Hello my loves,
I had such good intentions of sending out an email yesterday walking us through my self care practices one day at a time.
Then life happened and it’s Spring Break and the kids are slowly grinding me to a nub, God bless them.
So we must carry on as best we can!
Remember this whole “Open-Ended” Challenge is big on grace, so we’ll just pick up where we left off.
Today I’ll share the final 2 practices that will be part of my April Self Care Challenge… and I encourage you to get clear on what your goals will be for April too!
*Just an obvious note, there is nothing magical about having 3 practices. You absolutely can have 1 or 2 if you want-do what works best for you!
Also, I have a one page printable for us all to keep track of our progress in April together- so be sure to download that (linked below).
Self Care Practice #2 = Drink Herbal Tea Every Day
I feel better when I drink herbal teas.
Just like getting out in nature, breathing in essential oils and having green plants in my home – there is a lightness, a freshness that I get when I bring in botanical and herbal supports.
I also love that I’m hydrating while nourishing and feeding my body nutrients and phytochemicals that make it feel happy and good.
Springtime has me wanting to choose teas that help with the excess mucus that comes with increased pollen in the air.
Here are three of my favorite blends (from Mountain Rose Herbs)…and I enjoy them both hot and cold.
1. Fairytale Tea: a blend of calendula flowers, red clover, spearmint, lavender, lemon balm, and more.
2. Seasons of Discontent Tea: a blend specifically for allergy season that includes nettle leaf, fennel seed, lemongrass, spearmint leaf, bee pollen, and more.
3. Women’s Balancing Tea: a blend of peppermint leaf, nettle leaf, raspberry leaf, ginger root, dandelion leaf, oatstraw, horsetail, and more.
I’ll do my best to brew in a large mason jar iced herbal tea before bedtime so I have some ready first thing in the morning. But making a pot of tea throughout the day is simple enough as well.
Self Care Practice #3 = Journaling
I’ve journaled for decades now and it helps me on so many levels. But I haven’t been doing it regularly of late and I’ve begun to notice its absence.
Part of what journaling does for me is to clean out the stuck parts so there’s room for flow in my inner space.
When I journal regularly my prayer time is different, my meditation time is different, my conversations are different, my creativity and inspiration are different, I feel the impact of journaling in a lot of ways in my life.
And while I would to make early morning journaling a regular practice in my life again- for this challenge I’m going to simply set the goal of 10 minutes of journaling daily.
I’ll still try to get back into the early morning swing of things…but if I don’t wake up in time I can still get this practice in during the day or evening.
That’s it, mamas!
For me my daily challenge includes:
1. Eat 5 servings of veggies
2. Drink at least 1 large mug of herbal tea
3. Journal for 10 minutes
Those are my 3 practices…now what are YOURS?
You do know that writing them out is HUGELY effective- and so is sharing them with a supportive community? And if you need a supportive, smart, loving, grace-filled community- WellGrounded Life is the place for you 🙂
The final thing I want to leave you with is a simple print out that can take us all throughout our month together.
At first this page may seem a little strange…so let me explain.
Last year, in my Replenish 365 program, I was talking to my mamas about the concept of open-ended challenges.
And one of the women in the program loved the concept so much she wanted to blend its philosophy with a visual way of seeing and celebrating her progress.
So she created a simple zentangle design and said she was going to color in one section for every day that she accomplished her goals.
How brilliant, yes?!
So for our challenge I wanted to borrow her super creative idea and sketch our own “April Challenge Flower” so that we could color in one section for every practice we do each day.
There are 90 open sections in this design.
You’ll see most “petals” have three sections…but a handful have two sections or one section- in case we have a 2 practice or 1 practice day.
You can choose to see how much of the flower is filled up in 30 days…OR you can simply keep going on your challenge until the whole flower is filled – whether that takes you 30 days or longer! Your choice!
I hope it supports you not only for this challenge but for many more in the future as you keep the momentum going.
So let’s do a quick recap.
1. Name your 3 Self Care Practices and corresponding Daily Goals for the 30 Day Challenge.
2. Print out your Open-Ended Challenge Flower Page and fill in your start date and your practices.
3. Hop over to our WellGrounded Life FB page and share what your practices are for support and encouragement.
4. Keep connected throughout April to let us all know how you are doing!
Cheering you on,