Set an Intention to Try These Self Care Strategies
(1) Rest & Pause - resist the urge to rush through your day, hurrying to check items off your to-do list. Take at least a five-minute break between activities and just catch your breath.
(2) Journaling - journaling is good for you in so many ways!
One is to let go of stress by getting it out of your head and onto the page. Another is by giving you a place to write down your intentions, which helps them manifest. And those are just two reasons to get you started.
(3) Meditation - meditation is a gift that keeps on giving, when it comes to stress. Not only will it help while you are meditating, but it lessens your experience of and reaction to stress, when it occurs.
Sip Some Self Care Tea
Many loose leaf teas offer a calming moment as you pause in what would otherwise be a busy day. And if they are dessert teas, they may be a welcome, and quite tasty distraction from any stress you are experiencing.
But because of their ingredients, many flavored teas may also offer emotional support in other ways.
Here are some examples...
-teas that have cinnamon may help you let go of anger and feel more self confident.
-teas that have cardamom may really help if you're experiencing a lot of stress and nervous tension, and may help you feel peaceful again.
-teas with clove may soften your intense feelings and help you let go of emotional wounds from the past.
-teas that have star anise may comfort you when you are feeling overworked and fatigued, and may feel deeply soothing, nurturing and supportive.
-teas that have ginger may help you to feel more grounded, and more empowered. And it may help you remove the blocks that kept you from being so.
-teas that have chocolate may make you feel happy and relaxed because it will hook you up with tryptophan. Studies suggest it will decrease cortisol, which also would mean less stress.
One superhero self care tea has all of these ingredients.
It's Dark Chocolate Chai, from Sipology by Steeped Tea. Click its link to learn more about it or to purchase it.
Sneak in through the Side Door
This is my birthday month, and I'm celebrating by sneaking in a few women to my weight loss membership program. (It's on sale, too!)
From now through the 16th, you can join at a lower price than normal, and lock in that price forever, as long as your membership continues. We're just getting started and today, we kicked off a 21-day mindfulness challenge!
Check us out here - The Mindful Tea Society.
See you next time!
I'm so excited to get to interview Alice Gerard today! Alice and I have been blogging buddies for several years now.
You can find her blogging at Alice's Grand Adventures and we often do the Ultimate Blog Challenge and the Cornerstone Content Blog Challenge together.
I've picked several questions for her and can't wait to read her answers on her blog post, today.
What would you say is the primary topic you blog about on Alice's Grand Adventures?
I love the way "grand" seems to have a double meaning. It is both where she lives - as you'll see if you visit her blog - and the kind of adventures she has.
Have you ever thought about creating a course on visual journaling? Or creating visual journals, to sell?
For some reason, I enjoy thinking up new business opportunities for Alice. It's what I do!
Do you have a self care routine?
One of the exciting things I hope to do with my new weight loss membership is help women create self care routines and rituals that they can use to nurture themselves. I really believe that most women who struggle to lose weight don't have a self care plan in place.
Would you say that you are a tea lover? How would you describe your relationship with tea?
I admit it. This question is slightly indulgent! I think that Alice likes tea and possibly loves it, and I wonder what tea lovers call themselves.
Or how they describe their love for it. I never call myself anything and I love, love, LOVE tea.
Do you ever eat in response to stress? If so, what triggers you?
I have been sick with rather severe allergic reactions - the kind that cause dizziness and breathing difficulties - for several days in a row for several days now, so have felt rather miserable. I also believe that my dear son could have lessened the impact of those reactions had he made a few different choices, so I have been upset, too.
So recently, there I was having eaten dinner, standing in the kitchen, thinking about how much I wanted ice cream, even though I wasn't hungry. The next night, I was craving Vienna Fingers, which I haven't eaten in years.
But illness has always been a big trigger for me, because overeating and sugar both make me feel much better. I understand why now (cravings, brain wiring and opiates), and I have been practicing mindfulness, so I was talking to myself about how I didn't think those would be the best choices to make, but I understood why I felt that way. :)
And I think we all probably have some brain wiring connection between stress and eating. So I wanted to ask Alice about it, since it's a major blog topic here, even though it isn't a big topic on her blog.
What's your favorite movie of all time?
I think Alice told me recently that she majored in something to do with film, so it made me wonder.
I don't know If I could name just one, though I can name a genre - Hallmark Christmas movies. Do you have a favorite movie, reader?
What is your current favorite song to sing?
Alice loves to sing, as do I, and though she doesn't blog a lot about singing, I have always wanted to know more about her interest in it.
I remember for years, as a preteen and young teen, I was absolutely in love with a song I heard Bernadette Peters sing - Unexpected Song is the title, I think, and it's a Broadway tune. So romantic and dramatic!
If you were at a karaoke bar, can you think of a song you would choose?
I don't know if Alice ever has sung karaoke. But I used to do it every weekend for several years, and I know that most of us who loved to sing developed a repertoire.
Someone would walk in the door and you would know what you could expect to hear that night. I had 3 songs I sang, and always in the exact same order. Only rarely did I try new ones.
Has anyone ever compared the way you sing to another singer & if so, who?
I am also wondering, if so, how she felt about the comparison. As a teenager, I wanted to sound like Donna Summer, but was told I sounded like Karen Carpenter, instead.
What are you most looking forward to in a (somewhat) post-COVID 2021?
I'm thinking Olive Garden on my birthday, but my guess is that Alice will choose something to do with connecting with others. I believe Alice is an extrovert - maybe she will mention that in her response.
Alice, thank you so much for letting us get to know you a little better!
Much love to you!!
For the past several days, we have been talking about stress and all the ways in which it sabotages weight loss. And it really does a number on it!!
So what can we do to really take it down, and free the women who are trying to lose weight, but who can't escape the stress in their lives? Keep reading...
It's your brain that remembers if chocolate cake made you feel good when you ate it. And it's your brain that signals you to look for something similar the next time you're feeling stressed or lonely or bored. Every time you respond to something like stress with something like chocolate, you strengthen the connection between the two in your mind. Before you know it, you've got a deeply entrenched habit.
So much of what we do with our eating has to do with habits that have become ingrained. Almost unconscious. but once you become mindful, nothing is unconscious anymore.
There's a pause, an awareness. You get back that moment when you can decide, and it's an empowered moment.
To me, it's similar to relaxation techniques. You know how until you start stretching, you have no idea just how tense you are? And suddenly you want to keep stretching and stretching to get all of the kinks out?
Mindfulness is like that, too. It gives you back so much awareness that habitualness took away.
And once you are empowered with awareness, you can choose to create new habits, in response to stress.
For example, chocolate cake can become chocolate tea. And that tea can be enjoyed during a tea ritual, preceded or followed by a journaling moment that offers yet another chance to get the stress out of your mind, heart and body, and on to the page.
Or there might be a brief mindfulness meditation, or another technique.
Other Self Care Practices
The happier your board makes you feel, the easier it will be for you to get you goal. - Christina Carlysle
(1) Vision Boards - One reason vision boards work so well is because of how well our brains respond to visual cues and stimulation. But we also need to respond emotionally to what we see, and in a positive way.
So supermodel pics are a no-no because they inspire hopelessness!
And visual design is important because you want to feel really pleased and happy when you see it. No wincing because of something that's not quite right.
Positive affirmations help you solidify & visualize your desired way of being or dealing with things in your life. Positive affirmations that you repeat with authority can accelerate the positive life changes you strive for, and improve you overall well-being. -BetterMe
(2) Affirmations - when you want to use affirmations for weight loss or any positive change, it's important not to create more stress by saying something you think is ridiculous.
So if you don't believe it, modify it until you do believe it. You'll know you're there because you won't feel your body react negatively in any when you say it out loud.
For example, "I'm losing all the weight I need to lose," might become any one of these modified affirmations...
I'm ready to lose all the weight I need to lose
I'm beginning to lose all the weight I need to lose
I'm becoming ready to lose all the weight I need to lose
And a statement like "I know I can do it!" might become, I want to believe I can do it, or I'm going to believe in myself.
In addition to helping to increase consciousness surrounding eating patterns, journaling is a great way to alleviate stress and to process your thoughts as you lose weight. --ScottsdaleWeightloss.com
(3) Journaling - there are several reasons why journaling is said to be a helpful ally on the weight loss journey...
-in the manifestation world, what you write down is said to be more powerful, and more likely to become a reality. Which actually might mean physical vision boards would be better than digital ones.
-experts suggest that if you write something down, it increases the chances that you will follow through with it, so it's a good way to document goals.
-it can be a good tracking device for what you are eating and not eating, and when, if you want to use it that way.
-but also, it offers the opportunity to process your thoughts, feelings and experiences, to amplify affirmations and visualizations, and to get negative energy outside that was inside in the hope that it won't influence you anymore.
So here we have all of these resources that studies have shown and experts have agreed counteract stress & support weight loss. And they just so happen to be the ones I am building the Mindful Tea membership around!
The Weight Loss Success Path:
Hi, I'm Jeanine
Welcome to my new blog. I'm creating a cozy membership community for women who are struggling to lose weight. It will focus on mindfulness techniques, self care practices, and tea rituals.