'm doing a GIVEAWAY of my new aromatherapy line. more details to come, soon.) whatever you do to nurture yourself, do that. this is about you!

self-care is so important. YOU are so important. i hope you learned a thing or two from this post, but my biggest hope is that you start to put yourself first. thank you so much for reading, and stay tuned for more. click here if you want to receive updates and special offers delivered right to your inbox. :)

kasey j

*disclaimer: while I am a huge believer in the importance of practicing self-care, please know that I am not advising the use of self-care over or instead of receiving medical advice.

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