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Self Care in 2020

By Rebecca Cartinella

SUN DEC 29, 2019

As we prepare to end 2019, a decade comes to a close and a new one begins. Everyone is making New Year's Resolutions about eating healthier, getting in shape, quitting a bad habit, etc.; however many of us fall off the wagon by February because we have made too large of a goal and not planned smaller steps to help us achieve our goal. I am guilty of doing this myself! Every year in late December, I set a large goal for myself like to run every day, or wake up an hour earlier than usual to workout. I start out full steam ahead, but quickly burn out as the dark, cold days of winter call me to linger longer in bed.

This year, I decided to make a month long challenge focusing instead on Self Care, with smaller, more manageable tasks focused on balancing mind, body and spirit. Each day we will share our journey on social media as a way to be accountable to ourselves and our community. The journey will consist of self care tasks such as starting our day with warm lemon water (an Ayurvedic detoxification practice), to clearing out our email inbox or social media friends list, to reaching out to an old friend or performing a Random Act of Kindness. We will keep a journal with suggested prompts and learn about the Danish lifestyle practice of Hygge; we will meditate, practice yoga and breathe. By doing one or two small things per day for 30 days, we are establishing a newer, healthier lifestyle habit of learning to put our own health and wellbeing at the forefront of our busy schedule.

To quote the guru Yogi Bhajan, founder of Kundalini yoga, "When you don't go within, you go without." We are constantly on the go, putting everyone else's needs above our own that we burn ourselves out and the Universe will in its Infinite wisdom, intercede, often leading to illness, thereby FORCING us to slow down and take care of ourselves. Rather than waiting for that to happen, we will learn to make our own health and happiness a priority, recalling that 'self care is not selfish,' instead it is a necessity. When we practice daily self care, we learn to love and appreciate ourselves. Once we learn to love ourselves, we open our hearts and souls up to the Divine. As the great Sufi poet Rumi said, "Love yourself completely, return to the root of your own soul."

If you would like to join us on this month long journey to rediscovering our soul, developing self love, through the practice of self care, head over to Facebook to my page Namaste Healthy NJ, click on "Groups" and request to join "Self Care 2020". I look forward to sharing this journey with you. Love to all, light to all, Namaste. Beckie.

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