Self-care is something that I forget about quite a bit. Well, that’s not exactly true. I do exercise at least 3 days a week (for mental as much as physical health) and I eat healthily. These are certainly the foundation of self-care. The self-care that I forget about and actually need quite a bit is solitude and quiet. Life is really LOUD right now. Sometimes it feels oppressive, which leaves me feeling depleted and exhausted. I’m at that point now, which is why I haven’t been blogging as much as I usually do. A friend reminded me the other day: “If you don’t stop, I’m afraid that something else will stop you.” She’s so right. I sure as s**t don’t want to be reading this blog a year from now and wonder, “WTF? Why the f-bomb didn’t I listen to both myself and my loved ones?”
Below are some beautiful affirmations that I found on DailyGood.org. I hope that they knock as much sense into you as much as they are me!
Each bite of food contains the life of the sun and the earth. The whole universe is in a piece of bread. —Thich Nhat Hanh
I choose well so that I can feel well. —Nathalie W. Herrman
Preparing fresh, healthy meals instead of processed food is an act of love toward myself and those I cook for.
I live healthfully for myself but also for the ones I love so that they may be empowered to improve their health as well.
I’m honest with myself about the reality of what and how I eat. —Nathalie W. Herrman
I breathe deeply and fully. I take in the breath of life, and I am nourished. —Louise Hay
Clean, pure water is a precious gift, and I drink it abundantly and gratefully.
I enjoy being in my body, and I nourish it each day. —Isha Lerner
I enjoy healthy food without guilt. I reject society’s shaming of food for myself and for those around me.
I take time to get outside. Our body is the accumulation of our past. Our breath unites our body and mind in the present moment. Go for a walk outside, preferably in beautiful surroundings. —Amy Zerner and Monte Farber
I do not take my breath and beating heart for granted. I am grateful to be alive. —Nathalie W. Herrman
Nutrition is a keystone for everything I do, so I make it an important part of my life and set aside time to eat well.
I enjoy foods that are best for my body. When I eat my greens, I feel energized and abundant. —Louise Hay
I expect a lot from my body every day, so I affirm its right to expect healthy fuel from me.
The energy in what I eat sustains me, and I honor that fact by preparing my meals with gratitude, mindfulness, and a loving heart. —Nathalie W. Herrman
Pure spiritual and physical nourishment is what enables me to give to others, and so I make it a priority.
I get plenty of sleep every night. My body appreciates how I take care of it. —Louise Hay
I eat only what I need, and I stop before I feel uncomfortable or overly full.
What matters to me is my health, not the opinions of others, and so I take care of my body rather than trying to change it in unhealthy ways.
I accept the limitations of doctors and look within to improve the quality of my health. —Nathalie W. Herrman
Finding new ways to eat healthfully is empowering and puts me in control.
I am the only person who has control over my eating habits. I can always resist something if I choose to. —Louise Hay
I love every cell of my body. —Louise Hay
Walking meditation is like eating. With each step, we nourish our bodies and our spirit. When we walk with anxiety and sorrow, it is like we are eating junk food. The food of walking meditation should be of a higher quality. —Thich Nhat Hanh
Your feet are your physical connection to this planet. Touch the earth directly with your bare feet. Let the earth energy circulate from your feet to your head and back again. —Yoko Ono
I pay attention to where my food comes from and think about the resources that go into each meal. I am mindful of how much the earth gives to me and how much I can give back.
I give myself permission to change. —Louise Hay
I am in wonderment at the science of nutrition. Taking better care of myself leads to constant discovery and amazement at how well my body can work.
I am connected to the earth and the safe foundation it provides for my future growth. —Isha Lerner
My body is one of the most precious gifts I will ever receive, an extraordinary creation that I cherish and use fully.
When I eat natural, fresh foods rather than processed ones, I feel more connected to the earth and the hands that grew it, and I am grateful.
Just as I rid my diet of toxins, I also eliminate negativity from my emotions and thoughts.
All desire for cigarettes (or alcohol or whatever it is you’re addicted to) has left me, and I am free. —Louise Hay
Today I eat only foods that are life enhancing. —Louise Hay”