Hi Guys! How are you? I hope you are enjoying your Thanksgiving Week. As mentioned on an earlier post (See HERE), my family scheduled Thanksgiving dinner the Friday before the actual day of Thanksgiving, which did not bode well with anyone ultimately. The decor was not nice, my “Butternut Squash Mac n’ Cheese” (See HERE) didn’t turn out well and I literally fell asleep at 8 pm. We will have a smaller version of the dinner this Thursday and hopefully, we will feel grateful inside out this time. Next year will be better. I know I hadn’t written a blog post aimed for children in some time and their sourpuss faces I had seen lately threw my super-organized blogger self into a loop. So I came up with a nice little impromptu blog post on how to incorporate self-care in their daily schedule.
What Does Self-Care Mean?
In a nutshell, self-care is anything that has to do with doing service to oneself. It could be things that are important like going to the doctor when you are sick or taking care of your hygiene. It could be asking questions to your teacher when you are confused about something. However, it could also mean doing something nice for yourself by making the right choices. That means picking an interesting book to read over being a couch potato in front of the television. It means saving your pocket-money to buy a daily planner (See HERE, HERE, and HERE) so you do not forget things and feel stressed.
What Does Self-Care Not Mean?
Self-care does not mean choosing to miss school so you can relax at home because kids, you need to add value to society when you grow up. Self-care does not mean forcing yourself to spend time with a sibling or a friend when they are not being nice to you. Lastly, self-care does not mean talking yourself out of a chore because it was teaching you responsibility.
Special Tips For Self-Care
There are things you can do around busy times like the holidays when you are so excited, you make yourself sick or tired or even those late spring/early summer days when you find your teacher reminding you to put periods at the “end of your sentences” more frequently. Today’s post is for everyday days like those.
Tip # 1: Read A Book That Moves You
I don’t know what it is, but lately, I have caught myself looking down more. Not only is this bad for your neck and back, but it also makes you feel downtrodden. I know it is odd to suggest reading as an antidote for this situation, but books on star-gazing (See HERE, HERE, and HERE) or clouds-watching (See HERE, and HERE) are great to flex your neck and back muscles. A powerful book like Judy Blume’s “Are you there God? It’s Me, Margaret” (See HERE) is great for each time you are reminded of a blessing while reading and want to look up and pray. Other random titles (See HERE, HERE, and HERE) are helpful, also.
Dr. Seuss is a great author for children to read. As a child, a Dr. Suess book (See HERE) was read to me only once. It was in Kindergarten and I loved the book so much I came inappropriately close to the teacher and put my nose in the book, almost. My teacher asked, “Sana, why do you like this book so much?” And I replied, “Because it is written the way I think”. And I don’t know why but, my teacher decided that for the rest of my elementary school career, I was going to read a Dr. Seuss book no more and made it even tougher for me by telling all the other teachers in my school to hide their Dr. Suess books in their classroom closets. I didn’t think it was mean, until later in the year, another terrible occurrence happened. Upon my begging, my teacher handed me a Dr. Suess book written in French (See HERE). I didn’t find that funny and asked nicely, “Do you think I am French?” and she said, “No.”. Being certain now that Dr. Seuss was cursed, I ended my brief love affair with Dr. Suess by going to the girls’ bathroom and looking in the mirror and telling myself I am French and can write just as well as Dr. Suess. So there. The end. I may have cried, secretly.
Tip # 2: Meditation
This lifelong skill will come in handy practically at any stage in your life so start early. I absolutely love Greg De Vries meditations available on iTunes and YouTube (See HERE). His voice is very smooth, but he scaffolds his meditations with great visualization techniques and trance music. To see if his meditations are appropriate for your attention span (See HERE and HERE). Those who don’t like their meditations to be guided can do these meditations (See HERE and HERE). On a side note, I get really mesmerized by these meditative videos (See HERE and HERE). The point of meditations is to focus inside.
Tip # 3: Pampering
So this tip is for girls. I am loving the new “Dream” Collection by Ella & Mila (See HERE). To learn how to apply Ella & Mila nail colors on your fingers and toes, check out a previous post HERE. “The Nightdreamer” (See HERE) is great for those self-induced slow Friday evenings when all you want to do is “veg-out”. The deep red color gives a pop of color that is so helpful for creating positive energy. Since Halloween is over, the “Glow With Me” (See HERE) is all the orange you need. The color orange is great to spark creativity or wonder. The “Black Magic” (See HERE) is wonderful for before-the-holidays-start-days, but has just enough glitter magic for black-color-lovers to wear during the holidays. Black is great for grounding and protecting your energy so wear it when you are feeling frazzled. For girls like me who are in love with the holidays and find themselves snickering for no reason other than the prospect of going to Starbucks for a holiday drink can make the holiday season extra special by wearing Christmas colors like “Unwrap Me” (See HERE) and “Mistletoe Magic” (See HERE) or opt for metallics instead with “Gilded” (See HERE) and “Mirror Mirror” (See HERE).
Okay, I hope you enjoyed these 3 tips. I will leave you with this quote of mine: “Self-care is the new self-love”. Happy Thanksgiving!